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First there was Wilbur, then Babe, and
now another hero pig is capturing hearts. Watch as an intrepid pig saves a baby goat
What's 4 inches wide and pollutes more than an 18-wheeler traveling nearly 150 miles?
When a fire killed 50 cows on a dairy farm in New York, the owner remarked, "We are so thankful that no one was hurt."
Another dairy farm in Colorado was made
to pay out $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit in which consumers said the company
misled them to believe that its organic milk came from cows who grazed outdoors
on small farms, when in reality the cows were crammed onto filthy feedlots, just as they are on many organic
Sales of the limited-edition chalk bag designed
by vegan extreme athlete
Steph Davis and outdoor apparel company prAna will benefit PETA, but you can enter to win one!
dark secret: Casey Affleck's
new exposé of cow dehorning on dairy farms may make milk guzzlers
put down the glass.
Tell NBC that forcing wild animals to perform is no laughing matter and that you will
not be watching the network's upcoming sitcom Animal Practice.
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never guess what one little thing shortens a woman's life span as much as if she had smoked 25,000 cigarettes.
You know about the zombie apocalypse:
people attempting to eat each other. But did you know that people eating
animals is also leading to something sinister: the water apocalypse?
The U.S. military has revealed its
powerful new canine service member—a robotic dog! Hopefully, this will save real military dogs from some of the more dangerous
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And a British canine military hero is being honored with the highest award that an animal in the British military can receive for
lifesaving devotion to duty. Theo is said to have detected more Taliban
roadside bombs and weapons caches than any dog in Afghanistan to date.
Another hero dog gave his own life to pull his guardian out of the path of an oncoming train. If only people were
as loyal to animals as they are to us.
But at least this man is: Check out the impressive cat tower that one guardian built to apologize to his cat for having to give him painful ear
drops to treat an infection.
New Action Alerts
Cats should be cherished, not tormented
in laboratory experiments. Ask
the National Institutes of Health to stop giving taxpayer money to the University of Wisconsin–Madison to conduct
crude experiments in which cats have steel coils implanted in their eyes, holes
drilled into their skulls, and electrodes implanted in their brains.
You can read more about the University
of Wisconsin–Madison's cruel cat laboratories here.
Hip-hop artist and producer k-os always speaks up about things that matter, and he's showing everyone how to
find their own voice for animals in his new PETA spot.
The end of summer means that pools close
for people but open for dogs! Across the country, dogs are closing out the season with a splash.
Randall, famous for his video of the "crazy"
honey badger, is back and taking on something truly crazy: horse-drawn
Would people respect pigeons more if the
pigeons were disguised as other birds? One artist aims to make us take another
look at our fellow urbanites through an unconventional method: pigeon sweaters.
Should "tastes like chicken"
really mean "tastes like drugs"? That's certainly how it
seems in a video comparison of how fast chickens on factory farms grow vs. how fast a chicken should grow naturally.
As McDonald's prepares to open its first vegetarian
restaurant, the chain should commence with some other firsts, such as ending its McCruelty to chickens
and offering veggie burgers at all its U.S. restaurants.
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PETA? Donate to our 2012
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Glee star Kevin McHale and his rescued dog, Sophie, star in a new PETA ad with a message that is music
to animals' ears: Always adopt—never buy.
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Check out top model Austin Armacost giving PETA's anti-fur campaign his, ahem, full backing, and get inspired to
ask designers to ditch fur.
dogs will think they've died and gone to the big dog park in the sky if you win a six-month supply of dog
food from cruelty-free company V-Dog!
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A teddy bear and a dog shoot an ad for
PETA … New Orleans Saints defensive
tackle Sedrick Ellis and his dog Max ask everyone to make a plan for caring for their animals during natural
Once again, an accident on a factory farm has claimed thousands of animal lives. A drunken man shut off the power to
three buildings that were packed with chickens, killing all 70,000 birds inside. You can help them: Go vegan!
How to solve the worldwide water
shortage brought on by the exploding population? Scientists agree: Ditch water-wasting meat.
Raising animals for food also wastes a
substantial amount of land, energy, and crops. If we're going to throw away as much as 40 percent
of the food we buy, shouldn't we at least buy plant-based foods, which don't waste natural
Yet another thing vegetarian and vegan
diets have been proved to help limit: postmenopausal weight gain.
