Written by Jeff Mackey
bloody annual seal massacre approaches again this spring, the
at-risk animals can always count on their country's own superhero for animals, Pamela Anderson. The bombshell from British Columbia has submitted an appeal on behalf of PETA urging the World Trade Organization (WTO) to uphold the European Union's (EU) ban on
The WTO's public hearings on trade arising from the cruel seal
slaughter begin in Geneva on February 18. All major markets have banned seal-pelt
imports, including the EU, the U.S., Taiwan, Mexico, and most recently Russia,
which had been importing 95 percent of
the Canadian sealskins, marking one of the biggest victories in the history
of animal rights!
Please help Pam and PETA save seals from being bludgeoned and skinned alive for their fur—urge
Canada's leaders to support Sen. Mac Harb's bill to end the commercial seal massacre today!
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Update: The European
Commission has confirmed that it will uphold the original March 2013 deadline for
the ban on the sale, within the European Union (EU), of any cosmetics or
cosmetics ingredients that have been tested on animals. This marketing ban
means that companies all around the world
that want to sell cosmetics in Europe will have to abandon animal testing for
cosmetics that they want to sell in the EU. The decision follows vigorous campaigning by PETA and its international
affiliates that included public protests, phone calls, and more than 20,000
e-mails. New Commissioner Tonio Borg met with PETA U.K. to deliver the news
personally, and the organization has sent a huge bouquet of flowers to the commission
Originally posted on September 22nd, 2011:
PETA friend and
animal advocate extraordinaire Pamela Anderson has written
to European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy John Dalli urging him
to honor the original 2013 deadline for banning the sale of cosmetics in
the European Union that have been tested on animals. The European Commission is
considering delaying the deadline for years—and perhaps indefinitely.
In her letter,
Pamela states, "I love cosmetics, but there's no reason for animals to
suffer for lip gloss and eye-liner; those cruel tests are from another era."
She adds: "Today, there are effective and 100 percent humane non-animal
testing methods. We also already know thousands of ingredients that have a long
history of safe use. Hundreds of manufacturers have already been using them for
years! Please, don't turn back the clock."
Pamela in calling on the European Commission to stick to the 2013 deadline.
Wrongdoers, watch out—wearing animals' skins and fur is a
total (and literal)
rip-off, but PETA, as always, is on the case! October has been declared Crime Prevention Month by the National Crime Prevention Council, and we're glad to do our part here at
The PETA Files—after all, it's the least any animal advocate could do for a
group whose symbol is a
What happens to animals who are killed for their skins may
not be illegal in many places (yet), but it's a flagrant violation of their
rights. Confined to cages, caught in steel-jaw traps, subjected to cruel abuses,
nailed to trees, suffocated, electrocuted, gassed, poisoned, bludgeoned, hanged,
and often skinned alive—together, it's a crime against common decency.
So PETA's walking the beat and throwing the book at
offenders. The fabulous PETA "fashion police"—gotta love a cop in pleather!—hit the city streets to hand out tickets for leathery larceny and felony
fur-flaunting. They've even braved that most hostile of precincts, New York
Fashion Week, where they issued
a citation to the cruelest of all fur hags, Vogue's
Anna Wintour, proving that they never miss the meaner misdemeanors.
Some of PETA's famous friends are taking on crime-busting
duties, too. Pink
and Ricky Gervais use their voices to call out the skin trade for what it really is—theft—in PETA's attention-getting "Stolen
for Fashion" video, while Tim Gunn reminds everyone that these
aren't victimless crimes. Then there's the
animals' own wonder woman, Pamela
Anderson, who gets the message across that "cruelty doesn't fly" (with a little
help from Steve-O, Andy Dick,
and Carol Leifer) as only she can:
Keep on the straight and narrow—sign PETA's pledge that you'll shed everyone's skin but your own!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Canadian-born Pamela Anderson got a warm reception when she met with a representative from Germany's Trade Ministry to deliver PETA's seal appeal. She asked him to encourage the European Commission and the World Trade Organization
to dismiss Canada's challenge of Europe's ban on seal products.
Pam explained that most Canadians stand
firmly with Germany and support the ban on seal products and the inevitable end of the seal
"As the vast majority of Germans want the seal slaughter to end,"
her hand-delivered letter read, "including the more than 40,000 people in
Germany who have urged Canada's prime minister to put a stop to it, I'm writing
to ask that you please do all in your power to ensure that the E.U. ban on seal
products remains in place."
Knowing Germany's progressive stance on
the seal slaughter and the representative's positive visit with Pam, we're confident that the Trade
Ministry will do exactly that.
party animals gathered en masse at Stella McCartney's West Hollywood boutique on
Friday for the release of Sir
Paul McCartney's music video for "My
Valentine," starring Natalie Portman
and Johnny Depp.
Woody Harrelson undoubtedly enjoyed the vegetarian food, while Joan Jett rocked vegan boots, as did Gwyneth
Paltrow, who has shunned fur for PETA.
