Written by PETA
Last week, I shared photos of people across the globe speaking up for seals. Fortunately, many Canadians are also standing up to let the world know that they are opposed to the seal slaughter. Check out these demo photos to see what ashamed Canadians are doing to show that they're not all a bunch of barbaric orcs up north.
Are you a Canadian looking for ways to take action against the seal slaughter? You can start by signing this Facebook petition and sending it to all your Canadian friends.
Written by Lianne Turner
Thanks for all of your wonderful comments on this Win It Wednesday. The winners of the 'Mutt Like Me' collars are christine, Kelli, and Cheri Anderson-Albert. Congratulations!
President Obama has declared that he's a mutt, so why doesn't your mixed-parentage pup do the same? It's easy with this week's "Mutt Like Me" ID tag collar giveaway.
Did you know that millions of homeless animals are euthanized in animal shelters every year? Their deaths could be prevented if people spayed and neutered their animal companions and chose to adopt rather than buying animals from pet stores or breeders. Our "Change a Life: Adopt a Mutt Like Me" ID tag collar will help you and your canine companion get the word out about adoption.
How do you win? Just leave us a comment describing the mutt(s) that stole your heart. Tell us how Fido or Spot changed your life, and the three most heartfelt answers will win a "Mutt Like Me" ID tag dog collar.
Written by Lianne Turner
On the "even the little guy sometimes gets a break" front, we recently received news that nine monkeys had escaped from the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC). The monkeys apparently made a break for it when a laboratory worker left their outdoor cage unsecured (great idea—lab workers reading this please take note). Sadly, all the monkeys were eventually captured, but freedom tasted good while it lasted, didn't it, guys?
Perhaps those monkeys were reading The PETA Files? Just last month, we reported that ONPRC had been cited for three violations of the Animal Welfare Act and slapped with a formal warning from the USDA, which told ONPRC that if it didn't shape up, it could face civil or criminal penalties. This after PETA repeatedly brought to the USDA's attention abuses such as botched surgeries, the forced separation of infant monkeys from their mothers, and the deaths of monkeys who had been denied veterinary care. PETA also told the USDA about how monkeys at ONPRC were forced to eat food out of waste-filled trays, blasted with high-pressure hoses in their cages, and much more.
Even though we were rooting for the escaped monkeys to catch a freight train out of there forever, we have filed yet another complaint with the USDA. We pointed out that the USDA had told ONPRC that if it screwed up again, it was going to be in serious trouble. So, USDA, please stand by your word. ONPRC has been given more than enough opportunities to clean up its act, and it has failed. If only the 4,000 monkeys who are imprisoned at ONPRC could receive as many "second chances." There is nothing good in their future, we fear.
Written by Alisa Mullins
To pass the time on long, boring drives, I often stare at passing license plates and rack my brain to decipher the messages. There are definitely some hilarious ones, but I'm most stoked when I see a plate with a compassionate message.
Unfortunately, no one driving through Colorado will be seeing the personalized license plate "ILVTOFU" anytime soon, thanks to the DMV's rejection of the message as "possibly offensive to the general public."
Wait, what? How is loving tofu offensive? (Aside from this video, of course.)
As it turns out, the license-plate approver had an entirely different interpretation of the message, as in I-LV-TO-eff-you.
While it's a creative interpretation, it's not exactly what the Colorado mother of three vegetarian kids had in mind. Hopefully, with a little explanation and maybe even a tasty sample of the jiggly white stuff, the rejection will be overturned and her car can become the vegetarian-message-on-wheels that it was meant to be.
How about you? Do you have a personalized plate with an animal rights message? Spill the details below.
Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky
We've all had moments when life throws you such a curve ball that you just want to say, "Eff it!" I like to keep those moments to myself, but FMyLife.com is Internet proof that some people (lots of people) like to share their embarrassing, funny, and frustrating moments with the world (anonymously of course). The posts are so hilarious that the site has become my newest online addiction.
The posts on FMyLife got me thinking about PETA's campaigners. Does everything always go right for our warriors on the front lines as they wear bikinis in blizzards and parade down crowded streets with little more than pasties to cover their naughty bits? So I asked around and, sure enough, dug up a few great FML stories to share:
I went to a fire station dressed as a Lettuce Lady to hand out Tofurky sandwiches. The firefighters just stared at my chest the entire time I was trying to explain the benefits of a vegetarian diet. At the end of the hour, I looked down and saw my fake boob (and a little bit of my real one) hanging out of my lettuce. FML
I organized a "naked" demonstration in a busy downtown location. I was responsible for talking to the media and the police, should they stop by—and they did. The officer was trying to get me to pack up our display when I smugly whipped out my permit and handed it to him. He took one look at it and said, "This is for tomorrow." FML
Before Christmas, I was protesting outside a KFC holding a sign reading "KFC: On Santa's Naughty List" and wearing a sexy Santa costume. Thanks to extremely high winds, I spent the entire demonstration trying to keep my skirt from flying up. Despite my greatest attempts, the story that came out in the paper the next day made a point of describing my "pink 'Red Sox' panties." FML
Last year, I flew to Knoxville to protest a fishing tournament that was taking place the next morning, only to find that my fish costume had never arrived. I spent three hours running around Wal-Mart, throwing every blue and green sparkly thing that I could find into my cart, and then I sat up all night constructing a fish costume out of pieces of fabric, blue lingerie, and shimmery window trimmings. At the crack of dawn I was ready to prepare my "fish" volunteer by spraying her face, arms, and chest blue with some nauseating hairspray dye. After all the scrambling and improvising she looked great, and we drove to the fishing tournament only to find that it had been canceled due to lack of interest. FML
Yep, it's definitely difficult to make everything go perfectly when you're on the road campaigning for animals. And now I'm wondering if you have any FML animal rights moments to share.
Written by Shawna Flavell
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