Tuesday 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, poisoned … Read more.
Love cruelty-free fashion as much as you love to breathe? Have a killer style that no one had to be killed for? Then you are just the person we are looking for!
The search is on for fierce fashionistas and fashionisters who turn heads with their cruelty-free attire. If you think you’ve got the winning style, simply e-mail MostStylishVegan@peta.org.uk with a photo of yourself in your favourite outfit and a few lines about your personal style and why you choose to rock animal-friendly looks.
This is your opportunity to show just how … Read more.
The award-winning documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine is coming to the UK – and we have three pairs of tickets to give away!
The Ghosts in Our Machine tells the stories of the animals who suffer behind the scenes in some of the world’s most powerful industries. It takes an unflinching look at the fur trade, laboratories, modern farming and the use of animals in entertainment through the lens of empathy and compassion for the non-human animals at the heart of them all.
Even the trailer is enough to give you … Read more.
Our fathers play a vital role in shaping our lives and the way we see the world. In honour of Father’s Day, we’re paying tribute to two very special dads who have gone out of their way to protect and defend animals in need and taught their kids that kindness truly is a virtue.
University of Leicester professor John Benyon, 63, was nominated by his daughter Danielle, who said of her parents, “It was their influence that helped me become the animal lover I am”. When John learned of an impending badger … Read more.
We recently spoke to Gillian Loughran, who has an autistic son, Finn, and is the editor of Autism Eye, a magazine aimed at providing parents with practical information about raising children with an autism spectrum disorder.
Following some recent comments in the media about a connection between the symptoms of autism and dairy consumption, Gillian felt it was important to let other parents know about the potential benefits of dropping dairy products, based on her own family’s experience. She had this to say:
From a very young age, my child has
… Read more.
News of Britain’s first cloned dog – a dachshund named “mini Winnie”, born at a total cost of £60,000 – has been splashed across the newspapers this week.
Many people find the idea of creating a clone of a loved one pretty disturbing, and there are serious scientific and ethical arguments against cloning, too.
First, the cloning process is experimental, with a low success rate – between 0 and 20 per cent. The first team that managed to clone a dog had a success rate of two dogs out of 123. … Read more.
This Mother’s Day, we wanted to share the story of one inspiring mum who is a wonderful role model for her family and a real hero for animals.
Emma Kyne, who comes from Chepstow in Wales, practices kindness every day by sticking to a vegan diet. She also co-founded the Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary for farmed animals in Galicia, Spain, and works tirelessly to raise awareness of animal-welfare issues on social media, through events and by holding a stall at VegFest. She also regularly builds new houses and pens for the pigs, … Read more.
Elephants are magnificent, fascinating animals. Here are some facts you may not know about them – and two ways to speak out for elephants who are suffering in captivity.
1. They console each other in times of stress by “hugging”.
According to researchers, elephants hug by putting their trunks in each other’s mouths, offering comfort through physical contact.
2. They mourn their dead.
Wild elephants will stand silently at the bodies of their dead companions, sometimes for days on end. Later, they may return and pay homage to their bones.
3. They … Read more.
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.