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  • 29
  • Oct

An Unusual Request for a North Yorkshire Hamlet


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”.

BreakfastFryup seemed like the obvious place to launch our life-saving message because choosing a vegan fry-up lowers people’s risk of needing emergency services or losing their mobility later in life. Consuming flesh takes a terrible toll on human health, taxing your digestive system and increasing your risk of life-threatening disease. Authorities such as the British Medical Association confirm that vegetarians have lower rates of obesity, coronary heart disease and high blood pressure. With vegan sausages, “facon” and now even vegan black pudding and tofu eggs, anyone who wants to can still tuck into a full English breakfast seven days a week. And vegans don’t just help save their own lives – they also save many animals a year from immeasurable suffering on factory farms, in abattoirs and on the decks of fishing boats.

If the hamlet takes us up on our offer, we’d be thrilled to coordinate a delicious food giveaway to celebrate World Vegan Day, which takes place on 1 November.

Fryup Sign Photo: “IMG_1553.jpg” by Tom Page / CC BY-SA 2.0

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  • 28
  • Oct

PHOTO: Bunny Thanks Monsoon for Ending Angora Sales!

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When we heard that yet ANOTHER major UK retailer – Monsoon Accessorize – has just ended the use of angora wool, we had to crack out the champagne!

In a statement on its website today, Monsoon confirmed that, after hearing from customers: 

“we have decided to end the use of angora in all future production of our clothing and accessories”.

This is the right decision for bunnies and for fashion – because, ever since PETA Asia’s deeply disturbing investigation into angora fur farms last year, it’s been clear that the British public doesn’t want to wear wool torn from rabbits’ skin.

Video footage revealed how intelligent rabbits are confined for years in isolation to small, filthy wire cages that cut their sensitive paws. They can be heard screaming as they have their front and back legs tethered tightly so that they can be stretched out over a board as sharp clippers cut into their sensitive skin or their hair is ripped out by the fistful – all for a product that no one needs.

Monsoon has joined ASOS, French Connection, Stella McCartney and many other global fashion brands that now no longer sell angora. Help us keep up the pressure by speaking out wherever you see it on sale.

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  • 28
  • Oct

Europe Must Not Allow Animal Testing for Cosmetics to Happen Through the Back Door

Ratten 15 - ÄgT (3)People all over Europe celebrated last year when the ban on animal testing for cosmetics in the European Union came into full force.

So we were deeply concerned when a joint statement from the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) this week confirmed that cruel tests on animals for cosmetics ingredients will continue under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, the world’s biggest animal testing programme.

Here’s our statement on the issue:

PETA believes that the cosmetics testing ban is a vital start, an important and big step forward, but that there is more to be done.

Despite the clear mandate from the public and international governments on this issue, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is still insisting on testing chemicals used in cosmetics for which there is a possibility of workforce exposure during manufacturing processes, and that means that animals will, in fact, continue to die in tests of cosmetics ingredients, something most people in the world do not want to happen.

It is inexcusable in these times that animals can be forced to suffer and die for testing cosmetics ingredients in a saturated marketplace, especially considering the wide availability of vastly superior non-animal tests. PETA and its affiliates are determined to press to uphold the public’s opposition to cosmetics testing and the advancement of innovative, humane testing methods by pushing the ECHA to fulfil the spirit of the law by never testing cosmetics ingredients on animals, no matter what the circumstances are.

Please be certain that you’re not supporting cruel and completely unnecessary tests on animals by consulting PETA US’ international list of cruelty-free companies here.

Image: Doctors Against Animal Experiments

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  • 28
  • Oct

Pigeon-Racing Investigation Prompts Unprecedented Police Raid in Taiwan

Pigeon raidEarlier this year, the results of PETA US’ undercover investigation into Taiwan’s callous pigeon-racing industry made headlines around the world.

Now, it’s made history, by prompting the first-ever mega-raid by police on pigeon racing in Taiwan. Agents from the Criminal Investigation Bureau last week searched the office of the Greater Kaohsiung Zhongzheng Pigeon Society and froze millions of dollars in assets. Police also detained three employees on charges of violating Taiwan’s animal-protection law and illegal gambling.

This move is likely to have a huge impact on the upcoming winter pigeon-racing season in Taiwan and may help save countless birds from terrifying deaths at sea. It’s a promising step forward for compassion!

