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  • 02
  • Jun

Plant-Powered Athlete Dean Howell Wants You to Go Vegan

Going vegan has given footballer Dean Howell a phenomenal body and the stamina that he needs as a professional athlete. With his new ad for PETA, shot by celebrity photographer Trevor Leighton, Dean is encouraging other professional athletes and anyone else who wants to get fit and save animals to try vegan.

Footballer poses topless for PETA ad

“After adopting a vegetarian diet at the age of 20 and then a vegan diet at 24, I maintained the same weight but slimmed down and saw my stamina go through the roof”, he told the Burton Mail.

Dean previously played for Bury Football Club and attributes making it as a professional athlete to his diet. “I believe my diet has spared me serious injury, and on the very rare occasions when I have taken a knock I have bounced back to full health in a fraction of the time.”

And he’s not the only meat-free footballer out of Bury. Bury-born football legend Phil Neville also recently advocated ditching meat.

Dean’s diet is free from meat, eggs and dairy products, and he encourages other professional athletes to adopt plant-based diets. More and more professional athletes are recognising that a healthy plant-based diet supplies the protein and other nutrients that they need to build muscle and strengthen their immune systems, without clogging arteries with saturated fat.

And of course, each vegan saves animals from extreme suffering on factory farms, in abattoirs and on the decks of fishing boats.

If you’ve ever considered changing your diet for the better and want to get fit like Dean, order PETA’s free vegan starter kit for tips, recipes and more.

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  • 29
  • May

Behind the Scenes With Asking Alexandria: ‘We’re a Band of Dog Lovers and Animal Lovers’

Danny Worsnop and Ben Bruce speak out for shelter dogs

Hailing from York, the members of Asking Alexandria are the reigning bad boys of modern metal.

With chart-topping success and millions of fans worldwide, the band is one of the genre’s most exciting and groundbreaking acts.

PETA UK went backstage with two of the Asking Alexandria boys, vocalist Danny Worsnop and lead guitarist Ben Bruce, and heard about just how important animals are to them.

“We’re a band of dog lovers and animal lovers and have been our whole lives. It keeps the world going around. We’d be well fucked up if it wasn’t for animals.”

Hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs enter animal shelters in the UK every year, and many of them have to be euthanised because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them. The ones who end up in animal shelters are the lucky ones – many homeless dogs and cats face much worse on the streets.

If animals are as important to you as they are to Asking Alexandria, then please help spread the word that spaying and neutering animals saves lives because it prevents thousands of unwanted animals from being born to compete with the existing homeless population.

Pledge to help stop animal homelessness.

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  • 28
  • May

We Have the Right to Know – Help Scrap Section 24


Right now, animal tests in Britain are hidden behind a veil of secrecy. There’s a law that actually makes it illegal to share with the public what is being done to animals in laboratories – even though taxpayers’ money may be funding the experiments.

Now, at last, we have the chance to get rid of that law – Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

The UK government launched a public consultation to scrap Section 24, which has now closed. Thanks to everyone who responded to the consultation and asked politicians to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding animal testing. We’ll let you know as soon as we have further updates about changes to this misguided law.

Section 24 not only allows animal experimenters to conduct their cruel procedures behind closed doors but also leads to wasteful studies which delay medical progress and actually endanger human lives.

It’s good news that the government has decided to review Section 24. Freedom of access to information is an essential part of the democratic process, allowing the public to be fully informed about the horrors of animal testing and enabling wider scientific and ethical scrutiny of animal testing procedures so that alternatives to animals can be considered.

Approximately 11,000 animals are subjected to experiments in British laboratories every single day. These animals are poisoned, surgically mutilated, starved, “stressed”, infected with deadly diseases or electrocuted. At the end of the experiments, all of them die – alone and afraid.

Some of these animals are used in tests for household products and their ingredients.

Please sign our action alert asking the government to stop the killing of animals for air fresheners, furniture polish and detergent.