John Galliano has been stripped of the Legion d'Honneur medal that France awarded him for his
haute couture work, though the work itself was disgraceful as well since it included
the skins of countless animals
who were killed for their fur.
of Ringling trainers' beating animals? Help stop it by organizing a demonstration when Ringling comes to your town.
The perfect way to end the week: Check
out the video of Ben the
Bear, who, after years of effort by PETA, is finally free of his barren cage at a dirty roadside zoo. Ben will now spend his days exploring the beautiful and spacious wildlife
sanctuary that is his new home, splashing in a pool for the first time in his
life. Just try not to get misty-eyed.
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better way to end the week than with a hearty laugh at some of the Internet's funniest dogs?
woman's—best friend deserves better than dog shaming. PETA is turning the tables on dog-shaming guardians with a little "human
shaming" reality check.
simple, irrefutable logic against animal testing.
Watch a chef compare a factory-farmed chicken to one who wasn't factory farmed, and you won't believe the difference.
want to be free, as one elephant makes abundantly clear during a daring attempt to escape from
captivity, which was caught on camera.
animals wherever you are with just a tap of your finger using PETA's free app for iPhone and Android.
if you'd like to be where you can help animals most, check out the list of job openings at PETA.
Milk: It's a dark story of how the white stuff gets from the cow to the fridge.
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perfect kickoff to the weekend: captivating photos of a mother dog who rescued her puppies one by one from a burning building and placed them safely on a fire truck.
at a Sanderson Farms
chicken slaughterhouse say they are forced to work in miserable 100-degree heat inside a building that's
"nasty" and that they have inadequate bathrooms and few water breaks.
Sounds kind of like a factory
is your brain on yolks. Any questions?
scientists conclude that animals
are, in fact, "conscious beings." And animals respond, "Um, duh?"
Tell Louisiana Tech to quit baking
School mascot Tech XX died after being left outside in scorching heat, and his
predecessor, Tech XIX, had to be retired after he nearly died of heat
exhaustion during a game. Ask the school to use costumed human mascots at its
sporting events instead of vulnerable dogs.
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If you haven't yet read about Animal Rahat, treat yourself to some of the PETA-supported
working-animal relief organization's touching rescue stories.
The photos of a mother lion's dramatic rescue of her tiny cub
might have you singing, "Can you feel the love tonight?"
These little piggies went to the state
fair … and now there are 165
new human cases of swine flu.
You may have taken a tour of New York
City, but did you ever do it vegan style? If not, Vegan Tours can help you take a bite out of the big vegan apple.
If anyone wonders how primates feel
about being kept in zoos, this heartbreaking video of a clever chimpanzee who tries to orchestrate his escape should make it crystal clear: They want out.
"KittyCams" show cats as they stalk and kill lizards, chipmunks, birds, frogs, snakes, and
other small animals. Protecting wildlife: another great reason to keep cats
animals, saying "No, thanks" to meat, and starring in ads for PETA: Here
are the Olympians who
always medal in compassion.
Air France is maltreating
monkeys, profiting from shipping them to their deaths in laboratories. Tell the airline that contributing to primate torment n'est pas gentil.
Post this fun,
informative infographic on
vegan eating to your social-networking sites, and watch
the "But where do you get your protein?" questions dwindle.
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call the female dolphins
of Shark Bay, Australia, "fashion-obsessed."
They just prefer to bond with gals who dress like they do. Dolphins who choose
to wear sponges on their noses to root in the sand for fish generally hang out
with other "spongers," while dolphins who prefer the sponge-free look
bond with each other.
Lake Shore Boulevard in Toronto, traffic moves slowly enough that people can
see—and videotape—trucks filled
with pigs on their way to slaughter. The horrifying videos
have gone viral—now will viewers go vegan?
if you needed one more reason to love Stella McCartney, the cruelty-free
fashion phenom is now offering
a scholarship to inspire young
designers to follow in her well-heeled, animal-friendly footsteps.
A thoughtful and enterprising passerby helped three precocious bear cubs get
out of a Dumpster.
Who said it? "Imagine how
different the world would be if, in fact, it were 'reading, writing,
despise the cruel slaughter of chickens, cows, and pigs with the fire of a
thousand suns. So what to do about it? Try these suggestions.
saw her naked anti-fur ad—now you can have a piece of designer Cornelia Guest all to yourself. Enter to win one of the elegant
vegan bags that she's giving away
only to PETA supporters.
