Written by PETA
The Fourth of July is fast approaching, and like many Americans, you're probably thinking about firing up the grill and preparing some tasty vegan fare that doesn't form cancer-promoting chemicals like charred barbecued beef and fried fish and chicken do. You've probably even got the marinades all ready.
But what's a compassionate chef without a "Kiss Me, I'm Vegan" apron?
For this "Win It" Wednesday, you can score our stylin' new "Kiss Me, I'm Vegan" apron (hot guys or gals to kiss not included). To win, just share the most scrumptious vegan barbecue recipe that you plan to prepare this July 4—and all cookout season long—in the comment field below. The person who submits the recipe that makes our mouths water the most will win the apron. My mouth is already watering thinking about Grilled Seitan With Crisp Apple Salsa and Tandoori "Chicken" Kabobs. Can anybody top them?
Good luck, and happy Independence Day!
Written by Heather Moore
One of my favorite vegan actors, Casey Affleck, is currently starring in a controversial new film, The Killer Inside Me. In it, he plays a small-town cop who turns out to be a psychotic killer. Casey always draws raves from film critics for his understated performances—and adoration from his caring fans who applaud his compassionate vegan lifestyle, a huge contrast to that of the bloody character he plays in this role.
We're giving away one five-pack of the actor's best films on DVD, including Gone Baby Gone, Chasing Amy, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Ocean's Eleven, and an exclusive autographed copy of Lonesome Jim. To win it, simply create your own film title that describes the animal-friendly secret person inside you. Confused? This might help: Mine would be The Three-Tofutti-Cuties-in-One-Sitting Snarfer Inside Me. That film title might not be Oscar-worthy—but your title might land you the Casey Affleck DVD pack.
Written by Karin Bennett
I'm a handbag addict, but my cravings are always easily met thanks to a seemingly endless assortment of skins-free styles. Naturally, when I saw the Kerin handbag that's this week's "Win-It" Wednesday prize, I needed it, stat. Feast your eyes:
My birthday's coming up, so I'll have to drop some not-so-subtle hints if I want to add this leather-free looker to my collection (fingers crossed), but you don't have to be a June baby to score it. All you have to do is come up with a clever caption for this photo.
Is that certain someone giving kisses to a vegan fashionista—or blowing a raspberry to a fashion offender dressed in leather? Either way, we've got one bag to give to the respondent who delivers the cleverest caption. Please don't be chintzy with your brilliance—really bowl us over!
Yesterday was the official first day of summer, but PETA's Web site has been scorching for days, thanks to our Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest. We're into the final heat—voting ends this Wednesday, June 23—so if you haven't weighed in, don't let those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer get you just yet. Put the pedal to the metal and vote now to help us choose this year's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity. Here are some of the current frontrunners:
I know it's tough to choose just one man and one woman, but if I can do it, so can you. My personal faves: The Howard Stern Show cohost with the infectious laugh, ravishing Robin Quivers, and the achingly handsome actor Joaquin Phoenix. Now go cast your vote for two sexy veggie celebrities to help us decide the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2010.
*We all know that you can't be a meat-eater and call yourself an environmentalist.
We've spoken out against BP, and suggested ways in which each one of us can help save the waterways and the environment. Now, by special request, we've created a new, fun, and in-your-face line of BP-related merchandise that will help fund PETA's work to save wildlife. Now we're giving away our BP T-shirt and coffee mug to two lucky winners (you can also buy the shirt for yourself and all your friends):
Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth
*Here's a little something to get you in the mood to tell us all about your imaginary coffee date with BP.
Shrek may not be the first one who comes to mind when you think of style (or hygiene), but you've got to admit, the ogre's one cool color. And even if green's not your shade, with OPI's limited-edition Shrek-inspired shades such as "Rumple's Wiggin'," "What's With the Cattitude," "Fiercely Fiona," "Ogre-the-Top Blue," "Funky Dunkey," and "Who the Shrek Are You," you're sure to find the fairytale color of your dreams.
For this week's "Win It" Wednesday, we have two of these cruelty-free nail polish sets to give away. To win, leave a comment about an animal-friendly fantasy character you root for or an evil villain you'd like to slay. My favorite animal-friendly character is Pete from Pete's Dragon. Use a character that already exists, or be creative and write your own tale. The two comments that best spin a character we want to root for or cast a villain we want destroyed will win the nail polishes.
No-holds-barred comic Sarah Silverman's stand-up may make some of her audience members blush, but compassionate people will cheer as they read about her childhood vegetarian revelations described in her memoir, The Bedwetter. And this week's "Win It" Wednesday prize is sure to make animal defenders do the wave—it's a signed copy of The Bedwetter, in which Sarah scrawled, "Woo-hoo, PETA."
We've got one book to give away, and you can win it by describing the animal-free feast that would make you "Woo-hoo!" right out of your seat. Spicy guacamole with blue corn chips and savory Mexican lasagne would do the trick for me. Try and top mine—the person whose mouthwatering vegan meal makes our bellies rumble the loudest will win the prize.
It's summertime, and the living is easy—unless you're an animal who's killed for the grill. No one wants to be butchered, basted, and barbequed. For the love of hogs, let's kick this barbeque season off right by helping men kick their meat habit! And how better to do that than with John Joseph's book Meat Is for Pussies: A How-To Guide for Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take Names.
If the title doesn't grab your attention, then the subject matter will. More of a boot-camp type of book than a beach read, Joseph makes men face the horrors of factory farming before outlining a plan to guide guys toward a happier, healthier, and more humane lifestyle. Can you say cruelty-free cook-out?
C'mon, you know you want to win this must-read for men. So guys, tell us why you need this book. Ladies, tell us how your brother, father, boyfriend, next-door neighbor, or any guy in your life can benefit from it. The three people who leave comments that most make us want to whip a guy into shape will win a copy of this aptly titled how-to guide.
A plain-Jane litter pan shoved out of sight? Boring! It's time to redecorate your cat's bathroom. But before you call Extreme Makeover: Litter Box Edition, take a look at these snazzy slipcovers from KattySaks.
Fun and functional, these machine-washable fabric slipcovers—which come in three different designs (the Beach Bus, the Surf Shack and Le Dresser)—are guaranteed to take your cat's litter box from drab to feline fab.
Your cat really wants you to win one, so tell us what makes him or her a purrfect companion. The person whose comment earns the most "awws" around the office will win the slipcover of his or her cat's choosing.
Good luck, cat lovers!
Extra, extra! Read all about this fantastic leather-free messenger bag, a newsworthy carry-almost-all and the prize in this week's "Win It" Wednesday contest, courtesy of English Retreads.
We recently spilled the beans on how and why PETA makes headlines all over the world. Now you tell us: What animal-friendly headline do you dream about reading in the news? Think big and be creative. The headline I'd like to see across the New York Times is "Federal Law Passes: Millions of Backyard Dogs Brought Indoors."
Whether you go for laughs or for tears of joy (please don't go for the jugular—no inflammatory attacks, please), the person who most bowls us over wins the bag. We've got one to give away in either black or scarlet. Are you ready for a chance to become the talk of your town? Read the fine print below, and then give us the scoop.
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