Take Action Now

Top image: Jo-Anne McArthur / WeAnimals.org

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  • 22
  • May

Major Victory for Seals! WTO Upholds EU’s Right to Ban Importation of Seal Fur

JUST IN: In a landmark ruling for animals, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has decided to uphold the right to ban importing seal products into the European Union. This is a massive victory for compassion, and brings us one step closer to the day when no more baby seals will be shot or beaten to death on Canada’s ice floes.SEAL HAPPY copy

The ban on importing seal fur into the EU was first put in place in 2010, but the Canadian and Norwegian governments were trying to get it overturned, in a sinister attempt to force the cruel products of commercial seal slaughter onto a European public. The seal industry looks set to disappear, quite simply, because nobody wants to buy its unpleasant and unethical products. Canada has squandered millions in taxpayer dollars trying to prop it up and stained the country’s international reputation – but today’s wonderful news strikes another powerful blow against the bloody sealing business.

This is a watershed moment for animals, because it makes it clear that moral concerns –in this case, the blatant cruelty of shooting or clubbing seals to death for their skins – can triumph over so-called “trade interests” in an international court.

Kind people all over the world have been fighting to save the seals and as the WTO hearing unfolded, PETA was there every step of the way, to make the case for compassion. Special thanks go out to everyone who supported the campaigns of PETA and our international affiliates, including celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Joan Jett, Iggy Pop, Ke$ha, and Jude Law and Rhys Ifans, who wrote to the WTO on behalf of PETA and our affiliates urging it to do the right thing.

Together we’re making the world a better place for animals. Thank you!

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  • 22
  • May

STA Travel Stops Promoting SeaWorld and Other Cruel Attractions

Sta portrait

The world’s largest student travel company, STA Travel, has made the adventure even better by pulling promotions for three cruel attractions: SeaWorld, elephant rides and Thailand’s notorious Tiger Temple!

After meeting with PETA and learning how SeaWorld confines intelligent orcas to small tanks and forces them to perform meaningless tricks, STA Travel immediately vowed to sever all ties with the unethical business.

This compassionate move will make an impact around the world. STA Travel employs nearly 2,000 people in more than 200 branches across 12 countries. It’s also setting a higher standard for responsible tourism – we’re confident that other businesses will soon follow suit.

At SeaWorld’s theme parks in the US, whales are deprived of everything natural and important to them. Whether they were kidnapped from the wild or born into a life of captivity with no hope of freedom, these magnificent and complex animals are locked up in barren enclosures and separated from their families. They swim round and round in endless circles, day after day – whereas in the wild, they have the whole ocean to roam in and will swim up to 100 miles a day. The oldest orca recorded in the wild is 103-year-old Granny. In contrast, many of SeaWorld’s orcas die before they reach their 20s.

The announcement is part of STA Travel’s plan to reassess the animal-related tours that it offers in order to ensure that its young, adventurous customers can have fun, safe in the knowledge that their holidays won’t have a negative impact on animals.

Help us persuade other travel companies to do the right thing – if you see a business promoting SeaWorld marine parks, please contact its customer service team to explain how disappointed you are and urge it to follow STA Travel’s excellent example.

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  • 22
  • May

Model Elen Rivas: Choose Melons Over Meat

To mark National Vegetarian Week, model Elen Rivas stars in a sexy ad campaign for PETA that showcases the benefits of a meat-free diet.

Model poses naked on fruit stand to spread vegetarian message

The ad, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Pal Hansen, points out the health perks of giving up eating animals. Studies show that vegetarians and vegans are, on average, slimmer than meat-eaters and have lower rates of heart disease and cancer.

Barcelona-born Elen has many reasons for going vegetarian. As she says, “Going vegetarian was one of the best decisions my girls and I have made. It’s had a positive impact on us on so many different levels. It’s healthier, we feel much more alive and we have so much fun cooking delicious meat-free meals!”

Dumping animal products isn’t just good for your health: it drastically reduces your carbon footprint and saves many animals every year from immense suffering on factory farms, in abattoirs and on the decks of fishing boats.

This is not the first action that Elen has taken to protect animals. The Spanish beauty also appeared nude and “bleeding” in a powerful anti-bullfighting ad. Join her in helping animals by downloading our free vegan starter kit and trying out a cruelty-free diet. Just like Elen, we’re sure that you’ll be delighted that you did!

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  • 21
  • May

Heartbreaking Pics Show Sunder Is Still Suffering While He Waits to Be Moved

UPDATE: Sunder’s case was heard in the Supreme Court of India on 29 May. The court passed a judgment in favour of PETA India by ordering that Sunder should be released to an elephant-care centre in Bangalore by no later than 15 June. Read more here, and watch this space for further updates!


