Written by PETA
Downed cows—those who are
too sick or injured to stand up—are of little use
to callous cattle auctioneers. So when a cow collapsed at a Texas livestock
auction company, what did the employees do? They simply wrapped a chain around
her leg, attached the chain to a truck, dragged the cow into a dirt lot next to
the auction area, and left her for dead. With no food or water, she would have eventually died from
dehydration or succumbed to her illness or injury.
saw the cow being dragged to the lot and left there, but when he saw that she
was still in the same spot three days
later, he called PETA.
After making several phone calls to the auction company owner, we were able to
convince him to euthanize the dying cow and spare her from one moment more of suffering.
neither "downers" nor this kind of treatment of them is unusual on factory farms,
at auctions, or at slaughterhouses.
By simply swapping meat-based dishes for their scrumptious, meatless counterparts, we can avoid
supporting facilities that treat living beings like broken-down farm equipment.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Alarming new findings from
Britain's Health Protection Agency reveal that many people could still be
infected with, and eventually die from, mad cow disease. In humans, it is
referred to as "new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease," or vCJD. As leading vCJD
expert Professor John Collinge notes, "The incubation period, where there
are no symptoms, can last for decades."
that's Great Britain, not the U.S., right? Well, we're potentially at an even
higher risk because while Europe banned the macabre farming practice that is
believed to have caused mad cow disease—feeding ground-up farmed animals to other
farmed animals—it is still legal in the United States. And while England tests
every cow slaughtered for the presence of the disease, the U.S. tests only a small percentage.
symptoms of vCJD are so similar to those of dementia or Alzheimer's
that there is some indication that a large number of Americans may have been
we can't un-eat meat we ate in the past that may have contained the indestructible
prions that cause mad cow disease, although British scientists are working on a
blood test that can check for the disease. But what we can do is reduce our risk
of future infection by quitting hamburgers and steaks, ahem, cold turkey.
if you're thinking that eating cold turkey or another meat would be better, don't
be fooled—you still run the risk of all those other diseases that any kind of meat consumption
contributes to, including heart
disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
to eat meat despite the mounting evidence that it will hurt us in one way or
another seems pretty mad, right?
No animals were arrested in the making of this
protest, but yesterday in Zuccotti Park Liberty Square,
a "pig," "cow," and "chicken" joined the Occupy
Wall Street protesters to push for more corporate accountability. Our animals
were at the center of a whirlwind of police, photographers, protesters, and intrigued
passersby who stopped to read the animals' posters and pick up copies of PETA's
vegetarian/vegan starter kit.
Bearing delicious vegan pizzas, the
animals—representing 100 percent of the animals raised for food in the
U.S.—brought attention to the fact that corporate greed is responsible for
billions of animals' being treated like cogs in a meat machine rather than the
intelligent, sensitive individuals they are.
factory farms, pigs have their tails and testicles cut off without being
given any painkillers; cows are fattened for slaughter on barren, filthy feed
lots; and chickens are crammed by the tens of thousands into
airless sheds, where their accumulated waste results in ammonia-laden air that
burns their eyes and throats.
opt out of the corporate abuse of animals, order your own free vegetarian/vegan starter kit and get busy breaking down the barricades to
protecting animals, your health, and the planet.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
After reading these cheese facts, you won't smile
when someone says, "Say cheese!" In fact, the thought of cheese might
make your stomach turn. Speaking of stomachs, let's jump right into why eating cheese
could make you heave:
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if all those reasons aren't enough to make your stomach turn, just think about
the cows forced to stand knee-deep in their own feces and mud on factory farms, having
their babies ripped away from them within days of birth so that humans can drink
the milk nature intended for them.
So, if you're still eating cheese, what are you waiting
for? Spare cows and your health by tossing that moldy
piece of pus-laced stomach lining, and try some tempting vegan cheese options today.
Written by Heather
With a terse dismissal, the State Fair of Texas denied PETA's application to display our own version of a 4-H booth at the upcoming event. Fair officials must not want visitors to
know that the cows, sheep, goats, and chickens 4-H participants have spent
countless hours bonding with will ultimately make their way to a blood-soaked
killing floor, just as most animals raised for food do.
Our four "H's" stand for "hellish for animals," "hazardous to the environment," "heart attack–inducing," and "hypocritical for teaching kids to care about only certain animals and to disregard others."
We planned to screen Glass Walls
and hand out free copies of our vegetarian/vegan starter kits.
I suppose that, to paraphrase Jack Nicholson, the State Fair of Texas can't handle the truth. But we think their patrons can—or at least their hearts can.
by Jennifer O'Connor
Mahatma Gandhi said, "The
greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its
animals are treated." What, then, can we surmise about the U.S., where 59
billion animals a year suffer intensive confinement, are deprived of all that
is natural to them, have their bodies mutilated by dehorning, castration, ear
cropping, and more, all before they are killed for a fleeting taste of flesh?
