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  • 27
  • Feb

6 Dogs Who Are Winning at Crufts – but Losing at Life

Ever wondered why the RSPCA refuses to attend Crufts? Or why the BBC will no longer air the dog show on any of its channels?

Selectively breeding animals for exaggerated physical traits, obsessing over “pure” bloodlines and making close family members mate with one another isn’t just creepy – it’s a recipe for genetic disaster and causes immense suffering to dogs.

Pedigree dogs are generally far less healthy than their mixed-breed cousins, suffering from a range of inherited health conditions that can make every day of their lives a struggle and often … Read more.


  • 26
  • Feb

Owls Don’t Belong in Nightclubs

Barn Owl_miniNews that a pop-up “owl bar” – at which live owls would be handled by cocktail-sipping members of the public – is supposed to be coming to London in March has rightly been met with outrage by everyone who cares about animals’ well-being.

Animals and clubs or cafés don’t mix. The loud music and bright lights at nightclubs are extremely stressful to animals. It would be hard to think of a more frightening experience for owls, who have especially acute hearing and vision, than to be surrounded by intoxicated, caterwauling humans at … Read more.


  • 20
  • Feb

Iconic Luxury Hotel Bans Wild Animal Displays

When shocking images of a muzzled, chained bear surfaced on social media at the iconic Hôtel Plaza Athénée, part of the Dorchester Collection group of international luxury hotels, PETA France jumped into action.

The bear was used as a prop at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by the luxury hotel. After learning from PETA France how captive bears and other wild animals in the entertainment industry are denied everything that is natural and important to them, the hotel – which was famously featured in the final season of Sex and the Read more.


  • 30
  • Jan

PETA India Turns Sunder’s Home Into Free-Roaming, Forested Sanctuary

PETA India and Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) have teamed up to create India’s first free-roaming elephant sanctuary in a fenced, forested land that allows elephants to move about rather than be chained in place, the common way in which captive elephants in India are kept.

BBP, which became home to 15-year-old Sunder – famously liberated by the Supreme Court in 2014 from a life of cruelty at the Jyotiba temple in Maharashtra – now houses 15 elephants.

Designed by PETA India consultant and elephant expert Carol Buckley, a solar electric fence and a Read more.


  • 22
  • Jan

Harrowing Video Exposes the Suffering of Animals in Spain’s Circuses

Animals aren’t ours to use for entertainment – and this distressing footage, showing animals in Spanish circuses who are whipped, beaten with sticks, kicked, dragged by their tails and locked in tiny cages during transport, drives the point home.

The upsetting video was filmed in December 2014 in circuses across Spain by a local activist and includes footage of elephants, crocodiles, zebras, llamas, camels, dogs, tigers, horses, rhinos and lions who are exploited and abused.

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While Catalonia recently banned the use of animals in circuses, the cruel shows are still … Read more.


  • 05
  • Dec

This Is the Hundredth Spanish Town to Ban Bullfighting

Majorca bullfighting progressLast week, Sant Joan in Mallorca became the 16th town on the island to reject bullfighting – a sign of the growing Spanish resistance to this cruel and outdated pastime. The compassionate decision came after a campaign by local group Mallorca Sin Sangre.

While certain members of the political establishment in Spain still cling to the outmoded idea of killing animals for sport, grassroots resistance is turning whole swathes of the country into bullfighting-free zones. The region of Catalonia as well as towns such as Tossa de Mar, Vilamacolum and La … Read more.


  • 24
  • Nov

Why Rudolph Doesn’t Belong in a Shopping Centre

Reindeer aren't Christmas decorations!It’s common sense, really – a crowded shopping centre at the busiest time of year is no place for a wild animal. Yet across the UK, a number of towns have plans to use reindeer as holiday “props” in Christmas displays.

Reindeer belong in the Arctic and subarctic regions of the world, where they can live in herds and roam freely over vast open ranges. Being carted around from one display to another, housed in tiny sheds and pens, forced to pull sleighs and exposed to bright lights and loud noises, prevents … Read more.


  • 12
  • Nov

Monty the Penguin Earns John Lewis a Compassionate Marketing Award

The spotlight is on department store John Lewis this week. Its much-anticipated Christmas ad campaign has been received with excitement, with Monty, the ad’s penguin star, winning over the hearts of Christmas shoppers.

The ad won us over, too. That’s because the retailer and its advertising agency, adam&eveDDB, made the decision to use innovative computer-generated imagery (CGI) from the Moving Picture Company to create a stunningly lifelike penguin, rather than using a real one. So we’re sending John Lewis PETA’s Compassionate Marketing Award.

Using CGI saves frustrated, tormented animals from suffering in … Read more.


  • 28
  • Oct

Pigeon-Racing Investigation Prompts Unprecedented Police Raid in Taiwan

Pigeon raidEarlier this year, the results of PETA US’ undercover investigation into Taiwan’s callous pigeon-racing industry made headlines around the world.

Now, it’s made history, by prompting the first-ever mega-raid by police on pigeon racing in Taiwan. Agents from the Criminal Investigation Bureau last week searched the office of the Greater Kaohsiung Zhongzheng Pigeon Society and froze millions of dollars in assets. Police also detained three employees on charges of violating Taiwan’s animal-protection law and illegal gambling.

This move is likely to have a huge impact on the upcoming winter pigeon-racing season … Read more.


  • 30
  • Sep

Simon Cowell Axes ‘Xtra Factor’ Dolphin Scenes

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Anyone who has followed Simon Cowell’s countless good deeds for animals over the years knows that he’s far from being the meanie so often portrayed on The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

So it comes as no surprise to us at PETA that as soon as Simon learned that next weekend’s episode of Xtra Factor was planning to air footage of the six final boy contestants attending a dolphin show and swimming with the animals, the outspoken celebrity took a stand, tweeting, “I had no idea Xtra Factor producers filmed … Read more.