Zoos all over the UK have been counting their “stock” in recent weeks, but to unhappy animals forced to spend their lives in captivity, this audit is more like a prisoner roll call.
Animals in zoos are denied the opportunity to fulfil even their most basic instincts. Every single decision, including when to eat, what to eat, who to mate with, and when to sleep, is made for them. Some are forced to perform tricks day after day, while others are kept in enclosures far too small for them. Stories abound of … Read more.
PETA launched Meat-Free Monday, a cross-curricular project for schools, in the autumn of 2009. The project encourages schools to reduce their meat intake in order to help animals, improve pupils’ health, reduce pupils’ and teachers’ carbon footprints and fight against world hunger.
London, Buckinghamshire and Cheshire schools and more than 130 Manchester schools are taking part through city council caterers Manchester Fayre, so the project is gaining momentum.
Now you can see for yourself, with the launch of our Meat-Free Monday video! Please show the video to any teacher or pupil … Read more.
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I first came across chick-hatching programmes whilst running the PETA stand at an education exhibition. Whilst most companies at the show were exhibiting books, outdoor play equipment and lesson plans, a company called “Living Eggs” was “exhibiting” several tiny chicks. The idea is for schools to put fertilised chicken eggs in incubators in classrooms and let students watch the eggs hatch two to four weeks later.
Of course, PETA immediately complained to TSL Education Limited, the show organisers, who thankfully made the decision to ban the use … Read more.
It’s all well and good to talk about a weekly meat-free day, but what’s it like in practice for a hotel, restaurant or school – or an entire city? How would Meat-Free Monday work in a UK city? I went to Ghent, Belgium, to learn more.
My first stop is breakfast at one of Ghent’s most prestigious hotels – NH Gent Belfort, which was the first hotel to implement “Donderdag Veggiedag”. The meat-free programme has been going strong there for two months. “It was a marketing decision”, explains Mauro Desogus… Read more.
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If you have children or work with children, you know how much animals fascinate them and how animals feature heavily in children’s stories, games and toys. I always think it must be confusing for children when they eventually come to the realisation that much of the food they eat is animal flesh and that the lives of animals on factory farms are not remotely like the rosy or fantastic pictures painted in their storybooks. In addition, less “cuddly” animals are often presented negatively in books, cartoons and films.… Read more.
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One year ago, the northern Belgium city of Ghent became the first city in the world to declare a weekly meat-free day to promote sustainable and healthy living. Today, the city is celebrating a year of “Donderdag Veggiedag” (Thursday Veggie Day) with stalls, entertainment, music and vegetarian food in the Groentenmarkt.
Since Ghent started this initiative, other cities as well as restaurants, schools and universities in countries such as Germany, the US, Israel, Taiwan, South Africa and Finland have followed suit, and meat-free campaigns, such as “Meatless … Read more.
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During my time at PETA, I’ve heard about a lot of cruelty-to-animals incidents involving children and teenagers. From shooting geese with air guns to kicking dogs and drowning cats, the cruelty that people show towards other living beings is always shocking.
Just a couple of weeks ago, five teenagers were arrested for allegedly killing a duckling in Salisbury.
When I hear about cases such as these, I realise how important it is to provide children with a humane education from an early age.
If children can’t empathise … Read more.