Written by Michelle Kretzer
When a group of bloodthirsty zombies
descends on New York City, where do they head? To the Meatpacking District, of
course. Because all animals are made of flesh, bones, and blood and all animals
feel pain, zombies don't see a difference between eating people and eating
Goth star Sharon Needles, the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, doesn't see a
difference, either. She joined the troop of undead to reveal her macabre PETA
ad just in time for Halloween.
For a limited time, PETA is offering magnets featuring Sharon's ad—for $6.66! Spooky. And the Logo network, which airs Drag
Race, is running a 30-second PETA public service
announcement during its Halloween programming.
And now for the scariest thing that you'll
see this Halloween … click
a good scare? If the same old haunted houses and rehashed slasher movies have
you rolling your eyes, PETA has 10 scary spots guaranteed to make you scream
like Jamie Lee Curtis. Let's start our
virtual fright fest:
who has ever seen a horror flick knows that you never go into the barn. Good things do not happen there, unless you
consider being mutilated
a good thing. Anyway,
didn't we learn anything about eating meat from Contagion?
sooner spend a year trapped in Rihanna's warped "Disturbia" world than try to dodge the
whips and chains in Ringling's house of horrors.
bizarre and deadly experiments on cats that are going on behind closed doors at
this school are like something out of Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory. But even
Mary Shelley couldn't have dreamed up "science" this twisted.
there anything creepier than a clown? How about a clown with shackles, an
electrified water bath, and a knife aimed at your throat?
the iconic opening sequence in Saw in which two men are
chained up in a restroom? They didn't last any time at all before one of them
sawed off his own leg to get free. Just sayin'.
Jason Voorhees might be a
knife-wielding maniac, but he's got nothing on Australian sheep farmers. Apparently,
if they call it "mulesing," they can carve up their
victims alive. (Shiver!)
© Patty Mark/alv.org.au
with Paramount's money, DreamWorks' special effects, and all the fake blood in
Hollywood, Wes Craven
couldn't create a
gorier scene than the Canadian seal slaughter.
© Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
you find that the worst part of haunted houses is the beginning, when your
whole group is smashed into that dark, tiny room before you start the tour? If
you get claustrophobic just thinking about it, imagine if that dark, tiny room
lasted for two years. It's getting hard to breathe …
who have seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre probably still shudder
when they think about Leatherface. But even at his chainsaw-slinging worst, the
skin-wearing psycho isn't as frightening as the slicing and dicing that goes on
inside a slaughterhouse where cows are killed for their flesh and skin.
horses made to pull carriages through New York's noisy, congested streets,
every car seems like Christine—except Stephen King's horror flicks only last
two hours, not nine hours a day, seven days a week.
© Barbara Grove
Written by PETA
At Los Angeles' Comikaze Expo, attendees can mingle with the likes of Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, and Elvira; get their favorite comics, games, anime, and cult videos autographed; or even get tattooed. But one thing that is definitely off limits at the L.A. Convention Center this weekend? Fur.
Comikaze will have thrills and chills aplenty, but the real-life horror of animals who were beaten, electrocuted, and skinned alive to be turned into jackets is too cruel for even the most seasoned scream queens. When the folks who created and starred in Halloween, Saw, and Friday the 13th are welcome but fur is too scary to let in the door, you know fur production is a truly terrifying business.
Halloween is over, but you can still share PETA's very real horror movie—featuring undercover footage shot on rabbit fur farms in France and China—with your Facebook friends and ask them to support only killing sprees of the celluloid variety.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
almost time for Halloween, and while some folks are being sweeter than candy to
animals, some are making us wish that we were only watching a scary movie.
to Los Angeles' Ghost Ship. The country's only
haunted sailing vessel promises its victims a 75-minute voyage of horror, but
only if they aren't wearing the victims of the horrifying fur industry. Even ax-wielding
maniacs know that fur is cruel.
to The Office for showing the very
real danger of leaving a dog
in a hot car in very memorable Office style.
to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture for talking out of both
sides of its mouth about the foods that people put into theirs—pushing people to eat vegetables but granting huge
subsidies to the meat
to women's clothing store Dress
Barn for proudly displaying "Fab Faux Fur" in its windows.
to the U.S. Air Force for considering turning
animals into fuel for planes. With all the biofuel options available, even Fred
Flintstone would think that this cruel fuel is archaic.
to Tom Wargo of Lilburn, Georgia,
and to 13-year-old Victoria
O'Connell of Rapid City, South
Dakota, for realizing that companion animals also suffer in a recession and
starting animal food banks. Wargo gets an extra smooch for requiring owners to
obtain low-cost spay-and-neuter services.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Today was a lucky
day for black cats: PETA's mobile Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please (SNIP) clinic
got into the spirit of Halloween and "fixed" 44 of the black beauties
for free. What a way to wrap up Cat Week!
If there's one thing scarier than armies of the undead, it's the animal overpopulation crisis.
Every year, millions of unwanted kittens are left at
crowded animal shelters, where many of them must be euthanized
for lack of suitable homes. Others are casually passed around from one
temporary home to the next or are dumped on the roadside.
Just one unaltered
female cat can lead to 370,000 feline descendants in only seven years; an unneutered male cat can help
create limitless litters
of kittens. PETA's mobile clinics have
sterilized more than 75,000 animals since the program's inception in 2001,
preventing the births of hundreds
of thousands of unwanted
kittens and puppies.
