Written by PETA
of going through racks of Halloween costumes and seeing the same old hockey
masks and sexy nurse uniforms? Here are six scary DIY costumes guaranteed to
make the most fearless revelers do a double-take—and
then think twice about eating meat, wearing fur, or going to the circus.
an idea from PETA Vice President
Dan Mathews and go as KFC's purveyor of live-chicken
scalding, Colonel Sanders.
transform into bunny butcher Donna
Karan by carrying some plush rabbits drenched in red
paint. To complete the ensemble, lie all night about how you don't
really use fur even while you're holding the evidence.
are scary to a lot of people, and Ronald McDonald is one of the scariest of
all. Follow in Andy Dick's footsteps and wave
around a bloody knife as you illustrate how a chicken becomes a McNugget. (Hint: It's a lot more cruel than it has to be because
McDonald's refuses to implement a less cruel slaughter method for
you want the theme to your outfit to be "cold as ice," be a Canadian seal clubber. A plush seal,
a club, and a red-stained shirt will have anyone with a heartbeat running and
screaming for points south of the Great White North.
splashy is more your style, don a top hat and tails or a tight Lycra jumpsuit
and you can be a Ringling
Bros. animal trainer abuser. It works best if
accessorized with a bullhook and paired with a partner
dressed as a helpless baby elephant.
women who want to show that fur is a bad asset, pair a Sasquatch suit with two
strategically placed pillows and a diva attitude to become Jennifer Lopez. Be sure to brag about
how you burn through animals like you burn through husbands.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
When Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus brought the Cruelest Show on Earth to Norfolk, Virginia, where PETA is headquartered, we were waiting for it with a demonstration 75 people strong.
Why are we so riled at Ringling? Here are the top five reasons it's better to protest Ringling than to attend a performance:
Rock icon and animal defender Pink recently fired off a letter to President Obama asking him to find out why the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has closed three investigations into serious allegations of cruelty to animals by the Ringling Bros. circus without taking action. The investigations expired because of the statute of limitations—a delay caused by the USDA, the very department that was supposed to be investigating Ringling!
PETA is challenging the Office of General Counsel to reopen these investigations because the following animals suffered and died while in Ringling's "care":
Five years ago, while still serving as a senator, Barack Obama asked the USDA on PETA's behalf for an update on these pending cases and was assured that appropriate action was being pursued.
The lack of action in these investigations is particularly troubling since government officials have already been found to be in cahoots with Ringling.
We're also calling on the USDA to seize four elephant traveling with Ringling right now who are suffering from painful arthritis. Please don't wait to speak out for these animals—they need you now.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
Undercover footage released by London-based Animal Defenders International shows an elephant handler with the "Super Circus" as he viciously kicks and beats a chained 58-year-old elephant named Annie with a pitchfork and a club. At one point, it appears that the elephant, who was taken from the wild as a child for a lifetime of servitude in the circus, is stabbed in the face with the tines of a pitchfork. Annie, who suffers from arthritis like most elephants in captivity, is the last elephant still used in a circus in Britain. The undercover footage also shows ponies and horses who jump backwards as they are kicked and slapped as well as a worker who spits in a camel's face.
Four years ago, PETA offered to pay to send Super Circus' owner, Bobby Roberts, to visit The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. We hoped that once he saw the paradise that awaited Annie, he would relent and retire her to sanctuary. The heartless exploiter never responded.
PETA U.K. has contacted the RSPCA asking that Annie be confiscated from the circus, and the group is appealing to the British government to pass a pending bill that would ban the use of wild animals in U.K. circuses.
While PETA U.K. fights for Annie, you can fight for elephants who are suffering right here in the U.S. Visit RinglingBeatsAnimals.com to learn more about the abuse of animals in circuses and what you can do to help stop it. Every one of those animals needs your help.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
When Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus paraded its 3-ton elephants through the streets of Washington, D.C., the animals might have been surprised to be greeted by one of their own. Well, one of our own, to be exact—a giant inflatable elephant, who grabbed a lot of attention from would-be circus attendees.
