Written by Michelle Kretzer
you read that right.
want to thank Kanye West for the shout-out to
PETA in his new song, "Theraflu." While the aptly named
tune does make us want to reach for an over-the-counter remedy as Kanye opines about
his inexplicable penchant for slinging tortured dead animals across his back,
the song did make #tellPETA trend on Twitter worldwide, giving us a great
opportunity to educate people about the revolting cruelty of the fur industry. #TellKanye that 60 beautiful minks have to die to make one ugly coat.
rapper Waka Flocka Flame could give Ye some
pointers—his "Only Cowards Abuse Animals" PETA ad
appears in this month's YRB magazine.
(Last month, the mag featured Chris "The Birdman" Andersen's colorful anti-fur ad.)
cover of the May issue of Vanity Fair features the fair face of fur foe Grace Park, looking as stunning in
white as she did in her PETA
"Save the Seals" ad.
seal savior Christian
Serratos tweeted her support for
PETA's campaign this week: "The Canadian seal slaughter has begun. Pls
help @PETA stop the bloody massacre NOW!"
Mickey Rourke saved a stray dog he
found on a movie set in Romania. Now Foxy has a great new home with Rourke and
his other beloved pups, including Jaws, who stars with Rourke in his animal birth
Photo: Faubel Christensen
Pamela Anderson visited Turkey and noticed that the country's streets were also
teeming with strays, she went on a mission to persuade officials there to adopt an aggressive spay-and-neuter
Ryan Gosling was a savior for a woman who was almost hit by a taxi in New York City. His
lifesaving heroics for people and advocacy for chickens make Ryan a heartthrob
with a heart of gold.
Lance Armstrong seems to be made of
steel, and now he's living strong thanks to eating mostly vegan foods.
he'll start whipping up homemade meals from the Candle Café like Christina Applegate.
vegan eatery led to love for Alec
Baldwin, who got engaged this week to Hilaria
Thomas, whom he met at Pure Food and Wine.
Christina Aguilera took both her loves—her boyfriend and her son—to
Cirque du Soleil, scoring herself a thank-you card from PETA for supporting a circus with only human
keep up with what your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
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November is shaping up to be Kellan Lutz Month. First, we get to see him as Poseidon, god of the sea, in Immortals, and then as that other immortal, Emmett Cullen, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part I. While we wait, let's enjoy a little Lutz lust with the PETA ad that he and his dog Kola did to encourage fans to find their eternal love at an animal shelter.
Photo: Colin Stark
And before he declared war on humanity as King Hyperion, fellow Immortals star Mickey Rourke and his canine buddy declared war on animal homelessness with an approach as easy as ABC: animal birth control. (Read more about Rourke and his canine
companions in the paperback edition of Ingrid E. Newkirk's book One Can Make
Fellow Immortals stars Freida Pinto and Isabel Lucas have been doing kind things for animals, too: praising the use of computer-generated imagery to replace animals in entertainment and protesting Japanese whaling, respectively. Because even Greek gods and goddesses know that the kind acts that we perform can live forever.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Update: In just over 24 hours, the "Stop Animal
Homelessness at Its Roots" petition surpassed 5,000 signatures and became one
of the first petitions to reach the level necessary to be sent to the Obama
administration! Please keep asking everyone you know to sign this important
petition so that we can alert the White House to how strongly people feel about
the animal homelessness crisis.
this is huge. Starting today, we have a chance to show President Obama and our
government that the companion-animal
homelessness crisis deserves national attention.
White House just launched a site on which citizens can post petitions, and any
petition that receives 5,000 signatures in 30 days will merit review by
administration officials. PETA has posted a petition asking that all animals
adopted from animal shelters and bought from pet stores, puppy mills, and breeders be spayed and neutered. Bob Barker will be signing it, and
he's asking for your support.
is an opportunity to get the White House to pay attention to the fact that millions
of dogs and cats are abandoned on the streets or turned over to severely crowded
animal shelters each year.
such as Cloris Leachman,
and Metta World Peace (aka "Ron Artest")
support spaying and neutering because it saves lives, and you can too. Please
sign PETA's "Stop
Animal Homelessness at Its Roots" petition now and forward it
to everyone you know. Get your family, your office, your old school pals, your
club, your gym—everyone!—to sign it pronto.
