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  • 02
  • Oct

Paul O’Grady to Lord Mayor: Please Don’t Herd Sheep Across London Bridge

Paul O'Grady to Lord Mayor: Please Don't Herd Sheep Across London Bridge

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.


  • 01
  • Oct

PETA Takes Advantage of Parody Law Change to Blast F&M

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.


  • 27
  • Sep

Switzerland Is Poised to Join the Worldwide Movement Against Seal Fur

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.


  • 26
  • Sep

Ross McCall: For the Sake of Animals, the Show Most Certainly Must Not Go On

Ross McCall for PETAScotland 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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  • 24
  • Sep

Sophie Ellis-Bextor: ‘Here’s the Rest of Your Fur Coat’

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.

PETA UK Sophie Ellis Bextor Ad

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.


  • 16
  • Sep

PHOTOS: Air France Faces Embarrassing Moment at Airline Conference

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.

Air France aviation conference Londonair france 2 London

air france cruelty to primates

She was eventually escorted from the room, … Read more.


  • 16
  • Sep

Don’t Throw Your Health Under the Bus

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.

Bus Back

We’re hoping the optical-illusion ad will highlight how meat, dairy products and eggs are making people fat … Read more.


  • 09
  • Sep

PETA Founder Rings the Bell for Wild Boar

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.

Forest of Dean Wild Boar

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.

Coleford School Bell“My great-uncle Sidney and my father, who … Read more.


  • 21
  • Aug

PHOTOS: ‘Monkey’ Prisoners Call Out Air France Cruelty in London

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.

PETA Demo in London against Air France Cruelty

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.

Air France is the only major airline that trafficks primates for vivisection

Caged activist speaks out for 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.


  • 22
  • Jul

Cornwall’s Foodie Festival Has No Taste for Foie Gras

Cornwall’s Port Eliot Festival, which will be held this weekend and is known for fine food, music and literature, has reassured punters that cruelty to ducks and geese will not be on the menu.

Because of the festival’s emphasis on fresh, locally sourced and sustainable food, you’d hardly expect to find foie gras there, given the deeply unethical methods used in its production, which is so cruel that it’s been banned in the UK. To make the “fatty liver pâté”, vast amounts of corn are pumped into the stomachs Read more.