Written by Jeff Mackey
time to help PETA select
the "Sexiest Vegan Next Door" for 2013. Unlike that other annual sexy
competition, the entrants in this contest aren't stars—although they definitely include some
heavenly bodies,showing the world the health
advantages of a vegan diet in the flesh.
And what's sexier than someone who not only cares about animals and the environment but also takes action to protect both of them?
So be sure to cast your vote today—and then come back on April 15 to help choose your favorites from the finalists!
(And if you want to get ready to take part in the 2014 contest, here's how to go vegan in three
PETA will consider three factors
in selecting finalists and winners: votes, enthusiasm and attractiveness. Read
the contest details for more info.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Ever since her red swimsuit days, people
have been enamored with PETA's weapon of mass distraction, Pamela
Anderson. And now you can have a little piece of the original "Lettuce Lady" for yourself. When Pam and PETA
Vice President Dan Mathews spoke to Cambridge University about animal
rights, she autographed copies of the Paul McCartney–narrated meat-industry exposé "Glass
Walls" for the students. And she autographed a few more to give to lucky PETA Files
To enter to win, simply leave a comment
telling us about something Pam-like that you've done to help animals—her résumé
is extensive, so there's plenty to choose from. Maybe you've attended a fur demonstration,
spoken out against the
Canadian seal slaughter, ditched meat, adopted a companion animal,
given a speech about
animal rights, switched to cruelty-free
cosmetics, or acted to get
horse-drawn carriages off the dangerous streets.
Or maybe—like Pam—you've done all of the
above. Just tell us about it, and two winners will be selected at random.
And if reading about all of Pam's
compassionate actions has inspired you, plenty of animals still need your help,
so get out there and get Pamelactive!
The contest will end on March 27, 2013, and we'll contact the winners by March 29, 2013. By commenting here, you're acknowledging
that you've read and you agree to our contest terms and conditions and
and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with those policies as well
as to receiving e-mails from us.
Chick-fil-A's so-called "Cow Appreciation Day" involved giving chicken flesh to people who dressed up as cows. We think cows (and chickens) deserve better than that, so here's our new and improved Cow Appreciation Day. We're giving away The Compassionate Cook, our back-by-popular-demand, original vegan cookbook, featuring more than 225 recipes in which no cows, chickens, or any other animals were harmed. Just take the quiz below to learn why intelligent, sensitive cows aren't milk machines and then enter for your chance to win:
1. Just like people, cows are known to ________ when a loved one dies or is separated from them.
2. True or False: Cows' sense of smell is even stronger in some ways than that of most dogs—they can detect scents up to 5 miles away.
3. This picture is of:
A) a pipe cutter
B) one of the torture devices used in the Saw films
C) a guillotine dehorner, used by dairy farmers to chop off cows' sensitive horns
D) a Halloween haunted house prop
4. In nature, cows may nurse their calves for up to _____ years.
5. After years of being kept almost constantly, forcibly pregnant and having their beloved babies repeatedly taken away from them so that their milk can be sold instead, when cows' milk production wanes, they are:
A) put out to pasture on the farm to live out their days
B) retired to a sanctuary
C) feted with cake and alfalfa-flavored ice cream
D) sent to slaughter
6. True or False: A Holstein's spots are like a fingerprint—no two cows' spots are exactly the same.
7. Guys, get ready to squirm: Male calves who are taken from their mothers are usually _______ without so much as an aspirin.
8. True or False: Like people, cows communicate with each other using different vocal sounds, body positions, and subtle facial expressions.
9. A dairy industry study reports that by the time they are killed, nearly _____ percent of cows are lame because of the intensive confinement to the concrete floors of milking barns, the strain of being kept almost constantly pregnant, and being made to stand ankle-deep in their own dung.
10. True or False: Bovines love a good brain teaser, such as figuring out how to open a gate's latch to let themselves out, and they get so excited that some even kick up their heels when they figure out the solution.
Check out the answer key below to see how you did, and then repost some of these interesting cow facts to show your friends why it's sour to steal cows' milk.
To enter to win The Compassionate Cook, just leave a comment telling us how you did on the quiz. A winner will be chosen at random. (Your score on the quiz does not affect your chances of winning.)
Answers: 1) shed tears 2) True 3) C 4) three 5) D 6) True 7) castrated 8) True 9) D 10) True
How well do you know your animal facts?
Test your knowledge with our quiz, and then tell us how you did for a chance to
win a PETA lunch bag.
Did you guess "chickens" for
any of the questions? Did you figure out that "chickens" was the
answer to all the questions? Chickens
are inquisitive, sensitive, highly social animals whose intellect has been compared to dogs, cats,
primates, and human children. For National Chicken Month, please share this contest and encourage everyone you
know to stop eating
To enter to win PETA's "I Am Not a Nugget" lunch
bag, leave a comment telling us how you did on the game, and a winner will be chosen
at random. (Your score on the game will not affect your chances of winning.)
