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  • 20
  • Feb

Cheshire Cat Escapes Snare

When Potter, a cat, went missing from his home in Cheshire for 11 days, his family was worried. When he returned, his family was shocked. Potter came back with a deep life-threatening cut around his body and required major surgery.
Potter the cat

 

It emerged that he had been trapped in a snare for almost the entire time that he was missing. Snares are legal and often used to trap foxes, rabbits or hares. They consist of a wire noose which tightens when the trapped animal struggles and can cause a slow, painful death from infected wounds. They also trap indiscriminately, and dogs, cats, badgers and deer have reportedly been caught.

Snare wound on cat

Potter was lucky to escape that snare and receive treatment to save his life. Most animals who are caught endure a much sadder fate.

Help get snares banned by joining our campaign, starting with Scotland. Please sign our letter to the government:

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  • 20
  • Feb

Iconic Luxury Hotel Bans Wild Animal Displays

When shocking images of a muzzled, chained bear surfaced on social media at the iconic Hôtel Plaza Athénée, part of the Dorchester Collection group of international luxury hotels, PETA France jumped into action.

The bear was used as a prop at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by the luxury hotel. After learning from PETA France how captive bears and other wild animals in the entertainment industry are denied everything that is natural and important to them, the hotel – which was famously featured in the final season of Sex and the City – pledged to implement an immediate ban and said, “Thank you for making us more sensitive to animal suffering”.

#russian #newyear #newfriend #bear #plaza #athenee #whoisthebear?

A photo posted by Cedric Anthony Btesh (@cedanthony) on

Bears belong in nature, where they can forage for food, build nests and splash in freshwater – not chained up in a hotel lobby. We look forward to seeing more establishments follow Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s lead and adopt policies against using animals for entertainment.

If you see an animal being abused for entertainment, speak out! A letter is often all it takes to convince organisations to change their policies.

For more ways to help animals, join PETA UK’s Action Team.

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  • 19
  • Feb

Meet Three Activists Who Would #RatherGoNaked

What better occasion is there than London Fashion Week to remind the fashion world how utterly unacceptable it is to wear the skin of dead animals?

Outside Somerset House today, three gutsy ladies did exactly that, stripping off to put into practice PETA’s famous slogan “We’d rather go naked than wear fur”!

Somerset House - before the demo

We'd Rather Go Naked Demo 2015 cameras

 

We'd Rather Go Naked Demo 2015

Hope, Katy and Monica took part in the demo to urge designers, journalists and shoppers to opt for clothing for which animals weren’t bludgeoned, gassed, strangled or electrocuted. After all, fashion should be fun, not fatal.

Investigations into the global fur trade have found, time and time again, that even in supposedly “high-welfare” countries, animals such as foxes and minks are confined to cramped, filthy cages on fur farms and often go insane from the intense confinement before facing a gruesome death.

Watch our exposé to learn more:

What You Can Do

Please, never wear or buy any item made from fur or featuring fur trim. And join our campaign urging Harvey Nichols to reinstate its fur-free policy here:

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  • 19
  • Feb

Where to Find Bostin’ Vegan Food in Birmingham

Vegan Birmingham

For the latest instalment in our series of vegan city guides, we head to the West Midlands to discover where compassionate Brummies go to find delicious meat-free food.

These are our top vegan picks in Britain’s second city:

