Written by Michelle Kretzer
Like Van Halen said, "Go ahead and jump."
After learning that Detroit was the second-saddest city in America, the leaping "Lettuce
Ladies" made Detroiters hoppy by
telling them about the cure
for the blues: going vegan. Studies show that vegetarians
have lower rates of
depression and anxiety than meat-eaters do. The receptive residents
grabbed up our "Think
Before You Eat" leaflets like they were vinyl copies of 1984.
to eat your way to happiness? "You say you don't know—you won't know … until you begin…"
Written by PETA
A big brouhaha
erupted after the Detroit Animal Control Center euthanized an emaciated, injured
and extremely ill dog named Ace
(after the hardware store into which he painfully stumbled before being rescued
off the streets) on Thursday. Photos of Ace make it abundantly clear that he
was suffering; they show him looking weak, hunched over, grimacing, bleeding
from a neck wound, and barely able to stand. He looks as if he can't get
comfortable, and there is obvious pain in his eyes. Unfortunately, Ace had to
endure the state-mandated four-day waiting period for strays, and no owner could
be located for him (or they surely would have faced cruelty charges). This suffering
dog didn't deserve to linger a minute longer.
We just have one question: The
shelters are overloaded with homeless dogs―if anyone is upset because this dog
was put down, why don't they stop screaming "Murder!' and do something
truly helpful, like adopting another dear dog who doesn't need as much vet care
and resocializing but just needs a home? There's certainly no shortage of
homeless dogs in every single animal shelter in the country―no, make that, in
the world! If you think that every single one―or even one in 20―can be placed,
then you're living in a dream that we all wish would come true, but picking one
dog and going nuts about his euthanasia is just a feel-good exercise not
grounded in reality. Shelters need financial help for spaying and neutering in
order to stop more dogs from being born and to find truly good homes even for
dogs with no problems, the "easy" ones. Meanwhile, "no kill"
shelters take in their quota and then leave the dirty work to everyone else.
back to Ace―for dogs who have been through so much and are obviously suffering
and miserable, a dignified release from their pain is often a blessing and the
most humane option. Let's not misplace our anger and
frustration, which should be directed at those who neglect animals so badly
that they end up ravaged with parasites and barely able to keep their heads up as
well as at those who cause animals to end up homeless and euthanized at shelters
because they buy from pet stores or breeders and/or fail to spay or neuter
And let's use our energy to save
lives by promoting spaying
and neutering and lobbying for legislation
that would restrict breeding so that we can arrive at a day when no
animal is born unless a loving, permanent home is waiting for him or her. Animal homelessness is a preventable tragedy.
by Lindsay Pollard-Post
If "fantasy football" for you
means a stadium where healthy foods are more abundant than foam fingers, check
out this year's ranking of the top five most vegetarian-friendly stadiums in
honorable mentions are the San Diego Chargers' Qualcomm Stadium, the Seattle Seahawks' CenturyLink Field, the San Francisco 49ers' Candlestick Park, and the Detroit Lions' Ford Field.
fans don't have to leave their health to a last-minute Hail Mary. They can
start and finish strong with foods that don't cause unnecessary roughness to their bodies or to animals and that taste so good that
fans won't care if they get fined for excessive celebration.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Hot on the heels of news that some doctors are recommending that elementary school–age kids be put on statin drugs (seriously—I wish I were making it up) comes a better prescription for dealing with the side effects of the childhood obesity epidemic. Several of the U.K.'s leading doctors are recommending a junk-food jihad.
"If we were really bold, we might even begin to think of high-calorie fast food in the same way as cigarettes—by setting stringent limits on advertising, product placement, and sponsorship of sports events," said Professor Terence Stephenson, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Meanwhile, PETA is taking the Detroit Public Library system and Detroit's first lady to task for bribing encouraging kids to read books by promising them a free McDonald's Happy Meal. Hopefully, kids will turn up their noses at this shameless gimmick after they read That's Why We Don't Eat Animals, a copy of which PETA has sent to the library.
Written by Alisa Mullins
Does the Michelin tire company promote obesity? I'm starting to think so. Consider the Michelin Man: He's a friendly fellow, but, oh, those unsightly rolls! The tire giant also owns Detroit's iconic roadside landmark, the Giant Tire—a possible shout-out to the dreaded spare tire?
We'll soon find out if there's any truth to my theory. PETA has written to Michelin North America's president and chair Dick Wilkerson and offered to put an anti-obesity ad on the Giant Tire. Our "Lose the Spare Tire: Go Veg!" ad would encourage Detroit residents to adopt a healthy, slenderizing, animal-free diet and just might help offset some of life's maintenance costs (i.e., medical bills).
Stay tuned to find out if we receive a fabulous "thumbs up" for our proposal—or a "flabulous" refusal suggesting that the company doesn't care.
Written by Karin Bennett
By now, the whole world knows about the horrors of the Canadian seal slaughter. With demonstrations taking place around the world, it's pretty hard not to notice. Our friends in Canada, Germany, and cities across the U.S. have been out on the streets to spread the word. Check out some photos of recent demonstrations, and then visit our Action Center online to find out how you can organize your own protest.
Inspired yet? Take a minute to read the words of a Canadian who opposes the seal slaughter, and then take action by telling the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee that you won't support the Olympic Games until Canada stops supporting the seal slaughter.
Written by Lianne Turner
The Academy of the Americas in Detroit has been in the news lately because it has been begging for donations of basic supplies … including toilet paper.
We can help! Remember our recent "Wipe Cruelty From Your Diet" demos? We'll, it turns out that we've got loads of toilet paper left over, so we're donating the TP with the great vegetarian message to the impoverished schools.
Remember, researchers have found that even elementary school–age children can begin to show signs of heart disease, such as hardening of the arteries, so the donation does the children a double favor.
Click here to read our full letter to the academy.
Written by Christine Doré
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