After the release of movies or TV shows featuring animals (even animated ones), people often get caught up in the fad of buying real-life versions of the animal stars.
For example, despite the movie’s anti-captivity message, sales of clownfish soared after the release of Finding Nemo, as did sales of owls in the wake of the Harry Potter movies. According to Blue Cross, the number of huskies and similar breeds at its rehoming centres has increased by 700 per cent over the past five years, likely because of fans of fantasy … Read more.
At least 60 dogs died last night in a fire at Manchester Dog’s Home. Trapped in their kennels as smoke and flames surrounded them, these animals’ last moments must have been filled with terror and suffering.
Even more shocking is the fact that this tragic event was apparently not an accident – police have arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of arson.
Nobody can bring these dogs back to life, but we’ve decided to take action to help prevent future acts of violence by rushing humane-education materials to primary schools in … Read more.
Every summer, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car – even for “just a minute” – while they run an errand.
Parked cars are death traps for dogs in warm weather. Unlike humans, dogs can cool themselves only by panting and sweating through their paw pads, and they can die if their body temperature exceeds 41 degrees. They can develop a loss of muscle control, their kidneys can cease to function, their brain can become irreversibly damaged and their heart can stop. … Read more.
Like humans, animals often find themselves in situations of need. Thankfully, there are compassionate people who are ready to spring to their aid, sometimes even at the risk of their own safety. Here are some inspiring stories from people who impressed us so much with their compassion that we recognised them with an award!
Happisburgh Lifeboat Crew
Labrador Quila had been swept out to sea by strong tides at Sea Palling, just days before Christmas last year. Quila’s guardian had taken her out for a walk along the coast when she … Read more.
Hot on the heels of his Brit award nomination, comes a new collaboration from Naughty Boy. Along with his beloved cat, the delightfully named Naughty Bob, the musician and producer has teamed up with PETA to raise awareness of animal overpopulation.
The man behind the chart-topping single “La La La” and the bestselling album Hotel Cabana, who has worked with artists such as Chipmunk, Wiley and Leona Lewis, shows his nice side in the new ad by encouraging his fans to make sure that their animal companions are practicing … Read more.
Believe in love at first sight? For Valentine’s Day, PETA friends and staffers look back on the moment they first met their animal companions and knew they’d found “the one”.
Claire and Jiji
Jiji was my dark handsome stranger. We received an e-mail from our residents’ association asking whether anyone in the area had lost a black kitten. It turned out he was unwanted and had been dumped in the street. We went to look for him late one night and found a cold, skinny, hungry but friendly kitten. He came home … Read more.
Quila was in a tight spot. On a stormy afternoon in Norfolk, just days before Christmas, this friendly Labrador was swept out to sea and left stranded on a slippery rock, surrounded by water – as her distressed guardians watched in horror.
This is what happened next:
What stands out in the video are the gentleness and care that the rescuers from Happisburgh Lifeboat Crew show to Quila, who was probably experiencing one of the most terrifying moments of her life. After they lift her into the boat, she nestles her head … Read more.
Did you know that currently, there are no laws in place that specifically protect police dogs from attacks and violence? Instead, the law classifies these loyal and hard-working officers as “property” so that injuring or killing them is treated as criminal damage – similar to damaging a building or a vehicle – rather than as an attack on an individual.
Police dogs are officers, not things. They feel pain and fear, which property does not, and they risk and sometimes forfeit their lives in service to the force and the community. That’s … Read more.