The animals crowned as “winners” at dog shows like Crufts are more likely to be major losers – in the genetic lottery, that is. “Purebred” is a euphemism for “inbred”: in some cases, pedigrees come from a gene pool of only about 50 dogs, meaning that these unfortunate pooches are riddled with painful inherited diseases and may live for only half as long as their healthy mixed-breed cousins.
What’s more, the exaggerated features that breeders and competition judges prize, such as a squashed-in face, a narrow skull or disproportionately short legs, are … Read more.
Rabbits were spared a life of being suspended in wire cages inside windowless sheds as plans for a factory farm in South Derbyshire have been withdrawn.
PETA supporters sent more than 2,000 e-mails to South Derbyshire District Council urging it to reject the plans. The proposed farm would have housed up to 260 breeding does by the end of three years, each of whom would have been forced to produce up to 52 babies a year. The rabbits would have been individually housed in an unnatural environment which affords no fresh air … Read more.
Kevin McHale, who plays Artie Abrams on the Channel 4 hit series Glee, understands what it’s like to be the underdog. So it isn’t hard to understand why he’s rooting for all underdogs in his new PETA ad, featuring his adopted pooch, Sophie:
Every year, hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs end up in shelters across the UK, and many are euthanised because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Countless others who never make it to a safe haven get injured or killed by vehicles, fall victim to cruel … Read more.
With Crufts so close, we’ve released a hard-hitting, old-fashioned–style “freak show” ad which activists will hand out to visitors attending the event. The ad shines the spotlight on a fact that the Kennel Club would rather keep quiet: that many of the most popular breeds of dogs have been bred for looks instead of health, welfare and temperament.
A 2008 BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed, investigated the health and welfare issues facing pedigree dogs and caused the RSPCA to withdraw its support of Crufts and the BBC to cancel its longstanding … Read more.
If your dogs’ tails are wagging a little more today, maybe they’ve heard the news that Ireland has banned puppy mills!
The new Irish laws took effect on New Year’s Day, outlawing the horrific conditions – including cramped enclosures, filth, malnutrition, exposure, disease, and a lack of socialisation and veterinary care – common to those nasty intensive dog-breeding operations. All puppies must be microchipped so that the breeder can be identified, and authorities can inspect and shut down any facility that fails to meet the … Read more.
To recognise Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell’s love of animals, Animal Rahat – an Indian organisation that helps alleviate the suffering of working animals – has gifted them a framed photograph of two adorable puppies named in honour of the superstar and his beautiful new bride.
A long-time advocate and supporter of PETA India, the Beatles legend has been associated with the organisation since its inception in 2000. “He and his late wife, Linda, were among the first supporters. Sir Paul has always been concerned about the suffering of street … Read more.
With the release of their new album Sinners Never Sleep we wanted to show you the ad that You Me At Six starred in for peta2, a great pro-adoption ad with the band. You can check out an interview with the band members here.
The ad highlights the thousands of unwanted dogs – and cats – who end up in shelters and refuges every year and how many of them must be euthanised because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them and because life in a small cage is no … Read more.
A mother-and-daughter dog-breeding duo who had won several awards at Crufts, the UK’s largest dog show, were convicted this week of cruelty to animals after 104 dogs were discovered living in “unimaginable squalor” at the women’s home last year.
Many of the dogs were kept in cramped, filthy cages or in dark, cluttered rooms smeared with faeces and without access to clean water. Sick and elderly dogs were denied veterinary care, including a poodle with a broken jaw and other serious health problems and a former show dog with an ear … Read more.
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One of the many parts of my job is that I get to see new PETA videos before they are released. Given the very nature of PETA’s work, this often means that I see disturbing and harrowing footage of cruelty to animals. Of course, PETA doesn’t just release racy videos or celebrity testimonials. Most of the videos you can watch on our site focus on investigations and shocking cruelty filmed by PETA affiliates.
So when I received the following video, pressed play and heard the cheerful music … Read more.
With Crufts starting in just a few short days, we’ve had an illuminated bus shelter ad placed in Birmingham’s city centre, which won’t have dog breeders wagging their tails. The ad shows a small dog cowering under the barrel of a gun and reads, “Boycott Breeders or the Mutt Gets It. Don’t Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances. Adopt. Never Buy”.
The point of our ad? That when people buy a dog or a cat from a breeder, they rob animals in shelters of the chance at a loving home … and the breeder pockets … Read more.