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  • 03
  • Feb

France Revises Napoleonic Statute That Classifies Animals as ‘Furniture’

It’s been a long time coming, but last Wednesday, France finally updated a 200-year-old legal code that classified animals as “furniture”!

The French Parliament has now voted to recognise animals as “living sentient beings”, a huge symbolic step forward for compassion.

Progress in French law for animalsWhen the Civil Code was drawn up by Napoleon in 1804, animals were considered primarily as working farm beasts and categorised as goods or furniture. It’s unbelievable that it’s taken this long to revise this archaic law and start to give animals some of the recognition and protection that they deserve. Even so, it took a year of debate before the bill was passed, as France’s powerful farming lobby did its best to oppose the new law.

Felicitations to everyone who’s worked hard to bring French law into the 21st century – we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed this this progress will open the door to more animal-friendly legislation in the country.

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  • 02
  • Feb

Recipe: Claire’s Mac ‘n’ Cheeze

This is a filling, creamy vegan version of the classic comforting dish. Claire suggests varying the dish by adding halved cherry tomatoes or sliced vegan hot dogs before baking/grilling or by sprinkling with flaxseeds and a couple of teaspoonfuls of paprika to create an extra-crunchy topping. Enjoy!

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Claire’s Mac ‘n’ Cheeze

1 onion, finely chopped

1/2 Tbsp olive oil

1–2 chillies, finely chopped (optional)

3–4 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp flour

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp paprika

1 litre unsweetened soya milk

190 g vegan melting cheese (we suggest mozzarella or Edam style Cheezly), grated

Ground black pepper and salt, to taste

500 g macaroni

  • Heat the oil in a medium pan on medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent.
  • Add the chillies and garlic and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
  • Add the flour and a splash more oil (if necessary) and cook until browned.
  • Add the oregano, paprika and a tiny bit of soya milk and stir. Gradually add more soya milk, stirring continuously to prevent sticking. When all the soya milk has been incorporated, add the grated vegan cheese and stir. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.
  • Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions. Drain, then place in a large ovenproof dish and cover with the “cheese” sauce.
  • Place under a medium-heated grill for about 10 minutes until brown and bubbling or in an oven preheated to 190°C for about 15 minutes.
  • Serve with a crisp green salad and garlic bread.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

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  • 01
  • Feb

Be My Vegan Valentine

Love is in the air – yes, in case you hadn’t noticed, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. But while you’re making plans for your hot date, show some love for animals, too, by keeping things vegan. After all, compassion is a great chat-up line, and it’s well known that, with their often fitter physique and increased stamina, plant-eaters make better lovers as well as kinder partners.

So here are six top tips to help you avoid making a cruelty faux pas during your romantic evening:

1. Kindle the flames with beeswax-free candles.

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Don’t ruin the mood with candles derived from the exploitation of buzzing insects. Instead, conjure up a romantic atmosphere with the many fragrant plant-wax alternatives.

2. Say it with vegan chocolates.
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Decadent and dairy-free is definitely the way to go for your valentine delicacies this year.  From organic truffles to luxury handmade bars, a huge variety of divine vegan treats will tickle your lover’s taste buds and satisfy any chocoholic’s cravings.

3. Whet your appetite with plant-based fare.

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Don’t gross your date out by putting a dead carcass on your plate. Book a table at a fancy veggie restaurant near you, or impress him or her by whipping up your own animal-free feast (here are some ideas). Did you know that asparagus, strawberries and liquorice all have aphrodisiac qualities?

4. Slip into something comfortably cruelty-free.

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Silkworms are boiled alive in their cocoons to obtain their silk – decidedly unsexy. To make a really good impression, go for lingerie made from sensual synthetics, such as rayon, nylon or vegan satin.

5. Be considerate in the bedroom.

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The last thing that you want your partner to be thinking about between the sheets is whether the bedding came from tortured geese. So keep your pillows and duvet down-free for a night that’s sinful in all the right ways.

6. Give a PETA Present and be a darling to animals.

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Send your sweetheart a virtual gift to support our work to help animals. From saving baby seals to buying an activist a lettuce bikini, these compassionate purchases are guaranteed to warm your loved one’s heart.