Here’s some background information:pigeon final

  • Taiwan’s pigeon-racing industry is the cruellest, deadliest and most crime-ridden in the world.
  • Millions of animals die every year from exhaustion, get swept away in storms or are killed by racers for being too slow.
  • In many races, less than 1 per cent of the birds survive.
  • Large illegal wagers fuel this multibillion-dollar industry.
  • The UK’s Royal Pigeon Racing Association actively promotes the sale of British “racing pigeons” to China and Taiwan.

The British pigeon-racing industry is hardly any better than Taiwan’s. Birds forced to fly in gruelling cross-Channel races of up to 900 miles rarely survive – some races have a 90 per cent death rate. Those who do make it back are often “rewarded” by having their necks broken or being gassed with car exhaust, because they’re not deemed profitable enough.

Please speak out for pigeons by asking Defra to crack down on these cruel “graveyard races”:

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  • 27
  • Oct

Why We’ve Just Ordered 4 Gallons of Fake Blood

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.

fake blood preparations for vegan demo

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 killed for food every single second in the UK. Hundreds of intrepid volunteers of all ages and backgrounds will be braving the elements and lying almost completely naked and covered with fake blood in a huge pile of “dead bodies” to protest the meat industry’s unrelenting massacre of animals.

Demo signs arrive

A few of the participants told us why they’ve decided to take a stand:

Stephanie“Throughout history, people have used nudity as a tactic to draw attention to a cause, and I’m proud to be able to use my body to bring attention to the plight of animals. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that the weather is good to us!”

– Stephanie, Wolverhampton




Matthew“I hope this demonstration will propel the issues, especially that of animal suffering, to the forefront of people’s minds and convince even just a few people to think twice about their consumer habits and the industries that they support.”

– Matthew, Hertfordshire




Daniella“Animal rights is my passion – I am taking part on 1 November to spread the message of veganism and raise awareness of the billions of animals needlessly killed every year. If being naked in the centre of London can help this aim, then that’s what I’ll do!”

– Daniella, Livingston




This event will make headlines and go down in history as an unforgettable plea for compassion – letting the world know how many people in this country do not consent to the way animals are treated in our food system and want the bloodshed to end.

There’s still time to be part of this exciting event! If you can make it to London on 1 November and are willing to show some skin to help animals, sign up here:

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  • 24
  • Oct

Buying British? What Those Meat Labels Really Mean (VIDEO)

Buying British FB copyHow do public perceptions of the UK meat industry match up with the reality?

Watch the video to find out:

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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.

Examples of cruel practices documented at these facilities include the following:

When it comes to meat, there’s only one guarantee – that animals suffered and were slaughtered at a young age so that their bodies could be dismembered, packaged and sold.

But there is one easy way to make sure that your food was compassionately produced.

Order a free vegan starter kit below and find out why more and more people are choosing a healthy and ethical plant-based diet.

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  • 23
  • Oct

Live Export: Trafficking, Beatings, Broken Legs and Stabbings

Animals Australia Reveals Unspeakable Abuse of Cows and Sheep

In an extensive new investigation of the Australian live-export industry – which exports up to 4 million sheep and cattle per year – Animals Australia has revealed countless atrocities to animals who are shipped from Australia to Gaza, Jordan, Kuwait and Malaysia for the annual “festival of sacrifice” in October.

Video footage and photos show how exporters make a killing by supplying animals to notorious meat markets and unregulated abattoirs. Some animals are even set upon and killed in the streets.

Watch Animals Australia’s disturbing video here:

Abuses endured by exported animals include the following:

  • During the journey, which can last for weeks, animals are loaded onto crowded ships and may be deprived of water in extreme heat or left unable to stand after sustaining debilitating injuries. Thousands of animals die on the open seas.

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  • When they reach their destination, all that awaits them is further suffering and death. This bull was violently stabbed in front of children until he was unable to stand.

Bound-bull Middle East investigation

  • Thousands of cattle were allegedly illegally smuggled over the border from Israel to Gaza, where bulls had their legs and neck strung out between poles while their necks were roughly slashed open.

Animals Australia find sheep abused

  • Sheep with broken legs were forced onto trucks for sale.


  • In Jordan, sheep were bound, dragged through the streets, stuffed in car boots and killed in painful, frightening ways.

Middle East abattoir live export

  • At a so-called “approved abattoir”, sheep were lined up next to a filthy blood drain and had their throats slit while still conscious.

