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.
Love it, hate it or love to hate it, Big Brother returned to our screens yesterday, and we were overjoyed to see PETA friend Victoria Eisermann as one of the housemates! The ex-Playboy model, vegan and co-founder of K-9 Angels is a shining example of animal advocacy.
Here are just 6 of Victoria’s demonstrations for PETA that show her dedication:
For animals in labs, Victoria bathed in 'blood' to ask Dr Vince Cable to support the EU's cosmetics-testing ban.
Victoria at Silverstone handing out vegan sausages asking teams to 'rev your engine:
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A giant “goose” led a protest against Fortnum & Mason at the store’s street party celebration marking The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee today. PETA members – making goose sounds and holding signs – added to the festivities. They were pointing out that despite being provided with evidence that ducks and geese used in foie gras production are grotesquely abused, Fortnum & Mason refuses to stop selling the product.
Birds raised for foie gras are force-fed up to 2 kilograms of grain and fat every day via a pipe inserted down their throats. That’s … Read more.
PETA’s brilliant activists joined our “goose” outside the world famous Chelsea Flower Show today to let show attendees know about the horrific cruelty that Fortnum & Mason is supporting by continuing to sell foie gras. Whilst Fortnum & Mason hosts Chelsea’s Hospitality Village, geese are suffering and dying so that their diseased livers can be sold at the London store.
Foie gras is so cruel that its production is illegal in the UK and 16 other countries. To make the “torture in a tin”, young ducks and geese are crammed into tiny … Read more.
Body-painted to resemble “bloodied, skinned” people, three models representing PETA converged outside the opening of the “Hermès Leather Forever” exhibition at the Royal Academy of the Arts today. They held signs reading, “Hermès, Bag Cruelty: Ditch Leather”, while other PETA members handed out leaflets to passers-by and people attending the event. In addition to causing cows to suffer and die, the leather industry is toxic to the environment and a threat to human health. Unlike more progressive companies, Hermès also uses fur.
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A new three-part TV programme described by Channel 4′s Sara Ramsden as “everything you ever wanted to know about foxes but were afraid to ask” begins Monday, 30 April 2012. But before you watch Foxes Live: Wild in the City, check out these 10 interesting facts (complete with cute photos) about foxes, wonderful creatures who deserve more respect:
- Foxes are members of the dog family. A female fox is called a “vixen”, a male fox is called a “dog fox” or a “tod” and baby foxes are called “pups”, “kits” or
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Sitting in a bathtub filled with “blood” with a banner that reads, “Stop the Bloodbath, Dr Cable: Support EU’s Cosmetics Testing Ban”, Victoria Eisermann – ex-Playboy model and female winner of PETA’s 2007 Sexiest European Vegetarian contest – was in full view of the Houses of Parliament today.
The European Commission – under pressure from the cosmetics industry – is considering postponing the 2013 deadline for banning the sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested on animals, and Dr Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has refused … Read more.
Costumed “pigs” in orange jumpsuits – shackled and covered with black hoods – stood beneath a banner that reads, “Don’t Make Foston a Guantanamo Bay for Pigs”. They lead PETA members in a protest against Midland Pig Producers’ (MPP) plan to build a US-style factory farm in Foston. If approved, this industrial nightmare would imprison up to 25,000 pigs at a time, who would never see sunlight or breathe fresh air until they were loaded into lorries for transport to an abattoir at a rate of 1,000 animals a week.
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