Written by PETA
Pamela Anderson was in Tel Aviv this week to shoot a lingerie ad, and, of course, being Pam, she just had to squeeze in some animal rights activism while she was there. Mobbed by reporters and paparazzi, she led a demonstration outside a local vegetarian restaurant to remind people that eating meat is murder on animals and to hand out Hebrew copies of her pro-veg ad for PETA.
Pam told the media swarm, "It's easier than ever to live without killing animals for food or clothing."
She also talked with political leaders and reporters about a bill calling for a ban on fur in Israel. Mitzi Ocean, a member of Israel's International Anti-Fur Coalition, thought Pam's actions on behalf of animals were heavenly. "I think it's beautiful – we need more angels," she said.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Tel Aviv has become the first city in Israel to prohibit horse-drawn carriages, thanks largely to years of tireless campaigning by Concern for Helping Animals in Israel (CHAI) and its sister organization, Hakol Chai. Their efforts included organizing international letter-writing campaigns, educational presentations in schools, a benefit concert, and a rousing demonstration outside City Hall.
Because CHAI and Hakol Chai were determined to make a difference, exhausted, sick, and injured horses and donkeys will no longer be beaten and whipped by metal and junk peddlers who force them to pull huge, heavy carriages in dangerous, busy traffic in Tel Aviv.
This success story has inspired me to try to score a similar victory for exhausted, abused horses closer to home, so I've added, "Write to New York City councilmembers—again—re horse-drawn carriages," to the top of my to-do list. Won't you do the same?
Written by Karin Bennett
Some celebrities make animal-friendly demands when they're on tour, but Madonna isn't one of them.
We already knew the Material Girl was a fur hag. Now, she's added to her animal-unfriendly rep by purchasing 110 pounds of kosher meat for the last two performances of her "Sticky and Sweet" tour in Tel Aviv.
We immediately sent her a letter explaining that most imported kosher beef sold in Israel comes from Uruguay, where cattle are often shackled and violently wrestled to the ground before having their throats cut and being hoisted into the air by their hind legs—a cruel "shackle and hoist" slaughter method that the Chief Rabbinate of Israel has called "primitive" and has promised to phase out.
Instead of ordering her weight in meat, Madge would win over more fans if she gave a compassionate diet a try.
Written by Amanda Schinke
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