Written by Alisa Mullins
A cat miraculously survived being
trapped in the engine of a car during a 200-mile trip. The cat was
discovered when the driver of the car stopped at a rest stop after smelling
something burning. With the help of a passing police officer, the driver was
able to free the cat, who was wedged in the engine compartment and had suffered
burns to his right side.
The terrified cat was rushed to a
veterinarian, underwent surgery, and is expected to recover. A search is now on
for the cat's guardian, but if no one steps forward to claim him, he will be
put up for adoption.
This cat's story is unusual only in
that he survived. Every winter, countless cats are injured and killed when they
crawl inside engine compartments, seeking warmth, and are slashed by fan blades
when the unsuspecting driver starts the car.
Help prevent a tragedy by always
banging on the hood of your car on cold days before starting it. And as always,
keep your cats safely indoors—and urge your neighbors to do the same.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
What do a tweet, a toy, and a Toyota have in common? They can all be used to help animals! Hey, times are tough, and while lots of people may be in the giving spirit at this time of year, their wallets may not be feeling quite so generous. With that in mind, we've thought of some great ways that anyone can give to animals simply by donating time—or an old car!
Happy holidays from PETA!
Written by PETA
A PETA member found a fun way for her little car
to send a big message in the Big Apple.
New York resident Emily McCoy wants NYC
to go v-e-g to save
and the planet.
Switching to a vegan diet is easier than navigating
bridge-and-tunnel traffic and more effective in preventing climate change than switching to a hybrid
car. So we can have our vegan cake and our classic cars too.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Move over, Smart car: There's an even smarter car in town. Unlike some so-called "green" carmakers that offer leather seats and trim, Wheego Electric Cars will not use a stitch of cow (or any other) hide in any of its models. That's why we go for Wheego, and we're awarding it our Proggy Award for the Best Green Car Company of 2010.
Including real leather in a car that's touted as "eco-friendly" is pretty fake (yes, we're talking to you, Smart car). Most leather is chrome-tanned, even though the Environmental Protection Agency classifies chromium as a hazardous waste. Studies have also found that groundwater near tanneries is tainted with everything from arsenic and lead to cyanide and PCBs and that human cancer rates are higher in those areas.
If you want to green your ride this Earth Day, why not give leather-free Wheego a spin?
Written by Paula Moore
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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.