Written by Alisa Mullins
The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments
of 2013, which Congress is currently considering, could keep hens used by the egg
industry confined to cages forever. The legislation is spearheaded by the industry's trade association, the United
Egg Producers, and, if passed, may overturn existing bans on cages for hens and
legitimize and engrain so-called "enriched" or "furnished"
cages at a time when many people and corporations are advocating for a move
away from all cages. We at PETA are pragmatists and support reduced
suffering, but even an egg industry lawyer has said that the humane groups who
support this bill have "caved":
Misleadingly named "furnished"
cages can house as many as 60 birds. The allotted space is still minuscule, the noise is overwhelming,
the stress factors are enormous, the
privacy a hen seeks in nature for her egg-laying activities is not available to her, and veterinary
care is totally lacking. Such cages
are not even remotely humane. At best, they are slightly less cruel. It is time
for true reform, not industry-fueled deception. Please join us in opposing all
cages for hens on egg farms.
What You Can Do
help protect hens by e-mailing
your representatives and urging them to vote against the Egg Products Inspection
Act Amendments of 2013.
You can also help by never
buying any eggs (even so-called "free-range" eggs
usually come from hens confined to
filthy factory-farm conditions). Instead of eggs, try scrambled tofu for breakfast, and use egg replacers such as mashed tofu, cornstarch, and ground flaxseeds in
your baked goods.
PETA has come up with a drone program
that even Rand Paul might be able
to get behind. Inspired by the increasing use of drones for nonmilitary
purposes, such as fighting wildfires and conducting search-and-rescue missions,
PETA is planning to acquire a drone of its own to spy on hunters and catch them
in the act as they terrorize animals and break game laws.
decided to use a remote-controlled aircraft to collect and publicize footage of
hunters shooting animals and allowing them to escape, only to die slowly and in
agony, among other common violations. PETA has contacted Australia-based drone
manufacturer Aerobot, maker of the state-of-the-art, remote-controlled helicopters
that can be outfitted with a video camera, to discuss which of its products
would best fit the purpose. The drones can also be used to fly over factory farms and other
areas that are hotbeds of abuse.
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Hunters maim and kill millions of animals every year. PETA's
office routinely receives reports of deer spooked by hunters and then running
wildly onto highways or crashing through plate-glass windows. For some animals
who are still mobile but wounded, it can take weeks to succumb to their
injuries. And research shows that for every animal killed by a bowhunter,
another is maimed, never to be found again. The slaughtered animals aren't the
only victims, as weak and young family members are left to starve or be
attacked by predators. With more than five times as many wildlife watchers as there are
hunters in the U.S.,
we hope to expose further why hunting is a sick and sickening pursuit.
While hunters disguise themselves as trees and pretend they are ducks, it is only fair
to give animals something to fight back with. Duck defender Morrissey would certainly
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Newly elected Pope Francis is already making clear that his focus will be to embrace the disadvantaged. He
chose his papal title in homage to St. Francis of Assisi, a renowned advocate for the poor and the patron saint of animals and the
environment. PETA has written to His Holiness to congratulate him and to offer a
couple of simple ways that he can follow in St. Francis' footsteps as a
champion for animals. Because of the unholy abuse on factory farms and in slaughterhouses, we've asked Pope Francis to ensure that no factory-farmed meat, eggs, or dairy
products are served at the Vatican and to offer as many meat-free meals as possible.
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Previous popes have expressed concern
for animals and their well-being. Pope John Paul II was a noted animal
advocate who declared that animals are "as near to God as men are."
He also maintained that animals "possess a soul and men must love and feel
solidarity with our smaller brethren." Pope
Francis' predecessor Pope
Benedict XVI felt that "[a]nimals, too, are God's creatures. …
[T]his degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to
contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible."
God clearly instructs his followers to "love
one another" (John 13:34), "be
merciful" (Luke 6:36), and not to harm one another (Isaiah 11:9).
