Written by Jeff Mackey
As Hollywood's brightest arrived at last night's Academy
Awards, they were sure to be asked, "Who are you wearing?" But the
real story is who they weren't
wearing since cruelly produced animal fur was noticeably absent from the red carpet once again.
The lovely Anne Hathaway won a well-deserved Oscar for her
heart-rending performance in Les Miserables,
but this vegan superstar is a winner for animals every day. Anne has been turning it out all
through awards season, and this time was no exception, landing solidly on
best-dressed lists in custom
vegan heels from Giuseppe Zanotti. That no animals lost their skin to the leather trade for her look gives us even more reason to cheer the spectacular success that
Anne calls "the
cherry on top of a wonderful, wonderful dish of vegan ice cream."
Although his pro-fish
ad for PETA was deemed too controversial for the Oscar broadcast, Best Actor nominee Joaquin
Phoenix was also on the scene. Indeed, PETA
faves abounded both inside and outside the Dolby Theatre, from Best Actress
nominee and vegan Jessica
Chastain and animal adoption advocate Charlize
Theron (who showed off some impressive
dance skills during the show) to the stunning anti-fur crusader Olivia Munn and a glowing Jenna
Dewan-Tatum. The media stars in attendance included PETA pals Kelly Osbourne and Michael Strahan.
So congratulations to the winners—including the animals who
didn't end up on the shapely shoulders and elegant tootsies of the attendees!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
legend Anjelica Huston
knows what makes good TV and what doesn't. And there's no question which side of
the line ads that use
great apes fall on. She is urging Steak 'n Shake to pull its current TV spot that includes
a forced performance by a chimpanzee. Along with a copy of her video exposé about great-ape "actors,"
Anjelica sent the company a long letter, saying, in part, "These
chimpanzees are destined to endure a lifetime of abuse for your 30-second
spot—a point that no compassionate person would find funny in the least."
stars of Enlightened are enlightened enough to know that you don't force animals to perform—but you
can ask a PETA staffer to! Star Mike White is such a big fan of PETA that he invited PETA Vice President Lisa Lange to make a guest appearance on this Sunday's episode and plug the organization. And
during filming, Laura Dern
thanked Lisa for what PETA is doing for animals.
Quinto knows the right way to put animals on camera: making a film starring homeless
dogs that's about adopting
from animal shelters instead of buying from pet stores and breeders. And Zachary's tweet about his film Dog
Eat Dog was one of our paws-down favorites this week:
Anne Hathaway was a paws-down favorite at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, accepting her award
in custom-made vegan Jimmy
Aisha Tyler took to Twitter to talk about some vegan meals she has been enjoying, and PETA has
been helping by tweeting Aisha links to tasty recipes.
Paul McCartney gave us plenty of them to choose from with his Meat Free Monday Cookbook. He reflected on decades of meat-free eating and animal advocacy as well as how
he is honoring Linda McCartney's life in a poignant piece titled, "My Life as a Vegetarian –
Supporting Linda's Legacy."
Fauja Singh will be leaving quite the legacy as well. The world's oldest marathon runner
has announced that he will
retire this year at the ripe old age of 101. What does he say gave him his longevity
and fitness? Exercise and a vegetarian diet, of course.
keep up with what all the stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
Written by Paula Moore
last night's Golden Globe
Awards, the hot topic on the red carpet was the cold snap in L.A.: Temps had dropped to
37 degrees. But not one of the
nominees (and no other celebrity we could find) wore fur. Hollywood has had quite the animal-friendly makeover over the past generation
with PETA on the scene!
majority of fur today comes from fur farms, where animals slowly go insane from the intense confinement. Many animals on fur farms circle frantically in their
cages, a sign of severe psychological stress.
only was the glitzy event fur-free, it also showcased a few of today's most
vibrant vegans! Jessica
Chastain—PETA's reigning Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity—and previous champ Anne Hathaway nabbed the top actress awards.
