Benjy was facing slaughter for being gay. The bull made headlines this month after a veterinarian declared his sexual orientation the reason why he wouldn’t breed and the farmer who owned him decided to fatten him for slaughter.
After learning from PETA about the bull’s plight, Simpsons co-creator and philanthropist Sam Simon put up the money to buy Benjy and transport him to a sanctuary where he’ll be able to live out his natural life with peace and dignity. Benjy’s transfer is expected to take place in time for Christmas.
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November is World Vegan Month, and Parliament is marking the occasion by making it easy for MPs and Westminster staff to go vegan.
There are a number of restaurants in the House of Commons, and they’ll be promoting vegan options throughout the month with a Vegan Loyalty Card, offering each diner’s 10th vegan meal for free.
Kerry McCarthy MP said the following:
I’m really glad that the efforts of the three vegan MPs to raise awareness of veganism amongst the catering authorities at Parliament have paid off. This has partly been about
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A pile of naked bodies, covered with blood: When the bodies are human and lying in the middle of Trafalgar Square, it seems like a remarkable and shocking spectacle. But when the bodies of literally billions of animals are hacked apart for meat every year, many people turn a blind eye.
For World Vegan Day this year, we addressed this disconnect with a massive, headline-grabbing demo in the centre of London! This morning, around 100 intrepid volunteers showed up, stripped off and agreed to be splattered with fake blood to help get … Read more.
Inspiring, educational or heartbreaking … these must-see videos will all make you reflect seriously about what (or who) you’re eating.
- Labels vs. reality – find out the truth about “home-grown”, “free-range” and so-called “high-welfare” meat.
- Do more than survive! Vegan free runner Tim Shieff showcases the breathtaking power of kindness.
- Many people don’t realise that the dairy industry is just as cruel as the meat trade. Hollywood mum Emily Deschanel sets them right.
- You might want to have some tissues nearby for this one. Paul McCartney narrates this deeply shocking exposé of
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Fryup, a hamlet located in the stunning North York Moors National Park, has received an unusual request from PETA. To celebrate World Vegan Day, we’re asking Fryup to change its name to Vegan Fryup.
At least one neighbouring councillor thinks it’s a good idea. Speaking to The Northern Echo about the request, Scarborough Borough Councillor Herbet Tindall, who was born in Fryup, said, “I think it would probably go down quite well – it would certainly be a first for my lifetime”.
Fryup seemed like the obvious place to launch our life-saving … Read more.
This week, we’ve been experimenting with theatrical “blood”, considering the pros and cons of flesh-coloured underwear and e-mailing hundreds of people with requests that they take off their clothes in public.
Why? We’re planning one of our most daring demos yet – and if you know anything about PETA, that’s really saying something!
On Saturday, 1 November – which, not by coincidence, is World Vegan Day – we’ll be staging a huge “die-in” in the middle of Trafalgar Square in order to draw the world’s attention to the 255 animals who are … Read more.
How do public perceptions of the UK meat industry match up with the reality?
Watch the video to find out:
The meat industry often uses labels such as “organic”, “grass-fed”, “free-range” and “high-welfare” to market its products. But these labels are designed to make consumers feel better – not animals.
As our video shows, investigations have revealed time and time again that shocking abuse of animals occurs on farms and in abattoirs that claim to have the highest standards – including those with Red Tractor and Freedom Food certifications.
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Satisfy your sweet tooth this Halloween with any of the easy-to-find vegan treats on offer, from classics such as slithering strawberry laces and mysterious flying saucers to the many name-brand candies such as Love Hearts and Starburst that are free from animal products.
Halloween is supposed to be pretend frightening, but some ingredients found in sweets are too grisly even for Halloween and cause fear and suffering year-round. Carmine is a red pigment from the crushed female cochineal insect, dairy ingredients come from intensively confined cows who lead desperately unhappy lives and … Read more.
Food writer Áine Carlin used to be a dedicated meat-eater – until she began to learn about how animals suffer in the meat and dairy industries and knew she had to change her diet. She went vegan because, as she says, “[t]he most important thing to me was reducing any further suffering by my own hands”, and she’s never looked back, becoming so passionate about plant-based food that she decided to publish her own cookbook, Keep It Vegan!
We love her easy, inventive recipes so much that we’ve given her a … Read more.
Tomorrow, 2 October, would have been Mahatma Gandhi’s 145th birthday. It’s also the United Nations’ International Day of Non-Violence.
One meaningful way to celebrate Gandhi’s legacy and the peaceful principles he stood for is to refrain from all forms of violence – specifically in your diet. Last year, MPs from all political parties accepted our invitation to go vegan for the day. This year, we’re encouraging everyone with an interest in justice, non-violence and respect for life to do the same.
Gandhi was himself a strict vegetarian and wrote the book The … Read more.