  • The Warehouse Café
    Fresh, local and seasonal ingredients take centre stage at this longstanding eco-veggie restaurant located right in the city centre. There are many tempting vegan options available and clearly labelled – the dessert menu even includes vegan trifle! For groceries, check out the 100% Vegan shop in the same building.
    Warehouse Cafe in BirminghamDSCF0319.JPG” by Tom Adams / CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Deepalis
    Cooking up authentic South Indian vegetarian food, Deepalis is an obvious stopping point for vegans exploring the famous Balti Triangle, whether you’re in search of a fragrant curry or classics such as masala dosa and idli sambhar.
  • Veg Out Café & Restaurant
    Light, healthy and organic – the food at this friendly King’s Heath vegetarian café ticks all the boxes.
  • Blue Ginger
    Monday is vegan night at this Malaysian/Singaporean restaurant, with a full menu of unusual animal-free dishes, including tofu gado gado, rambutan and jackfruit red curry and bright green pandan crepes. If you can’t make it on Monday, the regular menu also caters to compassionate eaters.
  • Bodega Cantina
    This popular restaurant serves laid-back South American food – just ask for the vegan menu, and you’ll be good to go! For added authenticity, wash down your meal with a cheeky margarita (or three).
  • Bistro 1847
    A place to splash out, this is the kind of restaurant where the menu is full of items you may struggle to pronounce – but don’t let that put you off, since everything is seasonal, British and meat-free, with vegan options clearly labelled.
    Bistro 1847 serves up gourmet meat-free food
  • Mr Singh’s All Vegetarian Pizza
    This is THE place to find cheesy vegan pizza in Birmingham! Eat in or take away.
  • Cafe Soya
    As you may have guessed from the name, the vegetarian menu at this Asian restaurant is a mock-meat extravaganza! Pick from a vast array of dishes such as sizzling veggie prawns and mock crispy duck pancakes.
  • Boston Tea Party
    Head here for superior coffee and a slap-up vegan breakfast.
  • The British Oak, Stirchley
    How many traditional boozers have a whole vegan section on the menu? Tuck into pub favourites such as pie and chips or vegetable chilli at this historic pub.
  • Cherry Reds Cafe-Bar
    Hearty vegan breakfasts and staples such as falafel burgers and vegan cakes are the name of the game at this down-to-earth café, with two branches in Kings Heath and City Centre.

Other vegan-friendly local businesses worth looking out for are plant-based street-food kiosk The Vegan Grindhouse and monthly pop-up restaurant Change Kitchen.

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If you think we’ve missed any hidden gems in and around Birmingham, let us know by leaving a comment below. Thanks to everyone who gave us tips!

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  • 18
  • Feb

Celebrate Chinese New Year Vegan-Style

It is said that during Chinese New Year, a mythical beast called Nian passes through villages and eats the villagers as well as their crops and livestock. To celebrate the Chinese New Year, we have some vegan recipes for a feast so delicious it might even convince Nian to ditch meat.

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Veggie Dumplings (Jiaozi)
1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup shredded cabbage
2 Tbsp finely chopped red pepper
2 Tbsp finely chopped onion
2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
35–40 small dumpling wrappers

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, red pepper, onion, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir until combined and then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the wrappers on a dry working surface one at a time, place 1 teaspoonful of the vegetable mixture in the centre of the wrapper, wet the edges of the wrapper with water, fold one side over and then pinch the edges together until sealed. The dumplings will be in the shape of a half moon. Repeat until all the filling is gone.
  • Bring 1/2 inch of water to a simmer over medium heat. In a steamer, place as many dumplings as will fit without touching each other. Cover and steam for 10 to 12 minutes. Repeat until all dumplings are cooked.
  • Serve while hot, with a side of your favourite dipping sauce.

Makes 35 to 40 small dumplings

Chinese Hot Pot
This is a common feature of most Chinese New Year meals as it is meant to symbolise the coming together of family members.

1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 large carrot, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced on a diagonal
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced on a diagonal
6-oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tsp peeled and grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
5 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1 Tbsp tamari or other soy sauce
8 oz extra-firm tofu, drained and diced
4 oz fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and caps thinly sliced
1 oz snow peas, strings trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil or Chinese hot oil

  • In a 4-quart slow cooker, combine the onion, carrot, celery, water chestnuts, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes. Add the stock and tamari. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • About 20 minutes before serving, add the tofu, mushrooms, snow peas and scallions. Drizzle in the sesame oil.
  • Cover and cook until the mushrooms and snow peas are tender.
  • Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings
(Adapted from Robin Robertson’s Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker)

