Whether you’re a fan of ice skating, fine art, open-air cinema or fashion, you’ll find them at Somerset House – which is why we were delighted to learn this week that the London cultural institution is also a foie gras–free zone!
“I can confirm that we do not allow foie gras to be supplied or served at Somerset House”, Director Jonathan Reekie wrote to PETA.
We were especially relieved by this news in light of Somerset House’s Christmas partnership with Fortnum & Mason, one of the few retailers that continue to sell … Read more.
The Lord Mayor of London is historically entitled to the Freedom of the City, a privilege that theoretically affords him or her the right to do many things, including carrying a naked sword in public and other equally archaic practices. One of these practices is the dangerous tradition of herding sheep across London Bridge.
Since the current Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf, plans to do just that in a fundraising stunt set for next week, Paul O’Grady MBE has written to ask her to put a stop to the tradition. “I … Read more.
Beginning today, the government has amended the number and scope of permitted acts in relation to works protected by copyright to include allowing limited copying on a fair-dealing basis for the purposes of parody, caricature and pastiche. What does that mean for us? Well, PETA US has often used parody in its campaigns, from mocking SeaWorld to lampooning video games in order to call out those targets and help get people thinking about animal rights. PETA UK has been unable to include the creation of parody websites in its campaigns, until now.… Read more.
Following the World Trade Organization’s recent decision to uphold the EU’s ban on seal-fur imports, here’s more great news about PETA’s and our international affiliates’ campaigns to stop the commercial seal slaughter in Canada: the Swiss Council of States is moving to ban seal fur!
The Council of States (the upper house of the federal Swiss legislature) unanimously approved a bill that would ban seal-product imports. PETA Germany had written to all council members asking them to support the measure. The lower legislative house had already voted in favour of a ban, … Read more.
Scotland is considering introducing a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. In April, we asked thousands of our supporters to respond to a government consultation about the ban, and now Ross McCall is adding his voice to the call.
The Scottish-born Hollywood actor, who starred in Band of Brothers, wrote in last week’s Herald, calling on Holyrood to ban wild animals in circuses permanently. An abbreviated version of his article is below.
No doubt about it, we Scots have a lot to be proud of and if
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More than 10 years ago, Sophie Ellis-Bextor took a stand against fur and posed in an eye-catching PETA ad that made headlines. Her message is as important today as it was back then.
We’re reviving the ad, shot by Mary McCartney, in time for the autumn fashion season, and we’re hoping that shoppers will turn their backs on the cruel industry after seeing “the rest” of a fur coat.
And most will. According to a poll, 95 per cent of the British public would never wear real fur. That’s because … Read more.
It can take courage to stand up for your convictions. Fortunately, compassionate PETA supporters have bucket loads of it!
Today, in a room full of suited airline bosses discussing the future of aviation, this activist stood up and made her voice heard – literally – about Air France’s cruelty to primates. Just before a speech by Air France Executive Pieter Elbers in London, she crashed the venue with a banner and a demand for the airline to stop shipping monkeys to their deaths in laboratories.
She was eventually escorted from the room, … Read more.
Londoners in every corner of the city may soon be doing a double take every time a bus passes them. That’s because PETA is looking to place an eye-catching new ad on the back of London’s buses to ask people who are struggling to lose weight – and who want to decrease their chances of falling victim to some of the UK’s biggest killers – if perhaps it’s time to give plant-based eating a try.
We’re hoping the optical-illusion ad will highlight how meat, dairy products and eggs are making people fat … Read more.
The wild boar population of the Forest of Dean is under threat from a controversial and cruel cull plan.
Animal activists around the world are speaking out against the planned killing, and PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk has also chimed in.
To help support activists fighting the cull, Ingrid has put up for auction a hundred-year-old family heirloom – the bell that her great-uncle, who was the headmaster of a grammar school in Coleford in the Forest of Dean, rang from his school’s steps each morning.
“My great-uncle Sidney and my father, who … Read more.
All over the world, people have been standing up to express their horror at Air France’s shipments of primates to laboratories.
Today, the protest arrived in London.
30 PETA supporters gathered outside the Embassy of France in Knightsbridge, London, to make sure that diplomats and the public know how Air France is profiting from the torture of highly intelligent and sensitive monkeys.
No other major airline still transports monkeys for animal testing. After learning how the terrified animals are caged, cut into, poisoned, crippled, deprived of food and water, infected with … Read more.