Paul McCartney stopped Olympic
rehearsals to do it. Would you take a moment to ask the forest minister of Maharashtra, India, to send an abused young
elephant to a sanctuary?
Tell officials at Lagoon amusement park that keeping wild animals in filthy
enclosures is not amusing, and ask them to retire the animals to sanctuaries
and let parkgoers enjoy more rides and games instead.
Officials in Ottawa are considering
using cruel steel-jaw and snare traps to kill beavers. Ask them to use any of the many
proven humane beaver-control methods that are readily available instead.
Groupon that circuses give
animals a raw deal, and let the company know that you won't be using its
services until it stops promoting the three rings of misery.
Sugar gliders, tiny nocturnal
marsupials, prefer to live in groups of about 30 and spend their time climbing
trees and exploring the forest. But a company called "Pocket Pets" is
setting up mall kiosks and selling the animals one by one to anyone who wants
an impulse "pet." Urge
Bayer Properties to prohibit the sale of
sugar gliders at its malls.
California's recent foie gras ban was a
huge victory for animals, but a bill before Congress aims to gut it. Farm Bill
Amendment 45 would force states to allow cruelly produced meat and dairy
products across their borders, even if a state has already banned the product. Urge your representatives to oppose Amendment 45
and let states retain their right to protect animals.
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Here's one of the most fun things that you'll
see all weekend: Morrissey's
version of a cat in the hat.
The abuse that snake charmers inflict on snakes to make them "dance" is anything but charming, so PETA India offered
a simple solution: Use fake snakes.
This is perhaps the most consequential quote of the animal rights
movement. It never gets old.
Here's just a small excerpt from the
eye-opening article "How
I Failed as a Rescuer: Lessons From a Sanctuary," which is a must-read for those you know who may not understand the problems with "no-kill" shelters: "Here's
what I know now, having worked at a shelter and in rescue: All animals deserve
love at the end of their lives. Sometimes the most loving thing
we can do is to provide a peaceful death. And a peaceful death comes from a
human taking full responsibility for the life of that animal. I wish I had done
Airlines' mistreatment of animals continue: A disabled veteran says airline workers abused his service dog.
George Brett's new PETA spot is so cool—and he wants dogs to be cool, too.
99 Cents Only stores that only stores without sense still sell glue traps.
And while you're
at it, let Menards know about the suffering that glue traps cause
small animals, too.
How can a property management group require tenants
to mutilate their cats? By calling it "declawing." Urge Bruce Tanski Construction
& Development to stop requiring this cruel amputation.
trainees at the Madigan Army Medical Center plan to spend their careers intubating
ferrets, the center needs to prepare students to treat real children. Tell the center to replace
animals with lifelike human simulators.
Thank you for speaking up for Diego, an aging
military dog, and Logan Black, the soldier who wants to bring him home. The Air Force has now told PETA that Diego is ready to retire and that Black is
at the top of the list to adopt him!
Have you seen
PETA's new plan to put abusers at SeaWorld in a "SeaWorld of Hurt"?
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Here's a little Coolio parody to kick off your weekend:
We were destined for the slaughterhouse
and life looked grim
'Til the farmer saw a piglet's eyes and
had mercy on him
Now he believes that animals are
friends, not food
And we're hangin' with our homies like
all animals should
Now we're spendin' most our lives livin'
in this piggy's paradise
What has "contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile
accidents combined?" It's not the IRS …
Know any pescatarians? Have we got the video for you.
A new study found that 2-day-old chicks had skills that it took human babies months to develop, such as, for
example, the ability to retain recognition of partly hidden shapes.
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Sure, you know you saved a life when you
rescued your animal, but did you know he or she might have already returned the favor?
A canine military veteran needs your
help. The soldier he worked side-by-side with in Iraq wants to adopt the now decertified
dog. Urge Air Force
Secretary Donley to let it happen.
Two congressional committees are
considering opening federal public lands to hunting—including bowhunting. Urge the committee members to
oppose this cruel measure.
Australian government is gunning down feral camels from helicopters because it
claims there are too many of them. Ask the government to choose humane population control methods.
instead of terrifying and inaccurate aerial shooting that often only maims the
animals, leaving them to suffer and die slowly.
nursery in Pittsburgh is keeping three deer confined to a tiny, windowless shed
year-round when it isn't exhibiting them during the holidays. Tell Meder's Nursery either to provide the animals with a suitable habitat or to retire them to a
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