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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Fortnum & Mason’s carefully cultivated image – of a shop steeped in English tradition – took a major knock yesterday, thanks to a wave of PETA supporters who paid the store a surprise St George’s Day visit! Whether handing out fliers or posing almost naked and bodypainted with St George’s flags, activists were determined to remind the company and its customer that the sale of foie gras is positively un-English.
Foie gras is made from the diseased and grossly enlarged livers of force-fed geese. Production of the French foodstuff is … Read more.
Good news, vegans – we’re growing in strength and numbers! Plant-based eating is hitting the zeitgeist: wherever you turn, there’s evidence of rapidly increasing interest in embracing an animal-friendly diet.
Google shows us that the number of people searching for the keyword “vegan” reached a record high in March 2013. The Vegan Society has been flooded with enquiries and reports a 40 percent increase in people pledging to go vegan worldwide. And here at PETA, we’ve seen interest in our vegetarian/vegan starter kit jump up by around a third, just … Read more.
Spring is in the air, which means that all over the country, hedgehogs may be starting to blink in the sunlight and wake up from their winter hibernation.
You probably don’t need much persuasion to let these adorable nocturnal animals into your heart. But to give you some extra motivation to love them, here are five of our favourite things about them – and five pieces of advice about how to help them out.
Five Reasons to Love Hedgehogs
- Hedgehogs are unique. They’re the only UK mammal with spines: each hedgehog has
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You’re only as old as you feel, as the saying goes, and record-holding marathon runner Fauja Singh certainly proves that your age needn’t hold you back – the lifelong vegetarian will run the Hong Kong marathon on Sunday, despite having celebrated his 101st birthday last April!
So what’s the secret to Fauja’s awe-inspiring stamina and longevity? A wholesome plant-based diet, which is good for the planet and his own health. “In many parts of the world, people are dying because of starvation, whilst others are dying because of overeating”, he explains. “My … 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.
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Swedish siren and former Playboy model Victoria Silvstedt was horrified when she heard that more than 300 dogs may be shipped from her home country to UK laboratories for cruel animal tests.
Upon learning about pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca’s plans to consign hundreds of beagles from their breeding facility in Örkelljunga to the torture of animal testing, Victoria immediately fired off a letter to the company’s board imploring its members to show the dogs mercy. She wrote:
Anyone who lives with a dog, as I do, knows that dogs are thinking, feeling
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People around the world are celebrating the Chinese New Year today – it’s the Year of the Snake. To mark the occasion, here are some lesser-known facts about these fascinating reptiles:
- Snakes and other reptiles have pain receptors and respond to painful stimuli just as humans do.
- In the exotic-skins industry, hunters often nail snakes to trees and skin them alive before tossing them in a pile to die.
- Flying tree snakes can glide between trees over distances of 24 metres or more.
- To make it easier for workers to
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If it weren’t for the photos that greet you when you visit her website, you’d never guess that Isle of Wight resident Jazzy Heath is only 15 years old.
Showing resolve beyond her years, Jazzy has made a commitment to helping animals. Using digital media, she’s enlightening people she has never even met about the benefits of going vegan. For her tireless efforts in reaching out to other young people around the world to win justice for animals, Jazzy – a vegan since birth – has won a Compassionate Teen Award… Read more.
Sitting in a Big Brother diary room chair covered only by strategically placed vegetables and holding a sign that reads, “Evict Meat: Vote Vegan”, glamour model Victoria Eisermann – who was the first to be voted out of the Big Brother house – is encouraging compassionate people to keep meat, eggs and dairy products off their plates.
In today’s industrialised meat and dairy industries, chickens and turkeys have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, piglets have their tails and testicles cut off without being given any painkillers, fish are … Read more.