Bulls die bloody deaths in Pamplona every year. It’s bad enough that at the Spanish city’s annual San Fermín festival, terrified animals stumble and fall as they are hounded through the streets by unthinking tourists. But what many people don’t realise is that these bulls are being herded straight towards the bullring – and an agonising death.
In bullfights, bulls are stabbed repeatedly in the back and neck by groups of men on horseback. Sometimes the lances pierce the animals’ lungs, which will then fill up with blood. The matador then … Read more.
The limp, blood-spattered corpse of a dead goose serves as an upsetting reminder of where foie gras really comes from. Those who purchase the repugnant pâté from Fortnum & Mason – one of the few British retailers that still sells it – would perhaps rather not think about the force-feeding and animal abuse that are its chief ingredients, but today, PETA volunteers felt duty-bound to give them a little aide-mémoire.
The glamorous ladies made for an incongruous sight as they rocked up outside Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly store in little black … Read more.
Rylan Clark definitely looked like he was having fun today as he showed off his brand-new ad for PETA at London’s Marble Arch. The cheeky image highlights the Celebrity Big Brother star’s impressive and well-defined… opinions about cruelty to animals, as he comes out of the closet about being fur-free and fabulous. “If you see me in something furry, I’m faking it all the way!” he proudly proclaims.
Animals on fur farms are confined to tiny cages for their entire lives and often skinned alive. So please, do as Rylan does … Read more.
In outfits cunningly fashioned from lettuce leaves, PETA volunteers tempted passers-by at Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens yesterday with free vegan sausages. Sowing the seeds of healthy vegan eating in the minds of Mancunians, the lovely “Lettuce Ladies” were there to celebrate National Vegetarian Week – and to extol the benefits of a green and compassionate diet.
While wielding signs reading, “Turn Over a New Leaf: Go Vegan”, supporters also showed the lunchtime crowd our powerful video “Glass Walls“, narrated by Paul McCartney. The short film exposes the suffering of animals in … Read more.
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.
The short video, narrated by none other than Paul … Read more.