Black cats are often the target of cruel people who
torture or kill them around Halloween. Keeping cats inside
is the best way to keep them safe, and if you have an unaltered cat of any
color, make an appointment today to get him or her sterilized. In addition to
preventing unwanted litters, spay and neuter surgeries
eliminate the risk of certain cancers of the reproductive system. It is
the best treat that you can give your cat—any time of year.
If you've already "fixed" your cat, you can
make a donation
to help others do the same and to help keep our SNIP clinic going.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
I read Dracula when I was 8 or 9 (yes, I was one of those kids), which didn't exactly help get
rid of my fear of the bats who lived in our attic and occasionally needed to be
guided out a window.
As it turns out, the bats created by horror writers and children's imaginations
aren't nearly as interesting as real bats are:
To learn more about
bats, help control insects, and provide a home for these fascinating animals,
consider putting up a bat
You can prevent bats from finding their way into your
house by sealing up holes near the roof after any existing colony has left for
of going through racks of Halloween costumes and seeing the same old hockey
masks and sexy nurse uniforms? Here are six scary DIY costumes guaranteed to
make the most fearless revelers do a double-take—and
then think twice about eating meat, wearing fur, or going to the circus.
an idea from PETA Vice President
Dan Mathews and go as KFC's purveyor of live-chicken
scalding, Colonel Sanders.
transform into bunny butcher Donna
Karan by carrying some plush rabbits drenched in red
paint. To complete the ensemble, lie all night about how you don't
really use fur even while you're holding the evidence.
are scary to a lot of people, and Ronald McDonald is one of the scariest of
all. Follow in Andy Dick's footsteps and wave
around a bloody knife as you illustrate how a chicken becomes a McNugget. (Hint: It's a lot more cruel than it has to be because
McDonald's refuses to implement a less cruel slaughter method for
you want the theme to your outfit to be "cold as ice," be a Canadian seal clubber. A plush seal,
a club, and a red-stained shirt will have anyone with a heartbeat running and
screaming for points south of the Great White North.
splashy is more your style, don a top hat and tails or a tight Lycra jumpsuit
and you can be a Ringling
Bros. animal trainer abuser. It works best if
accessorized with a bullhook and paired with a partner
dressed as a helpless baby elephant.
women who want to show that fur is a bad asset, pair a Sasquatch suit with two
strategically placed pillows and a diva attitude to become Jennifer Lopez. Be sure to brag about
how you burn through animals like you burn through husbands.
For this week's 10% Wool comic caption contest, we are on the lookout
to find the best user-submitted caption that complements the strip below!
Here's how it works: Submit your caption for this week's comic in the
comment section below. We'll choose three user-submitted captions that best
complement the strip and let YOU, the readers, vote on them to let us know who
you think should be crowned victor. Our winner will walk away with a Stainless
Steel PETA Logo Water Bottle.
Don't forget to check out the archive of past 10% Wool comic strips and get more information on
the series and the writer. Join the
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The entry round ends at 12 noon on October 25, 2011, and voting will start
on October 27, 2011. Voting will end on November 1, 2011, and we'll announce
the winner and showcase the winning caption in a blog post on November 3, 2011.
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Letting our animal companions wander the mean streets is careless and dangerous at any time of year, but that's especially true around Halloween, and even more so if the animal is a black cat. But some people seem to be in extreme denial about the perils that Halloween poses for ebony-colored felines.
Take the Sowards family of Florida. According to a newspaper article, the family let their black cat, Jinxy Boo, outdoors in the late afternoon on Halloween. The next morning, Jinxy Boo showed up on their patio with injuries so severe that she had to be euthanized. A veterinarian suspects that someone may have placed a firecracker in Jinxy Boo's rectum and exploded it.
That's appalling, but get this: According to the article, Jinxy Boo is the third cat the Sowards have lost around Halloween. The third cat! Apparently, the family got her to replace their previous black cat who disappeared on Halloween.
There is no excuse for abusing animals, and anyone who does so is probably a serial killer in training, but if we let our cats or dogs outdoors alone, we are effectively handing our companions over to animal torturers with a sign around their neck that says, "I'm all yours!" Let's promise not to let our beloved animals end up like Jinxy Boo: allow them outdoors only on closely supervised excursions.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
Although it made countless compassionate fans wrinkle their noses (and made Eminem remark that it stank, and made Ellen DeGeneres back away), Lady Gaga's dress made from slabs of animal flesh is likely to be a popular Halloween costume this year. So PETA has an animal-friendly idea for vegan fans who want to dress up like Gaga without making people gag-a. How about a faux-meat frock, made from cotton instead of chopped steak?
Grab some fabric paints and plain white fabric—a couple of old, oversized T-shirts or even a sheet will serve nicely. Shape your dress with scissors, safety pins, and twine, and paint it with a rainbow of rotting flesh colors—red, brown, and a dab of purple, here and there. Of course, you'll want to leave some white visible to represent the marbled fat. (Gag!) We found instructions and this video tutorial online.
Or how about fashioning a phony-bologna bikini or a Tofurky tunic? The most important accessory is a visible label to indicate that no animals suffered to make the outfit. Print out this ready-made sign to show that your costume is cruelty-free:
With a Tim Gunn–style "make it work" attitude, it should be a cinch for you to create a killer Halloween costume that no animals had to die for.
Send us photos of your creation, and we might feature it in an upcoming blog post!
Written by Karin Bennett
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