Yesterday saw the publication of the government’s annual statistics on the use of animals in scientific procedures. The figures published cover 2011 and show a 3 per cent rise over the previous year and a staggering 40 per cent rise since 2000. In the 2010 coalition agreement, the government claimed it would “work to reduce” numbers of animals used in research, and this looks like another broken promise. In total, 68,000 more animals suffered this year than last – that’s more than 1,000 animals every week – yet the Home Office still … Read more.
Most cats may prefer spending the holidays scaling the Christmas tree and playing with the box rather than the present, but not these kitties! They are helping PETA wish you a meowy Catmas and a hoppy New Year!
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Hard to imagine that footwear involving the mutilation of millions of sheep could get any ugglier, but now tests conducted on knock-off UGG-style boots labelled as “Australian sheepskin” reveal that they were actually made of raccoon dog fur, most likely from animals confined to barbaric Chinese fur farms.
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Raccoon dogs are confined to row upon row of tiny wire cages that are exposed to the elements. Many of the animals go insane from the intensive confinement. Undercover video … Read more.
Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Almost 100 PETA supporters took part in an eye-catching photo opportunity at Marble Arch in London today to demand that the government not adopt lower standards of protection for animals in laboratories when it incorporates the EU’s new directive regulating animal experiments later this year. If the government adopts the directive without changes, all animals will be affected. But dogs and cats in particular would become far more likely to be used in experiments because they would lose the special protections that Britain has given them for … Read more.
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Animals find new ways to astonish us every day. Wouldn’t it be great if we returned the favour by astonishing them with our compassion?
- Scientists have discovered that “sheepish” really means “brainy”.
- Dolphins and researchers have learned to speak each other’s language. Can a Rosetta Stone course be far behind?
- Perhaps those dolphins can help us translate a Compassionate Action Award into dolphinese for this pup-friendly pod who rescued a dog.
- A courageous canine has proved that true friends are there when you need them most.
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Today, PETA Germany launched a racy new ad featuring playboy Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the slogan “Too Much Sex Can Be a Bad Thing … for Dogs and Cats Too. There Are So Many Homeless Animals – Please Spay or Neuter Your Animal Companion!” Other celebrities who have appeared in “Too Much Sex” ads for PETA and its affiliates include adult film stars Sasha Grey, Jenna Jameson and Ron Jeremy as well as golfer Tiger Woods, although, in his case, as with Mr Berlusconi, involuntarily.
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For your Wednesday enjoyment, here are some of the sweetest and most amazing animals we could find.
- These brainy crows owe their intelligence to a legacy of nurturing parenting. Are crow nannies in our future, perhaps?
- Like humans, chimpanzees and penguins grieve the loss of a child or family member.
- Prairie dogs have a language so advanced that they can describe humans down to the colors of their clothes. Gok’s Fashion Fix: Prairie Dog Edition.
- This cat prefers strawberries to mice. Has she been reading PETA’s website?
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With subzero temperatures set to continue, people have been reaching for the antifreeze to prevent the water in their car radiators from turning into ice. But antifreeze can be deadly to animals.
Most brands of antifreeze have a sweet taste, which can be tempting to animals and even children. The main ingredient in most antifreeze brands is ethylene glycol. Animals who ingest this chemical will promptly begin to suffer from vomiting, convulsions and kidney failure. If animals don’t receive immediate veterinary care, they face a painful, … Read more.
One look at his smiling face emblazoned on the side of the PETA US “Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!” (SNIP) mobile veterinary clinic, and there’s little doubt that X Factor and American Idol creator Simon Cowell is a true friend to animals. That’s why PETA US is marking Cowell’s 51st birthday (October 7) by spaying and neutering 51 cats and dogs – free of charge – to help staunch America’s homeless animal crisis.
What better way to honour Simon on his birthday than to offer 51 free desexing surgeries – … Read more.