Last month, PETA India won a court case to get abused elephant Sunder released to a sanctuary. Now, while Sunder waits to be transferred from the temple where he has endured years of beatings and abuse to a sanctuary, as the court had ordered, it has emerged that he’s suffering from heartbreaking injuries.

During a recent veterinary inspection by an elephant expert, the 14-year-old elephant was found with what the health examination report calls a “MASSIVE wound … as a result of constant tying with heavy chains”. The expert’s report also states that Sunder should be moved from Kolhapur to an elephant-care centre in Bangalore “on an emergency basis”, as directed by the Bombay High Court. The court had ordered the Maharashtra Forest Department to move Sunder to the centre before the start of the monsoon.

But Maharashtra Member of the Legislative Assembly Vinay Kore – who is not the legal owner of Sunder and has kept him on his property illegally – has attempted to block the order by filing an appeal with the Supreme Court.

PETA and its international affiliates have been campaigning for Sunder’s release since 2012. PETA India has been represented before the Supreme Court by leading animal advocate Raj Panjwani.

The finding comes on the heels of video footage from December 2013 showing that Sunder’s mahout beat him with a pole on Kore’s property.

All the paperwork for Sunder’s transfer has been completed, and now the Maharashtra Forest Department simply needs to set a date for the move. The health examination report also stated that Sunder’s wound can be dressed, he is not in musth (a period of sexual urge in elephants that can make them difficult to handle) and he can and should be transported to Bangalore quickly.

Please help ensure that justice is done and that Sunder gains his freedom as soon as possible. As these photos show, every day that he remains at the temple, he is still in pain.

You can write to Maharashtra forest officials at:

  • The Honourable MK Rao
    Chief Conservator of Forests
    Office of the Chief Conservator of Forests (Territorial) Kolhapur
    Van Vardhan Bldg
    Opposite Principal Post Office
    Ambedkar Chowk, Tarabai Chowk
    Kolhapur 416 003
  • The Honourable Suresh A Thorat
    Additional Principal Chief Conservator Forests (Wildlife West)
    LT Road
    Near Old MHB Bus Stop, Forest Quarter
    Borivali (W) 400 091
  • The Honourable Sarjan Bhagat, IFS
    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife)
    Van Bhavan
    Ramgiri Road
    Civil Lines
    Nagpur 440 001
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  • 21
  • May

Why Have We Washed Manchester’s Pavements to Spread the Veggie Message?

“Meat Is Still Murder” – that’s the message that we’ve quite literally taken to the streets of Manchester, with 20 stencils throughout the city to celebrate the 55th birthday of compassionate legend Morrissey!


The innovative street art is an example of “clean advertising”, using stencils to wash the pavement and leave a message behind.


Thirty years since The Smiths first proclaimed that “meat is murder”, the eye-catching campaign in Morrissey’s hometown – which also coincides with National V
egetarian Week
– reminds people that millions of animals a day are still being unnecessarily slaughtered for food in Britain. What’s more, before being killed, most of these animals suffer every single day of their lives, as they are mutilated, imprisoned and denied everything that they need to be happy on severely crowded farms.


Morrissey’s commitment to speaking out against this type of cruelty is continuously inspiring. His many actions to help animals include donating the only signed hardback of his autobiography to PETA last year, raising £8,300 for animals, using a £10,000 settlement he received from Channel 4 to help us campaign against cruel foie gras and posing with a cat on his head to raise awareness of animal overpopulation!

Vegetarians such as Morrissey don’t just save animals from immense suffering on factory farms, in abattoirs and on the decks of fishing boats – they also have a lower carbon footprint as well as a lower risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

It’s also really easy to make the switch to a meat-free diet. Ordering our free vegan starter kit is a great first step – get yours here.

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  • 21
  • May

Peter Gabriel: Don’t Shock, Poison or Kill the Monkey

Rock-and-roll icon Peter Gabriel has just taken time out from his European tour to sound off about an issue that is completely inexcusable – Air France’s involvement in trafficking primates for animal testing. In a letter that he sent to Air France CEO Alexandre de Juniac, the “Sledgehammer” singer points out that Air France is the only airline that still transports monkeys to laboratories where they are caged, experimented on and killed. He wrote the following:

Before arriving at their final destination, these intelligent, sensitive primates are torn from their homes and families, locked inside small wooden crates in Air France cargo holds and forced to endure gruelling, frightening flights that often last more than 30 hours.

