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.
This week is Volunteers’ Week – and here at PETA, we’re constantly inspired by our fabulous volunteers, whose energy, passion and commitment to helping animals are essential to our work, every week.
Online, offline, on the streets, at our office or from their homes, our volunteers help us out in a huge number of ways. The following are just a few concrete examples of how Team PETA has been making a difference recently:
- In February, approximately 5,000 people e-mailed Shropshire Council asking that it reject plans to build an appallingly cruel chicken
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Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan unveiled her sexy new PETA ad today in London’s Covent Garden in order to make an unforgettable statement against the cruelty of using exotic skins in fashion. The sultry image, shot by top celebrity photographer Trevor Leighton, reveals her versatility as an actor – because, although she made her name playing Manchester-born Rosie Webster, here she stars as a jungle-dwelling reptile!
Helen, who has just been crowned FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the UK, was keen to make the point that you don’t need to wear dead … Read more.
Fortnum & Mason has had quite a week. Tuesday saw a flurry of activity outside its Piccadilly store, as volunteers turned out to protest against the sale of cruel foie gras. Hundreds of online activists have been giving the company a piece of their mind on Twitter. And now, from across the Channel, Brigitte Bardot and French animal protection groups, representing tens of thousands of French citizens, have joined the call for Fortnum & Mason to end unethical foie gras sales.
French organisations, including the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, Society for the … Read more.
Shy, elusive, nocturnal – just some of the words that spring to mind when you try to describe the badger. This most ancient Briton is adapted for life underground, and spottings are rare – yet beneath the mysterious surface, these are remarkable animals.
The following are some reasons why we should be celebrating badgers, not planning to massacre them:
- Badgers have been present in the British Isles for at least 300,000 to 400,000 years.
- Badgers are great builders. Their underground homes, or setts, are often highly complex, with
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Mums are awesome. But while you’re showing yours how much you love her on Mother’s Day – or, if you’re a mother yourself, enjoying some well-earned appreciation – it’s worth remembering that animals are often parents, too. Just like us, other animals have strong maternal instincts, feel instant love for their children and want to watch them grow up. But in the farming industry, they rarely get the chance: their babies are snatched away from them, never to be seen again.
Here’s a little more info about what it’s like to be … Read more.
In the light of this week’s distressing news that thousands of badgers are likely to be killed in the UK, here’s a statement from Team Badger, (of which PETA is a member) on just how pointless and wrong this culling is:
The Government’s determination to go ahead with the badger cull this summer once again proves how misguided and out of step with scientific fact and public opinion it is on this issue. Culling badgers is not the answer to eradicating bovine TB. Not only is the practice inhumane and
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UPDATE: We’ve just heard the devastating news that most of the AstraZeneca dogs were shipped to UK laboratories over the past few days.
A few dogs are still left in AstraZeneca’s breeding facility in Örkelljunga, Sweden. Please call AstraZeneca’s board today and ask them to show mercy and rehome the remaining beagles.
The number to call is +46-8-553 260 00.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has been speaking out for these dogs over the past days and weeks, on the phone, by e-mail and on Facebook and Twitter. The response has … Read more.
On Tuesday, the police and food standards inspectors raided a UK abattoir and meat processing firm to find out if they had been passing meat from horses off as beef – the latest development in the ongoing British horsemeat scandal, which has affected major retailers from Tesco to Burger King.
While the authorities have yet to reach a verdict about these particular facilities, at every slaughterhouse in Britain atrocities go on every day that would turn most people’s stomachs.
From being strung up by their legs and given repeated electric shocks to … Read more.