Written by Michelle Kretzer
rumors began swirling that Angelina
Jolie and Brad Pitt intended to have live elephants as part of their
wedding celebration, PETA wasn't buying it—after
all, the couple had donated $2
million to an African wildlife sanctuary. A rep confirmed
to us that Angelina and Brad have no
intention of showcasing captive wild animals at their celebration and
encouraged PETA to dispel the nasty rumor.
wildlife advocates at The
Body Shop have a lovely new lady
on their side. Leona Lewis
is bringing her spirit to the company as its new brand activist. The cruelty-free
company and the cruelty-free beauty will make one harmonious pair.
Looking at blue-eyed babe Jared Leto as
he rocks the stage with 30 Seconds to Mars, it’s hard to believe that he’s 41! He
credits his vegan diet
and plenty of sleep for still looking like he did in his Urban Legend days.
doesn't seem like 19 years since Tia Mowry burst onto the scene in
Sister, Sister, either. Now that she's
vegan, maybe she'll pull another sister act and get her twin, Tamera, on the
wagon might fill up quickly, especially following the debut of Bill Maher's riotous take on the horse-meat
scandal. The comedian threw in a
scathing review of the meat industry for good measure.
Woody Harrelson got nothing but great
reviews for his role in The Hunger Games, and while Catching Fire won't be out until the fall,
Woody's already getting two thumbs up from animal advocates for requesting all-vegan
clothes and accessories for the film.
loads more PETA-loving peeps were on fire for animals this week, too:
keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
Written by Jeff Mackey
As PETA pal Bill Maher prepares to perform in Alberta and British Columbia, he's proved that he's a
stand-up guy in a different sense by sending a letter to Bob Rae, leader of
Canada's Liberal Party, urging him to support Sen. Mac Harb's bill to end the commercial seal
Photo courtesy of Bill Maher
Bill joins celebrities, including Pamela Anderson, Pink,
Olivia Munn, Russell Simmons, Tommy Lee, Alicia Silverstone, Dave Navarro,
Joanna Krupa, Megan Park, and many others, who have voiced their support for
the momentous bill and encouraged their fans to do the same.
Bill has been a vocal opponent of the annual seal massacre, and his letter comes just weeks after the Senate
agreed to continue the debate. Many appeals have already been made to the conservatives,
who hold a majority, so Bill chose to address the Liberal Party, mentioning
that he hadn't expected much from the conservatives but that he "had hoped
for more" from the liberals.
© Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Be like Bill—compassionate Canadians can contact their senators directly, but no matter where you're from, please urge Canada's leaders to support Sen.
Harb's bill today.
night, the Stand-Up for Animals PETA benefit show at the famous Comedy
Store on L.A.'s Sunset Strip was funnier than a barrel of animatronic monkeys.
Bill Maher, Jane Lynch, Carol Leifer, Jeffrey Ross, Marc
Maron, and host Fred
Willard—in other words, some of the most talented comedians in the world—came
together to raise money for PETA and kept the packed house laughing until the
audience's sides hurt.
Guests included Pink, Carey Hart, Olivia Munn, Cloris Leachman, Jorja Fox, Christian Serratos, Renee Olstead, Elisabetta Canalis, Emily Osment, and Moby, many of whom tried
valiantly not to do spit takes with The Comedy Store's delicious vegan snacks while
laughing at Jeffrey Ross' hysterical poem to his cat or Carol Leifer's explanation
that she had to go vegan because being a Jewish lesbian wasn't enough.
Bill Maher quipped, "Before PETA
was around, you know, you could f-ck with animals any way, anybody, anytime,
anywhere, and now you can't. That's a pretty big change in the world. That's a
big achievement. … Animals will not be ignored. They're the Glenn Close of
And with all the funds raised by the end of the night, PETA can
make sure that animal abusers won't be laughing for long.
The 20th-anniversary edition of PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk's
book Free the Animals has been
released—get yours from the PETA
Catalog—and the brilliant host of HBO's Real Time
(and PETA honorary board member) Bill Maher has given it a rave review on the Huffington
Bill gives an overview of some of the amazing victories PETA has won for animals
in the two decades since Free the Animals
was first published—and some of the things that still haven't changed
enough—while touting it as "the riveting, real-life story of the people
who put on disguises, use fake IDs or jimmy their way into laboratories in
order to carry out the daring rescues of animals used in experiments and of the
insiders, the whistleblowers, who risk their jobs to help them."
If you don't believe Bill, though, take it from Penny (the canine
companion of peta2
Manager Ryan Huling), who is clearly spellbound by Free the Animals.