Garlic-Ginger Tofu Stir-Fry
1 small Thai pepper, minced
1 tsp minced ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 16-oz pkg firm tofu, drained and cut into 1×1/2-inch pieces
1 tsp soy sauce
2 carrots, cut into 2-inch strips
1 red pepper, sliced
1 large bok choy (or 4–5 baby bok choy), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 medium onion, sliced
1/2 cup courgette, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
Cooked lo mein or soba noodles

  • Sauté the minced pepper, ginger and garlic in the olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the soy sauce and water, stirring until well combined. Stir in the arrowroot powder and simmer over low heat until the tofu and vegetables are cooked through.
  • Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a non-stick 12-inch skillet.
  • Add the tofu and cook, stirring frequently (stir-frying) until heated through and browned on all sides, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the soy sauce and stir-fry for 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Add the carrots, red pepper, bok choy, onions and squash to the skillet and stir-fry until the vegetables are tender but crisp, about 3 minutes. Add the prepared sauce and tofu and stir-fry until all the ingredients are coated and heated, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately over the lo mein or soba noodles.

For more ideas for celebrating any holiday with compassion or to receive our free vegan starter kit:

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  • 18
  • Feb

Fur-Wearers Trade Coats for Cocktails at Mahiki!

Mahiki Fur

As London night club Mahiki celebrates the first anniversary of its fur-free policy, we teamed up with the celebrity hotspot to host a fur amnesty night!

With London Fashion Week due to kick off in a couple of days, PETA and Mahiki invited any stragglers who are still clinging to fur to get with the times and turn their backs on the taboo garments in favour of a fun-filled night out. Anyone ready to unload a fur could trade it in at the door for free entry into the night club and a complimentary cocktail.

Compassionate celebrities also joined the party to celebrate Mahiki’s fur-free policy.

PETA Mahiki Fur Free Party - The Glitter Beats

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The event was an opportunity for partygoers to clean out their closets – and clear their consciences – and for those who are already fur-free to celebrate their support for fashion without cruelty. For every fur coat, piece of fur trim or fur-lined boot, at least one animal endured pain and died in agony.

Animals on fur farms are confined to cramped, filthy cages before they are drowned, beaten, strangled, electrocuted or often even skinned alive in order to produce fur coats, collars and cuffs. See for yourself in this video, narrated by Paloma Faith, what life is like for animals on fur farms here in Europe and around the globe – even in countries that claim to have high welfare standards.

If you have any fur items lingering in your closet, you can always donate them to PETA. We’ll put them to good use – for example, in awareness-raising demos or as bedding for animals in shelters.

Please take action against the cruel fur industry by asking Harvey Nichols to reinstate its fur-free policy!

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  • 17
  • Feb

Guide to High-Street Cruelty-Free Shopping

F21 Studded Chiffon Back Top

(Studded Chiffon Back Top featuring faux leather shoulder patches by Forever 21)

It’s been said that fashion is a reflection of your attitude and personality – that it can be a representation of your worldview. Wearing cruelty-free clothing is the fashion-forward way to show the world that you’re compassionate towards animals.

Many PETA-approved fashion labels have made the commitment to sell only clothes, shoes and accessories that contain no leather, fur, wool, skins, exotic skins or any other animal-derived fabric. But you don’t have to limit yourself to buying your threads from these labels, although we do strongly suggest that you give them a look. You can also buy trendy, fashionable, reasonably priced, animal-friendly items on the high street. All you need to do is check the labels.

The following is a list of vegan-friendly materials you can buy and animal-derived materials to avoid that are commonly found in clothes, shoes and accessories. This is not an exhaustive list. If you come across a material that you’re unfamiliar with and that is not listed here, ask a store clerk or whip out your smartphone and do a quick search on the Internet.

Shoes

  • Vegan materials: synthetic or faux leather (including pleather), all other synthetic materials (including polyurethane), cotton, canvas
  • Materials to avoid: leather, suede, alligator skin, snakeskin, kangaroo
  • Tip: Look inside the heel or under the tongue to find this information.

