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Yvonne Taylor works on corporate projects for PETA UK. She's been a vegetarian since the age of 12, and she went vegan 20 years ago after coming across a PETA US magazine while 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. She began working on campaigns – which took her to many locations, including China and Kazakhstan – and later moved on to celebrity projects, where she was lucky enough to work with many of her heroes, including Morrissey, Ricky Gervais, Kate Winslet and Paul McCartney.

Yvonne now has a slightly more subdued – but no less varied – job, in which she oversees all of PETA UK's corporate campaigns and assists companies with introducing animal-friendly products and practices in order to address the growing public demand for vegan foods and fashions. These have included teaming up with Topshop for a window display at its flagship Oxford Street store to highlight the cruelty of exotic skins, persuading global retailers to halt their use of angora wool, and overseeing PETA UK's annual "Vegan Food Awards" and "Vegan Fashion Awards" – which celebrate food and fashion retailers who offer animal-free products.
  • 12
  • Sep

British Bollywood Star Jiah Khan Goes Wild in New PETA Ad

Crouched in a cage wearing a leopard-print bodysuit next to the words “Wild Animals Belong in the Wild. Boycott Zoos”, Bollywood beauty Jiah Khan stars in a brand-new ad for PETA to spread the word that animals suffer in captivity.

“Actors choose to entertain, but animals locked away in zoos are given no choice”, says Jiah. “All strong-willed beings treasure their freedom above all else, and that applies to tigers, elephants, bears, monkeys and other animals too.”

Jiah Khan for PETA

Jiah Khan for PETA

Captive wild animals, including those born in captivity, retain the very … Read more.


  • 08
  • Sep

Colombiana Star Michael Vartan Talks Puppy Love

As Danny Delanay in blockbuster smash Colombiana, and Dr Tom Wakefield on US TNT’s hit hospital drama, HawthoRNe, Michael Vartan sees that his patients get the very best care. Off-camera, it’s his dog, Millie, who gets all the TLC. In a new video for PETA, Michael reminds guardians that dogs are members of the family and deserve our time and attention.

“It’s really easy to make a huge difference in your dog’s life”, he says. “I just try and involve [Millie] as much as I can in my everyday activities.”… Read more.


  • 30
  • Aug

Camilla Adopts Adorable Stray Beth

It’s a long way from the streets of Southwest London to the manicured lawns of the Highgrove Estate, but that is where an adorable stray pup called Beth has found herself after the Duchess of Cornwall adopted her from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

PETA may not always have seen eye to eye with the Duchess, but credit where credit is due – the adoption has received worldwide media coverage and will hopefully encourage many people to open their homes to a rescued dog or cat.

PETA founder Ingrid E Newkirk … Read more.


  • 25
  • Aug

Bathing Beauty Shows How Much Water to Produce One Steak

Nearly nude PETA model – and vegetarian – Megan Currie sudsed up in a tub for World Water Week while policymakers met in Sweden to discuss global water issues. The bathing beauty informed passers-by that it takes the equivalent of 50 baths filled with water to produce just one steak. Megan aimed to show people that the best way to fight the worldwide water crisis and clean their conscience is to go veg.

“Not only does the meat industry inflict cruelty, it also wastes huge amounts of water and damages the … Read more.


  • 11
  • Jul

Adele Goes Vegetarian!

Multi-platinum recording artist Adele can melt hearts with her soulful voice, but her actions are saving lives. The singer told Radio 1 that she is leaving meat out of her repertoire.

Like many of her songs, Adele’s inspiration came from love. “Whenever I am about to eat meat, I always see my little dog’s eyes”, she said.

Adele is quite right, of course: cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens and other animals killed for food feel pain and fear, just like dogs and cats do, and it doesn’t … Read more.


  • 06
  • Jul

The Only Way Is Freedom: Lydia Bright and Mr Darcy Protest Proposed Pig Farm

The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright posed for photographs with her pig pal, Mr. Darcy, to urge compassionate citizens to speak out against Midland Pig Producers’ plans to build an enormous factory farm in Foston, Derbyshire.

“Mr Darcy really has opened my eyes to how wonderful, smart and fun pigs are”, says Bright. “He loves to go for walks, play in the long grass and feel the sun on his back – all things that the 25,000 pigs who would be housed in this pig prison in Foston would be … Read more.


  • 05
  • Jul

Cricketer Wayne Parnell Hits Circus Cruelty for Six in New PETA Ad

Cricketer Wayne Parnell has set his sights on a new opponent: circuses that force wild animals to perform unnatural and painful tricks. In a new anti-circus ad for PETA, Parnell, who plays for the South African national team, appears shirtless and bound by chains next to the words, “Try to Relate to Their Fate. Say NO to Animal Circuses”.

“I choose to participate in sport, but the animals used in circuses aren’t given any choice at all”, says Parnell. “Animals in circuses suffer a lifetime of abuse – all for a few … Read more.


  • 30
  • Jun

Ann Widdecombe Backs PETA’s Calls for a Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses



Former conservative minister Ann Widdecombe is backing PETA’s campaign for a ban on wild animals in circuses and is encouraging the public to urge the government to take action. In a parliamentary debate held Thursday, 23 June, MPs backed a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, leaving the ball in the government’s court.

“The time has finally come for Britain to end the barbaric spectacle of forcing wild animals to perform demeaning and often painful tricks in the name of entertainment”, said Ann. “Please show your support by

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  • 29
  • Jun

Elen Rivas’ Anti-Bullfighting Ad Won’t Fly With easyJet

A new ad from PETA – in which Spanish-born celebrity Elen Rivas appears nude and “bleeding” from the banderillas stuck in her back next to the words “The Naked Truth: Bullfighting Is Cruel” – has been deemed too racy to run in Traveller, easyJet’s in-flight magazine. We’d hoped to reach British tourists with the message about boycotting bullfighting when they visit Spain, but the magazine’s publishers have ruled that although they sympathise with the cause, they cannot run the artwork because of the graphic nature of the images and the nudity … Read more.


  • 22
  • Jun

Don’t Pop Into Fortnum & Mason for Ricky Gervais’ 50th Birthday Gift

ricky_gervaisIf you’re wondering what to buy Ricky Gervais for his upcoming 50th birthday on 25 June, you’d better steer clear of anything from Fortnum & Mason! The comedian set aside his well-honed sense of humour to pen a deadly serious letter on PETA’s behalf to F&M head Beverley Aspinall calling the department store out for its sale of cruelly produced foie gras.

Gervais isn’t the only public figure to team up with PETA to speak out against Fortnum & Mason’s continued sale of foie gras. Other supporters of PETA’s campaign include campaign … Read more.