Written by Michelle Kretzer
Carrie Underwood isn't hiding her
disgust about Tennessee's "ag-gag"
bill—and and rightfully so. She
strongly disagrees with making cruelty investigations on farms illegal and said
she may just show up on the governor's doorstep if he signs the bill into law. But
state Rep. Andy Holt
took it upon himself to
insult Carrie for voicing her opinion, saying, "I would say that if Carrie
Underwood will stick to singing, I'll stick to lawmaking." That
jab didn't sit well with the always-informed Underwood, who tweeted, "I
should stick to singing? Wow…sorry, I'm just a tax paying citizen concerned for
the safety of my family."
then tweeted to Ellen
DeGeneres, thanking her for discussing
"ag-gag" bills on Ellen. And
Wynonna Judd, Miley Cyrus,
Tish Cyrus, and Tony Kanal all hopped on Twitter,
too, to show their support for Carrie and to bash "ag-gag" bills.
Beth Stern, host of the new Nat Geo
Wild show Spoiled Rotten Pets and wife of Howard Stern, is piping up, too—about Kim Kardashian's penchant for fur. "It
makes me really sad," she said. "I know her sister was a poster child
for PETA. I don't watch the Kardashians; I'm very aware of them, but I do know
that the sister was involved, so of course that entire family would know what
goes on, what happens to animals when they're wearing a fur coat."
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Republican Jim Patterson introduced "ag-gag" Assembly Bill
343 to the California Assembly—if passed, the bill would have likely shut down undercover investigations on factory farms. As it
turned out, the bill was what got shut down. There was so much opposition to Assembly Bill 343 that Patterson yanked it out
of consideration himself after admitting to the Los Angeles Times that he does care about animal treatment. He is now free to consider measures that protect animals from abuse rather than hide it.
surprisingly, the bill was sponsored by the California Cattlemen's Association.
But the public outcry against the bill was deafening. Legislators were flooded
with e-mails from advocates for animals and free speech, and Republican
legislators also got hit with a personal appeal that GOP strategist Mary Matalin filmed for PETA
and sent to each legislator herself:
Animal advocates are also making great
strides in Indiana, where a proposed "ag-gag" bill has had most of
the wind sucked out of its sails. After legislators there also heard from Mary
Matalin and throngs of disapproving voters, House Speaker Brian Bosma deemed the bill
unconstitutional and legislators promptly
gutted it, removing penalties for filming or taking photos on farms. Now we need your help
to bring about a similar victory in Tennessee, where legislators passed a proposed "ag-gag"
bill, which is now heading to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk for his signature. Tennessee Senate Republican
Leader Mark Norris and singer Carrie Underwood have both harshly criticized the unconstitutional measure, and they need
everyone's help to stop this bill before it becomes law and makes taking
pictures or filming on factory farms illegal. No matter what state you live in,
please e-mail Haslam and urge him not to sign Senate Bill 1248. You can also
send polite tweets to @BillHaslam.
passed the state's proposed "ag-gag"
bill, which would require video shot on factory farms in order to expose animal abuse
to be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours. The governor has 10 days
to sign or veto the bill, and Tennessee resident Carrie Underwood is determined to stop the unconstitutional bill in its tracks. She expressed
her outrage over Twitter: "Shame on TN lawmakers for passing the Ag Gag
bill. If Gov. Bill Haslam signs this, he needs to expect me at his front door.
Who's with me?"
animals and free speech can join Carrie by tweeting polite messages to @BillHaslam.
always, scores of celebrities reached millions of Twitter users with
animal-friendly messages this week:
The mercury is just
now starting to rise, but Eva
already devising ways to make the fall fur-free. Disappointed that designers
continue to use real fur, she is releasing her own animal-friendly evening-wear collection. Eva,
who proved that she would rather
go naked than wear fur, told Look magazine, "Within
the fashion industry I can't believe designers still use real fur in their
designs when it's so easy to make faux fur. It's cheap and looks great."
speaking of rising mercury, feast your eyes on PETA India's newest spokesperson, Vidyut Jammwal. You may not be familiar
with this Bollywood star and his veggie-powered bod just yet, but you will soon
want to be. As one PETA director put it, "Everyone deserves to be able to
cast their eyes on him."
enough heat? If not, then check out our buds, fellow adoption advocates Mickey Rourke and Kellan Lutz, in their hot new
thriller, Java Heat.
