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  • 26
  • Apr

Thousands Come Together to Ask, ‘When Will Mali Be Free?’

New PictureRemember Mali, the only elephant at the Manila Zoo? She was taken as a baby from Sri Lanka in 1974 and has spent the last 35 years in a small concrete pen. People all around the world have asked that she be sent to a sanctuary, but the authorities have yet to grant her freedom.

But we’re making progress! Every day, Mali gains new supporters and friends. This week, the acclaimed musician formerly known as Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam, became the latest celeb to express sadness at Mali’s plight,… Read more.


  • 16
  • Jan

No Cage Big Enough: Why Zoos Can Never Be Humane

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.


  • 20
  • Oct

French Screen Legend Brigitte Bardot Joins Call for Mali’s Release

Iconic international film star Brigitte Bardot has sent a letter to the Philippine ambassador to France urging her to convey to Philippine authorities the message that Mali, an ailing and solitary elephant who has been confined to a small enclosure at the Manila Zoo for 35 years, should be transferred immediately to a sanctuary in Thailand. In the letter, Bardot points out that elephants in zoos suffer both physically and psychologically when confined and separated from other elephants.

“Elephants are animals who are totally unfit for captivity”, writes Bardot, whose organisation, the … Read more.


  • 09
  • May

Compassion Is Always Sexy

Yes, they have smoking bodies, flawless skin, and a perfect smile, but many of the women on FHM’s Sexiest Women in the World 2012 list have something else in common – they show compassion towards animals. From rescuing a shelter dog to speaking out against fur and exotic animal skins to adopting a meat-free diet, these gorgeous ladies use their voice to help animals. And what could be sexier than that?

Proving that it’s beautiful to be kind, below are just a few examples of how the world’s hottest ladies have … Read more.


  • 04
  • Oct

On World Animal Day, How ‘Great’ Would Great Britain Be in Gandhi’s Eyes?

During a week that marks both Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and World Animal Day, we thought it appropriate to take a moment to reflect on these words of wisdom from the “Great Soul”: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. If Gandhi were alive today, how would the UK fare in his eyes?

One of the first pieces of animal rights legislation in the world, the Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act of 1822, was introduced in the UK, and we’ve … Read more.


  • 12
  • Sep

British Bollywood Star Jiah Khan Goes Wild in New PETA Ad

Crouched in a cage wearing a leopard-print bodysuit next to the words “Wild Animals Belong in the Wild. Boycott Zoos”, Bollywood beauty Jiah Khan stars in a brand-new ad for PETA to spread the word that animals suffer in captivity.

“Actors choose to entertain, but animals locked away in zoos are given no choice”, says Jiah. “All strong-willed beings treasure their freedom above all else, and that applies to tigers, elephants, bears, monkeys and other animals too.”

Jiah Khan for PETA

Jiah Khan for PETA

Captive wild animals, including those born in captivity, retain the very … Read more.


  • 22
  • Mar

Knut, Dead at Age 4

Knut, the polar bear cub who was the toast of the Berlin Zoo four short years ago, is dead. He was only 4 years old. 

Months ago, PETA Germany had warned the head of the zoo that Knut was being terrorised by his three female companions, one being his mother, Tosca, (who had once been used in a circus.) He was under constant stress. PETA Germany repeatedly asked zoo authorities to move Knut away from the three females to a different location. Like most … Read more.


  • 04
  • Mar

Be an Everyday Superhero for Animals

Today, The Sun introduced Britain’s animals to their very own real-life superhero. To quote the benevolent masked crusader: “I make sure people aren’t abusing their animals. I serve justice to those who deserve it. We stand for those who cannot, because we can”. Bravo! Rapturous applause from your fans at PETA!

While “the black arrow” battles the forces of evil in defence of our furry friends, there are plenty of simple things that anyone can do to be an everyday hero for animals. Here are just a few:

  1. Go vegan. Giving
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  • 03
  • Aug

Not All Animals Are ‘Party Animals’

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I’m no party pooper, but I was horrified to read about the party bloopers that London Zoo is planning for each weekend this month.

Those of us who share our homes with an animal companion already know how easily animals can become frightened by loud noises, flashing lights and crowds of strange people. So whoever came up with the idea of hosting a “silent disco” – a party in which attendees wear headphones to listen to music whilst they dance around – at London Zoo must have a severe … Read more.