Written by PETA
know where Bill Maher got the shirt that he wore to perform at George
Washington University—'cause we made it. Lookin' good,
Rattinger/ GW Hatchet.
of making it: After becoming the first vegan to win a Food Network cooking
competition, chef Chloe
Coscarelli is still on a (vegan-buttered)
roll, making the world a better place for animals and our waistlines. Check out
her scrumptious new recipes on Eatocracy.
Anna Wintour took some heat for being cold-hearted
enough to wear several cold-blooded
animals on her back. "She looks like she got that at a consignment store
where pimps drop their coats off," said E!
news anchor Giuliana
proud animal friend who's "still
right here" is Melissa Ferrick, who is currently on
tour promoting her new album. The adoption advocate would love what Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan,
are up to—the couple adopted a pair of cats their friend found
in a bush.
don't belong in the wild, but elephants certainly do, according to Coldplay, whose new video
features the band members dressed up as elephants
searching for "Paradise."
Written by Michelle Sherrow
This whale of a tale is true: Dolphin activist
traveled to the White House to thank President Obama for asking Iceland to ban
hunting whales and exporting their meat. Fellow ocean-animal advocates Richard Branson and basketball
legend Yao Ming are calling for a ban
on shark-fin soup
in China, where 95 percent of the cruel fare is served.
Yao Ming isn't the only athlete taking
action for animals. After being vegetarian for four years, Toronto Maple Leaf Mike Zigomanis
has gone vegan as part of his effort to become healthier, stronger, and a
Congratulations to glowing vegan mom Emily Deschanel,
who gave birth last week to her first child, son Henry Hornsby. A rockin'
congrats also goes out to the inimitable Joan Jett for her well-deserved Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
She loves rock and roll … as well as chickens,
Another award we couldn't help but crack
a smile about—furry Kim
was voted the most annoying celebrity. Maybe kind sis Khloe
can teach her how to be more popular.
Speaking of popular—Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Maher, and other celebs helped
make PETA's White House
spay-and-neuter petition one of the first to reach 5,000 signatures and go to the president
for review by tweeting about the dog and cat homelessness crisis. You can join
Ellen, Bill, and many others in sending a strong message about the importance
of spaying and neutering by signing
Celebrities took to Twitter yesterday to make a huge splash for seals. We asked compassionate celebrity supporters to tweet a message to their fans telling them that the Canadian commercial seal slaughter had begun and including a link to our "It's Time to End the Seal Slaughter" donation page. So many of them responded that our Twitter page looked like an A-list party.
Supporters who spoke up for seals who are bludgeoned and sometimes skinned alive for their fur include Ellen Degeneres, who also posted it on her blog, Pink, Sophia Bush, Daniella Monet, Jayde Nicole, Lea Michele, Vida Guerra, Alicia Silverstone, Dave Navarro, Stephanie Pratt, The Veronicas, Bill Maher, Ian Somerhalder, Diablo Cody, Sasha Grey, and, of course, Honorary PETA Director Pamela Anderson.
Get in on the action! Tweet this link to your Twitter followers: http://bit.ly/gNMLOJ. Or go to our donation page to help stop Canada's barbaric seal slaughter.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
First, can we just address the fact that the yearly presidential pardon of two turkeys for Thanksgiving makes no sense? Presidential pardons are meant to forgive the questionable—or criminal—activities of people. Turkeys don't cheat, lie, or kill (OK, sure—their flesh can kill, but that's not the birds' fault). Every turkey is innocent—and inquisitive and smart. And they all suffer immensely on factory farms, on crowded trucks, and in slaughterhouses.
That having been said, in advance of this year's presidential pardon of two turkeys, PETA's ally and true-blue friend to animals Bill Maher has used his razor-sharp wit to pen a letter to President Obama on our behalf, urging the commander in chief to send the birds to a reputable animal sanctuary. For the past several years, pardoned turkeys have been shipped off to Disneyland and various tourist attractions—hardly a peaceful "retirement" for crippled birds, many of whom die before the next year's turkeys make it to the Rose Garden. Bill wrote, "I realize that in this election year it hasn't been easy for a Democrat to stand up for freedom, but it can be easy for everyone—including Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and yes, even Tea Baggers—to stand up for compassion."
While we wait for President Obama's response to Bill Maher's letter, please encourage everyone you know to stand up for compassion—and turkeys—by celebrating with PETA's vegan holiday recipes. They're sure to satisfy every craving, from a savory start to a sweet finish—and all delicious bites in-between.
Written by Karin Bennett
VICTORY! PLRS Closing; More Than 200 Animals to Be Freed.
"You could cringe watching this cat being yanked from a chain-linked fence. Or gasp in disbelief when you see this dog's tooth being pulled by pliers. Snapshots of sores on dogs—heartbreaking."