Coats and Jackets

  • Vegan materials: cotton, polyester, polyester fleece, faux fur, synthetic down, down alternative, PrimaLoft, Thinsulate, Gore-Tex, Polartec Wind Pro, Thermolite
  • Materials to avoid: wool, fleece, down, fur, fur trim

Suits

  • Vegan materials: polyester, linen, Tencel, cotton, recycled plastic, viscose, rayon
  • Materials to avoid: wool

Jumpers

  • Vegan materials: cotton, linen, polyester fleece, acrylic, cotton flannel, synthetic fabrics
  • Materials to avoid: wool, angora, Pashmina, cashmere, shearling, camel hair, mohair, silk, alpaca

Blouses

  • Vegan materials: nylon, polyester, rayon, cotton
  • Materials to avoid: silk

Trousers

  • Vegan materials: denim, cotton, twill, polyester, linen, microfibers, nylon, acrylic, rayon
  • Materials to avoid: wool, silk

Purses and Wallets

  • Vegan materials: synthetic or faux leather (including pleather), all other synthetic materials
  • Materials to avoid: leather, suede, snakeskin

Scarves

  • Vegan materials: polyester, fleece, acrylic, cotton, jersey, linen
  • Materials to avoid: angora, Pashmina, cashmere, shearling, camel hair, mohair, alpaca, silk

Ties

  • Vegan materials: nylon, polyester, rayon, cotton, microfiber
  • Materials to avoid: silk

Not sure why you should avoid animal-derived materials and instead seek vegan options? Here’s why:

  • Leather: Millions of cows, pigs, sheep and goats are slaughtered for their skin every year. They are castrated, branded and dehorned and have their tails docked – all without painkillers. Then they are trucked to slaughter, bled to death and skinned. Sign this pledge to go leather-free.
  • Wool: Shearing sheep involves more than just a haircut. Because shearers are paid by volume rather than by the hour, they often work too fast and disregard the animals’ welfare. Sheep are routinely punched, kicked and cut during the shearing process. Much of the world’s wool comes from Australia, where tens of millions of sheep each year undergo “mulesing”, a gruesome procedure in which instruments resembling gardening shears are used to cut dinner plate–sized chunks of skin and flesh from the backsides of live animals – often without painkillers. Sign this pledge to go wool-free.
  • Fur: Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest, cruellest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gas and poison. Click here to ask Harvey Nichols to stop selling fur.
  • Angora: Angora rabbits are strapped to a board for shearing, kicking powerfully in protest. The clippers inevitably bite into their flesh, with bloody results. Angora rabbits have very delicate foot pads, making life on a wire cage floor excruciating and ulcerated feet a common condition. Because male Angora rabbits have only 75 to 80 per cent of the fur yield of females, they are killed at birth on many farms. Click here to ask Benetton to ban angora.
  • Down: Down is plucked from geese and ducks, either while they’re still alive or after slaughter. Many geese used for down are held down by workers, who tear out the birds’ feathers while the animals shriek in pain and terror. They are often plucked so hard that their skin rips open, leaving gaping wounds that workers crudely stitch back together in the same unsterile environment in which the birds were plucked – and all without any painkillers. Sign this pledge to go down-free.
  • Silk: Silk is the fibre that silkworms weave to make cocoons. To obtain silk, worms are steamed or gassed alive in their cocoons by manufacturers. For more information, read this article.
  • Exotic skins: “Exotic” animals, such as alligators, are factory farmed for their skin and meat. They may be beaten to death with hammers and axes, sometimes remaining conscious and in agony for up to two hours after they’re skinned. Snakes and lizards may be skinned alive because of the belief that live-flaying makes exotic leather more supple. Pledge to shed exotic skins from your wardrobe.
  • Shearling: A shearling garment is made from a sheep or lamb who is shorn only once before slaughter. The animal is then skinned, and shearling is made from the skin with the wool still on it. It can take 25 to 45 individual sheep hides to make just one shearling garment. Sign this pledge to go wool-free.

