Whistleblowers report that as many as 27 animals died preventable deaths during production of The Hobbit. Five horses, 12 chickens, a pony and several goats and sheep were reportedly maimed or killed.
Instead of coming clean and vowing to prevent similar tragedies by improving animal treatment on set or, better yet, not using animals in future films at all, Peter Jackson, his fellow producers and production giants Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema made statements that chose to avoid and deny some of the allegations.
Maybe they don’t understand how serious … Read more.
Led by a costumed “bull” in a wheelchair, PETA activists took to the Embassy of India today with signs that read, “Save India’s Reputation: End Jallikattu”, in English, Tamil and Hindi. They were urging the Indian government not to exempt the state of Tamil Nadu from the national ban against using bulls as performing animals. Tamil Nadu currently has permission to continue jallikattu, a cruel and dangerous “sport” in which terrified bulls are kicked, punched, jumped on and dragged to the ground – and in which human participants are often injured … Read more.
After receiving letters from PETA and a PETA supporter highlighting the barbarity of bullfights and urging them to stop promoting bullfighting to British tourists visiting Spain, easyJet executives promptly took action and removed all references to bullfighting from their websites.
From the moment the bull enters the ring, he is destined to die. His death will be slow and painful, and the last moments of his life will be full of terror and confusion, played out in front of a jeering crowd. There’s nothing sporting about a bullfight – it is a … Read more.
Crouched in a cage wearing a leopard-print bodysuit next to the words “Wild Animals Belong in the Wild. Boycott Zoos”, Bollywood beauty Jiah Khan stars in a brand-new ad for PETA to spread the word that animals suffer in captivity.
“Actors choose to entertain, but animals locked away in zoos are given no choice”, says Jiah. “All strong-willed beings treasure their freedom above all else, and that applies to tigers, elephants, bears, monkeys and other animals too.”
Jiah Khan for PETA
Captive wild animals, including those born in captivity, retain the very … Read more.
Project Nim – the must-see documentary of the year by director James Marsh – details the attempts of scientists to teach a chimpanzee (Nim Chimpsky) sign language. Primatologist Bob Ingersoll features in the documentary, and our resident expert on all things animal testing related, Alistair Currie, interviewed Ingersoll on his relationship with Nim, animal testing and his interest in animals.
Here he is in his own words:
Alistair: Did you have a particular interest in … other animals before you started [working with chimps]? What gave you that original interest?
Bob: … Read more.
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I don’t know much about sports. Ask me the score of the last football match, the name of a top rugby player or the rules of cricket and I won’t have a clue. Still, I know that a sport should be fair. There should always be a chance for the other team to win – otherwise there’s no point. By that definition, stag hunting (or any form of hunting for that matter) is not a sport. It’s torture masquerading as fun.
Fortunately, this barbaric “sport” has at last … Read more.
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The death of Drizzle, a pony Prince William and Prince Harry used for polo, has been in the news recently. According to media reports, Prince Harry was taking part in the second half of a charity match when he realised that Drizzle was struggling. Within minutes of being retired from the match, Drizzle suffered a heart attack and died.
The media are reporting Drizzle’s death as little more than an unfortunate incident. A guest at the match told The Mail on Sunday that “[i]t was very lucky … Read more.