Written by Michelle Kretzer
It shouldn't happen to intelligent, sensitive cows, but it does: With holes cut into their sides, they are used as sideshow-like
attractions to lure children and prospective students to university events and
fundraisers. Distraught attendees at some of these recent events sent PETA
these disturbing photographs:
The cows are part of common experiments
that involve permanently removing a chunk of the animals' abdomens to expose
their stomachs. Experimenters feed the cows various foods and then reach into
the hole to take samples, even though there are modern non-animal methods for conducting these kinds of studies.
The "fistulated" cows are then
often put on display at events, with patrons invited to "touch a cow's
stomach" or "put your hand inside a cow." PETA often hears from upset
students and parents who have witnessed such a display. Unfortunately, the only
law that protects animals used in experiments, the Animal Welfare Act, does not
extend to animals used in agricultural experiments, meaning these cows have no
legal protection from cruelty.
Each time PETA hears about these hideous
mutilations, we contact the school (and the group that visited the display) to
ask them to stop the experiments and remind them that there are much more
humane ways to teach students about science and animals than having them gawk
at a mutilated cow. PETA also offers parents, teachers, and administrators
resources to help students at every educational level achieve scholastically
and compassionately. Visit TeachKind.org to download or order a wealth of free materials.
As a result of the latest case of mad cow disease on a dairy farm, PETA is placing a
billboard near the Hanford, California, testing facility that found the
disease. The billboard is a parody of the ludicrous "real milk comes from cows" ads that the California Milk Processor Board pushes.
No one who eats meat is safe from mad
cow disease. Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture tests only a tiny
fraction of all the cows killed for food for mad cow disease—including cows
from dairy farms who are ground up for hamburger—there's no telling how many
animals may be infected. The only way to avoid slurping down a cup of cruelty or a dish of disease is to dump dairy products
And that won't make cows mad.
know the beef industry isn't averse to a little sleight of hand (pink slime, anyone?). So,
you would think the cowpokes could take a
good-natured April Fools' Day prank.
April Fools' Day 2010 (yes, two whole years
ago), PETA published a blog post saying that we had been funding scientists who
engineering rats to have fluffy rabbit tails. The idea was that by altering rats to be more in keeping with people's ideas of
"cute and cuddly," we could usher in a rat renaissance of sorts, encouraging people to be kinder to our besieged,
Recently, an intrepid food-industry writer found said April Fools joke, thought it
was real, and wrote an outraged article for Drovers CattleNetwork blasting PETA, rats, rabbits, and, oh yeah, cane toads and pigs (but not cows,
conveniently) for good measure.
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Food Industry also waged such a scare campaign against rats that it made me
wonder if he might work for d-CON. He actually cited the Black Death, a plague
that is several hundred years removed from modern-day scourges like, say, E. coli and for which rats are no longer blamed.
has to wonder how many of the beef industry's tall tales about cow "welfare," "healthy" beef, and the industry's impact on the planet
he has also swallowed hook, line, and fluffy tail.
Last year, PETA and other animal
advocates successfully defeated "ag gag" bills in Florida, New York,
Minnesota, and Iowa. Now, another "ag gag" bill
that would make it illegal
to shoot video on a factory farm
has just passed in the House of Representatives in Utah. And once again, we're
fighting back against this unconstitutional measure.
Flush from her success in her home state of Iowa, Raising Hope star and longtime animal advocate Cloris Leachman penned a letter to Utah lawmakers on PETA's
behalf urging them not to block people from gathering the evidence needed to
prosecute animal abusers
I hope that Utah legislators recognize that with
consumer demand for better treatment of animals, they must work to enforce and
strengthen laws, not penalize those trying to expose cruel and illegal
practices. Citizens' right to document cruelty to animals—wherever it occurs—is
crucial in helping local, state, and federal officials enforce
PETA undercover investigation of factory farms has yielded evidence that workers
were abusing animals. We recorded workers who sexually assaulted a pig with a cane,
stomped on a turkey's head
until her skull exploded,
and spit tobacco into
chickens' eyes and mouth.
This indisputable proof of abuse is key to securing historic charges against and
convictions of such abusers on cruelty-to-animals charges.
residents, please ask your senators to vote against this bill and to continue
to allow people to expose blatant cruelty to animals.