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It seems like Miley
Cyrus' actions for animals are never-ending. This week,
she asked her fans to help get horses suffering in the horse-drawn carriage industry off New York's streets,
tweeting, "NYC is just 761 signatures shy of 100,000 petition goal to
#FreeTheHorsesNYC! Sign @NYCLASS petition at StopHorseAbuse.com." Miley's
fans' signatures pushed the New Yorkers for Clean, Safe, and Livable Streets
petition well above the 100,000 that the group needed. And Miley and her mother,
Tish, gushed about their
gratefulness to their Twitter
was likely grateful for all the help that he got from his Twitter followers,
too. When he tweeted asking where to find the best vegan eats in Sydney,
Australia, PETA and Jason's fans were quick to respond with some yummy
And Miley and Jason aren't the only sexy
stars whose tweets we've been eyeing this week:
We also caught a glimpse of yet another
sweet quote from one of our Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity alums, Carrie Underwood. When The Guardian asked her about growing up on a cattle farm in Oklahoma,
she answered, "The worst part of the year for me was when we took some off
to sell, because they would cry for each other for a couple of days. That's why
I don't eat meat."
has been inspired to embrace plants, too. She is reportedly enjoying more vegan meals
after watching Forks Over Knives. PETA sent her some love in the form of a vegetarian/vegan starter kit, Alicia Silverstone's book The Kind Diet, and our meat industry exposé "Glass
Walls," narrated by Paul McCartney.
Ricki's timing couldn't have been
better, since this week marked Meatout 2013. Nikita's Maggie Q was in full celebration mode, encouraging all her Twitter followers to "[t]ry it!!!"
Simon joined in, challenging his friend, radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge, to watch "Glass Walls" and go vegan for one week. Sam asked PETA for help, so we sent "Lettuce Lady" Lindsay Rajt, associate director of campaigns, to Tampa, Florida, to help Bubba
with the transition and to appear on his show all week to talk about it. Bubba
says that he's enjoying the challenge and has a newfound love for vegan
biscuits with meat-free gravy and rice milk.
While the shock jock is warming up to
faux food, Shania Twain's faux fur is keeping her warm. Her new show in Las Vegas features "dazzling
costumes," including only faux fur, of course.
And while Shania makes her point to the
card sharks, Kyle Chandler
is helping those
other sharks. Alongside his daughter,
Sawyer, he attended Humane Lobby Day in Austin, Texas, in support of a proposed
bill that would ban shark-finning.
To keep up with what all your favorite
stars are doing for animals, follow
@PETA on Twitter.
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.
Is Bill Clinton's healthy diet rubbing off on his wife? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in a vegan state of mind on her birthday, celebrating with her family and a vegan cake.
The Clintons might be a power couple for decades to come: Bob Barker names his vegetarian diet as the reason for his longevity and vivacity, telling Vegetarian Times, "I became a vegetarian out of concern for animals, and I was a vegetarian for a very long time before I realized that many people become vegetarians out of concern for their health. I think they are absolutely right. I think it is the healthiest way to live. I worked until I was 83 years old."
Ever wondered what made country cutie Carrie Underwood first ditch meat? Now we know. On VH1's Behind the Music, she described seeing her parents castrate calves. "And lightbulb," she said. "I was horrified and sad and I just couldn't believe this was happening, you know, in our pasture."
Another vegan singer, Renee Olstead, might have made a certain magazine editor cringe recently when she prominently rep'd PETA in an interview. We've had our famous run-ins with furry Vogue editor Anna Wintour, but in Renee's Teen Vogue interview, the singer and actor proudly declared, "I love animals. I'm getting ready to do a campaign with PETA. I went vegetarian when I was twelve, and I went vegan about a year and a half ago."
Staunchly fur-free Mayte Garcia just made the list of the hottest reality stars. Would her naked ad for PETA have had anything to do with that?
One of the hottest former reality stars, Lauren Conrad, has a reason to celebrate as well: She just adopted a new puppy, Fitz, from a shelter. Fitz scored some "welcome home" toys and treats from PETA to share with his new canine sister, rescued dog Chloe.
The Los Angeles City Council's vote to ban stores from selling animals who came from breeders and puppy mills was a hot topic on Twitter this week, as were the bill that could end the Canadian seal slaughter and protecting animals during Hurricane Sandy.
To keep up with what all your favorite celebs are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
around the globe were in for a treat when Tim Gunn released his third
book, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of
Everything in Your Closet. Animals were in for a
treat, too, when Tim devoted nearly half his chapter "Coats and Jackets"
to explaining "why fur belongs in the dustbin of history." He discussed
how, during his tenure at Liz Claiborne, Inc., he agreed to meet with PETA Vice
President Dan Mathews to discuss the possibility of the 46 Liz brands, which
include Juicy Couture and Kate Spade, going fur-free. "[O]ver time,"
Tim remembered, "I became convinced that fur was unnecessary and even
immoral." Liz Claiborne is completely fur-free, thanks to Tim, as is Project Runway. And if Tim has his way,
the rest of the fashion industry won't be far behind.
