PETA and meat-eating do not usually go together. Yet this week, we’re celebrating an event that centres around tasting a real beef hamburger. This isn’t an unexpected U-turn for our organisation – because the meat being sampled today was grown in a laboratory! Dr Mark Post, a bio-scientist from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands is hosting a ceremony in London which offers the first-ever opportunity to sample a burger made from real bovine tissue produced in vitro.
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Magician, psychic and spoon-bender extraordinaire Uri Geller has just sent Fortnum & Mason CEO Ewan Venters a novel proposal. Like many other people who have learned about the cruelty of foie gras production, Uri can’t understand why Fortnum & Mason can continue to sell the revolting foodstuff and rightly concludes that anyone who can profit from this torture needs help!
Uri has kindly offered to use his hypnotic powers to allow Mr Venters to rediscover his compassion – here’s his letter in full:
Thanks to Uri for speaking out for the … Read more.
In April, we were celebrating. After a public consultation and messages from thousands of compassionate people, the government announced that it would ban the use of all wild animals in circuses in England by 2015. It promised to end the abuse of zebras, camels, raccoons, reindeer, snakes and other animals in circuses around the country. “This legislation will end the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in this country. It will also help ensure that our international reputation as a leading protector of animals continues into a new global era”, … Read more.
In the small, picturesque village of Upton Snodsbury in Worcestershire, an atrocity has just been averted. There were plans to lock up 80,000 animals in windowless, claustrophobic sheds; mutilate them with red-hot blades; dose them with drugs; force them to grow so fast that they would risk organ failure and kill them before they reached adulthood.
All this and worse would have been the miserable fate inflicted on tens of thousands of chickens on a proposed broiler factory farm in Upton Snodsbury. But now, after actions from thousands of compassionate people, that … Read more.
Bulls die bloody deaths in Pamplona every year. It’s bad enough that at the Spanish city’s annual San Fermín festival, terrified animals stumble and fall as they are hounded through the streets by unthinking tourists. But what many people don’t realise is that these bulls are being herded straight towards the bullring – and an agonising death.
In bullfights, bulls are stabbed repeatedly in the back and neck by groups of men on horseback. Sometimes the lances pierce the animals’ lungs, which will then fill up with blood. The matador then … Read more.
Yesterday, the Dutch Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution against European Union subsidies which prop up the Spanish bullfighting industry. This excellent move will send a strong and timely signal to the Spanish Parliament, which is currently considering a ludicrous legislative proposal to promote and support bullfighting as a national past-time.
A report issued earlier this year estimated that Spanish bullfighting receives €130 million annually from EU tax payers via subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy. That means that people all over Europe, who would never willingly have anything to do with this … Read more.
Irish beauty, TV star, former Miss World and daughter of iconic singer Chris de Burgh, Rosanna Davison can now add a new title to her list of accolades – advocate for animals. The long-time vegan has just appealed to Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, to end Ireland’s cruel export of live animals.
Rosanna may be accustomed to the jet-setting lifestyle, but there’s one type of international travel that she’s dead against: transporting frightened cows from Waterford to Tripoli in a gruelling and highly stressful 10-day boat trip to a Libyan abattoir. … Read more.
BAFTA-winning actor Ralph Fiennes has written to Fortnum & Mason’s current managing director, Ewan Venters, appealing for him to remove foie gras from the shelves of the London department store.
Having seen the undercover video footage taken by PETA at part of Fortnum & Mason’s supply chain, the UNICEF UK ambassador made his views known to the store’s CEO in a heartfelt letter sent this week. After watching the graphic images, Fiennes implored Venters to take action personally: “A product that causes so much suffering that it’s illegal to produce in the … Read more.
Every year, in the city of Pamplona in northern Spain, there’s a massacre. Bewildered animals are forced to run at breakneck speed through the streets, towards an arena where they will be stabbed to death by a group of armed men. The Running of the Bulls at the San Fermin festival is a truly barbaric performance and one that has no place in any civilised country.
But something else happens every year, something that’s genuinely inspiring – people from Spain and all over the world come together to protest, peacefully and … Read more.
In between training sessions for this year’s Wimbledon tournament, tennis champ and Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray has been overseeing the opening of a brand-new luxury hotel in Scotland – a hotel that we have been assured will be 100 per cent foie gras–free.
The renowned head chef of Cromlix House Hotel, Albert Roux, sent us an e-mail confirming that the cruelly produced foodstuff will never be found in his kitchen. “I’m totally, totally in agreement of not serving foie gras due to the cruelty inflicted on the animals”, he wrote, echoing … Read more.