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Yvonne Taylor - Celebrity Liaison

Yvonne Taylor works on celebrity projects for PETA UK. A vegetarian from the age of 12, she went vegan 17 years ago after coming across a PETA US magazine whilst volunteering at an animal charity in her hometown of Edinburgh. Soon after, she spent almost a year interning at PETA US and then went on to spend several years working for other UK animal rights groups before starting at PETA UK in 2004 on campaigns. She later dressed as a Lettuce Lady in subzero temperatures in Kazakhstan and was deported from China for an "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" demo.

Yvonne now has a slightly more subdued but no less varied job organising all of PETA UK's celebrity work, including ad shoots for photos and the recording of narration. Through her work for PETA, Yvonne has been lucky enough to have met many of her heroes, including Morrissey, Ricky Gervais, Kate Winslet, Simon Cowell, Sir Paul McCartney, Russell Brand and Sir Roger Moore. She still can't quite believe that reading Heat magazine is part of her job description!
  • 19
  • Jun

The Top 5 Vegan-Friendly Prisons in the UK

stock prisonCruel and unusual punishments aren’t things which prisoners in this country have to endure. So we’re glad that compassionate meal options are being offered to prisoners so that animals aren’t necessarily being subjected to such punishments, either.

Like us, animals are made of flesh, blood and bone. They have the same five senses that we do, and they have the same capacity to experience suffering and fear. All animals share the desire to live their lives free of pain and to avoid a violent death. Feeding prisoners pasta instead of pork chops … Read more.


  • 13
  • Jun

Your Voice Counts! Hotel Ditches Foie Gras After E-Mail From PETA Supporter

As consumers, we have the power to change the world. We can vote with our wallets and make sure that our shopping habits reflect our compassionate principles. And we can also make our voices heard: most companies really care what you think and will often respond positively to feedback, as this fantastic story from PETA supporter Emma Thompson shows.

Emma was enjoying a relaxing spa day at Gloucestershire’s Wyck Hill House Hotel when she made a disturbing discovery – foie gras was on the restaurant menu. As someone who cares about … Read more.


  • 10
  • Jun

The UK and Ireland’s Sexiest Vegans 2013: Meet the Winners!

Congratulations to Laura and Toby, the newly crowned champions in our contest to find the sexiest vegans in the UK and Ireland!

Our two fine-looking finalists beat off competition from dozens of hot hopefuls to walk away with this year’s titles, thanks to their lovely looks and commitment to a compassionate lifestyle.

Small_LauraIrish beauty Laura, who hails from Naas in County Kildare, stopped eating animals when she was only 9 years old and has been making compassionate choices ever since. From volunteering in animal shelters to protesting against cruel live export outside … Read more.


  • 30
  • May

Tweet the Change You Want to See in the World! Wrexham’s Mayor Goes Fur-Free

Wrexham LogoWe know that online advocacy is a great way to speak up for animals. Whether it is e-mail actions persuading councils to save animals from suffering or Twitter hashtags demonstrating popular support, online activity can make organisations take notice. And sometimes, it can take only a few people to make an impact.

This is what happened when PETA supporter David Wayne Price saw photos on Facebook of the new Wrexham mayor, Stansty Councillor I David Bithell MBE, dressed in ceremonial fur-lined robes. He posted a comment asking whether the robes were … Read more.


  • 25
  • Apr

What if Animals Wore ‘Human Fur’? Shocking Ad Turns the Tables on Fashion’s Sick Obsession

Wearing the skin of another animal – an animal forced to live in a cramped, filthy cage before having the hide ripped from his or her back – is a pretty disturbing fashion statement.

For anyone who hasn’t yet grasped that message, this thought-provoking ad should be an eye-opener. Donated by top ad agency Ogilvy & Mather, the video depicts a catwalk show with a twist: the statuesque models are “foxes”, and their grisly outfits include a coat made from dozens of “human arms”.

In reality of course, it’s humans who … Read more.


  • 25
  • Mar

Go Vegan (Like the Easter Bunny)

bunnyThe Easter bunny is vegan: he’s an herbivore, so he doesn’t eat any animal products at all. He doesn’t even drink milk. In fact, if you think about it, you’ll realise that humans are the only species that drinks the milk of another animal. Our bodies aren’t designed to consume milk beyond infancy, which perhaps explains why up to 60 percent of us worldwide are lactose-intolerant.

At Easter, we’re surrounded by images of cute animals and new life. So isn’t it ironic that so many people celebrate Easter with food that is … Read more.


  • 15
  • Mar

A Top Message From Topshop: Keep Wildlife out of Your Wardrobe

Not content with simply keeping fur and exotic skins out of their stores, Topshop has gone the extra mile by dedicating a whole window display in its flagship Oxford Street store to spreading the message that exotic skins belong in the wild, not in your wardrobe!

Topshop exotic skins window full view (small)

The high-street fashion leader (and recent Vegan Fashion Award winner) has teamed up with PETA to create the eye-catching display to remind people that snakes, alligators and other animals suffer unimaginably for their skins. And at the same time, it’s celebrating ethical fashion. After all, why … Read more.


  • 04
  • Feb

Judge Sadie Frost Picks the Hottest Vegan Trends for PETA’s New Fashion Awards!

Celebrity designer Sadie Frost knows that vegan fashion has never been more en vogue. As judge of PETA’s first-ever Vegan Fashion Awards – along with fellow fashionista Meg Mathews – she got to check out the fantastic range of stylish animal-friendly clothes and accessories available today, from men’s shoes to ladies’ handbags.

From the catwalk to the high street, clothes produced without harming animals are everywhere, and the trend is here to stay – great news for animals and for conscientious consumers, who no longer have to go to great lengths to … Read more.


  • 11
  • Dec

Lucy Davis: Watch ‘Glass Walls’ and Leave Meat off Your Plate

Compassionate people often ask about easy ways to share the animal rights message. Actor and PETA supporter Lucy Davis has a suggestion: “Glass Walls“!

Paul McCartney famously said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian”. To prove his point, Paul narrated “Glass Walls“, perhaps PETA’s most powerful video yet. The video uncovers the misery and terror that billions of animals endure at the hands of the meat and dairy industries.

Young piglets have their tails and testicles cut off without being given any painkillers. Sensitive … Read more.


  • 20
  • Jul

PETA’s Vegetarian Poster Boy to Carry Olympic Torch

You won’t find too many vegetarian seniors whiling away the time in a rocking chair. Fitness experts, nutritionists and physicians around the world have concluded that a low-protein vegetarian diet may be the key to a long, healthy life – just look at Fauja Singh!  “The Turbaned Tornado” – the oldest marathon runner in the world – ran the London Marathon three weeks after his 101st birthday. How did he do it? Simple: by walking or jogging every day and by sticking to a vegetarian diet.

Plant-based foods are cholesterol-free … Read more.