This Saturday marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women’s groundbreaking achievements and continue to encourage and support them to create positive change. Here at PETA UK, we have no shortage of strong, accomplished women to look to – we were founded by one, after all. In honour of International Women’s Day, here are five of the women who are leading the animal rights movement and who embody this year’s theme: “Inspiring Change“.
Let’s start with our own Mimi Bekhechi. As PETA UK’s associate director, she heads … Read more.
The principle of animal rights is nothing new – smart people throughout the ages have understood that animals aren’t ours to use and abuse! The following are some of our favourite quotes about animals from thinkers who made their mark on history:
1. George Bernard Shaw
3. Albert Einstein
4. Mark Twain
5. Jeremy Bentham
6. Mohandas K. Gandhi
7. Leonardo Da Vinci
8. Alice Walker
“Alice Walker” by Virginia DeBolt / CC BY-SA 2.0
9. Charles Darwin
10. Rachel Carson
11. Thomas A. Edison
12. His Holiness The … Read more.
Is your New Year’s resolution to get in shape becoming a distant memory? Want to boost your fitness and show your commitment to animals at the same time?
We’ve just launched an exciting new tool, Fundraising for PETA, on our website that will motivate you right to the finish line and, after a few too many vegan chocolates perhaps, to a healthy new you.
PETA has a long tradition of inspirational supporters who have raised money to help animals while completing impressive feats of athleticism, such as Andras Munch, who last … Read more.
Today, on Valentine’s Day, PETA UK is thrilled to announce that we have appointed our first ambassador, Reg Pycroft.
Over the years, Reg has been a true and loving heart for animals, demonstrating dedication to fairness, justice and respect for all living beings, including the most forgotten animals: those used for food, clothing, entertainment and more.
Reg, a born Londoner, has had an illustrious career. He was a member of the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Cold War and then had a long, successful career in aviation in the Far East … Read more.
The eyes of the world are watching in horror as 250 bottlenose dolphins – who, several days ago, were herded into the now infamous “killing cove” near the small Japanese village of Taiji – are now being slaughtered one by one by Japanese fishermen. By the time it’s all over, the sea will be red with the blood of these animals.
This horrific massacre goes on for six months a year, during which time more than 20,000 dolphins and small whales – including babies and their mothers – are corralled into … Read more.
There are thousands of ways to speak out for animals: whatever your talents are, you can use them to advocate for compassion! And that’s exactly what some inspiring students have been doing, by creating stirring artworks with an animal rights message as part of their studies.
This striking poster was created by design student Adam Taylor, who used one of his assignments to raise awareness of the cruelty of the fur industry. The image shows a sinister fur coat tainted with the dripping blood-red innards of the animal who was … Read more.
It’s hard to believe – PETA UK is turning 20! To celebrate – and to thank many of the people who have helped us achieve so much for animals during the past two decades – we’re holding a special event on 17 November. PETA’s iconic founder, Ingrid E Newkirk, is coming to London to give her acclaimed “Naked Truth” talk.
In a session hosted by long-time PETA friend Sadie Frost, Ingrid will share her electrifying thoughts about animals, our relationship with them and how that relationship can and should evolve.
The good … Read more.
Poor old spiders. The much-maligned little critters often have a hard time of it at the hands of humans – getting squashed, washed down the plughole or sprayed with toxic insecticides.
Recent reports about the rising numbers of false widow spiders in this country have made things even worse, inspiring an epidemic of hysterical spider-swatting, despite the fact that the vast majority of the UK’s 600 species of spiders are completely harmless. As for false widow spiders, they are not aggressive towards humans, and in most cases their bites are no more … Read more.
The Northumberland town of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea witnessed a daring rescue recently, when a lifeboat crew sprang to the assistance of two stranded ferrets, Tootsie and Lucky.
The furry pair were huddled in the crevice of a rock off Cambois Bay, just minutes away from drowning or being swept away by the rising tide, when a life-saving volunteer arrived in the nick of time and lifted them to safety – much to the relief of the animals’ distressed guardians. As the town’s lifeboat operations manager pointed out, this is “probably the first ferret … Read more.
Monday is the beginning of the annual red grouse shooting season in Scotland: the deceptively named “Glorious Twelfth”. Around half a million of these shy birds will be shot this year, helping to line the pockets of certain wealthy landowners but causing nothing but suffering to both the grouse and the many other animals who are killed because of this archaic, bloodthirsty industry.
Many estate managers kill birds of prey in order to “protect” grouse so that shooters can then kill them. Hawks, falcons, owls and other legally protected raptors are trapped, … Read more.