Vegan Anne Hathaway's footwear at the Les Miserables premiere was the talk of Tinseltown this week. The 2013 Golden Globe nominee asked Tom Ford to design the custom leather-free boots that made her daring look. Word on the street is that Anne is also a huge fan of cruelty-free Stella McCartney heels. And she's not alone: Stores are reporting "extreme demand" for the designer's luxurious leather-free accessories. Vegan Carrie Underwood is in extreme demand, too. She just scooped up Female Artist of the Year honors at the American Country Awards, and she's always a favorite when it comes to animal issues. In her recent interview with Self magazine, Carrie said, "My veganism is based on a concern about where my food is coming from. In my perfect world, I'd have webcams wherever food is processed so I'd know how clean it is. … I'll never eat meat again, because I look and feel better without it."Rob Thomas has continued to use his voice to make sure homeless animals' voices are heard by urging his legions of Twitter followers always to adopt and never buy animals. And several of his fellow celebrities followed suit with animal-friendly posts of their own:Our late friend Michael Clarke Duncan's last film, In the Hive, opens this weekend in select theaters. Check for showings near you to see "Big Mike"—who was such a big voice for animal protection—grace the big screen one final time.
Anne Hathaway purposefully schedule her
before World Farm Animals
Day? It's possible, since
the committed animal advocate celebrated her nuptials with a vegan feast. To
commemorate both World Farm Animals Day and Anne's big day, PETA is sponsoring
a steer named Peter, who resides at The Cow Sanctuary in New Jersey, in Anne's name.
Peter was just a calf when PETA investigated the filthy Pennsylvania dairy factory farm that he was living on. Cows on dairy farms must be repeatedly impregnated in order for them to produce milk, and their female calves are sentenced to the same fate as their mothers. But dairy farmers consider male calves to be useless byproducts and typically sell them for veal. That would likely have been Peter's fate, but after our investigation, we got cruelty charges brought against the farm and were able to purchase Peter and another male calf, Jerry, and send them to the serene Cow Sanctuary.
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calves were in terrible shape. Peter had pinkeye and ringworm and was infested
with lice. After being confined to a pen in which he was drowning in urine and
feces, his legs were so weak that he couldn't stand.
took a lot of veterinary care and a lot more love, but Peter recovered and blossomed into an outgoing,
confident steer. From the beginning, he
looked out for Jerry, who was left disabled from the calves' ordeal. Peter is
very affectionate, and he eagerly awaits his daily chin scratches.
better day than World Farm Animals Day to recognize Anne Hathaway, a woman whose
kind diet spares countless animals and inspires others to follow in her
also the perfect day to protest cruelty on factory farms by going vegan. Order
your free vegetarian/vegan starter kit here!
won't catch Abbie Cornish in fur—or any other
animal skins. When asked about her style on Twitter, Abbie responded, "I
LOVE clothes … So I love so many different things. Not enough room to tweet! I
dress vegan … no leather, suede or fur."
in the Twitterverse, we had animal adoption, a heroic rescue, and vegan
celebrities had a blast showing off their big hearts (and vegan stomachs) this
week: Courtney Stodden at the beach with PETA's Vegan
College Cookbook, Anne Hathaway at another fun vegan engagement party, and vegan Venus Williams chatting with CNN about
the London 2012 Olympic Games.
?uestlove is on a quest to live
longer. The Roots star said he is going vegan so that he can be "the first
member of the hip-hop generation to live past 60."
to the animal-friendly cast of The Secret Life of the American
Teenager. Season five—starring our buddies Megan Park, Renee Olstead, and, new this season, Twilight's Christian Serratos—premiered to rave reviews.
keep up with what the stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
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Fighters, schmighters―after Jake Shields' recent tweet, the people he'll really need to shield himself from are all the clamoring vegan girls. And they're probably in pretty good shape, too, if they've been fueling up on the healthy fare that Ellen DeGeneres shares on her website's "Go Vegan With Ellen" page. Hope they leave room for Anne Hathaway's luscious vegan treats.
Alicia Silverstone is raising a little vegan Bear, of course. Maybe she has some words of wisdom for cruelty-free mom-to-be Emily Deschanel?