PETA members protest Ringling cruelty in Washington, D.C.
Kids were enchanted by our elephant and eagerly took copies of our comic book "An Elephant's Life" from PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. Parents stopped to talk to the demonstrators and learned how Ringling tears babies away from their mothers and beats them to force them to learn tricks.
What's that, Ringling? You didn't want people to find out about that part? Oops.
Click here to see how you can help stop Ringling's elephant abuse.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
What do the tigers say when Ringling's trainers get too close? Let us prey. Zing!
Well, this week, PETA's touring "tiger" acted out that devious desire for payback. In Rochester, New York, our "tiger" broke out of his cage and shoved his "ringmaster" in—giving her a taste of her own medicine for our first-ever Tiger's Revenge demonstration.
Written by Liz Graffeo
Yesterday, I found my dog Henry's "bucket list." He's a pretty open guy, so he won't mind if I share:
While the first four aren't really possible (Henry's a licker, not a fighter; he's too short to play Sandy; he's ineligible for the contest; and, well, he has a stump for a tail), American Honda Motor Company's new Honda Element Concept has made number five happen.
Honda has long been a leader in animal-friendly design, first earning a PETA Proggy Award back in 2005—and the company haven't stopped innovating since.
The new "pupped-out" ride includes a cushioned mesh canine containment system for the cargo area and the back seat; safety pet restraints; a collapsible ramp; spill-proof water bowl; a fan; fur- and leak- resistant seat covers; a dog-bone–patterned rubber mat; and a special leash and dog tag.
Puts the "wow" in "bow wow," right? Tongues would totally wag if you pulled up to your local dog park in a sweet ride like this! But don't worry if buying Honda's doggie-mobile isn't doable for you right now. Your hounds don't care what kind of hoopty you drive. All they care about is hanging out with you.
Written by Amy Elizabeth
Today, lawyers gave their closing arguments in the court case involving Ringling's use of steel-barbed bullhooks and shackles on the elephants it forces to perform. Over the course of the six-week trial, the following evidence was presented:
Check back with the PETA Files in the coming months for an update on the verdict. We hope that the elephants win, but regardless of the outcome, the trial has already generated lots of deservedly negative publicity for this miserable circus. And that's a good thing considering how hard Ringling works to put a misleading, positive spin on clamping elephants in irons, dominating and intimidating them with bullhooks, and confining them to boxcars and arena basements for much of their lives.
Written by Alisa Mullins
As lawyers go, Ringling Bros. has some pretty fancy, expensive ones, but despite their best efforts last week, they couldn't keep the circus from being dragged into the courtroom once again, this time on charges of (surprise, surprise) elephant abuse. Judge Emmet Sullivan announced Thursday that a last ditch attempt by Ringling's attorneys to hold up the proceedings was a "waste of a considerable amount of [the court's] time and resources," and that the case, which was brought by a consortium of animal protection groups and a former Ringling Employee, will go forward. The circus stands accused of violating the Endangered Species Act by "abusively training and disciplining elephants with sharp implements such as bullhooks, by intensively confining and chaining the multi-ton animals for prolonged periods, and by forcibly separating baby elephants from their mothers." Given that the ol' Endangered Species Act doesn't look too kindly on those training practices, it sounds like Ringling's going to be in a world of trouble. 'Cuz that's pretty much all they do.
Jason Bayless, our Lead Circus Monitor (i.e., the dude whose nerve-wracking job it is to follow Ringling Bros. around everywhere and document their abuse of animals), is about to embark on tour with the circus next week, so we fitted him out with a nice new set of wheels that will let circusgoers know exactly what he's there for. Jason's just going to have to rely on his natural charm if he wants to make friends with any of the Ringling employees during the six-month tour—the van itself isn't exactly designed to ease the longstanding tension between PETA and the circus …
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