Hopefully, Pope Francis will continue to
guide Catholics down the compassionate path that his namesake, St. Francis of
Assisi, set out on so many years ago.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Whether the new month is coming in like a lion or a lamb, March 1 is National Pig Day, which, according to its cofounder, has been set
accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place" as a smart and social animal. George Clooney and his dear
departed companion pig would agree.
And while there are plenty of great ways to celebrate our
curly-tailed pals, none of them involves eating pork. Pigs
raised and killed for meat spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses under the constant
stress of intense confinement and are denied everything that is natural and
important to them before being violently slaughtered.
Now, some folks would like you to believe that you can have
your (nonfakin') bacon and a clear conscience, too—but that's a bigger load of, um, manure than even a factory farm generates. Long story short: There is
no such thing as "humane meat."
But here's PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk to explain that
(and read a cute poem):
The good news is that March is also the month for the annual observance
of Meatout, so there's no better time than right now to kick the cruelty habit in favor of
healthy and humane vegan foods—and PETA can help you get started!
Update: Another one bites the dust! Because of the public outcry
following Bob Barker's letter to lawmakers on PETA's behalf (see below), Wyoming
has become the latest state to shelve an "ag gag" bill designed to
protect animal abusers on factory farms by preventing undercover investigations
from being conducted. The irresponsible
and dangerous legislation, House
Bill 126, died in committee on February 12. Afterward, one of its cosponsors said
that the negative attention surrounding the bill was a factor in setting it
Our thanks go out to everyone who responded to PETA's action
alert. Why not celebrate this victory by sending your not-yet-vegan friends a
link to Meat.org, where they can view footage obtained—legally—from undercover investigations on
Originally posted on February 8th, 2013:
PETA pal and TV legend Bob Barker has once again stepped up for animals—this time in Wyoming, where legislators are considering House Bill (H.B.) 126, a measure specifically designed to protect animal abusers within the intensive-agriculture industry, even from law enforcement.
Bob, a lifelong Republican, has urged the Republican-majority Senate to reject the bill, which could prevent undercover investigators from collecting evidence of routine and systematic animal abuse on farms that is crucial in helping prosecute abusers. Undercover investigations by PETA have revealed the routine beatings, mutilations, sexual abuse, and other severe cruelty to animals prevalent within the meat, dairy, and egg industries and often lead to criminal charges and convictions, including in Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
In his letter, Bob writes, "Americans today want better treatment of animals killed for food, not for their legislators to hide illegal cruelty on farms behind locked doors. Over the last few years, I've been joined by figures from all walks of life, from Republican strategist Mary Matalin to animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, in opposing bills similar to H.B. 126, and legislators have listened, as such bills have died or been tabled by sponsors in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, and Tennessee as well as Arkansas, the second-largest poultry-producing state in the nation."
If you are a Wyoming resident or you know some, please urge (or get them to urge) your state senator to join you and Bob Barker in opposing H.B. 126 today!
Residents of Indiana, Nebraska, and New Hampshire can also contact their legislators to urge them to reject similar bills that have arisen in the agriculture industry's desperate attempt to thwart consumers from learning the truth about the gruesome life and miserable death of animals on factory farms.
Ever wonder what hens would say if they could describe their lives on egg factory farms? Wonder no more:
"For as long as I can remember, I've been locked in this crowded, filthy cage," says the "hen" in the video. "Day after day, month after month, this is my entire life."
Hens crammed into cages on egg farms barely have room to lift a wing, much less take more than a step or two in any direction. But while consumers are increasingly concerned about the way in which they're raised, rather than being rid of cages altogether, hens are in danger of being confined to cages indefinitely. But they don't need slightly larger cages or "enriched" cages—they need no cages.
The only way to ensure that hens escape the hell of being confined to abysmally crowded, filthy cages or huge warehouses is never to buy eggs (even so-called "free-range" eggs).
Instead of eggs, try scrambled tofu for breakfast, and use egg replacers such as mashed tofu, cornstarch, and ground flaxseeds in your baked goods.
earned a nomination for "Best Scared-as-S**t Performance" at the MTV Movie Awards for her portrayal of the possessed Nell Sweetzer in The Last Exorcism, produced by our buddy Eli
Roth. Now, before The Last Exorcism 2 hits theaters, she's releasing an exclusive video for PETA that's scarier than
anything even Eli could come up with.
