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.
Compassionate people the world over are dead set against fur. Killing an animal for his or her skin is just inexcusable. But did you know that 73 per cent of fur farms are located here in Europe and that in Ireland minks are still having their skins ripped off every day to feed the global demand for animal pelts?
Here are 12 reasons why this shameful situation needs to end right now:
- Banning fur farming in Ireland would save 225,000 mink each year from being imprisoned, abused and slaughtered.
- Fur farms
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A few weeks ago, we reported the excellent news that the mayor of Wrexham, David Bithell, had ditched his ceremonial robes after a compassionate PETA supporter pointed out that they contained real fur.
That set us off to wondering how many other mayors around the country were still using robes with real fur, perhaps without even realising. So we decided to write to each and every one of England’s lord mayors to find out – and, of course, to request that they go fur-free!
Sixteen mayors wrote back with a positive … Read more.
In April, we were celebrating. After a public consultation and messages from thousands of compassionate people, the government announced that it would ban the use of all wild animals in circuses in England by 2015. It promised to end the abuse of zebras, camels, raccoons, reindeer, snakes and other animals in circuses around the country. “This legislation will end the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in this country. It will also help ensure that our international reputation as a leading protector of animals continues into a new global era”, … Read more.
Iconic singer, actor and comedian Charo has again revealed her compassionate side by writing to Spanish authorities on behalf of PETA asking that they reject an initiative to protect and promote bullfighting as a national cultural pastime.
As a professional entertainer and native Spaniard who made her name with her stirring interpretations of traditional flamenco music, Charo is something of an authority on Spanish culture – so she knows what she’s talking about when she declares that bullfighting does not belong in modern Spain. “I am ashamed that some in my … Read more.
As consumers, we have the power to change the world. We can vote with our wallets and make sure that our shopping habits reflect our compassionate principles. And we can also make our voices heard: most companies really care what you think and will often respond positively to feedback, as this fantastic story from PETA supporter Emma Thompson shows.
Emma was enjoying a relaxing spa day at Gloucestershire’s Wyck Hill House Hotel when she made a disturbing discovery – foie gras was on the restaurant menu. As someone who cares about … Read more.
This week is Volunteers’ Week – and here at PETA, we’re constantly inspired by our fabulous volunteers, whose energy, passion and commitment to helping animals are essential to our work, every week.
Online, offline, on the streets, at our office or from their homes, our volunteers help us out in a huge number of ways. The following are just a few concrete examples of how Team PETA has been making a difference recently:
- In February, approximately 5,000 people e-mailed Shropshire Council asking that it reject plans to build an appallingly cruel chicken
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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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“It sells what?” That’s a common response when people find out that Fortnum & Mason is still stocking inhumanely produced foie gras. Since I joined PETA as a campaigner last month, I’ve been arranging regular protests outside the Piccadilly store to raise awareness about this vile and un-British product.
With the help of a team of volunteers from all around the world (one of them invariably kitted out as a goose), I have taken to the streets to tell passers-by, tourists and, most importantly, Fortnum & Mason’s customers the truth: that geese … Read more.
All around the world, people agree – chasing, stabbing, mutilating and killing a bull isn’t very entertaining, nor does it constitute “culture”, in Spain or anywhere else. So, upon learning that over the next few weeks, the Spanish government is considering legislation to protect and promote bullfighting and recognise it as cultural heritage, international animal rights groups decided to take action – together!
PETA has joined forces with Humane Society International, the League Against Cruel Sports, World Society for the Protection of Animals, CAS International and Spanish group Fundación … Read more.