Written by PETA
Each of us is inherently an "animal
rights person" to some degree, whether we realize it or not. Take the
recent case of the Charleston, West Virginia, Daily Mail blogger who wrote about having a mouse in her house.
In the post, she wrote, "Please don't email me PETA." We did one
better—we sent her a humane
and then she contacted us to learn more about it. A week later,
she wrote this in her blog:
"So I thought I'd do a little research
on the humane mousetrap and have a chat with PETA, after all they were kind
enough to send it to me, to help with my 'uninvited' guest. At first, I was a
little wary. I mean this is the group that files lawsuits on behalf of orcas, and well, there's
nothing I like better than a … steak. But we may have found common ground on
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Whether or not people support all
of PETA's campaigns, most everyone can agree on the basic principle that cruelty
to animals is wrong. Even if our friends and family aren't yet convinced that they
should part ways with meat,
perhaps they do agree that dogs deserve better than spending their lives on a chain
or that baby elephants shouldn't be
beaten by circus trainers.
When we work to find that common
ground, animals win. And
who knows, maybe today's humane-mousetrap user is PETA's next Person of the
by Michelle Sherrow
"I am deeply touched and thrilled to be awarded the PETA U.K. person of the year. When I first saw their video footage on foie gras production three years ago, I felt compelled to do something to help put a stop to this cruel delicacy. I have since become a passionate campaigner against foie gras, and am most humbled that my passion has helped make a positive difference in the lives of these animals."—Sir Roger Moore
On the heels of its recent Selfridges victory, PETA U.K. has named Sir Roger Moore 2009's Person of the Year.
The celebrated actor's tireless and successful efforts against foie gras began three years ago when Moore narrated a video about its production that has attracted more than 300,000 viewers. Since then, Moore has written to every member of the House of Commons asking them to help end foie gras sales in the U.K. and penned many pieces for national publications in his unending attempt to spread the word against the deadly force-feeding of ducks and geese.
For his inspiring accomplishments, Moore will be honored with a plaque and a copy of PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk's One Can Make a Difference.
Written by Logan Scherer
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.