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Mooove away from
leather, baby. Cows don't wear our babies, so why should we wear theirs?
Bananas? We don't need no stinkin'
bananas. At least Kanzi
the bonobo doesn't. He taught himself how to make fire and
have their own emergency broadcast system. They use special sounds to warn
their unaware friends about danger, but they don't send out a warning when the
other chimpanzees already see it. This turns the belief that only humans
recognize that others are not informed on its head.
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pigeons are once again showing
why "birdbrain" is a compliment. The birds are proving that they can
count by putting groups of items in order by quantity.
We all read City Mouse, Country Mouse,
but what about city bird, country bird? When flirting, urban birds
adjust their voices to be heard over the din of the city, so they sing
differently from their country cousins.
and cows certainly
aren't cousins, but they can become best friends. When a cow named Wanda
escaped from a farm, she eluded capture for five months, living with a herd of
deer who would stomp on the ground to let Wanda know that their acute senses
detected people approaching. Wanda now has a home on a farm and is not in
danger of being slaughtered.
Of course, for a best friend whose
loyalty is unmatched, one need look no further than a dog. A Russian dog
stood guard over the body of his deceased canine companion for two weeks in
temperatures of negative-58 degrees Fahrenheit. Animal advocates caught him and
took him to a local animal shelter, where he will stay while they search for a
For more amazing animal stories, check
out an article on the new
book Animal Tool Behavior.
We've all seen the ribbons tied around trees on the side of
the road, crosses stuck in the ground, and signs asking us to drive carefully—all
reminders of lives that were lost in traffic accidents. Certainly, humans aren't
the only casualties of reckless driving, so should they be the only ones
honored? PETA doesn't think so.
We're applying to Illinois' Fatal Accident Memorial Sign
Program to post two road signs as a tribute to cows who were severely
injured and killed on the state's roadways.
PETA has chosen the sites of two horrific accidents as the
locations for our signs. In May, a tractor trailer tipped over on an overpass, spilling cows onto the road
below. Cows who didn't die on
impact or from being struck by cars languished in agony until they were finally
euthanized. Another truck
overturned in October after the
driver fell asleep at the wheel. Six cows were killed by oncoming vehicles—again,
many were left to suffer for hours
from their injuries.
If humans are going to continue to sentence these animals to
die in slaughterhouses, isn't erecting a small
remembrance of a few of the millions who lose their lives every year the least
that we can do, given that they die for no better reason than because someone
craves the fleeting taste of their flesh?
Written by PETA
PETA's herd of "cows" stampeded down the sidewalk in front of the
Vancouver Convention Center, where the British Columbia Dairy Conference was
taking place, the cow abusers inside nervously looked out the windows.
sent the convention center manager outside to ask their worried questions: What
were the cows planning to do? Come inside the building? The conference-goers
had seen the Facebook page for the demonstration,
and they were terrified!
though the bovines didn't infiltrate the conference, the dairy farmers should
have been scared of what they were doing outside.
As throngs of passersby stopped to talk, they learned about how cows on dairy factory farms are repeatedly impregnated to keep producing milk, that
calves are traumatically torn away from their mothers within days or even hours
of birth, and that many male calves are imprisoned in tiny, filthy crates until
they are slaughtered for veal.
When many of the passersby then expressed a preference for soy milk, rice milk, or almond
milk, the cows were over the moon.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Maybe being able to
see the Hollywood sign from my living room makes everything remind me of a bad
horror movie, but seeing the headline "New Strain of 'Mad Cow' Disease"
is enough to make anyone (especially meat-eaters) shriek like a celluloid
scream queen. That's right—bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)
has struck again!
Mad cow disease
first captured the world's attention when it appeared on the scene in the
and it has since been found in cows in Canada,
the U.S., and now Japan—although the latest stricken animals are believed to
have come from
One cow who tested positive was only
23 months old,
the youngest ever found with BSE, and officials believe that this may be a new
strain of the disease that can't always be detected with Japan's current
Since the prions that
cause BSE can be found in all parts of an affected animal's flesh, staying away
from meat is really the only sure-fire way to avoid mad cow disease.
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