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Got another tip? Tell us in the comments below. And if you want to know more about being a vegan, order our free vegan starter kit today.

Pug Image: DaPuglet / CC BY-SA 2.0

Candle Image: lindasy.dee.bunny / CC BY 2.0

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  • 30
  • Jan

Hero: This Dog Saved His Guardian From Drowning in a Freezing Scottish River

As he does on most evenings, Philip Skirving was recently walking his Staffordshire terrier, Cobin, on a cycle path on the banks of the River Leven in Alexandria, Scotland, when he tripped and fell into the fast-flowing ice-cold water and went into shock. Moments later, Cobin jumped in and dragged his friend to the safety of dry land by pulling on his jumper!

For saving Philip’s life, we’ve recognised Cobin’s daring feat of bravery with PETA’s Animal Hero Award, along with a special “doggie bag” full of vegan dog treats, a comfortable new harness and a fun toy.

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Dogs are more than our best friends – as Cobin has demonstrated, they’re our family members and sometimes even our protectors.

We hope Cobin’s heroics will inspire people to head to their local animal shelter, which is bound to be full of lovable, wonderful dogs just like him, all waiting for someone to come to their rescue.

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  • 30
  • Jan

PETA India Turns Sunder’s Home Into Free-Roaming, Forested Sanctuary

PETA India and Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) have teamed up to create India’s first free-roaming elephant sanctuary in a fenced, forested land that allows elephants to move about rather than be chained in place, the common way in which captive elephants in India are kept.

BBP, which became home to 15-year-old Sunder – famously liberated by the Supreme Court in 2014 from a life of cruelty at the Jyotiba temple in Maharashtra – now houses 15 elephants.

Designed by PETA India consultant and elephant expert Carol Buckley, a solar electric fence and a state-of-the-art emergency corral made of steel pipes are nearly complete for this 49.5-hectare sanctuary that will allow the herd to roam, bathe in ponds and socialise without being restricted by the chains commonly used in India for captive elephants.

Elephant expert Margaret Whittaker – who designed the elephant and mahout training facilities and safety measures – will also be training local caregivers in the principles of a protected-contact system, which is a way of safeguarding human beings and elephants by keeping them separated by a sturdy barrier and managing Sunder and other elephants using positive reinforcement techniques instead of the age-old routine of physical punishment.

With the freedom to engage in natural behaviour within a large open space that they can call their own, Sunder and his new family have the opportunity to thrive. While most captive elephants remain in dire straits, with BBP, PETA India was able to make the dream of freedom a reality for 15 elephants. We hope the sanctuary will become a model for elephant sanctuaries throughout Asia.

Watch this to see Sunder’s story.

Sunder’s story is inspiring, but not all elephants are so lucky. Mali is the only elephant in the Manila Zoo in the Philippines. She’s been completely alone for 35 years and is suffering from health problems that cause her constant pain.

Please send a message asking for Mali to be moved to a sanctuary.

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  • 30
  • Jan

Benjamin John Power: Why I’m Vegan

His band may have a naughty name, but Benjamin John Power from the electronic duo Fuck Buttons is anything but. In fact, the Bristol musician, who is also known for his solo project Blanck Mass, is so concerned about making kind choices that he refuses to eat food that results from animal suffering: namely, meat, eggs and dairy products.

We chatted with him about how and why he chose to go vegan:

Like many people who switch to a plant-based diet, Benjamin reports feeling less tired. He’s also glad to be living by his principles and honouring his lifelong respect for animals, particularly after learning how cows are abused by the dairy industry. It’s been a positive decision all round, as he’s also discovered how delicious vegan food can be.

Benjamin is part of a growing list of musicians – including Ellie Goulding, rapper JME, Moby, Leona Lewis, Chrissie Hynde, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Johnny Marr – who have gone vegan.