October 2, Gandhi's birthday, marks World Farm Animals Day, a day to honor Gandhi's
advocacy of nonviolence and vegetarianism and to remember the animals killed
for what he called "the satisfaction of our bodily wants."
plain facts are appalling: Every year in the U.S. alone, more than 7 billion chickens and 275 million turkeys have their legs slammed
into shackles and their throats cut before being immersed—often while still
conscious—in scalding water to remove their feathers. Many of the 118 million pigs killed annually are improperly
stunned and scream in pain as they are scalded to death. More than 39 million cows are hung upside down
and left to dangle with all their body weight suspended by one leg before their
throats are cut and they are skinned and gutted, some aware of what is
happening to them as their bodies are hacked apart.
humanity is to make real moral progress, we must treat animals as sentient
beings whose lives are their own and do not belong to us. This World Farm
Animals Day, we're trying to get 10,000 people to visit Meat.org and watch the
site's "Glass Walls" video. Please share the page on Facebook, on
Twitter, and in any other way you that can imagine to get the word out there!
Written by Michelle
After the Sacramento Superior Court ordered the spin
doctors behind the blatantly false "Happy Cows" advertising campaign to hand over to PETA
thousands of pages of records they wrongfully claimed were "trade secrets,"
it became obvious why the agencies wanted to keep the documents under wraps.
Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is required to ensure that the
California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) doesn’t make baseless (let alone
outlandish) marketing claims. However, even though the CDFA searched thousands
of records, it couldn't produce so much as a single page that substantiated the ad claims. The CDFA and the CMAB
have conspired for years to mislead consumers into thinking that dairy cows in
California are somehow spared the horrors of the abusive dairy factory-farming industry.
The documents also show that PETA’s campaign against the "Happy Cows"
led to the ads' demise, and the records support our claim that the CMAB's
newest propaganda, the "Family Farms" campaign, is just as tall a
tale. We are working to have those ads pulled and sent into the deep recesses
of the CMAB's archives of lies. The judge also ordered the CDFA to pay PETA's
attorneys' fees and costs over the wrongfully withheld documents.
Unless California's milk producers are all
auditioning for impostor spots
on To Tell the Truth, they need to learn the
difference between fact and fiction. You can avoid funding their lies by
throwing the support of your dairy dollars behind real cruelty-free milks like rice, soy, and almond
PETA's band of bovines had Georgia on
their minds when dairy farmers and suppliers brought their propaganda-filled displays
to the International
Our "cows" told passersby what
the dairy farmers wouldn't—that cows are continually impregnated in order to force
them to keep producing milk and that their babies are taken from them
within days or even hours of birth. Many male calves are
sent to veal crates,
while females are sentenced to the same fate as their mothers.
Considering the plethora of delicious nondairy milks
available, it's easy to have our milk and save cows too.
by Michelle Sherrow
Chances are that by now, you've seen the red-hot viral video
of the Utah jazz band New
Hot 5 playing music to entertain a herd of cows while on a trip to
If, like me, you've always thought that "The Utah Jazz" was
a strange name for an NBA team, the charming sight of these cows gathering to
listen to "When the Saints Go Marching In" might change your mind.
Inspired by the band's act of kindness to these arts-loving
animals too often viewed merely as raw materials for hamburgers, PETA came up
with five hot new reasons to make music for cows instead of eating them:
Sounds like it's time to dust off the old saxophone. But
while PETA can't help you master chord progressions, you'll find plenty of help
here to kick the meat
habit for good!
Written by Jeff Mackey
Yvonne has come out of the woods and "turned herself in". She "apparently
got tired of the loneliness" and hopped a fence to a farm where she grazed
for awhile, and
she is settling in at the Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary. Yvonne's son, who had been thought dead, was located by the sanctuary, and mother and son have been reunited in their new home.
It may sound like the storyline of a Disney movie, but a cow in Germany has been successfully hiding out in the woods for nearly four months after running away from a Bavarian farm, where she was being fattened for slaughter.
As Yvonne the cow eludes search teams, including the police, rescuers from an animal sanctuary, and even a helicopter equipped with a thermal camera, her escape and the subsequent search for her have generated an international media frenzy. There is even a hit song about Yvonne playing on German radio, telling her, "Don't let them take your freedom."
Authorities had previously ordered that Yvonne be shot on sight after she jumped in front of a police car, but the order was rescinded after animal rights advocates rallied to her defense, setting up Facebook pages devoted to saving her, and Germany's largest newspaper put up a reward for anyone who helped find her. If Yvonne is ever caught, she will spend the rest of her days at the Gut Aiderbichl Animal Sanctuary with her sister Waltraud and a calf named Waldi, who came from the same farm that Yvonne ran away from.
PETA Germany has talked to numerous reporters about Yvonne and has been quick to point out that she is no different from any other brainy bovine. Like Yvonne, all cows value their lives and do not want to suffer and die.
The average vegan saves 100 lives every year. To start saving cows like Yvonne yourself, order one of PETA's free vegetarian/vegan starter kits.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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