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 … Read more.
This Mother’s Day, we wanted to share the story of one inspiring mum who is a wonderful role model for her family and a real hero for animals.
Emma Kyne, who comes from Chepstow in Wales, practices kindness every day by sticking to a vegan diet. She also co-founded the Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary for farmed animals in Galicia, Spain, and works tirelessly to raise awareness of animal-welfare issues on social media, through events and by holding a stall at VegFest. She also regularly builds new houses and pens for the pigs, … Read more.
After Blackfish won plaudits from the likes of Ewan McGregor, Leona Lewis and Stephen Fry, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the must-see documentary of 2013 – which tells the story of Tilikum, the orca held captive at SeaWorld – couldn’t get any bigger fans. But then you’d be overlooking Mr Parkinson’s Year 5 class at Davyhulme Primary School, which has been writing and narrating stories and creating adorable videos about the cruelty of keeping orcas in captivity. For his efforts, Lee Parkinson of Davey Hulme Primary School in Manchester has received … Read more.
Moshi Moshi, Brighton’s best loved sushi restaurant, has always been popular with vegans because of its many fish- and meat-free options. Now the restaurant has gone one step further and netted itself a PETA award for teaming up with ethical food firm Redwood to offer compassionate customers delicious fishless options like “fish” udon and stir-fry noodles.
Moshi Moshi’s owner says the move was prompted by the company’s firm belief in “restorative eating” and that “[o]ne way we can do this is by decreasing our reliance on animal proteins and to eat … Read more.
Our mission to find the most deserving mum and recognise her for her efforts to help animals has paid off! Julie Bowyer has been named PETA’s Most Compassionate Mum of 2012. Julie was nominated by her son, Chris, who summed up his submission by saying, “[M]y mum’s commitment to the well-being of all animals is second to none”.
“When you think of mothers, you think of nurturing, but Julie Bowyer has taken compassion for others to a whole new level”, says PETA’s Ben Williamson. “PETA is very pleased to recognise Julie’s extraordinary … Read more.
Animals winning at Cannes? Yes, they can. Check out this clever ad campaign from PETA Asia-Pacific and top ad firm McCann Erickson Singapore that just snagged a Silver Award for creative excellence at the Cannes International Festival Outdoor Awards.
The ads offer designer shoes, belts, and handbags at “unbelievable prices.” When curious smart phone users scan over the barcodes on the poster to get more information, the shoppers see Joaquin Phoenix’s exposé of the exotic skins trade or Pamela Anderson’s video about the horrors of the leather industry. The ads were … Read more.
In recognition of his efforts to help animals, kind-hearted teen Chris Ware has been given a PETA Compassionate Kid Award.
Chris, who lives in Exeter with his family, including two rescued cats, is actively involved in animal rights campaigns. In his next action for animals, the 14-year-old will rollerblade the full length of Exmouth Esplanade in Devon sporting a chicken costume. He’ll be making the 4-mile trip on 29 May from the Marina to Orcombe Point and back again in order to raise money for an Essex animal sanctuary. Last year, he … Read more.
Renowned Discworld novelist Sir Terry Pratchett now has another honour to add to his long list of accolades: PETA’s Hero to Animals Award. PETA gave Sir Terry the award after learning that the best-selling author had pledged a £10,000 reward to help find the person who killed 31 swans in Somerset.
Sir Terry was outraged by what he called the “wanton destruction of a living creature”. He added, “People who do this sort of thing to an animal are probably a danger to people as well”. He’s right: people who abuse animals are … Read more.
Legendary British designer Wayne Hemingway is the worthy recipient of a PETA UK Hero to Animals Award for his decades-long campaign against the cruel fur trade.
Since first coming to public attention as the co-founder of Red or Dead, the clothing and accessories company which won three consecutive Street Style Designer of the Year awards in the late ’90s, Wayne has never missed a chance to let the fashionistas at London Fashion Week know that cruelty to animals is never in fashion. Now Wayne is the creative genius behind this weekend’s … Read more.