Written by Jeff Mackey
Thanks to many, many kind people around the world, PETA's
campaigns often reach even farther than the group's "official"
campaigners can, as we were reminded when we came across this picture of a mural
that someone had created in Szczecin, Poland, based on peta2's "Elephants Never Forget" campaign. In any language, the image of the bullhook and the sad, wounded elephant get the message across that circuses with captive
animals abuse and beat
them, so they're no place for pachyderms—or people who care about animals. Please join the worldwide movement to end circus cruelty today.
Written by PETA
Thanks to the quick action taken by more than 5,000 PETA U.K. supporters, the European Union (E.U.) has just rejected Poland's proposal to delay a historic ban on battery cages for hens! In 1999, the E.U. passed the Laying Hens Directive—legislation that requires an end to the use of battery cages by 2012. Polish officials lobbied to delay the ban until 2017, but thanks to everyone in Europe who took the time to write to the U.K.'s minister of state for farming and the environment, Jim Fitzpatrick, the E.U. will stand by its original plan to ditch the cruel contraptions.
The production of a single egg means 34 hours of suffering for a hen. In the E.U., 300 million hens are crammed into filthy wire-mesh battery cages stacked tier upon tier in huge warehouses. The birds are packed into the cages so tightly that they are unable to spread even one wing, and they suffer crippling leg injuries from standing on wire cage floors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When they get too old to lay eggs, they're thrown into transport crates and shipped to slaughter. Battery cages deny every one of a hen's natural instincts, including nesting, perching, scratching, and pecking.
You can help end hens' suffering by taking the pledge to be vegan today.
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.