Join them! To get started on a more compassionate diet, order our free vegan starter kit today:

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  • 28
  • Jan

A Vegan’s Guide to Non-Dairy Milks

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More and more people are waking up to the cruel reality of the dairy industry, so the market for alternative non-dairy products is growing faster now than ever before. In the past two years alone, the non-dairy milk market has grown by a staggering 155 per cent in the UK! Producing plant-based milks takes a lot less water and land and results in much less carbon dioxide than producing dairy milks. We’ve put together a guide to some of the best vegan milks and how to use them.

Almond Milk

Almond milk

Almond milk is made from ground almonds mixed with water. Its rich texture and slightly nutty taste make it delicious in lattes. It’s also great for blending in smoothies. Almond milk is low in fat, sugar, and calories and naturally high in many vitamins and minerals.

Coconut Milk

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Coconut milk is made by soaking the white flesh of coconuts in hot water. The cream rises to the top and is skimmed off, leaving the milk behind. Coconuts are highly nutritious, containing vitamins C, B1 and B6. The milk is high in saturated fat, though, so it’s best consumed in moderation, and it’s also one of the more expensive vegan milks. But despite being low in sugar, coconut milk is quite sweet-tasting, meaning it’s perfect for desserts, cakes and smoothies. It’s also an important ingredient in Thai and Indian curries.

Hazelnut Milk

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Hazelnut milk has a roasted nutty flavour that goes well with hot chocolate. Some speciality coffee houses are moving towards hazelnut milk because it heats and foams better than almond or soy. It’s high in fat and calories but worth it! It’s also loaded with B vitamins and vitamin E as well as folic acid and the omega-3 fatty acid ALA, which helps keep cholesterol and blood pressure down.

Hemp Milk

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The seeds of the hemp plant, a relative of cannabis but without the psychoactive chemicals, are one of the best vegan protein sources in the world, containing nine essential amino acids and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp milk has a sweet, nutty taste that works very well in tea.

Oat Milk

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Oat milk, which is often locally grown and produced in the UK, is made by soaking the hulled oats in water. The end result is sweet and delicious but more caloric than many of the other plant-based milks. Beta-glucan, found in oat fibre, can actually lower blood cholesterol levels. One serving will also give you 10 per cent of your recommended daily amount of iron, which is very important for vegans. It heats well and doesn’t curdle, making it good for cooking. It should be avoided by anyone with a gluten intolerance.

Rice Milk

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Rice milk is made from boiled rice, brown rice syrup and brown rice starch. In taste tests, rice milk has been shown to be more popular than soya milk. It’s sweet and not as thick as most of the other plant-based milks, and it also is much lower in fat, but it doesn’t contain very much protein.

Soya Milk

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A complete protein source, soya milk is one of the most popular plant-based milks of all and often the only one you’ll find in mainstream coffee shops. It goes well in espresso-based drinks because of its creamy texture and neutral flavor. It has about half the fat of cows’ milk, a third of the calories and none of the cruelty!

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What’s your favourite dairy-free milk? Join the debate by leaving a comment below.

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  • 28
  • Jan

IKEA to Roll Out Vegan Meatballs!

As the demand for delicious, convenient vegan food skyrockets around the world, top furniture retailer IKEA is tossing its hat into the fray with a scrumptious offering: a vegan twist on its classic Swedish meatball.

PETA US first raised vegan food offerings with IKEA in 2011. After IKEA announced in 2014 that it was working on vegetarian but not vegan meatballs, supporters of PETA and our international affiliates signed friendly petitions asking for vegan meatballs. The work paid off, and IKEA listened, letting PETA US know that the new meatballs will be vegan and that they will be available in its store restaurants beginning in April!

PETA hears every day from shoppers calling for animal-friendly on-the-go options. Vegan snacks spare animals suffering and benefit human health, which earns IKEA a round of applause from us!

In addition to sparing animals immense suffering on factory farms, in abattoirs and on the decks of fishing boats, vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, diabetes, strokes, obesity and cancer than meat-eaters are. They also have smaller carbon footprints, as the meat industry is a major producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

You don’t need to wait until April for vegan meatballs. To find out how easy it is to embrace a cruelty-free, healthy, environmentally friendly diet, order our free vegan starter kit today!