By commenting here,
you’re acknowledging that you’ve read and you agree to our contest
disclosure of your personal info in accordance with those policies as well as
to receiving e-mails from us.
skin. Need I say more? While alligators have qualities that I admire—they're family-oriented and great swimmers—I don't enjoy it when my skin feels like one.
folks at Brooklyn's Metropolis
Soap Company (a fave of Zooey Deschanel) are sending three lucky
PETA Files readers the cure for the winter-skin blues: the reader's choice of
one of seven superb body
scrubs that not only exfoliate
the alligator skin but also moisturize with a hint of shea butter.
scrub is made from natural ingredients such as real fruit, flowers, sugar, and
salt, with no parabens or sulfates. And the best part is that they're all vegan
and cruelty-free, so they don't hurt
alligators or any other animals.
enter, just post a comment telling us which of the scentsational
scrubs you'd like to have
delivered to your door, and three winners will be chosen at random.
a while, crocodile!
Because of shipping requirements, people living only
within the 48 continental United States are eligible to win. Three winners will
be chosen at random from the animal-friendly comments that are submitted. The
contest will end on March 6, 2012, and we'll contact the winners by March 14,
2012. Be sure to read our privacy
policy and terms and conditions, as you're agreeing to
both by commenting. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
The year 2011 was a great one for animals, and 2012 is bound to be even better.
Tell us what you plan to do for animals in the coming year, and you could win a
gift basket to help you start the year off right! The basket contains a
selection of fabulous health, beauty, and whole-food products—including Bija
certified organic teas, Green Beaver hair-care products, olive oils, and
nutritional supplements—from PETA
Business Friend Flora, Inc.
Not sure how to get active for animals in 2012? Here are
Let us know in the comments section what you have up your
sleeve for the new year, and you'll be entered in the drawing for a chance to
win the Flora gift basket.
A winner will be chosen at random from the animal-friendly comments
that are submitted. The contest will end on January 13, 2012, and we'll contact
the winner by January 31, 2012. Make sure that you read our privacy
policy and terms and conditions, as you're agreeing to both by
commenting. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited by
law. Good luck!
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
After receiving a ton of endearing, funny,
interesting, odd, and clever submissions for our contest
asking how you would like to rename "mutts" with a moniker that
celebrates rescued dogs'
uniqueness and diversity, we've narrowed the list to four terms, and
the pollsters are ready to start tallying the votes.
The winning name will be made into a
bumper sticker reading, "I ♥ my ____," that will be sold at PETA's CafePress store.
But the smarty who submitted the winning term will snag a free sticker, along
with a gift basket brimming with goodies for their pedigree-free pup.
Stay tuned to see which name will claim
Poll closes December 12th and
winner will be notified by December 15th.
might recognize the enthusiastic, charming, and incomparable Tamar Geller from
her television appearances on such shows as Oprah,
Ellen, and Larry King Live, and now you have the opportunity to see the dog
coach to the stars in her very own PETA miniseries. We've teamed up with Tamar
to produce a set of six short episodes about how to be your dog's best friend, and we'll release one
per week starting today. First up is Episode 1: "Your Dog's 7 Basic Needs."
motivation for making this series is to debunk dog-training myths and encourage
people to pay more attention to their dogs and to use positive reinforcement,
all of which will be covered in future episodes on PETA's "Features" page.
Episode 1 covers such issues as how to provide your canine companion with mental
and physical stimulation. One tip: Talk to your dog! Dogs can understand up to 150 words, and you can converse with
them simply by narrating their actions and praising their behavior.
you view each episode on PETA's "Features" page,
you can also enter to win a yummy prize for your dog. We've teamed up with PETA
Business Friend V-dog to give a month's
supply of healthy, vegan dog food to one winner each week as Tamar's videos are
released. So check the PETA “Features” page every week for the next entertaining and informative installment in
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
weather is turning cooler, but that doesn't mean our hearts should too. Fall is
a great time to make a fashion statement in support of clothes that warm our
skin and don't cost animals theirs. One lucky PETA Files reader will snag this
autumnal 'No Fur' Burnout Fitted
V-Neck T-Shirt, perfect for layering,
to take you into cooler weather in style.
enter, just post a comment about why you won't shroud yourself in dead animals.
A winner will be chosen at random.* (Just remember to wear the tee with your
pleather shoes because animals
used for leather suffer too.) Good luck!
*The winner will be chosen at random from submitted
animal-friendly comments telling us why the commenter wears cruelty-free
clothing. The contest ends October 7, 2011, and the winner will be notified
and conditions, as you're agreeing to both by commenting. No purchase
necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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