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has been having some issues this morning, and we're hoping that it's just because
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Oh, Mickey, you're so kind, your love for animals blows our minds … Hey, Mickey!
Why am I cheering for Mickey Rourke? Look at the mock croc he rocked at this week's Iron Man 2 premiere:
"[It's] some kind of crocodile or something," says Rourke. "It's not real, though … I didn't make it. A guy named David August made it. Sylvester Stallone turned me on to the guy. He's really a rock and roll dude."
A dude who has always worn his heart on his sleeve (and lapel), Mickey wouldn't hurt a fly—or a crocodile, a dog, or any other animal. Just check out his moving essay in the paperback version of PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk's book, One Can Make a Difference: How Simple Actions Can Change the World. He writes about how his six rescued dogs brought him back from the brink and "saved my life!"
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Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth
It's a good thing that my hubby, Tim, has such a huge heart, or I would probably be in a pickle right now. You see, this year, he shares his birthday with Spay Day, which is this Tuesday, February 23. Lucky for you, that means a starry slideshow of PETA's brightest and boldest spay-and-neuter ads (versus mushy photos of Tim and me on vacation in Boulder).
Feeling inspired? Great! Tell us how you'll help animals on Spay Day.
Written by Karin Bennett
There are two things I love about the new paperback version of PETA founder and president Ingrid Newkirk's book, One Can Make a Difference: How Simple Actions Can Change the World. First—and most importantly—it includes a brand-new essay written by none other than actor Mickey Rourke. In his contribution, which is exclusive to the new paperback version, the Golden Globe winner writes about his struggle to overcome his personal demons and about the six rescued dogs who helped him succeed.
"There isn't much worse than being a 'has been,' being used to sitting at the best table in the fanciest restaurant just by showing up, and then reaching a point where the restaurant won't even take my call," he writes. "It was a humbling experience for me, and the dogs were the biggest help in getting me through because I could see that the dogs from the pound are like me. Bad things have happened to them, too, and they bear the scars."
Second, the lighter version is easier to stick in my purse, so I can have it handy to read while commuting.
Other celebrity contributors to One Can Make a Difference include Sir Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Brigitte Bardot, and so many more. The new paperback version is available here, so check it out!
Written by Amanda Schinke
Ah, awards season. My favorite time of year. Last night I watched the Golden Globe Awards on pins and needles, and I've already begun my countdown to the Oscars. But the best part of the Globes last night wasn't Sacha Baron Cohen making everyone squirm in their seats while he rightfully hated on Madonna—it was Mickey Rourke's win for his role in The Wrestler and his moving and heartwarming thank-you speech.
While Rourke thanked his co-stars, his agent, and, yes, even Bruce Springsteen, the most memorable part of his speech was when he thanked his dogs and said, "Sometimes when a man's alone, that's all you've got is your dog. They've meant the world to me."
Well said, Mickey! I think we can all relate to that. It's about time for the furry, loyal companions who give so much love and adoration to their guardians to get recognized.
Another animal-friendly winner we love from last night was Alec Baldwin for his role in 30 Rock. Although he's been in roughly 5 trillion films and TV appearances that have all been brilliant, he'll always be our own special star for his fantastic narration of "Meet Your Meat."
Written by Christine Doré
I just heard that Mickey Rourke is holding a protest in Miami this afternoon. Apparently, he bought a puppy from a pet store around Christmas and the puppy died a couple of weeks later. Once Mickey learned from PETA’s Dan Mathews how pet shops sell all sorts of sick and inbred animals all the time, he fired off a letter to the store immediately. And today he’ll be in front of the store letting the public know what he’s learned.
Did you see the guy in Domino or Sin City? Total badass. My suggestion to the store: Do what the man says. For real.
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