 

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  • 16
  • Feb

Here’s How to Make Delicious Vegan Pancakes With Only Three Ingredients

Last year’s Great Vegan Bake Off competition took egg- and butter-free baking to new heights! Check out the masterpieces that made it to the finals. Pancakes are easy to make vegan, too – and Shrove Tuesday is a good time for feasting on pancakes to your heart’s content!

This pancake recipe, adapted from The Everyday Veggie, has just three ingredients: flour, almond milk and coconut oil.

Sound too simple to be true? Try it for yourself – it really is that easy to produce delicious pancakes.

Vegan Pancakes

Vegan Pancake

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup + 1 Tbsp almond milk or soy milk
3 Tbsp coconut oil + more for frying

  • Stir together the flour and almond milk until smooth, with no lumps.
  • Stir in the coconut oil and place the batter in the fridge for 5 minutes.
  • Put your frying pan on medium heat for a few minutes.
  • Pour a little oil in the pan, and using a piece of kitchen roll, make sure the whole pan is coated in the coconut oil.
  • Take the pan off the heat and pour about 1/2 cup of batter into it.
  • Swirl it around the pan so the batter coats the bottom.
  • Put the pan back on the heat, gently shake it back and forth, and flip the pancake once it slides around freely and bubbles begin forming.
  • Cook for about the same amount of time on the other side.
  • Slide the pancake onto a plate and start again with the next pancake.
  • Top with sugar and lemon juice.
  • Keep the pancakes going in the hot pan until all the batter is gone – or you’re full!

Makes 5 to 6 pancakes

After Shrove Tuesday comes Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, when many people choose to give something up. Why not go vegan for Lent?

Thanks to The Everyday Veggie for this recipe and picture.

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  • 16
  • Feb

7 Reasons to Give Up Meat, Dairy Products and Eggs This Lent

Go vegan for Lent!

Lent is a time for giving things up. For Christians, it’s a way of remembering how Jesus fasted in the desert. Many non-religious people also choose to make a change to their diet for the tradition of Lent. Instead of giving up chocolate or alcohol this Lent, why not try the 40-day vegan challenge? Here are seven reasons why it’s an excellent decision:

  1. Going vegan helps to alleviate world hunger. More than half of the world’s crops are used to feed farmed animals, not people. It’s far more sustainable for us all to eat the crops directly, rather than eat the animals.
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  2. A vegan diet is becoming increasingly popular, with more people making conscious decisions to change to a greener, more compassionate lifestyle. Join the party.
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  3. Save money at the supermarket. Some of the most versatile vegan foods, such as rice, beans, vegetables, tofu and pasta, cost relatively little compared to animal products.
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  4. Stop holding double standards. Why love your dog but eat the flesh of a pig? If you love animals, the only way to be 100 per cent sure that you’re not supporting cruelty towards them is by not buying animal products.
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  5. Open your mind to new foods and increase your cooking repertoire. See our vegan starter kit for recipe ideas!
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  6. Care about the environment? Vegans have the smallest carbon footprint, generating a volume of greenhouse gases 41 per cent smaller than that of meat-eaters.
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  7. Cutting out animal fats is one of the easiest ways to lose extra weight. Get in shape for spring.
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Convinced? Sign the vegan Lent pledge today!

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  • 13
  • Feb

PHOTOS: Loved-Up Couple Go to Bed in the Middle of Paris With Fur-Free Message

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, two PETA France activists made a grand gesture in what is commonly thought of as one of the world’s most romantic cities – Paris.

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Drawing on the iconic idea of a “bed-in” for compassion, the couple reclined in a bed on a public street, with a message urging Parisians to have a heart and reject fur.

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“We’re bringing our big hearts and bare skin to Parisians with the message that animals are not ours to wear”, explained one of the activists. “Valentine’s Day and Paris are all about love, so what better time and place to remind people to show animals some love, too, by refusing to support the cruel fur industry.”


You can also show animals some love this Valentine’s Day. Check out our tips for cruelty-free romance, and take action against the horrific fur industry – in which animals are killed for their skins by having their necks broken, gassing or anal electrocution and are sometimes skinned alive – by sharing our video and asking Harvey Nichols to stop selling fur.

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