Written by Paula Moore
Hanukkah is almost here, and you know what that means: good
food, festive gatherings with family and friends … and eight days of presents!
PETA's animal-friendly gift ideas will keep you going for all eight days of
For more Hanukkah gift ideas, visit PETACatalog.com.
Written by PETA
It's the season for
giving, and PETA Business Friend Allison's Gourmet
is giving away a $50 gift certificate for delicious vegan treats to one lucky
PETA Files reader. Could it be you?
is one of the premier all-vegan online bakeries. Because none of Allison's
cookies or confections contains animal products,
the treats are 100 percent cholesterol-free
and don't contribute to the cruelty
found in the dairy
industries. And I can tell you from personal experience that these are some of
the most delectable desserts that you will ever eat. To enter this contest, simply complete the form below.
Can't wait to get
your own box of vegan confections, or want to give one as a gift? Head on over to
the Allison's Gourmet
website today. And since there's no such thing as giving too many gifts, stock up
on all sorts of goodies
from the PETA Catalog this holiday season.
Contest entries will be accepted from December 13, 2011,
through December 22, 2011. One winner will then be chosen at random from all
contest. This contest is open only to residents of the United States. No
purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Good luck!
by Heather Faraid Drennan
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Dreading fighting the crowds at
the mall? Avoid the Black Friday blues with our top picks for fab cruelty-free
finds for everyone on your list.
Forever 21's extensive
line of bags, wallets, and
luggage for women
is made from faux leather, mock croc, faux fur, and fun animal prints that are
perfect for trendsetters who know that real dead animal skin
is as out of fashion as a 1980s paint-splashed blue-jean bag. The store has a
superb line of belts,
travel bags, and duffles
too. For more cruelty-free
than you can shake a candy cane at, check out PETA's page at the überhip fashion site Polyvore.
Kids will love the new Fincredibles
lifelike aquariums. It wouldn't be right to put fish
in a tiny bowl or butterflies
in a jar, but these fool-your-friends electronic animals won't mind at all.
There's a foodie in every family,
and even the most discerning taste buds won't be able to resist a gift basket
filled with elegant vegan
and a plethora of vegan cheeses.
For the most difficult creature to buy for, the
person who has everything, try a gift that everyone loves: luscious soy candles
in all sizes and scents from Universol
Or, for an equally scentsational
gift, opt for vegan soaps from Lush
in fragrances such as Sexy Peel, Rock Star, Queen of Hearts, and Temptation. PETA
also offers a guide to cruelty-free
in every price range.
Everyone loves a fun day out or a
night on the town, so give the gift of entertainment with tickets to professional
or college sporting events, concerts, theater productions, art shows, or
stand-up comedy. Check with the ticket offices at your local venues or visit Stubhub.
If you're still stumped, give a
gift card! Gift cards for
the PETA Catalog
are available in any dollar amount, and the lucky recipient can choose clothing,
accessories, books, beauty products, bags, travel bottles, and loads more while
helping animals with every purchase.
We at PETA often refer to our love of vegan chocolate, but put this on record: We're also fond of vegetarian vanilla—that is, rapper Vanilla Ice, star of DIY's The Vanilla Ice Project.
"It opened up a whole new menu to me," he says about going vegetarian more than three years ago. "I love it." His choice very well may have saved his life. His dangerously high cholesterol level—more than 300!—plummeted to 133 just three months after he made the switch. There's no doubt that his decision saved countless animals.
(If you're wondering what could be nicer, we'd say vegan vanilla, of course!)
Written by Karin Bennett
There's only one rule at Vosges Chocolate's Exotic Candy Bar Library: Once you've checked out your selection, it's totally yours to keep. And with fancy vegan chocolate flavors such as Creole and Black Pearl, we have a feeling that the shelves will be empty in no time.
Want a collection of your own? We're giving away one of these edible libraries to the reader who comes up with the best animal-friendly literary mash-up. (Seriously—if Jane Austen and zombies can successfully join forces, then so can animals and literary classics!) My compassionate mash-up? To Save a Mockingbird!
Written by Logan Scherer
With Valentine's Day less than a month away, it's about time you started shopping to impress that special someone in your life. Lucky for you, PETA's got all the goods you'll ever need to show your love for your sweetheart, yourself (hey, there's nothing wrong with buying yourself a little something on V-Day), and animals.
And we've got a gift for you! Enter the promotion code VDAY over at PETAcatalog.org, and you'll get $5 off a $40 purchase. The code is valid until February 14. Happy shopping!
Comic Ricky Gervais roots for the bulls. Actor Marissa Lewis dreams of a world free of cages and chains. Well, one of my many "perfect world wishes" is that every day could be Valentine's Day. Not only could I indulge daily in delectable vegan chocolates like those from Harbor Candy, which happen to be this week's "Win It" Wednesday prizes …
… I also believe that people might become more loving and kinder to everyone around them, including their companion animals. All dogs would be allowed to stop and sniff on leisurely strolls instead of being yelled at and yanked along on hasty morning marches. Cats could enjoy their naps on newspapers, along with some gentle scratches from their human caretakers, instead of being shooed away. I'm confident that my wish would benefit not just my own addiction to chocolate but also the lives of countless otherwise beleaguered and bored companion animals.
So tell us, what's your "perfect world wish" for animals? If you can't narrow it down to one, enter as often as you'd like. Make us snort with laughter or choke back tears and you might win one of two boxes of Harbor Candy chocolates. We've got a deluxe box of chocolates for the grand-prize winner and a sampler box for the runner-up. If you win, feel free to share them with your sweetheart, but if you keep 'em for yourself, we won't tell.
Written by Karin Bennett
Update: You can now place your order for bin Laden Bites by clicking here. Orders will not ship until January. Proceeds from the chocolate sales will be used for our programs—such as our spay-and-neuter clinic—that help dogs.
I've heard my fair share of oxymorons, but never one as (literally) delicious and biting as this one: cruelty-free beheading.
When we heard that our troops in Afghanistan hungered for some chocolate, we jumped at the opportunity to send them some dairy-free delectable delights and even made a tastily topical design just for the occasion:
When the troops sink their teeth into our savory, vegan chocolate Bin Laden Bites, they'll satisfy their confectionary craving while getting some sweet revenge by taking a bite out of Osama's head.
Who ever thought that chocolate could be this cathartic?
What's the only thing better than the most soyous time of year? Vegan chocolate. Every day.
This year, we've found a gift that really does keep on giving. With the Advent calendar from Amanda's Own Confections, each day of December offers a new door and a small wonder behind it: a piece of scrumptious, cruelty-free chocolate. And it culminates in the best Christmas miracle ever: a big dairy-free chocolate Santa.
You can win the sweetest calendar ever—simply post a comment with your funniest holiday greeting.
Written by Logan Scherer
Thanks for all of your wonderful comments on this Win It Wednesday. The winner of the Chocoholic gift basket is Olivia. Congratulations!
Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight,I wish I may, I wish I mightEat an entire Chocoholic Basket tonight.
Seriously, I bet I could eat this Pangea gift basket in one sitting. But it sucks to be me right now because I can't enter "Win It" Wednesday contests*. You, however, can win this chocolate-lover's dream—simply post a comment to submit your clever, funny dialogue, à la Go Fug Yourself, for the picture below:
*Actually, that's probably a good thing.
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