Photo: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic
Vice President Dan Mathews and Honorary PETA Director Pamela
Anderson made quite the striking pair, as always. They were greeted by Stella, who playfully
scolded Pam, "How dare you wear clothes in my shop!" (Pam famously
posed nude in the designer's London store window beneath a banner reading, "I'd
rather bare skin than wear skin," to draw attention to Stella's fur- and
Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic
and Pam thanked Gwen Stefani for keeping fur out of her fashion lines and were
invited by Jane Fonda to sit at her table to discuss activism. The hot topic
with Sir Paul was this year's Canadian seal slaughter—or what's left of it following sealskin bans by the U.S., the E.U., and Russia.
Both Pam and Paul have helped lead this campaign for more than a decade, and their work
is finally paying off. We can't think of a better "Valentine" for Sir
Paul than to have thousands of baby seals' lives spared.
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.
Vince Vaughn a valorous vegan? It's
sure looking that way. While filming Neighborhood Watch in Atlanta, he ate
mostly vegan foods, and his mom bragged about his healthy lifestyle on The Marilyn Denis Show. We sent the funnyman
some cookbooks to give him some
delicious new meal ideas.
Vaughn will be the next Phil
Collen of Def Leppard—vegetarian for 30 years and proud
Vivienne Westwood also has a lot to be proud of. Not only does she keep fur-bearing animals out of her designs, the
newly minted vegetarian also keeps
animals off her plate too.
vegan Jared Leto is a fellow fur foe.
Here's what he and other celebs have been buzzing about on Twitter:
cast members of The Real Housewives of Miami will need to rethink
their furry wardrobe choices with animal defender and supermodel Joanna Krupa joining the show.
Photo: www.SebreePhoto.com | Hair and Makeup: Tony Yates | Styling: Joline Towers
there a week that goes by when Russell Simmons doesn't do something awesome for animals? (Answer: no.) This week, the hip-hop
mogul and PETA's person of the year asked New York Gov. Andrew W. Cuomo to drop unhealthy
milk as New York's state
League Soccer MVP Dwayne
De Rosario, who has been vegan since he was 14, should be on
board—he shook up Millions
of Milkshakes with his own vegan creation.
wishes to another MVP, Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams, who is retiring from the
sport. We're sure that our MVP of animal rights isn't retiring from helping animals.
hear that guests at vegetarian beauty Anne Hathaway's engagement party enjoyed delicious,
cruelty-free fare, including vegan burgers and cupcakes.
Planning your own vegan wedding? Check out our animal-friendly
tips for the big day.
the latest issue of Marie Claire, PETA
anti-fur star Eva Mendes
does more than just grace the cover with her beauty. In the spread, Eva talks
about ditching meat and the benefits it's brought to her life. Check out our
free vegetarian/vegan starter kit to find out how vegetarian meals can be great
for you and animals!
favorite vampire, Kellan
Lutz, is helping PETA purchase a new rescue van for our Community Animal Project. The star has also asked all his Twitter followers to help too.
Photo: Collin Stark www.collinstark.com
'n' roll legend and legendary champion for animals Chrissie Hynde
is urging Ohio to enforce its ban on the use of electric prods and similar
devices on animals when Ringling
and its bullhook-wielding
come to the state.
was Tosh.Oh-so-sweet this week when
he blasted cruel bull runs on his show.
In a crushing blow to Canada's annual seal slaughter, Russia, formerly Canada's top commercial market for seal fur, has banned the import of all harp-seal products.
After Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ended his country's seal slaughter in 2009, calling it a "bloody industry that should have been banned long ago," Pamela Anderson led an international appeal on PETA's behalf asking him to ban imports of seal pelts from her native country too. Now Russia, as well as Belarus and Kazakhstan, is joining the U.S., the European Union, and Mexico in refusing to support the shooting and bludgeoning of baby harp seals.
Will this be the death knell for the seal slaughter? The Canadian government is feverishly trying to overturn the ban, so please tell Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to quit postponing the inevitable and end the killing now before the massacre resumes in the spring.
The word on Twitter
is that celebs are rejoicing over Ringling's
being slapped with the
largest penalty in circus history
for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Other celebs are buzzing about going postal.
Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski
gave dogs in animal shelters something to rejoice over, discussing her "Always Adopt, Never Buy"
with PETA in the winter issue of Modern Dog
magazine and urging readers to hop on the adoption train. As if that weren't
enough, she then asked them to think about where fur
and his bandmates left little doubt over what they think of fur when the band
donned PETA shirts
with a, ahem, choice message at a show in L.A.
Wearing fur is such a faux pas that
designers are hard-pressed to find celebs willing to look like a permutation of
Bigfoot. Reigning Sexiest Vegetarian Kristen Wiig
says she will "never
wear fur," and cruelty-free
fashion designer Stella
snagged the Red Carpet
at the British Fashion Awards for her fur- and leather-free designs.
This week, animals
lost a great advocate when comedian Patrice O'Neal passed away. "I am … [an]
extreme animal lover," he once said. "I get sick when I see animals
suffering." Farewell, friend.
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