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  • According to Animals Australia, there is “an abundance of evidence that ear tags are being removed from sheep and cattle being illegally sold and slaughtered in Jordan, Kuwait and Gaza – to prevent identification of the exporter”.

In addition to being unspeakably cruel, much of this abuse is illegal, according to Animals Australia, since it violates laws that are supposed to regulate what happens to Australian animals once they leave the country. Since the laws are not being enforced, the abuse is continuing unabated.

Read more about the investigation and Animals Australia’s campaign to ban live exports here.

And you can take action in the UK by writing to the Australian High Commissioner and asking him to help end this heartless industry.

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  • 23
  • Oct

9 Vegan Sweets for a Spooky Fun Halloween

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 gelatine is the boiled bones, tendons and ligaments of pigs and other animals. Ew!

Here are some ideas to ensure that your Halloween sweets are a treat for everyone, including insects, cows and pigs. Do check the ingredients, as they may differ regionally and can change.

Toffee Apples


Love Hearts


Flying Saucers




Goody Good Stuff


Polo Fruits


Free From Chocolate Buttons


Sherbet Fountain


Strawberry Laces


 Want to know more about vegan eating? PETA’s free vegan starter kit is packed with useful information, tips and recipes for anyone looking to make the switch. Order yours now:

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  • 22
  • Oct

Ugo Monye Tackles Fur Industry in New PETA Ad

He’s known for his speed on the pitch – but the legions of Harlequins fans might not know that Ugo Monye is just as quick to speak out against the cruelty of the fur industry.

England’s international rugby star is the latest celeb to strip down for PETA’s “Ink, Not Mink” ad campaign calling on fans to ditch fur.

Ugo Monye Ink Not Mink PETA

(Photo by Pal Hansen)

“Animals used for fur sometimes have their skin ripped off them while they’re still alive – that’s not OK”, Monye says. “I hope that by being a part of the ‘Ink, Not Mink’ campaign, I’m encouraging fans not to wear real fur because that’s the only way this cruelty is going to stop.”

In the wild, animals caught in steel-jaw traps can languish for days, slowly dying from hunger, thirst, disease, blood loss and predation. Some, especially mothers with babies, chew through their limbs in a desperate attempt to escape. Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy cages before they are beaten, gassed or anally electrocuted. More than 2 million cats and dogs are skinned in China every year – many while they’re still conscious.

Monye joins a growing list of athletes – including Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani, Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Jimi Manuwa and England cricketer Jade Dernbach – who are speaking out against fur in our ad series. Please join them and become a champion for fur-bearing animals by pledging never to wear their skins.

Fur Free Pledge

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  • 20
  • Oct

Áine Carlin’s Delicious, Gooey Chocolate Brownie Recipe

áine carlin recipe and cookbook contestFood 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 2014 Vegan Food Award! Feast your eyes on Áine’s recipe for scrumptious, gooey vegan brownies!

Fudgy Brownies

You’d be hard pushed to find somebody who doesn’t love a good brownie. Whilst everyone has their very personal views on how gooey or chewy brownies should be, my favoured texture errs on the fudgy side. Chunky enough to cut into manageable bite-sized squares, these could also eat be eaten warm with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream for a truly indulgent dessert. Enjoy!

Makes 12-16

250 g plain white flourWin vegan cookbook

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

1 banana, peeled and mashed

230 g caster sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

140 g good-quality dark chocolate (minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids), broken into pieces

4 Tbsp vegan margarine, plus extra for greasing

1 Tbsp agave nectar

60 g dark chocolate chips

120 g walnuts, chopped

Icing sugar, to dust

  • Preheat the oven to 180˚C/gas mark 4. Grease a 20-centimetre baking tin and line with baking parchment.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the mashed banana, sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Bring a small pan of water to the boil and, then turn down to barely a simmer. Put a heatproof bowl on top, place the chocolate, margarine and agave in the bowl and melt together until smooth and glossy. Pour the melted chocolate into the banana mix and stir to combine.
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour, pour in the chocolate mixture and fold thoroughly until everything is incorporated. Finally, fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts, ensuring not to overwork the batter.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely before cutting into pieces and dusting the brownies with icing sugar.

Adapted from Keep It Vegan by Áine Carlin, published by Kyle Books. Priced at £14.99. Photographs by Ali Allen.

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