Those aren't PETA's words—they're some of the opening lines of a news story about our investigation of Professional Laboratory and Research Services (PLRS). Our undercover investigation documented the shocking abuse of dogs, cats, and rabbits by employees at PLRS. The story broke in this Associated Press piece, and the abuses have caught the attention of both local and national media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog.
Facebook fans have linked our video to their newsfeeds, and PETA pals Pam Anderson, Bill Maher, and Sophia Bush have Twittered about our campaign. Now we'd like to know what actions you've taken to get the word out about animal cruelty at PLRS. Tell us below.
Written by Karin Bennett
The following is a Canada Day guest post from Bill Maher, the genius behind Politically Incorrect and HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher. Maher offered his wit for an op-ed, originally posted in today's Daily News, in a humorous protest against a deadly serious issue: Canada's annual slaughter of tens of thousands of seals—the largest massacre of marine mammals in the world.
Here's some good news from my friends at PETA, just in time for Canada Day on July 1: Canada's annual commercial seal slaughter is over—at least for this year—and more than 80 percent of the seals who had been marked for death were spared because hardly anyone wants to wear baby-seal fur anymore. But Canada won't cancel the massacre outright. Why?
There are a lot of things to admire about our neighbor to the north, but the country's strange seal phobia is not one of them. Canada is terrified of seals. Baby seals, in particular. I know, it doesn't make any sense to me either.
Canada's seal "hunt"—which happens every November to June off Canada's East Coast—is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet, leaving tens of thousands of animals dead every year. And let's be clear: The Canadian government may call it a "hunt," but impaling baby seals in the jaw with hooks, dragging them across the ice, and throwing them into a pile where they choke on their own blood before being skinned isn't a sport—it's a massacre. The video of it is like a starter snuff film designed for serial killers.
Opposition around the world is growing. Last year, the U.S. Senate—a group of people who usually can't agree that the sky is blue—unanimously passed a resolution calling for an immediate end to the annual slaughter. But the Canadian government just keeps putting its fingers in its ears and singing "la, la, la" so that it won't hear anything it doesn't like. Or, if it does hear, it responds with all the subtlety and sophistication of a fistfight in the men's room at a monster-truck rally.
The European Union, for example, recently passed a ban on seal products. So after stomping its feet and jutting out its lower lips for a while, Canada threatened to go tell mom that it's being picked on. Sorry, did I say "mom"? I meant the World Trade Organization. And as if that weren't tone-deaf enough, in response to the EU's ban, Canada's parliament also pushed—unsuccessfully—to incorporate seal skins into the uniforms of the Canadian Olympic team in a desperate attempt to legitimize the seal slaughter.
When Russia announced a ban on the killing of baby harp seals in that country, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called the seal slaughter a "bloody industry that should have been banned long ago." Shortly thereafter, Canada's Governor General Michaëlle Jean cut open a seal and chowed down on the animal's raw heart, burbling inanely, "It's like sushi." I'm not making that up.
Note to Canada: When your officials are making Vladimir Putin look like the voice of reason and the U.S. Senate appears to be a model of civility, you're doing something wrong.
Let's clear up a couple of myths perpetrated by the Canadian government in defense of the "hunt." The sealing industry is not a subsistence trade for native peoples. The Inuit—most of whom live in the Arctic, far away from the main seal-killing regions of Newfoundland and Labrador—are responsible for only about 3 percent of the annual seal kill.
Nor is the slaughter important to the Canadian economy. In Newfoundland, where the majority of sealers live, revenues from sealing account for just about 1 percent of the province's economy. But even if it were more, that's still no excuse for clubbing babies.
You'd think that officials would have gotten the message that it's time to stop the slaughter when many sealers sat out this year's massacre in the face of plunging demand and record-low ice levels. Incredibly, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea instead increased the killing quotas.
In fact, Canada is spending millions of dollars—and despite what you may have heard, Canadian dollars are real money—on desperate efforts to prop up the dying commercial seal slaughter, including rushing Shea to China to try to peddle seal pelts there and posting a $75,000 contract for a "Social Media Reputation and Online Issues Management" advisor to track seal chatter on the Web.
Not long ago, Canada launched a "Keep Exploring" ad campaign to attract tourists. Vacationers may find it hard to have a really good time with all that shooting and beating going on in the background.
Reacting to the tourism campaign, PETA is pushing back with its own campaign, called, "Explore Elsewhere," encouraging people to leave Canada out of their travel plans until the seal massacre is stopped for good. I've never really been one to call for boycotting an entire country, but in the face of such heartless ineptitude, maybe it's worth considering.
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