Written by PETA
Multiplatinum recording artist Adele can melt hearts with her soulful voice, but her actions are saving lives. The singer told Britain's Radio 1 that she is leaving meat out of her repertoire.
Like many of her songs, Adele's inspiration came from love. "Whenever I am about to eat meat, I always see my little dog's eyes," she said.
Adele is quite right, of course: Cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, and other animals killed for food feel pain and fear, just as dogs and cats do, and it doesn't make sense to love one yet eat the other.
To help Adele along her veggie journey, PETA U.K. has sent her a care package, including a vegetarian/vegan starter kit, Sir Paul McCartney's "Glass Walls" DVD, a few of our favorite cookbooks, and some delicious vegan treats!
Join Adele and countless others who are embracing vegetarianism. Sign PETA’s Pledge to Be Vegan for 30 Days and make animals' hearts sing.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
In honor of William and Kate's wedding, PETA is sending the royal couple "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue."
We chose some favorite movies and a book that each have an important message about compassion for animals. For "something old," we've chosen three classics: Disney's family anti-fur film 101 Dalmatians; Bambi, with its anti-hunting message; and the classic about the suffering of horses, Black Beauty. For "something new," we're sending the dolphin-hunting industry exposé The Cove.
We're letting the couple indefinitely "borrow" from PETA's library a signed first-edition copy of the seminal animal rights book Animal Liberation by Peter Singer.
Finally, we included two films that may make William and Kate "blue," but that have touched the hearts of countless viewers and inspired them to make simple changes in their lives that have a big impact on animals. They are PETA's slaughterhouse exposé Glass Walls, narrated by Sir Paul McCartney, and the documentary I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA.
We hope the couple finds these gifts illuminating, inspiring, and even challenging—much as marriage can be.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
Were you excited to see PETA's remake of Groundhog Day? Sorry! We were just joking (or "Joseph King," if you'll pardon the pun). We would love to free Punxsutawney Phil (and make it so that you didn't have to listen to "I Got You Babe" 50 times in a row), but for now, we'll have to settle for singing the praises of fun, animal-friendly films like Hop. We do have quite a few Hollywood supporters, though, so you never know what might happen in the future.
Here are some other April Fools' Day jokes we liked:
Happy April Fools' Day!
Written by Michelle Sherrow
PETA U.S. staffers aren't the only ones who are excited that the coming year marks 10 years of activism by PETA India. Just in time for PETA India's birthday, Sir Paul McCartney has sent a letter to India's prime minister asking him to declare January 12—the day of PETA India's inauguration—an annual "meat-free day" across the country.
Sir Paul narrated PETA's hard-hitting "Glass Walls" video, which shows how chickens and turkeys are confined to filthy sheds by the tens of thousands and forced to live in their own waste and how pigs on factory farms remain conscious while their throats are cut. "Were it shown in every school, the next generation would grow up vegetarian, I have no doubt," says Sir Paul.
If you're not already vegan, why not make 2011 the year that you "come together" with PETA and Sir Paul by giving animal-based foods the boot?
I'm such a map geek that I study the road atlas for fun. But I was equal parts intrigued and disturbed by the latest map that I laid eyes on: Food & Water Watch's Factory Farm Map. This interactive online map shows which areas of the U.S. have the most animal factories, and it also allows you to filter the results by the types of animals who are raised and killed for their flesh, milk, or eggs.
Wherever they are, factory farms lead to animal suffering, environmental destruction, and a lower quality of life for everyone. We can help keep factory farms out of our communities by showing our friends and families the many benefits of going vegan and why everyone would be vegetarian if slaughterhouses had glass walls.
Ricky Gervais' comedic gold at Sunday's Golden Globes was almost enough to help me get over Jane Lynch's loss. The news that prompted my speedy recovery? Hearing that every nominee got a copy of our new DVD, "Glass Walls," in their gift bags. Narrated by Paul McCartney, who presented the Best Animated Film Globe to Up, "Glass Walls" goes inside slaughterhouses to show people what really happens to animals before they end up on dinner plates:
The only celebrity with a voice as delightfully inimitable as Paul's? Alec Baldwin, whose narration of "Meat Your Meat" remains iconic for proud PETA supporters everywhere and who took home his third (!) Golden Globe for his brilliant work on 30 Rock. At this point, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association should really just call the category Best Performance by Alec Baldwin and nominate Jack Donaghy's five best episodes.
Written by Logan Scherer
I'm convinced that there actually are eight days in Paul McCartney's week. How else does the world's hottest sexagenarian find the time to do all the work he does for animals? The latest in his long line of animal-friendly efforts? Paul lent his legendary voice to our newest exposé, which shatters through the brick and mortar of slaughterhouses and factory farms to show people what really happens to animals before they end up on people's dinner plates. In the video, Paul states, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian."
And, in a PETA Files exclusive interview, you can hear what Paul has to say about how easy it is to go vegetarian—especially in London, which we recently named the most vegetarian-friendly city in the world—and learn about the thrill he gets from eating cruelty-free:
Can't get enough of this music icon and friend to animals? Me neither. Enter our contest to win a copy of Beatles Rock Band for the opportunity to hang with Paul (and John, Ringo, and George) in your living room every night. And remember if the jet-setting, always-on-the-run crooner can find the time to help animals, so can you.
"London has soared to the top of the world's culinary league tables in recent years, boasting a mind boggling range of eateries.
"We have a noble history of vegetarianism so it is great news to be crowned the best city on earth to enjoy meat-free nosh. We are helping to cultivate a taste for all things veggie by supporting green fingered efforts by all Londoners to grow their own fresh fruit and veg."—London Mayor Boris Johnson's reaction to his city's being named the most vegetarian-friendly city in the world.
If Boris' outstanding support of all things vegetarian doesn't convince you that London deserved top honors, or if you just want to make your mouth water, read all about the city's culinary delights.*
Written by Shawna Flavell
*Warning: You might get the urge to buy airline tickets to fly across the big pond after reading. Don't say I didn't warn you.
It was a frigid day in Budapest, Hungary, yesterday, but our scorching-hot leopards warmed the hearts of holiday shoppers in the country's largest shopping mall by urging them to fauxget about fur this holiday season.
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