At the American and European laboratories served by Air France, primates are violently force-fed chemicals, inflicted with brain damage, crippled, addicted to cocaine or alcohol, deprived of food and water, or psychologically tormented and ultimately killed.

Aer Lingus, Air China, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, Qantas, Virgin, United Airlines and all other major airlines have banned the transport of primates to labs.

I urge you to stop supporting the mistreatment of monkeys in painful and deadly experiments and to join other leading airlines in adopting and adhering to a formal policy that prohibits the transport of primates to laboratories.

Peter’s letter comes hot on the heels of an appeal by world-renowned primatologist Dr Jane Goodall calling on Air France to show compassion to monkeys. Many thousands of people from all over the world have also written to the company explaining that they will be choosing to fly with other airlines as long as Air France continues to ship monkeys to their deaths.

Please add your voice to the movement: Take Action Now

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  • 20
  • May

5 Inspirational Stories About Everyday Heroes to Animals

Like humans, animals often find themselves in situations of need. Thankfully, there are compassionate people who are ready to spring to their aid, sometimes even at the risk of their own safety. Here are some inspiring stories from people who impressed us so much with their compassion that we recognised them with an award!

Happisburgh Lifeboat Crew



Labrador Quila had been swept out to sea by strong tides at Sea Palling, just days before Christmas last year. Quila’s guardian had taken her out for a walk along the coast when she spotted a seal pup and ran into the sea to play with the animal. Powerful tides dragged Quila away from the shore, and her guardian soon lost sight of her, fearing the worst.

Braving the waters, Happisburgh lifeboat crew showed courage and determination in finding Quila, whom they discovered on rocks on a reef. Their selfless act undoubtedly saved Quila’s life in what can only be described as a “Christmas miracle”.

DJ Mike Read


In February, a puppy named Digby fell into the fast-flowing River Thames during a walk with his guardian at Henley. He was unable to compete with the strong current and struggled to swim to safety.

After seeing Digby’s situation, former Radio One and Top of the Pops presenter DJ Mike Read heroically came to the puppy’s aid, saving his life. If Mike had not acted, the puppy’s life would almost certainly have ended in tragedy.

Lee Parkinson


In addition to physical acts of bravery, spreading the message of animal rights is hugely important. After seeing the groundbreaking documentary Blackfish about the plight of captive orcas, teacher Lee Parkinson decided to educate his Year 5 class at Davyhulme Primary School in Manchester about the cruelty of marine parks with a creative storytelling project. Thanks to his compassion, the up-and-coming generation learned the vital lesson that animals are not ours to abuse for entertainment!

Josie Russell and Iwan Griffith


Josie Russell, who survived a terrifying hammer attack 17 years ago, demonstrated her empathy and compassion when she was out walking with her boyfriend, Iwan, in Snowdonia and spotted a frightened cat stranded in a flooded quarry. With no escape route, Benny was in great distress and is unlikely to have survived if no one had found him.

Without wasting a moment, Josie and Iwan intervened to save his life. They paddled over in a canoe and coaxed the cat into the vessel with food. Thanks to their quick thinking, Benny was soon reunited with his guardians, safe and sound.

Chris Wright

A defenceless greyhound was being publicly beaten in the street by his so-called “guardian” in Bristol. Loyal by nature, the poor dog would have felt confused and traumatised at his guardian’s behaviour, not to mention the great physical pain.

Chris Wright was with his girlfriend when he came across the appalling scene and knew it was right to intervene. He confronted the thug and asked him to leave the animal alone. The volatile man responded by attacking Chris, breaking his jaw. In a completely inspiring act of bravery and selflessness, Chris put his own life at risk to save the dog. In addition to recognising Chris with an award, we have also offered a reward to help bring the violent dog abuser to justice.



Anyone can be a hero to animals. It doesn’t take physical strength or heroic bravery to help them – just a compassionate heart. If you know anyone who is a hero to animals, let us know in the comments section, as we would love to hear about it. And remember that if you ever see an animal in distress, please do the right thing and help however you can. Animals might not be able to say thank you out loud, but they will be eternally grateful.

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