Written by Michelle Kretzer
students at China's Guangdong University of Foreign Studies bustled onto campus
for open day, little did they know that their education would
begin on the sidewalk.
with hundreds of leaflets and stickers courtesy of PETA Asia-Pacific, an enterprising group
of students flooded the campus with messages about protecting animals and the
environment using the slogan "We all live under the same sky."
how eagerly their receptive classmates grabbed information about factory farming, zoos, and other animal rights
issues, it's safe to say that these students opened the school year with a
If you know students
who want to get active for animals, let them know that they can "take
charge" by visiting peta2.com
Written by PETA
After PETA Australia members took to the
runway during a
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week show, the
show's organizers decided to pull all fur from the remaining shows.
No doubt worried that more protests
would soon follow, Fashion Week organizers directed furry Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology student designer Molly Herben to remove the rabbit fur
pieces from her show before they hit the runway. Another designer, Jack Loder,
who had planned to show dresses made of impala fur and leather and trimmed with
exotic feathers, also pulled his designs.
''As they stormed the
catwalk, I thought, 'What does this mean for my work?''' said Loder. ''I spoke
to [Fashion Week officials] the next morning and we agreed straight away: it's
best if we just take it down.''
While members of PETA and our affiliates
continue to educate the fashion industry via their own runways, you can help crush the cruel fur industry's
profits by refusing to
buy or wear any fur.
by Michelle Sherrow
This blog is a cross-post from PETA Asia-Pacific's blog, The Hot & Sour Scoop.
One of the first members of an international animal rights group to reach the disaster area, PETA Asia-Pacific senior campaigner Ashley Fruno has been in Japan with Isabella Gallaon-Aoki of Animal Friends Niigata since taking the first flight to Tokyo after the airport opened Saturday night. Ashley and Isabella are providing food, water, and care to animals abandoned when their guardians fled to evacuation centers, and are also providing food to animals whose guardians are having a hard time getting supplies of food because of long lines of hundreds of people waiting to get into stores. They've encountered many citizens who have stayed in their badly damaged homes for days because many evacuation centers are not allowing companion animals inside.
"The damage is absolutely horrific," Ashley says. "These dogs and cats need rescue for the sake of the anguished people who were forced to choose between seeking refuge in evacuation centers and taking their beloved animal companions with them."
Despite long waits at gas stations, Ashley and Isabella continue to visit the worst-affected areas in search of animals who need help, and their team remains in touch with the volunteer relief center, city office, and prefecture office, which plans to set up a temporary shelter for animals in the north of the city. Ashley is also talking to reporters and asking them to alert her if they spot animals in need.
You can help fund Ashley's work and other rescue work by donating to PETA's Animal Emergency Fund, which provides grants to organizations that do rescue work, including PETA Asia-Pacific.
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