Written by Michelle Kretzer
Ne-Yo is making it a happy New Year for animals: The rapper has resolved to go vegan in 2013. When Ne-Yo first tweeted his New Year's resolution, he deemed it a discipline
test. But after he
learned about the cruelty of the meat and dairy industries, he said that there
was "much more meaning to it." PETA sent him vegan
dining expert chef Tal Ronnen's The Conscious Cook: Delicious
Vegan Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat, a vegetarian/vegan starter
kit, and fellow music legend Paul
McCartney's meat industry exposé, "Glass Walls."
Ne-Yo has been keeping his Twitter
followers up to date on his progress and has received an outpouring of support,
as have animals:
Maybe Ne-Yo will give Anderson Cooper the inspiration that he needs to help him make the switch. When Anderson invited vegan Alan Cumming onto his show, the pair noshed on meat-free chicken wings and Anderson talked
about his vegan aspirations.
friend Kelly Osbourne
says it was her boyfriend, vegan
chef Matthew Mosshart, who helped her drop pounds and feel
better. "That's because he cooks for me! He's a vegan chef so he makes
sure I eat healthily," she says. "I'm happy with how I look now."
Stone and Andrew Garfield
are happy with how their family looks now, with the addition of their new
rescued dog, Ren. They took the pup in as foster parents, but it took the
couple only a few days to make it official. PETA sent Ren a homecoming present
of treats and toys.
To keep up with what all your favorite
stars are doing for animals, follow
@PETA on Twitter.
recently welcomed Daniel
to his show, a 5-year-old dog
who survived being gassed
at an Alabama animal control facility.
Daniel was crammed into a gas chamber in Florence, Alabama, with four other
dogs. Carbon-monoxide gas was pumped into the chamber for a "standard 17
minute cycle." When workers opened the chamber door to remove dead animals,
they found Daniel standing among the dead dogs, alive.
Death is not quick for dogs and cats who
Locked in dark boxes and slowly suffocated, the dogs commonly scream and the
cats go berserk, trying to claw their way out. Many go into convulsions as they
struggle for air and try to escape. Daniel must have witnessed a horrifying
scene inside the gas chamber, and he is living proof that this crude method doesn't
always work. Some animals must be gassed repeatedly; others have been found stumbling around in landfills after being
mistaken for dead and dumped there.
is not the fault of animal shelters that animals must be put to death, but if
the most we can offer homeless animals is an exit from this world, then we owe
it to them to ensure that it is painless, peaceful, and dignified. If your
local animal shelter or pound is putting animals down with any method other
than an intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital (the most humane method),
urge the shelter management to switch (see PETA's tips for helpful information).
You may have the law on your side if you live in one of the 18 states that have outlawed some
forms of gassing. If not, write
letters to your legislators demanding a law against these
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.
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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.