Written by PETA
mom, Sally, is a gourmet in her own right, with a restaurant, The Cricketers,
in the U.K. After PETA U.K. learned that she was serving foie gras, they contacted "The Naked Chef's" mom and told her the naked truth about
the suffering of ducks
and geese who are slated to be killed to produce this
gastronomical atrocity, and she quickly pledged never to serve it again.
People with rescued companion ducks say that the animals
have a zest for life that
rivals that of any puppy or toddler.
Quackers and Crackers (pictured above), two such ducks whom PETA rescued from a
life of deprivation and neglect, love to play in the sprinkler with their
guardian's children, blow bubbles in the mud, and engage
in mock hay-throwing battles. On foie gras farms, ducks like Quackers and
Crackers are force-fed four times a day until their livers swell to as much as
10 to 12 times their normal size. They never, ever get to swim or splash in the
water, something that ducks naturally desire to do every day.
gras is so inhumane that its production has been banned in the U.K. and several
other countries and in the state of California. Until the rest of the U.S.
follows suit, it's up to us to speak out and ask restaurants and stores not to
sell this delicacy of despair.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
On his TV show, Food Revolution, chef Jamie Oliver filled a school bus with sand to illustrate the amount of added sugar that Los Angeles students consume every year in flavored milk. The stunt apparently paid off this week when the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board voted to ban chocolate and strawberry milk from school cafeterias, making LAUSD the largest school district in the country to ban flavored milk.
Flavored milk contains 20 to 27 grams of sugar per serving, which Oliver points out is the equivalent of a candy bar. Other unwanted ingredients in milk include saturated fat, cholesterol, antibiotics, hormones, and even pus. Studies suggest that milk consumption may contribute to allergies, constipation, recurrent ear infections, iron-deficiency anemia, acne, juvenile diabetes, and even cancer.
As part of their effort to improve school lunches, officials are also proposing a $50 million contract with Five Star Gourmet Foods to provide meatless meals to students that would include vegetable pad Thai with peanut sauce and California sushi rolls. Take that, mystery meat!
Written by Alisa Mullins
While some chefs have a change of heart after they witness the cruelty of meat production, the "Naked Chef," Jamie Oliver isn’t one of them.
According to his spokesperson, Oliver is supposedly "well-known for his championing of better welfare for animals and has had awards from many animal welfare groups."
No wonder animal protectionists everywhere are seeing red after learning that he pinned down and helped castrate a bull for a segment for his upcoming series, Jamie's American Road Trip. Castrating a bull without anesthetics is illegal in the U.K., but apparently Oliver signed on to the old "when in Rome …" theory.
If Jamie Oliver truly cares about animals, he should take a cue from PETA's Ingrid E. Newkirk, who talks the talk and walks the walk. Whether she's convincing officials in Taiwan to stop drowning stray dogs or being carted off to jail for protesting pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania, this true champion of animals never lowers her standards on how animals should be treated, no matter where she is.
Written by Karin Bennett
If you've been keeping up with your British celebrity chefs lately, you'll know that Naked Chef star Jamie Oliver has been pushing pork products on the public (try saying that three times fast). He's encouraging people to "save our bacon" by buying British pig meat instead of the cruel other kind.
Now, we know that Jamie is aware of the horrors behind factory farming in Europe (he even has a campaign against it), but we're hoping he'll realize the obvious: That the best way to stop cruelty to animals is to stop eating animals—including British ones. Good thing we've got friends in the U.K. who are only too happy to educate Mr. Oliver on the horrors of all factory farms.
Check out these pictures from PETA Europe's Mother's Day demo (yes, across the pond they honor their mums in March), in which two very sexy, very pregnant volunteers portrayed a typical day in the life of a mother sow in front of Jamie's flagship restaurant, Fifteen.
Written by Lianne Turner
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