Written by Michelle Kretzer
Playboy Playmate Crystal McCahill
is no stranger to wearing bunny ears. But today, she and PETA campaigner Tracy
Patton put on bunny
ears for a different reason: to save bunny skins. The PETA cottontails asked
shoppers in busy downtown Chicago to hightail it away from fur.
The bunnies were hopping mad about how
animals are beaten,
electrocuted, and often skinned alive
for their fur.
And as these two made clear, everyone looks best in their own skin.
Be a bunny's honey—don't wear fur.
Written by PETA
St. George's Day is celebrated across England to honor one of the country's patron saints. PETA U.K. supporters illustrated that there is nothing saintly about using ducks and geese for foie gras when they converged on department store Fortnum & Mason, bodypainted to resemble St. George's Cross. The lovely ladies—including former Playboy model Victoria Eisermann—told Fortnum & Mason, which prides itself on being patriotic, that foie gras is anything but. England banned the production of foie gras, but cruel, greedy companies like Fortnum & Mason still import it from France.
Foie gras is the diseased liver of ducks or geese, made by jamming steel pipes down the birds' throats and pumping them full of grain and fat several times a day until their livers become grossly enlarged. If they survive force-feeding, the birds are slaughtered, and their liver is sold as a "delicacy."
If a restaurant near you serves foie gras, please give its managers a "Foie Gras Cruelty" leaflet and ask them to consider a more humane menu option.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Lovely Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff graces the May cover of Playboy magazine. But before she was a Playboy bunny, Karina stood up for bunnies killed for their fur in a steamy ad for PETA.
As Karina shows, the sexiest thing that you can wear is compassion. Be a honey for bunnies and sign PETA's Pledge to Be Fur-Free.
Clubbing seals in Canada is cruel, senseless, and shameful. But clubbin' bunnies—specifically those celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Playboy Clubs all over the world—that's a reason to celebrate. After all, many Playboy Playmates have shed their bunny ears and tails for PETA's campaigns. Behold:
All right, mates: Play "Name Your Favorite Ad" in the comments section.
Written by Karin Bennett
It's National Veggie Dog Day! This means that vegetarians across our great nation are pulling out the charcoal and gathering their friends for a summer feast that they won't soon forget. In honor of this year's "holiday," we assembled several of our nation's finest ladies, including Playboy Playmate of the Year—and stunning vegetarian—Jayde Nicole, on Capitol Hill.
Wearing only a lettuce bikini and her 1,000-watt smile, Jayde helped us get our healthy, humane, and tasty veggie dogs to our nation's finest congressmembers. While serving up the "dogs" to politicians and passersby, Jayde reminded each person that "the best way to safeguard your health, reduce your carbon footprint, save animals' lives, and look your very best is to go vegetarian."
For those of you who can't get enough of Jayde, there are more photos of her after the jump.
Written by Christine Doré
Like you, dear reader, PETA is concerned about the sad state of affairs in Washington. Never content to just sit around, though, we're doing our part to get the pork out of politics. And although congressional staffers are used to hearing from folks who have a beef, we arrived without any at all! OK, I'll stop with the puns ...
As those of you who frequent The PETA Files surely remember, every year, PETA heads to Capitol Hill to celebrate National Veggie Dog Day by giving away those meatless treats—along with copies of our "Vegetarian Starter Kit." And if that's not enough to get the attention of those who stalk the corridors of power, there was Playboy Playmate—and PETA member—Lauren Anderson in a lettuce-leaf bikini.
As one might expect, this attracted some attention. Not only did the line stretch around the block, the media showed up in full force as well. (In case anyone wonders why we use tactics like lettuce-leaf bikinis, that's why.)
It wasn't all just food and frivolity, though. We used the occasion to make these Beltway insiders aware of the connection between meat-eating and global warming. As Ms. Anderson put it, "If people thought about the environmental destruction, cruelty to animals, and unsavory-sounding body parts that go into meat hot dogs, they'd be switching to veggie hot dogs faster than you can say 'inconvenient truth.'" Amen! And pass the mustard.
And, yes, we have pictures:
Heeeeey, yoooou guuuys! I'm starting a new segment of The PETA Files, aptly called "Corey, How We Love Thee," where entries will be dedicated to the wonderfulness that is Corey Feldman. OK, so it isn't really going to be titled "Corey, How We Love Thee," and there isn't even going to be a section devoted entirely to the master actor, musician, and activist. I may have slightly exaggerated.
But it is true that here at PETA, we love the actor known for his smart-mouthed roles in the 1980s and, better yet, his huge heart for animals! Not only did he star in classics like The Goonies, Stand by Me, The Lost Boys, and The 'burbs, now he and gorgeous wife and Playboy model Susie are also starring in PETA's new "Give Peas a Chance" ad, encouraging everyone to go vegetarian.
Quite the stunner, isn't it? If you're thinking the ad looks familiar, you'd be right. It's based on the iconic "Give Peace a Chance" image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. You can't get more rock 'n' roll than that.
Here's what Corey had to say:
Susie and I choose the vegetarian way of life because for us, there really is no other choice. We must evolve as a race and as a planet, and evolution includes learning and changing from our mistakes. We will never truly grow until we as a whole come to the realization that all beings on this Earth should be treated with love and respect.
The Feldmans have been doing good stuff for animals for a long time. Ask KFC campaigner Nicole Matthews, who has been to their home for some chitchat of the animal activist kind. The whole thing unfolded in an episode of last season's The Two Coreys—a reality show that is actually devoted to him. It was quite the riveting hour of television.
Still, though, I have to say that my favorite Corey Feldman masterpiece (and possibly the greatest movie of all time) is hands down The Goonies! What's yours? Comment below to let us know!
And while his treasure-chasing, vampire-hunting, neighborhood-spying days are over, there are lots of animals to be saved, and we love working with Corey on our side!
Posted by Jennifer Cierlitsky
While the rest of us were working our fingers to the bone responding to the Michael Vick indictment yesterday, PETA Campaigner Mike Brazell got to traipse off to DC to live out my greatest fantasy—eating veggie dogs with a pair of Playboy Playmates (hey, I'm a man of simple desires.) I will keep you up to date throughout the week as the Vick case develops, but I think something a bit more lighthearted is in order for this morning's entry. Besides, these pictures, from yesterday's "Congressional Veggie Dog Lunch" are just too good to pass up.
And now, with those pictures to bolster you up against the trials of the day, back to Michael Vick …
Sign Russell Simmons and Al Sharpton's pledge to stamp out dogfighting
Sun Times Columnist says Vick must go
Court date is set for next week
ESPN talks animal rights
And finally, despite leading The Girls of Norfolk High to the Fantasy Super Bowl last year (we lost), Michael Vick will definitely not be making my fantasy roster when the draft begins in August. I can only hope the Falcons management makes the same smart decision to suspend him from their team.
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