Written by Jeff Mackey
Did you know that PETA did some wonderful things in 2011
that you probably didn't read about in the newspapers? I do—because I've read
PETA's latest annual report, and you can too.
Here's a sample of the interesting stuff that you'll find in just the "Year
in Numbers" section alone:
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There's lots more to learn—but check it out for yourself.
And if you want to be a part of a record-breaking 2012, there's no better time
to join us than
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Lake City turned into Sexy Leaf City when PETA's "Lettuce Ladies"
rolled into town. The leafy lovelies were there to persuade folks to go lean and green in 2012 by going vegan.
SLC "occupiers" even stopped occupying long enough to chat with the
green gals (and enjoy some free soy sausage).
a figure so svelte that you feel confident wearing leafy vegetables? Click here.
The best show in Vegas last week wasn't in a casino—it was on the sidewalk on Las Vegas Boulevard. Luck was a lady leopard (and a cow and a snake) when PETA's "showgirls" stripped down on The Strip to reveal their animalistic bodypaint.
Crowds flocked to the ladies like they were the hottest blackjack table, posing for pictures and scooping up information about how animals raised or trapped for their skin suffer.
With the flurry of flashbulbs now over and loads of leaflets distributed, it's a safe bet that any animal skins the passersby will be flaunting from now on will be as fake as an Elvis impersonator.
You and animals both win when you choose animal prints, not animal skins.
Since, as the holiday classic explains, "the
weather outside is frightful," you have to admire the dedication of PETA's
"Mistletoe Misses," who have been braving Arctic breezes wearing
nothing but mistletoe-covered bikinis to share "kisses"—along with
the word about the many advantages
of a vegan diet.
The delightful duo has been giving away vegan chocolates with
tags saying, "Be Sweet to Animals," along with PETA's vegetarian/vegan
Playboy Playmate Crystal McCahill
is no stranger to wearing bunny ears. But today, she and PETA campaigner Tracy
Patton put on bunny
ears for a different reason: to save bunny skins. The PETA cottontails asked
shoppers in busy downtown Chicago to hightail it away from fur.
The bunnies were hopping mad about how
animals are beaten,
electrocuted, and often skinned alive
for their fur.
And as these two made clear, everyone looks best in their own skin.
Be a bunny's honey—don't wear fur.
Bikinis in December? Sure.
Eye blacks with garters? Why not?
Fur? What, are you crazy?
The Lingerie Football League's
took to the streets yesterday to call "foul" on fur.
Courtesy of Dave B
The ladies braved the
chilly temps to show Torontonians that football players can take a beating, but
that furry animals
shouldn't have to. Unless someone was cruisin' for a bruisin', my bet is the
shoppers steered clear of fur.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
PETA and two supporters
in Salt Lake City filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today against two Utah
Transit Authority police officers alleging violations of free speech rights.
The complaint states
that the PETA members were handing out leaflets about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
to commuter train passengers in a public area when the officers ordered them to
leave or face charges for trespassing. While the activists reluctanctly left as
ordered, they are now pursuing legal action to protect their free speech rights
to educate potential circusgoers about the circus's long history of animal
Elephants used by
recently received the biggest penalty for animal welfare violations
in circus history—are
chained inside filthy, poorly ventilated boxcars for an average of more than 26
hours straight and are routinely beaten in order to force them to perform
confusing and unnatural tricks.
If the circus is
coming to your town, exercise your right to free speech! Just
be sure to contact city officials ahead of any leafleting or other outreach
event to determine whether you need a permit. Contact PETA's Action Team
to get help organizing local outreach.
residents of Carlie
home state aren't happy with her for making Maryland look like Hairyland by wearing the fur coat she
was given as a prize for winning the Miss Maryland pageant. As Colella arrived
at the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown on Sunday for a send-off reception before
heading to the Miss America pageant, she was greeted by PETA supporters who
were there to remind her that only mean people wear fur.
having seen video footage of animals being beaten and skinned alive on the body television that
one of the protesters wore, Miss Maryland will prove that she is a beautiful
person inside as well as out by donating her fur coat to PETA.
would, in fact, be a great way to start bringing about world peace.
Not everyone can
afford to buy an electric vehicle (EV), but there is one thing that we all can
do to help the environment,
even in a down economy: go
That's the message that PETA's lovely—and apparently frostbite-proof—Lettuce
Ladies took to the streets of Seattle, where the delicious vegan jerky
they handed out in front of an EV charging station went like hotcakes in the 33-degree
Raising animals for
food wastes land, water, and other resources, and it takes more than 11 times as much fossil fuel
to make one calorie from animal protein as it does to make one calorie from
plant protein. A recent United Nations report concluded that a global shift
toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
Even if you
wouldn't wear a bikini in freezing weather to spread the word about the benefits
of a vegan diet, you can pick up copies of our vegetarian/vegan starter kit
to hand out to friends and family or passersby.
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