Written by Michelle Kretzer
he heard that New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie had weight-loss surgery, the Rev. Al Sharpton urged him to keep the
pounds off the natural way: by eating healthy food
and exercising. Sharpton has been all about the plants after having a chat with
former President Bill
Clinton, and now he's ready to
help another political figure maintain his figure.
won't be surprised if the plant-based prez is spotted dining at L.A.'s fêted
new restaurant Crossroads, owned by celebrated vegan chef to the stars and PETA friend Tal Ronnen. Renée Zellweger, Warren Beatty, Ellen DeGeneres, and Tony Kanal are just a few of the famous faces you might see enjoying delectable vegan eats
Ginnifer Goodwin enjoyed Crossroads so much that she encouraged all her Twitter followers to check
it out, and other stars were in the mood to share some of their favorite
you can handle even more doggie delightfulness, check out the pictures of Kevin Spacey with his new rescued
dog, Boston. PETA sent Boston some
toys and treats to help welcome her to her new home.
congratulations are also in order for fur-free beauties Eva Mendes, Kristen Stewart, and Mila Kunis as well as horse hero Lea Michele and adoption advocate Amanda Seyfried. All the animal-friendly
gals earned a spot on FHM's list of
the top 100 sexiest women in the world.
Pierce Brosnan is no stranger to "hottest"
lists—and he's no stranger to animal advocacy, either. The
dashing Irishman's latest effort involves convincing the U.S. Navy to halt plans for training
drills in which it would
detonate explosives in the ocean, killing and injuring whales and other marine
keep up with how all your favorite stars are helping animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
fitting that Rosa Parks'
birthday, February 4,
has been designated the Day
of Courage. Parks is, of course, famous for her work to end
segregation and racism, beginning with her refusal to give up her bus seat to a
white passenger and continuing with her leadership during the bus boycotts that
followed. But Parks soon broadened her base to include others who needed to be freed
from the yoke of oppression: animals. She was a vegetarian for more than 40 years.
fact, many civil rights leaders, past and present, have maintained that as long
as one form of prejudice exists, no form of prejudice can be completely
eradicated, and thus, civil rights and animal rights are inextricably linked:
Martin Luther King Jr.: "There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe,
nor political, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells
him that it is right."
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Walker: "If I'm eating food I know was a
creature in a cage, it brings up memories of segregation and the stories from
my ancestors, of being in captivity and denied their personalities, their true
beings. Animals were not made for us, or our use. They have their own use,
which is just being who they are."
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Chavez: "Kindness and
compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism,
economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are
all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become
nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves."
Rev. Al Sharpton: "So I say if KFC
wants to take [African-Americans'] money, and use it to pay for sloppy
practices that hurt animals, I say we send them a message that this is not
going to happen. I'm calling on people to boycott KFC until they adopt animal
welfare systems recommended by PETA."
Simmons: "The more I opened myself up to the idea of the full scope
of exactly what non-violence translates to, the less interested I became in
consuming the energy associated with the flesh of an animal that only knew
suffering in his/her life and pain and terror in its death. "
Parks did not just refuse to give up her seat on the bus. She refused to give up her humanity. She refused to accept oppression as "how things are." In honor of her,
please encourage your friends and family to do away with the last of their
personal prejudices by sharing the quotation above that speaks to you the most on
your social-networking sites.
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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.