Written by Michelle Kretzer
around the globe were in for a treat when Tim Gunn released his third
book, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of
Everything in Your Closet. Animals were in for a
treat, too, when Tim devoted nearly half his chapter "Coats and Jackets"
to explaining "why fur belongs in the dustbin of history." He discussed
how, during his tenure at Liz Claiborne, Inc., he agreed to meet with PETA Vice
President Dan Mathews to discuss the possibility of the 46 Liz brands, which
include Juicy Couture and Kate Spade, going fur-free. "[O]ver time,"
Tim remembered, "I became convinced that fur was unnecessary and even
immoral." Liz Claiborne is completely fur-free, thanks to Tim, as is Project Runway. And if Tim has his way,
the rest of the fashion industry won't be far behind.
Tim strutted his animal-friendly stuff during the opening number at the Emmys, Carrie Ann Inaba was using the occasion
to speak up for animals, too, tweeting at her Dancing With the Stars fans, "And even
though it's a big day for all of us in Hollywood, let's not forget the animals…
Help animals in need!!" She then posted a link to a video about why
everyone should adopt,
on Twitter, Wisconsin native Kristin Bauer was appalled by the University of Wisconsin–Madison's
cruel cat laboratories, Kat Graham had a colorful way to
describe being vegan, and Sam
Simon cracked us up:
Candace Parker wasn't at the Emmys,
but she still scooped up an award. The fur foe snagged the Player of the Month Award for the WNBA's
Western Conference, and we're sure that animals would agree that it couldn't
have gone to a nicer person.
Candace felt as "damn good" about her honor as Dax Shepherd said his vegan diet
makes him feel.
Boss must be feeling pretty good, too. Bruce Springsteen just turned 63, and he
is still rocking, thanks to his primarily vegetarian diet and his passion for
Russell Simmons is always doing
something rocking for animals. After an African safari in which he got to see
animals in the wild, he spoke out against circuses and zoos, writing on his Global Grind website: "These magnificent animals I encountered on the safari aren't
riding on bicycles or jumping through rings of fire like kids see them do at
the horribly cruel circuses where they are routinely beaten and neglected.
These great beasts were tending to their young, running free and just being
left alone to live their lives."
Carrie Underwood might not have the same
musical tastes as Russell, but the two are singing the same tune when it comes
to animal rights. The country songbird posted a picture of a chipmunk she took to her veterinarian
after her dog tried to eat the little animal. Dale, as she called the chipmunk,
was fine and was happily released back into nature.
Joanna Krupa was a model of
compassion when she rescued
a lost dog she spotted during a hike. After a long chase, she
was able to catch the dog, read his tags, and call his thankful guardians.
Al Roker made another dog
grateful recently when he adopted a 10-week-old puppy named Pepper from an
animal shelter. PETA helped the Roker family welcome their newest member with
some fun toys and treats.
keep up with what your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
Written by PETA
For more than a decade, experimenters at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW) have forced hundreds—possibly thousands—of mice to fight each other in cruel experiments, despite the fact that it is a felony in Wisconsin to instigate fights between dogs, roosters, or any type of animal. PETA and Madison-based Alliance for Animals have filed a complaint with the Dane County district attorney calling for him to investigate and file criminal charges against UW. But animal experimenters may soon be able to abuse animals any way they want, because Wisconsin legislators sneakily inserted language in their budget bill that would completely exempt experimenters from state anti-cruelty laws.
This terrible idea was born under pressure from UW after PETA and Alliance for Animals filed a complaint alleging that UW's torturous decompression experiments on sheep violated state law, which eventually prompted the study to be ended and its funding to be pulled.
Cruelty is cruelty, whether it occurs in an alley or a laboratory. Animals desperately need every Wisconsin resident to urge Gov. Scott Walker to veto the animal testing provision in the budget before June 30. If you don't live in Wisconsin, you can help by contacting the federal government and asking for the funding for these cruel animal fighting experiments to be pulled immediately and for the money already awarded to be returned.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Conditions for animals who were tormented in experiments at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-Madison)—where sheep were abused and killed in cruel and illegal decompression experiments, among other horrors—are apparently so bad that they have prompted one of the university's own veterinarians, Richard "Jim" Brown, to call it quits over animal welfare concerns.
Some of the issues Brown complained about included that pigs were transported in an open pickup truck during the bitter cold of winter, rats and mice died after being deprived of food and water, and insects were flying around in a room in which a primate was undergoing surgery, creating unsanitary conditions. Brown's complaints were apparently met with contempt, and he says that he faced reprisals for speaking up for animals.
These allegations aren't surprising, considering UW-Madison's sordid history of Animal Welfare Act violations and its refusal to release information related to the university's invasive and deadly taxpayer-funded eye-movement experiments on monkeys and cats. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently investigating UW-Madison for its ongoing failure to comply with federal animal welfare laws.
Will the loss of one of its own prompt UW-Madison to clean up its act? We'll keep you posted, but in the meantime, let's continue to speak up for the countless animals who are suffering in laboratories at UW-Madison and on college campuses across the country.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
Follow PETA on Twitter!
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.