Written by Alisa Mullins
In India, kids celebrate
the winter solstice, called Makar Sankranti, by flying kites. Sounds like a
fun, harmless tradition, right? The trouble is that, as anybody who has seen The Kite Runner knows,
kite-flying in the East can be extremely competitive—cutthroat, if you will. Many
kite-flyers use glass-coated string called manja
to sever their competitors' kite strings. But the string has severed lots of
other things, too, including birds' wings and breasts and even human throats. So
PETA India held an eye-catching protest during Makar Sankranti to urge kids to
use cotton string instead:
Every year, bird
sanctuaries are called to assist thousands of pigeons,
crows, owls, hawks, and other birds who have been badly maimed. Thousands are killed
after becoming helplessly entangled in razor-sharp manja. Pedestrians and people
riding by kite competitions on bicycles or scooters have also been injured and even killed. Five
people, including two children, were killed and nearly 250 people injured in one
state alone during a previous Makar Sankranti.
PETA India is lobbying to get manja outlawed throughout India.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Many of you have joined PETA and PETA India (as well as Paul McCartney) in calling for the release of Sunder, the horribly abused baby elephant who was held captive in spiked chains in a
dark shed at the Jyotiba Temple in Maharashtra, India. Despite assurances from
the government that Sunder would be taken into protective custody, the
authorities fear retaliation from the temple trustees if they seize him, and
now the little elephant has been moved not to a sanctuary but into a heavily
guarded factory compound where no one can see him. PETA India has stepped up
pressure for Sunder's release, including holding this demonstration outside the
office of the principal chief conservator of forests, sending a message that he
could hardly have missed:
Our friends in Mumbai report that they've been fielding
calls from people who are exasperated with the government's inaction and eager
to see as much attention as possible brought to Sunder's predicament until he
is released. Stay tuned …
What You Can Do
In the Americas, many elephants are also held captive and
abused by circuses—please help
set them free.
A trio of PETA mermaids came ashore at San Francisco's
Fisherman's Wharf to remind everyone that "seafood" comes from animals who feel pain and suffer when they're netted or impaled and
pulled into an environment in which they can't breathe. After all, who would
know better than these hybrid lovelies that fish, lobsters, and other sea-dwellers feel
pain and want to live—just as the rest of us do.
Cut the line on cruel seafood and make vegan fare the catch of the day instead!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW) likely had no idea that as they made their way to class, they were passing by a laboratory in which cats, exactly like the ones many of the students would return home to, were being tormented and killed in gruesome experiments. But PETA set out to show the students exactly what was going on behind closed doors on their campus and to enlist their support to get the experiments stopped.
UW experimenters did not want information about their cruel sound localization experiments on cats to be released, and they fought PETA for more than three years to try to keep the information under wraps. But we sued the school for release of the disturbing pictures taken of the laboratory's feline victims—and got the photos.
PETA members marched onto campus holding signs emblazoned with the graphic images of Double Trouble, one of the many cats UW abused. UW faculty drilled holes into Double Trouble's head, screwed a steel post to her skull, implanted electrodes in her brain, and put coils in her eyes. They dripped toxic chemicals into her ears to deafen her, then implanted devices in both ears. During at least two of these surgeries, Double Trouble's anesthesia was inadequate, and she woke up or was conscious and likely in pain.
Experimenters immobilized Double Trouble's head and made her try to locate sounds coming from different directions. They starved her for days in order to make her cooperate during these experiments in exchange for a piece of food. When the experimenters were done using Double Trouble, they killed and decapitated her.
And after all the pain and trauma that Double Trouble was subjected to, the experimenters admitted that the project was a failure. Meanwhile, institutions around the world study how the brain locates sounds by using advanced methods with human volunteers.
Many UW students signed PETA's petition asking the National Institutes of Health to stop giving the school taxpayer money to fund these cruel experiments. You can, too.
When Gladys Bleakney's home-daycare
class in Ottawa, Ontario, learned that the turtles and frogs in their favorite
pond were under siege by people who were catching and eating them, the children
took matters into their own tiny hands. The world's cutest demonstration was
The kids believe that, just like people,
all animals have feelings and deserve respect. The future looks bright for
PETA has been on pharmaceutical company Amgen's case for years over the company's stubborn refusal to more actively implement alternatives to animal
experiments, among other things. But we're riding high this week after pulling a fast one at Amgen's Tour of
California Bike Race.
Amgen sponsored the massive race and had
its branding everywhere, but so did we:
PETA got the last laugh near the finish line. As the racers flew by and the news cameras flashed,
two stealthily placed staffers whipped out signs about Amgen's animal abuse and
held them high for the crowd to see:
It's time for Amgen
to join in the race to replace animal tests with modern science.
off a stint asking politicians to "cut the pork" out of the federal
budget, PETA's plucky "pig" asked attendees of Iowa's Blue Ribbon
Bacon Festival not to cut the pork off
the "pig" implored, "I am not bacon," the
fans of fried fat stopped to listen and take our leaflets. I guess all that
bacon grease hasn't ruined
their hearts yet.
this "Fur Out, Love In" demonstration brings to mind a John Lennon–Yoko Ono bed-in, why not celebrate
Valentine's Day peacefully—without the skins of tortured animals? Imagine all the animals
living life in peace …
The striking display of blood-soaked
people lying "dead" on trays outside a pig slaughterhouse was enough to stop traffic—literally.
brought "The Cruelest
Show on Earth"
to Tampa Bay, Florida, this week, it was met with a hardy crowd of animal protection
advocates—and a group that was a bit, well, shorter. Children showed up to
protest Ringling with handmade signs depicting elephants who were beaten
and proclaiming, "Kids Know Better."
Out of the mouths of
babes—and into the minds of many. Help the awesome kids in your life get
involved with PETA Kids.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.