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  • 27
  • Jan

Must-Have Vegan Books and Cookbooks

BettyGoesVeganWhat’s your New Year’s resolution? Have you decided to go vegan in 2015? Or are you already vegan but have decided to commit to eating healthier in the new year after spending 2014 indulging in one too many delicious accidentally vegan snacks? Maybe you just want to read up on animal rights issues or are looking for a book to help a child you know understand why you don’t eat meat. Whatever your goal is, we’ve got a book that will help you get there. Check out our list of must-have books:

 

 

General Cooking

  • Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck by Thug Kitchen
  • Keep It Vegan: 100 Simple, Healthy & Delicious Dishes by Áine Carlin
  • Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
  • The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow From the Inside Out by Angela Liddo
  • Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
  • Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics by Chloe Coscarelli
  • The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde, MD, and Matthew Lederman, MD
  • The China Study All-Star Collection: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes From Your Favorite Vegan Chefs by LeAnne Campbell
  • Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes With Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great by Lindsay S Nixon
  • Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way by Chloe Coscarelli
  • Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed by Bryant Terry
  • Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes From My Family to Yours by Mayim Bialik
  • Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family by Dan Shannon and Annie Shannon
  • Vegan Eats World: 300 International Recipes for Savoring the Planet by Terry Hope Romero
  • The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat by Tal Ronnen
  • Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook by Kim Barnouin
  • Skinny Bitch Bakery by Kim Barnouin

 

Budget Cooking

  • Vegan on the Cheap: Great Recipes and Simple Strategies That Save You Time and Money by Robin Robertson
  • PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook: 275 Easy, Cheap, and Delicious Recipes to Keep You Vegan at School by PETA

 

Desserts

  • Ms Cupcake: The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town by Mellissa Morgan
  • Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes That Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
  • Easy as Vegan Pie: One-of-a-Kind Sweet and Savory Slices by Hannah Kaminsky

 

Vegan Health

  • The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World by John Robbins
  • Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B Esselstyn Jr, MD
  • The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health by T Colin Campbell
  • Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T Colin Campbell
  • Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much – and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter by David Robinson Simon
  • Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet by Jack Norris and Virginia Messina

 

Vegan Living

  • Making Kind Choices: Everyday Ways to Enhance Your Life Through Earth- and Animal-Friendly Living by Ingrid Newkirk
  • The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone
  • The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning by Alicia Silverstone
  • Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
  • How to Be Vegan by Elizabeth Castoria
  • Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World by Kathy Freston

 

Animal Rights

  • Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
  • The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights: Simple Acts of Kindness to Help Animals in Trouble by Ingrid Newkirk
  • Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top by Carol Bradley
  • We Animals by Jo-Anne McArthur
  • Free the Animals by Ingrid Newkirk
  • One Can Make a Difference: How Simple Actions Can Change the World by Ingrid Newkirk

 

For Kids

  • V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind by Ruby Roth
  • That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things by Ruby Roth
  • Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action by Ruby Roth
  • Benji Bean Sprout Doesn’t Eat Meat by Sarah Rudy
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Charlotte’s Web by EB White, illustrated by Garth Williams

For more tips on vegan living, visit V in the UK

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  • 27
  • Jan

Enter For a Chance to Win: Beyond Skin’s Stylish Alice Shoe

Last year, we announced the winner of PETA’s design competition with acclaimed vegan shoe label Beyond Skin. The competition attracted entries from budding cordwainers around the world, and the winner was the stylish “Alice” shoe, named in honour of its designer, fashion student Alice Lambert-Gorwyn.

In our design competition, the shoe caught the eye of celebrity judge Laura Whitmore, who had the difficult task of choosing a winner from all the designs. Now, Alice’s shoe is a reality, and we’re offering you a chance to win a pair!

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Alice’s shoe is handmade in Spain from 100 per cent vegan microfibre suede and a faux–reptile print polyurethane obtained from Italy.

For your chance to win a pair of Alice shoes in an available size of your choice, just fill out the below form. The competition closes at 9 am on 27 February 2015. One winner will be chosen at random from all entrants and notified by 27 February. The prize will be posted to the lucky winner shortly thereafter.

This competition is now closed.

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