Written by Jeff Mackey
In 2008, when PETA offered a $1 million incentive to anyone who could develop a marketable in
vitro (lab-grown) meat, there were some who scoffed. Since then, research
into in vitro meat has exploded—the
research, that is, not the labs—and the idea (along with PETA's offer) has shown
up in The New Yorker and on TV shows ranging from Better Off Ted (R.I.P., Veridian Dynamics) to The Colbert Report.
Who's laughing now?
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Though no one has yet stepped up to claim the prize by the
June 30, 2012, closing date, there has been so much encouraging progress that
PETA has decided to extend
the deadline until 2013. Several
scientists appear to be getting close—the University of Missouri (Go, Tigers!)
is a hotbed for in vitro meat
research, for some reason—but if you think you can close the gap, get crackin'!
Even if you don't know a test tube from a champagne flute,
you can help animals, your health, and the environment today by enjoying any of the delish vegan meats—from veggie burgers to faux hot dogs to chick'n nuggets—already in your grocer's
freezer case. View or order PETA's free starter kit to learn more about meatless living!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
you always have a sleepless night after watching a horror movie, you might want
to think twice before sitting down to a meal of dead bodies. Here's why meat is
more dangerous than an ax-wielding maniac:
you're still eating fish despite the dangers of mercury, might I suggest that
you may also enjoy a summer job at Camp Crystal Lake?
every randy teenage slasher-flick victim can attest, hormones can be deadly. Hormones in meat can cause all sorts of
unsexy conditions, such as "moobs." Which leads me to
number three …
Eating meat causes impotence. Given their druthers, I
think a lot of men would opt instead for the hockey mask–wearing serial killer.
another good reason not to ingest all the saturated fat that meat contains.
yourself short of breath when you hear that ominous theme music ("Ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma")?
The toxic gasses and bacteria that wind
spreads from factory farms make it even more difficult to inhale.
you ever shout, "Why are you running into the woods?!" when some
moron is being chased by a psycho? People in real life do dumb things that lead
to their untimely demise, too, like eating meat, eggs, and dairy products even
though bad diets are to blame for one-third of all cancer deaths.
you seen PETA's slasher movie that features video footage from chicken farms? If you're too chicken … don't eat chicken.
Heart disease caused by diets high in
artery-clogging animal products will do the trick, too.
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason
Takes Manhattan, Voorhees is finally done in by toxic waste in the sewers.
If the kids had only gotten him into one of the waterways polluted with factory-farm runoff, he would've been a
goner a lot sooner.
got its own resilient killer: antibiotic-resistant bacteria caused by the overuse
of antibiotics on factory farms.
meat and dairy products, trying to choose which
is more deadly is like trying to decide which serial killer you want to take a
weekend getaway with.
Poo. And lots of it. Yeah,
it gets in meat, too.
the worst thing about how deadly meat is, is that we actually have to pay for it—both at the check-out counter
and in the form of government subsidies. I mean, at least when Jason is
swinging a machete, he's not simultaneously asking for your wallet—am I right?
Slash your risk of
getting killed off early by running
from meat as if your life depended
on it. (But don't go running through the woods. That's never a good idea.)
Chris P. Carrot got to reminisce about
being a baby carrot when he visited with children at Memphis' Peabody Park
The root enjoyed getting back to his
roots and gave kids stickers and booklets encouraging them to eat their veggies, not their friends. A recent University
of Minnesota study showed that when kids were shown pictures of vegetables,
they ate more of them.
Helping kids eat healthy veggies in lieu of fatty meat? Piece of (carrot) cake.
Like Van Halen said, "Go ahead and jump."
After learning that Detroit was the second-saddest city in America, the leaping "Lettuce
Ladies" made Detroiters hoppy by
telling them about the cure
for the blues: going vegan. Studies show that vegetarians
have lower rates of
depression and anxiety than meat-eaters do. The receptive residents
grabbed up our "Think
Before You Eat" leaflets like they were vinyl copies of 1984.
to eat your way to happiness? "You say you don't know—you won't know … until you begin…"
Written by Alisa Mullins
After Food Network star Paula Deen revealed that she has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and is now going to plug pharmaceuticals, PETA wrote to the queen of southern cuisine and urged her to trade in her chitlins for chickpeas. The side effects of a vegan diet are glowing skin, more stamina, and a slimmer figure. The side effects of taking drugs? Well, listen to the TV spots and count 'em!
In our letter, we pointed out that numerous studies have found that adopting a vegan diet can reduce or even eliminate the need for diabetes medications and reduces the risk of developing the disease in the first place. A groundbreaking study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that 43 percent of people with type 2 diabetes who ate a low-fat vegan diet were able to reduce their medications, compared to only 26 percent of those who followed the diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with diabetes, check out Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes and also order one of our free vegetarian/vegan starter kits, which we've sent to Paula Deen along with a copy of Sir Paul McCartney's Glass Walls DVD. Who knows—maybe the girl from Georgia could team up with the boy from Liverpool to devise a "wild honey pie" suitable for diabetics and vegans.