And PETA has words of wisdom for Diane Kruger, about her photo shoot in which she was draped in coyote. Hasn't she heard it's better to go naked than wear fur? Furry Alexander McQueen may have passed on, like so many of the animals he killed for clothes, but at least he did make a kind decision in his will. Where was his compassion when he was alive?
Well, it's very obvious where Bree Olson's compassion is―you can't miss it. And Olivia Wilde and Emma Stone are going to have cruelty-free written all over their faces.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
When they aren't starring on screen or on stage, many of the nominees in this year's Teen Choice Awards are starring in ads for PETA! There are heaps of hotties with hearts of gold and vegetarians vying for votes this year, so we hope that you'll encourage the animal-friendly teens in your life to cast their vote for compassion in every category. Here are our picks:
Adele Choice Music: Female Artist
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan, DirectorChoice Movie: Drama
Justin Bieber Choice Music: Male ArtistChoice TV: Villain, CSIChoice Male Hottie Choice Twit (for Twitter presence)Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Male
Russell Brand, Arthur Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Ellen DeGeneresChoice Twit (for Twitter presence)Choice Comedian
Emily Deschanel, BonesChoice TV Actress: Drama
Lady Gaga Choice Music: Female Artist
Anne Hathaway, RioChoice Animated Movie: Voice
Eva Mendes, The Other Guys Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
Mila Kunis Choice Female Hottie
Jane Lynch, Glee Choice TV: Female Reality/Variety Star
Renee Olstead, The Secret Life of the American Teenager Choice TV Show: Drama
Jared Padalecki, Supernatural Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Grace Park, Hawaii Five-O Choice TV Show: ActionChoice TV Actress: Action
Audrina Patridge, Audrina Choice TV: Female Reality/Variety Star
Katy Perry Choice Music: Female Artist
Kellie Pickler Choice Music: Female Country Artist
Maggie Q, Nikita Choice TV Show: ActionChoice TV Actress: Action
Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck Choice TV Actress: Action
Carrie Underwood Choice Music: Female Country Artist
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids Choice Movie: ComedyChoice Movie Actress: ComedyChoice Movie: Hissy Fit
Glee Cast Choice Music: Group Choice TV Show: Comedy
Khloe & Lamar Choice TV: Reality Show
Linkin Park Choice Music: Rock Group
Modern Family Choice TV Show: Comedy
OneRepublic Choice Music: Rock Group
What do Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Bill Clinton, Anne Hathaway, and Steve-O all have in common? They're among the 10 oh-so-fine finalists in our Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities contest! Also in the running are the luscious Leona Lewis, Mos Def (a true "rapper's delight"), Nat "she's all that" Portman, the wildly attractive Olivia Wilde, and the foxy Joaquin Phoenix.
As more and more famous folks realize that living la vida vegetarian is the best way to prevent cruelty to animals on factory farms, help the environment, and improve their health and physique, it gets harder each year to choose the winners. That's why we need you to help us pick a female and male winner from this latest crush-worthy crop of smokin' hot herbivores. Visit this page to vote for your faves via Facebook or Twitter. Voting ends June 24, 2011, at 5 p.m. EDT, so make your selections today!
Stay tuned for the results. In the meantime, here are a few sexy vegetarian celeb tweets to get your heart all a twitter.
Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth
Could be because it’s almost the first day of summer. Nah, it’s definitely PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2011 contest. Voting has begun to help us narrow down the 100 male and female nominees to our top five in each group who make our little veggie-loving hearts skip a beet beat.
So, which hunk of Bocacake gets your vote? Bill Clinton or a Beatle? Joaquin’s sexy smile or Jared Leto and those baby blues? Could it be a bi-coastal competition of funny man Russell Brand against easy-on-the-eyes Casey Affleck?
And which veggie vixen will walk away with the top prize? Will it be the battle of the A-team, Aimee and Anne? Or could it all come down to the Kristens – Wiig and Bell? Maybe the inventor of sexy, Pamela Anderson, will stage a coup?
Let us know who you think we should name the finalists! This year, for the first time, voting will take place on Twitter using the hash tag #sexyvegceleb, but you can also use the voting page. Let us know who you think we should pick by June 17 and stay tuned for the swoon-worthy finalists.
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