Acclaimed South African writer JM Coetzee didn’t mince words this week as he dispatched a scathing letter to the Culture Committee of Spain, criticising its support for bullfighting.
The Nobel Prize winner’s rousing message urged committee members to reject a pending initiative, sparked by bullfighting aficionados, which would give bullfighting legal protection as a “cultural pastime”. Here’s an extract:
Bullfighting is an archaic form of entertainment. It is a violent, bloody spectacle – a throwback to a time when people took no heed of the feelings of animals and the bull
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Gordon Ramsay has always courted controversy, but it’s still a real shock to learn that he’s associated with the torture of thousands of ducks for the production of cruel foie gras.
A new PETA US investigation of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, which supplies the celeb chef’s Manhattan restaurant, reveals how birds are violently force-fed with appalling cruelty at the factory farm, which calls itself the “premier producers of foie gras” in the US.
Video footage shows farm workers shoving steel tubes down ducks’ throats and dumping huge amounts of grain into their … Read more.
Fortnum & Mason has had quite a week. Tuesday saw a flurry of activity outside its Piccadilly store, as volunteers turned out to protest against the sale of cruel foie gras. Hundreds of online activists have been giving the company a piece of their mind on Twitter. And now, from across the Channel, Brigitte Bardot and French animal protection groups, representing tens of thousands of French citizens, have joined the call for Fortnum & Mason to end unethical foie gras sales.
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Remember Mali, the only elephant at the Manila Zoo? She was taken as a baby from Sri Lanka in 1974 and has spent the last 35 years in a small concrete pen. People all around the world have asked that she be sent to a sanctuary, but the authorities have yet to grant her freedom.
But we’re making progress! Every day, Mali gains new supporters and friends. This week, the acclaimed musician formerly known as Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam, became the latest celeb to express sadness at Mali’s plight,… Read more.
An eye-opening DVD narrated by Sir Paul McCartney and signed by the fair hand of Pamela Anderson could be yours! Two autographed copies of “Glass Walls” are up for grabs.
Glamorous animal rights activist Pamela signed the DVDs during a recent trip to the UK, where she spoke to the illustrious Cambridge Union about her long history of working with PETA on behalf of animals. The crowd of brainboxes also got their own screening of “Glass Walls”, an exposé of the way animals raised for food are treated which … Read more.
“As an actor who will always consider Britain home, I was proud to learn that the European Union has banned seal-fur imports. In light of next week’s seal-products dispute hearing, I’m writing to urge the panel to uphold this ban, which is in line with the wishes of compassionate people all around the world, including the majority of European citizens.”
So wrote Jude Law to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as it decides whether to overturn the European Union’s ban on importing seal fur at a final hearing in Geneva this week.… Read more.
You’re never too young to speak out for what’s right. Thirteen-year-old Anaïs Gallagher, 10-year-old Stella Jones and 8-year-old Ava Jones – daughters of Oasis’ Noel Gallagher and The Clash’s Mick Jones – have proved it by teaming up with PETA for this brand-new ad to combat cruelty.
The angelic trio showed that you can have a good time while communicating a serious message, as they dressed up in tutus and combat boots and let their hair down for the fun photo shoot, which was shot by top celeb photographer Pal Hansen.
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Black Sabbath bassist Terence “Geezer” Butler called on his fans to boycott Fortnum & Mason since it shamefully clings to sales of foie gras – a product so vile that it is illegal to produce in the UK and is banned from Royal menus. The rock-’n’-roll legend has also written to Fortnum’s chief executive, Ewan Venters, urging him to remove the controversial product from the store’s shelves.
“I’ve been a musician for most of my life, and I’m not afraid to make some noise, especially when it comes to issues of cruelty … Read more.
After watching never-before-seen images of animals who were electrocuted, strangled and skinned alive on Chinese fur farms, Olivia Munn was shocked and sickened – as any kind-hearted person would be.
The Iron Man 2 star and long-time fur opponent narrates the hard-hitting new video, which she describes as “one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever seen.” It features harrowing scenes of workers who bludgeoned raccoon dogs, cut off rabbits’ heads, and ripped the fur off animals’ bodies as they writhed in pain, still conscious. It’s not an easy watch, but it’s … Read more.
Like millions of other caring people, Sadie Frost is a vegetarian. Recognising that eating meat will always involve cruelty, the actor and designer, who recently stepped into the PETA office to judge our shiny new vegan fashion awards, keeps dead animals off her and her children’s plates. But for anyone who is hesitating about ditching meat, she has one piece of advice – watch “Glass Walls” and learn the truth about how animals raised for their flesh or milk are treated.
The short video, narrated by none other than Paul … Read more.