Written by Michelle Kretzer
Want to eat like a rock star? Easy! As Chrissie Hynde shows, all you need is
a little brass in pocket. While performing in Singapore, the singer hit the
VeganBurg vegan fast-food joint.
Chrissie said, "I've toured around
the world with my band and always looking for the perfect burger. I finally
found it at VeganBurg." The staff reports that
the Cracked Pepper Mayo Burger was Chrissie's hands-down favorite, and fans in
Singapore can order it and have their own sort of "Chrissie Hynde special":
Can't get to Singapore? Stateside, get a
taste of rock-star cuisine by recreating the dish with Gardein veggie burgers (Chrissie is a fan of
Gardein), Vegenaise vegan mayo, cracked pepper,
lettuce, and ciabatta bread.
Chrissie Hynde showed one reason why
she's special, so special, at The Pretenders' show in Singapore. Spotting a
young woman in the audience wearing an "IPETA" shirt, Chrissie invited her on stage to give the band a little help with "Brass
in Pocket." Check out the cool video, and watch for Chrissie's shout-out
to PETA at the end:
tickets to see The Pretenders in action? Better dress for the occasion!
Written by Jeff Mackey
has sent an urgent letter to the rock band Train urging the group to cancel their
performance at KFC's franchisee convention in San Antonio—or else face the
music from PETA supporters—because of KFC's refusal to stop its suppliers' cruelty to chickens.
Many of the top names in music have taken a strong public
stand against KFC, including Sir
Paul McCartney, Pink, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Chrissie Hynde.
Let's hope that Train gets on board, too, but if they take KFC's dirty money,
they must carry the company's baggage—and PETA will protest their show.
Even those of us who are not quite famous can tell KFC to take
cruelty to chickens off the menu. Sign Pink's petition demanding that KFC
require its suppliers to stop abusing birds (and don't eat at its restaurants
until it agrees).
Where can you see Bryan Adams
rubbing elbows with Leo Tolstoy and Russell Simmons
hanging with Leonardo da Vinci? Only on PETA's limited-edition postage sheet
from Stamps.com—the sheet honors some of the most influential and recognizable vegetarians
and Pamela Anderson—two
of the celebrities whose faces will soon be crisscrossing the U.S. on envelopes—unveiled
the new postage this morning at the Hollywood Post Office.
Addressing the swarm of clamoring
reporters, Pam said, "I'm just happy to be here and happy to be associated
with PETA. … [M]y mom is very proud of this." And the inimitable Bob
Barker joked, "I was happy to do it when they told me I didn't have to die
in order to [be on a stamp]!"
The postage sheets are available at PETA's online store,
just in time to grace your holiday cards with a reminder to loved ones to think
before they eat.
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founder Harvey Levin is the breaking celebrity news—he's newly vegetarian and no longer wears leather. It's likely that Levin's
love of animals caused him to make the switch. He's "deeply into animal rescue"
and says that the last time he cried was when his beloved dog, Floyd, passed
All aboard! Ozzy Osbourne
is riding the vegan train after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives.
When Russell Brand
watched it, the reigning Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity opted to become the Sexiest Vegan.
You wouldn't expect anything less than
healthy and delicious when Ellen
and Portia de Rossi partner with Chrissie Hynde for a new vegan restaurant, and that's just what
you'll get with vegan celeb chef Tal Ronnen
preparing the menus. He's a busy guy—he's also bringing his vegan flair to LYFE Kitchen
restaurant as co-executive chef, alongside Oprah's
former chef, Art Smith.
Vegetarian singer Kate Bush
wanted to let her fans know in advance of her forthcoming album, 50 Words for Snow, that she wears 50
kinds of faux
in the snowy photo shoot because she's sure her fans "feel the same way as
I do about wearing real fur."
Fellow musician Helen Marnie of Ladytron
made no bones (or pelts) about the group's refusal to wear fur in an interview
with Rolling Stone. "[F]ur—be it
rabbit, fox, mink, whatever—is totally out of the question,"
To see what else celebs have been saying
about PETA, check out our Twitter feed.
by Michelle Sherrow
wishes a very happy 60th birthday to rock legend Chrissie Hynde, who, when she isn't
using her beautiful voice to sing platinum hits, uses it to stop cruelty to
animals. From opening her vegan restaurant, VegiTerranean,
to having her hit song "I'll Stand by You" featured in a heartbreaking public service
announcement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has spent decades
advocating for animals. Chrissie's actions for animals are too numerous to
list, but here are our six favorites:
know that animals would agree with us, Chrissie—you
Written by Michelle Sherrow
A horse pulling a carriage in New York City collapsed to the ground twice yet was right back waiting at the curb before her driver was challenged by the woman who had been riding in the carriage at the time and who caught most of the horrifying incident on her cell phone. See the woman's emotional confrontation with the driver here (warning: graphic language):
PETA pals Chrissie Hynde, Pink, Lea Michele, and Pamela Anderson have all called for these cruel and dangerous rides to be eliminated. New York City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito has introduced a bill (Intro. 86) that would phase out the industry and replace it with electric-powered antique cars or "green" horseless carriages. Carriage drivers would be given first dibs.
Please never patronize these cruel rides, and e-mail City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to let her know that you support Intro 86.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
In honor of Culinarians Day, we've whipped up a list of some of our favorite vegan celebrity chefs, chefs who cook for celebrities, and cruelty-free restaurants where you might just catch celebrities chowing down. Tasty! Check it out:
One lucky reader can win the Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook. For a chance to win, just leave a comment telling us who your favorite vegan celebrity is.*
Written by Colleen Twombly-Borst
Chrissie Hynde is telling Lady Antebellum "I'll stand by you" to support less cruel slaughter methods for KFC's chickens. The Grammy-winning country group is set to perform at the KFC annual meeting in San Diego, and Chrissie isn't pretending—she thinks it's a great opportunity to remind the chain that chickens don't have to be scalded to death in defeathering tanks.
In a letter to Lady Antebellum, Chrissie writes, "KFC has refused to heed its own advisory panel's recommendations to eliminate its most cruel and archaic slaughter practices, so my friends at PETA and I are hoping that you will use your unique position to appeal to the company. With your influential public platform, KFC might not so easily turn a deaf ear to you."
Lady Antebellum swept the Grammys—maybe they can initiate some sweeping changes for chickens too.
How would you celebrate your 58th birthday? If you're the indefatigable Chrissie Hynde, you would start a new band (JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys), put out a new album (Fidelity!), and develop a new eco-friendly clothing line (Fairground Luck).
Coming from Chrissie, the clothing line will of course feature T-shirts, skinny jeans, pleather jackets, handbags, and boots with a rocker-chick vibe and will be 100 percent vegan.
"Like most women, I love fashion and clothes," Hynde told Women's Wear Daily. "Everybody will be able to find everything they love in a nonleather version. Fashion should be fun."
No word on when Fairground Luck clothing will be appearing in a shopping mall near you, but Fidelity! hits online stores today, and we have a couple of copies available for some lucky PETA Files readers. Post a comment below telling us why you think Chrissie is the coolest, rockingest, sassiest animal defender ever to pick up a guitar, and the two comments that make us want to run out and protest with Chrissie will win the CDs.
Written by Alisa Mullins
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