Tim strutted his animal-friendly stuff during the opening number at the Emmys, Carrie Ann Inaba was using the occasion
to speak up for animals, too, tweeting at her Dancing With the Stars fans, "And even
though it's a big day for all of us in Hollywood, let's not forget the animals…
Help animals in need!!" She then posted a link to a video about why
everyone should adopt,
on Twitter, Wisconsin native Kristin Bauer was appalled by the University of Wisconsin–Madison's
cruel cat laboratories, Kat Graham had a colorful way to
describe being vegan, and Sam
Simon cracked us up:
Candace Parker wasn't at the Emmys,
but she still scooped up an award. The fur foe snagged the Player of the Month Award for the WNBA's
Western Conference, and we're sure that animals would agree that it couldn't
have gone to a nicer person.
Candace felt as "damn good" about her honor as Dax Shepherd said his vegan diet
makes him feel.
Boss must be feeling pretty good, too. Bruce Springsteen just turned 63, and he
is still rocking, thanks to his primarily vegetarian diet and his passion for
Russell Simmons is always doing
something rocking for animals. After an African safari in which he got to see
animals in the wild, he spoke out against circuses and zoos, writing on his Global Grind website: "These magnificent animals I encountered on the safari aren't
riding on bicycles or jumping through rings of fire like kids see them do at
the horribly cruel circuses where they are routinely beaten and neglected.
These great beasts were tending to their young, running free and just being
left alone to live their lives."
Carrie Underwood might not have the same
musical tastes as Russell, but the two are singing the same tune when it comes
to animal rights. The country songbird posted a picture of a chipmunk she took to her veterinarian
after her dog tried to eat the little animal. Dale, as she called the chipmunk,
was fine and was happily released back into nature.
Joanna Krupa was a model of
compassion when she rescued
a lost dog she spotted during a hike. After a long chase, she
was able to catch the dog, read his tags, and call his thankful guardians.
Al Roker made another dog
grateful recently when he adopted a 10-week-old puppy named Pepper from an
animal shelter. PETA helped the Roker family welcome their newest member with
some fun toys and treats.
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Rihanna got busted by the fashion
police for wearing a dress
made of crocodile. Kelly Osbourne rocked for crocs by proclaiming
that she's not down with people wearing crocodile skins.
on one of our other favorite shows, Ellen, Carrie Underwood dished about how her
hubby, hockey player Mike
Fisher, is getting cozy with
vegan cuisine. And since Ellen DeGeneres gave Underwood Vegan Cooking for
Carnivores by her chef, Roberto
Martin, we're betting things will really
be heating up in the couple's kitchen.
Ellen, Portia de Rossi, and Roberto also
veganized the Rachael Ray Show. While Roberto and
Portia cooked, Ellen quipped that cheese is so heavy that if you skip it, "there
is more room for cocktails!"
the Philippines for a performance, outspoken vegetarian Morrissey (a few chords from Meat Is Murder, anyone?), urged President Benigno Aquino III to send Manila Zoo's lone elephant,
Mali, who has spent the last 35 years imprisoned, to a sanctuary that PETA
has secured for her in the U.S.
Captivating actor Marion Cotillard is also against holding animals captive. On the orca training scenes that appear in
her upcoming film, Rust and Bone, she said, "I've always had a repulsion going in a place where animals are in
course, celebrities were also tweeting for animals this week, including Jonah
Hill and Mike "The
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actor Michael Clarke
Duncan from The Green Mile is keeping his
mile-high frame in shape with a green vegetarian diet. The star of the new
show The Finder is also a huge animal lover!
pal Russell Simmons
tweeted about the
letter that we sent to his pal Dr. Dre regarding his ear
atrocities, while Ashley Judd was busy asking her Twitter followers not to
Great Ape Protection and
Cost Savings Act has a new ally—Harry's Law. A recent episode
tackled the issue of whether apes could be defined as persons under the law,
with Kathy Bates' character arguing, "Apes are a lot less inhuman than we
would like to think....There's a qualitative shift happening in the way we view
the animal world, especially when it comes to apes."
Carrie Underwood always views the animal
world as deserving protection. When she spotted an injured dog on the highway, she pulled over, bundled
up the dog, and gently loaded her into the car. After the animal received emergency
veterinary care, Underwood took the dog to her house to recover and cried when
she had to say goodbye after finding the pup an adoptive home.
Underwood was PETA's
Sexiest Vegetarian of 2005, and plenty of other sexy stars have turned heads to
change hearts. Check out the Mirror's ranking of PETA and our affiliates' top naked
Written by PETA
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
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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