A longtime animal rights activist and vegetarian, Ashley believes that everyone, even if they are scared, should see the videos of PETA's undercover
investigations: "[W]hen you really see pictures and videos of what animals go through on a day-to-day basis,
you can't get those images out of your head."
Halloween may be
over, but every day is a nightmare for animals on factory farms, in
laboratories, and on fur farms. Share Ashley's new video and encourage others
to exorcise cruelty.
day, I think about how lucky I am to have been born a human being. By the time
you finish reading this post, 1,463 turkeys and 44,294 chickens will have had their
throats slit, many of the 619 pigs who were slaughtered will have been scalded
to death, and 217 cows are killed, many while still
conscious. And that's just in the United States.
the end of the day, 104,273 cows, 297,392 pigs, 702,383 turkeys, and 21,261,534
chickens will have been killed in the U.S. to satisfy an old eating habit.
factory farms and in slaughterhouses, today is no different from any other. But
animal ambassadors know today as World Farm Animals Day, a day when we honor the
lives of animals slaughtered for food. We commemorate World Farm Animals Day on
October 2, the birthday of Mahatma
Gandhi, the influential
political leader and ardent vegetarian whose lifetime of advocating for an end
to violence toward people and animals prompted social-reform movements around
as we remember the animals who were killed for their flesh this year, a moment
of silence won't help end the suffering. Animals don't need us to be silent—they need us to speak up.
Please repost this image to your Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages to
remind everyone you know that just one vegan saves about 100 animals every year from suffering on factory farms or fishing boats and
dying painfully in a slaughterhouse:
Everyone has heard of the horrifying shooting of moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, which left 12 people dead and dozens more
injured, and many people have debated how gun control or
mental-health care might help stop future outbreaks of violence. But while
there are many forms of random, senseless violence that we can do nothing
about, there's one way each of us can make the world a little more peaceful
every time we sit down to eat: All we have to do is choose meat-free meals.
That's why PETA has written to the Arapahoe County sheriff to ask him to lead the way by placing the
man charged in the Aurora shooting, James Holmes, on a totally nonviolent vegan
Although the extreme violence inflicted on them rarely makes
the news, animals on
factory farms and in slaughterhouses endure senseless acts of
aggression and bloodshed every hour of every day, and their fear and pain are
as palpable and real as anyone else's. Also, extreme cruelty to animals is
inextricably linked to acts of violence against human beings.
plant-based meals is a simple way for all
of us to make the world a less violent place. To initiate this positive
trend, PETA has offered to provide all inmates of the Arapahoe County jail where Holmes is
incarcerated with vegan meals for a day at no cost to the county.
Had enough violence? Go vegan for life.
Nobel Prize–winning physician, theologian, and vegetarian
Dr. Albert Schweitzer once said, "The man who has become a thinking being
feels a compulsion to give every will-to-live the same reverence for life that
he gives to his own." It was Schweitzer's "reverence for life"
that inspired our pals at PETA
not only to sponsor the attendance of a vegetarian student at this week's Albert Schweitzer's Leadership
for Life International Youth Leadership Conference in Dublin but also to place an ad in
the event's program in Schweitzer's honor.
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Harley, the sponsored student, has been vegetarian ever since
a friend urged her to watch some PETA videos, from which she learned about the
cruelty of factory farms and slaughterhouses. During
her sophomore year, Harley petitioned her high school to introduce more vegan
options to the cafeteria, collecting 320 signatures from a student body of 400
time he was a child, Schweitzer was horrified by the violence he witnessed
against animals and would likely be even more disgusted by today's factory
farms and slaughterhouses. Chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, and fish are packed
into small cages, filthy sheds, or putrid fish farms for their entire lives—at
slaughter, animals often have their throats cut open while they are still conscious or are scalded to death or skinned alive.
might not make you a genius—but it will make the world a better, more
compassionate place, which is rather brilliant, don't you think? And PETA can
help you get started!
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
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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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.