Written by Michelle Kretzer
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.
there a week that goes by when Russell Simmons doesn't do something awesome for animals? (Answer: no.) This week, the hip-hop
mogul and PETA's person of the year asked New York Gov. Andrew W. Cuomo to drop unhealthy
milk as New York's state
League Soccer MVP Dwayne
De Rosario, who has been vegan since he was 14, should be on
board—he shook up Millions
of Milkshakes with his own vegan creation.
wishes to another MVP, Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams, who is retiring from the
sport. We're sure that our MVP of animal rights isn't retiring from helping animals.
hear that guests at vegetarian beauty Anne Hathaway's engagement party enjoyed delicious,
cruelty-free fare, including vegan burgers and cupcakes.
Planning your own vegan wedding? Check out our animal-friendly
tips for the big day.
the latest issue of Marie Claire, PETA
anti-fur star Eva Mendes
does more than just grace the cover with her beauty. In the spread, Eva talks
about ditching meat and the benefits it's brought to her life. Check out our
free vegetarian/vegan starter kit to find out how vegetarian meals can be great
for you and animals!
favorite vampire, Kellan
Lutz, is helping PETA purchase a new rescue van for our Community Animal Project. The star has also asked all his Twitter followers to help too.
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'n' roll legend and legendary champion for animals Chrissie Hynde
is urging Ohio to enforce its ban on the use of electric prods and similar
devices on animals when Ringling
and its bullhook-wielding
come to the state.
was Tosh.Oh-so-sweet this week when
he blasted cruel bull runs on his show.
on the street is that PETA pals Justin Bieber and Kellan Lutz will be
appearing outside the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard to promote animal adoption.
been a while since Bob
Barker appeared on The Price Is Right, but he still wants the
show he made famous to maintain his animal-friendly ideals. When the show gave
away a prize of cowhide boots and a trip to the infamous Calgary Stampede, Bob wrote and told The Price Is Right it was dead wrong to
on the opposite coast, Angela
wrote to her NYC councilmember and asked him to support a ban on horse-drawn carriages that Olivia Munn, Lea Michele, Pamela Anderson,
and many others have asked the city to pass.
is asking the Toronto Maple Leafs to take a pass on fur after the team promoted
a jacket trimmed with coyote fur. He may have played for the opposing
Canadiens, but Georges thinks both sides can agree that wearing fur is ice cold.
Ted Danson and Emily Osment are both showing that
they are warm to animals. The distinguished actor and the burgeoning star both
rave about their cruelty-free vegan eating.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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