A year has passed since the release of the first film in The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey – which means it’s also been a year since disturbing allegations came out about the abuse, neglect and death of many animals during its production.
Here’s a reminder of how horses, goats, sheep and other animals suffered during the making of the movie:
Rather than address compassionate people’s concerns, Peter Jackson has brushed off criticism and refused to give assurances that he will stop putting animals at risk. Given the advent of computer-generated … Read more.
UPDATE: Fashion director, Paula Reed, has now resigned.
After receiving confirmation in a meeting with Harvey Nichols that Reed was singlehandedly responsible for breaking the department store’s strict decade-long policy against selling fur, we hope her resignation will pave the way for the reinstatement of the store’s previous, well-respected policy. Please continue to take action, and we will update you here with any more news.
For almost a decade, Harvey Nichols has been one of the good guys – ever since pressure from PETA and compassionate consumers persuaded the company … Read more.
What kind of person would hit a poodle in the face, whip a kangaroo or electro-shock an elephant?
This 60-second video made by our friends at PETA Germany compiles shocking footage of animals being hurt in the name of entertainment, as trainers use violence to force animals to perform absurd and pointless tricks. It includes heartbreaking scenes of Anne, an elephant who was kept on a circus in Northamptonshire, being chained, beaten and stabbed with a pitchfork.
These hard-to-stomach images make it clearer than ever that the UK needs to ban the … Read more.
A recent survey has revealed the startling fact that almost a third of UK primary schoolchildren believe that cheese comes from plants. Most kids are naturally compassionate, so we’re guessing that if they knew the truth about the cruel origins of dairy products, they’d think twice about eating them. Maybe Emily Deschanel’s new dairy-industry exposé should be compulsory watching for all children – and for their parents, too.
And how many flesh-eaters really know what they’re eating? Oddly enough, the meat industry often isn’t too keen on spelling out exactly where … Read more.
We know it. The RSPCA and the International Veterinary Society know it. Ducks and geese know it. Tens of thousands of PETA supporters know it. And UK lawmakers know it, too. Foie gras is wrong, and it doesn’t belong on British shelves.
But Fortnum & Mason just doesn’t seem to get it. Despite overwhelming opposition, a succession of creative protests and clear evidence of how cruel foie gras production is, the shop hasn’t stopped selling this “torture in a tin”.
So we whipped up this handy infographic to summarise the key … Read more.
… a company that profits from the torture of animals – Fortnum & Mason. As it gears up for its hoity-toity Food & Drink Awards ceremony tomorrow, we felt duty-bound to tell the world about the store’s nasty side by presenting an award of our own. So today, we bestowed on Fortnum & Mason the not-so-proud title of UK’s Cruellest Retailer because of its continued sale of foie gras.
Glamorous PETA volunteers put on their glad rags and rolled out a red carpet outside Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly store in order to … Read more.
Worrying news this week: the RSPCA reports that in England and Wales, convictions for cruelty to animals have risen by a third in the last year. This should be a call to action for society, a clear sign that we need to make humane education a priority and work together to tackle animal abuse wherever we see it.
If you witness cruelty, please report it to the police or relevant authorities. PETA often offers a £1,000 reward to anyone who comes forward to provide information leading to the conviction of animal abusers. … 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.
Children … Read more.
Happy Birthday, Leonardo!
Leonardo da Vinci was not only a great artist but also a compassionate person who led a cruelty-free lifestyle. He was such an ardent defender of animals that he sometimes bought caged birds from poultry vendors and set them free. He frequently wrote about cruelty to animals in his Notebooks, writing of the meat and dairy industries, “Endless multitudes will have their little [babies] taken from them, ripped open and flayed and most cruelly cut in pieces” and “Of the beasts from whom cheese is made … the … Read more.
On Tuesday, the police and food standards inspectors raided a UK abattoir and meat processing firm to find out if they had been passing meat from horses off as beef – the latest development in the ongoing British horsemeat scandal, which has affected major retailers from Tesco to Burger King.
While the authorities have yet to reach a verdict about these particular facilities, at every slaughterhouse in Britain atrocities go on every day that would turn most people’s stomachs.
From being strung up by their legs and given repeated electric shocks to … Read more.