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a move that would have made horror film legend Vincent Price proud, PETA's "zombies"
haunted patrons at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse in Cincinnati yesterday, just in time for Halloween.
undead let everyone know that flesh is for zombies and advised them to "eat grains,
not brains." Many
flesh-eaters used their brrrrraaaaaiiiiins and got information about going vegetarian or vegan.
even zombies are urging
people to bury their meat habit, you know that the stuff is gross. For meals that will
bring your taste buds back to life, check out our hundreds of tasty meatless recipes.
for more Halloween enjoyment, text "spooky" to 73822 to guide PETA's feathered friend
safely through a zombie-filled haunted house. Text message and data rates may apply (see full texting terms and conditions here).
Written by Michelle Sherrow
roaring, 2,000 bikers gathered to show off their rides, listen to country music
… and chow down on some vegan "beef" jerky at the annual Love Ride in
California on Sunday. PETA's two sexy Lettuce Ladies could barely keep up with
the demand as they handed out pieces of Primal Strips
jerky and PETA's vegetarian/vegan
In addition to
coming back for second helpings of delicious vegan jerky, Love Ride attendees
were hungry for information about improving their own health
and preventing cruelty to
by adopting a plant-based diet. Don't be left in the dust: Check out our free guide to adopting a vegan diet today!
by Heather Faraid Drennan
might expect to see gloomy angels descend to Earth during the end times, but
yesterday in Oakland, California, two PETA angels were all smiles as they
offered passersby a sweet treat ahead of California resident Harold Camping's predicted apocalypse.
It was a flurry of halos, wings, and lingerie as our angels for animals handed out vegan cookies
and nearly 500 vegetarian/vegan
addition to providing delicious vegan victuals to help make the eve of the rapture
as pleasant as possible, the angels reminded passersby that
eating animal products supports hell on Earth for animals. Pigs, cows, and chickens are raised in cramped,
filthy conditions before being crammed onto trucks and dumped at
slaughterhouses where they suffer slow, agonizing deaths as they are hung
upside down by their legs and have their throats cut while still
make your last supper
before the world ends a compassionate one, check out PETA's vegetarian/vegan starter kit. As one passing admirer
said about our angels, "Vegan—is that what they are? I want to do that!"
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
No animals were arrested in the making of this
protest, but yesterday in Zuccotti Park Liberty Square,
a "pig," "cow," and "chicken" joined the Occupy
Wall Street protesters to push for more corporate accountability. Our animals
were at the center of a whirlwind of police, photographers, protesters, and intrigued
passersby who stopped to read the animals' posters and pick up copies of PETA's
vegetarian/vegan starter kit.
Bearing delicious vegan pizzas, the
animals—representing 100 percent of the animals raised for food in the
U.S.—brought attention to the fact that corporate greed is responsible for
billions of animals' being treated like cogs in a meat machine rather than the
intelligent, sensitive individuals they are.
factory farms, pigs have their tails and testicles cut off without being
given any painkillers; cows are fattened for slaughter on barren, filthy feed
lots; and chickens are crammed by the tens of thousands into
airless sheds, where their accumulated waste results in ammonia-laden air that
burns their eyes and throats.
opt out of the corporate abuse of animals, order your own free vegetarian/vegan starter kit and get busy breaking down the barricades to
protecting animals, your health, and the planet.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
Thank you, China! In a move that breaks with a tradition
reportedly going back 600 years—when
dogs barked, giving away the army's position—officials have canceled an annual Chinese festival in which 5,000 to 10,000 dogs are killed and eaten on the
streets of Jinhua City. The cancellation follows protests by thousands of
animal rights advocates. This is a wonderful move by the Chinese government, and we
hope to see many more compassionate decisions like this in the years ahead.
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One protester described what he had seen at previous festivals: "I've
seen the dogs being stabbed, strangled and even beaten into comas and thrown
into boiling water. Some dogs woke up in the extremely hot water and they
struggled, but the vendors kept pushing them, plucking their fur."
If this sounds horrifying, bear in mind that animals by the
billions meet similar fates in American slaughterhouses every year. Improperly
stunned cows, turkeys, pigs, and chickens have their throats cut while they are still conscious. The beating and intentional abuse of
animals by farm workers is rampant. And pigs, chickens, and
turkeys are often still alive when they are dunked into tanks of scalding-hot
water to remove their hair and feathers.
Order your free vegetarian/vegan starter kit today and protect all
animals from painful slaughter.
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
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