Written by Michelle Kretzer
athletes don't do anything halfway. So studly New York Jets safety Bret Lockett wasn't content simply to
pose with a strategically placed faux-leather football for his PETA anti-fur campaign. Instead, he decided to
play spread offense and turn his ad unveiling into a whole weekend. First, he
helped PETA dedicate our Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters to longtime supporter
and Hollywood heavyweight Sam
that evening, Bret hosted an unveiling party at Hampton Roads hotspot the
Granby Theater, greeted fans, and talked about why fur should be sidelined. "What
really hurt me was when I saw that an animal was still able to move and lift [his] head up
after he was completely skinned," he said. "It
brought tears to my eyes."
© Charles Long Photography/PETA
the next night, he went with the PETA gang to laugh aloud as Bill Maher made fun of hunters and
other animal abusers in his stand-up performance. All weekend, wherever he
went, Bret dined on vegan food, sported PETA T-shirts, and enthusiastically discussed
animal rights issues with fans who approached him.
easy to see why No. 26 is No. 1 for animals.
Written by Alisa Mullins
Ravens weren't the only winning animals in Super Bowl XLVII. Great apes finally got a
reprieve when CareerBuilder
at long last decided to stop dressing up chimpanzees in business suits and
featuring them in ads about immature coworkers. The ads were unintentionally
ironic, since the chimpanzees truly were immature, as in babies. Thank the
football gods that CareerBuilder decided to retire those idiotic ads before Ray Lewis got his first hip replacement.
In fact, no great apes were used in any Super Bowl commercial this year, the
first year since all the top 10 U.S. advertising agencies pledged never to use
great apes in their advertising after meeting with PETA.
As shown in PETA's video exposé,
narrated by Anjelica
Huston, great apes are torn away from their mothers shortly
after birth and are beaten in order to force them to perform. Once they get
too powerful and dangerous to control, they are often discarded at dismal roadside zoos.
Great apes weren't the only animals given
the day off. Most of the exotic animals featured in the Super Bowl ads were
computer generated, not that the average viewer could tell the difference. It
makes a big difference to the animals, though, when advertisers opt for
realistic computer-generated imagery and animatronic stand-ins and refrain from
subjecting real animals to the rigors and abuse of training both on the set and
During a PETA undercover investigation
of a facility that trains big cats, we documented that the animals were deprived
of food, dragged by chains around their necks, hit in the face, and smashed
over the head with ax handles. When they're not being
forced to perform, exotic animals are confined almost constantly to cages and
If this Super Bowl is any indication, cutting-edge
companies seem to be recognizing that compassionate customers are turned off by
animal abuse and will tune out cruel ads—because the only squirrel dance that we want to see during the Super Bowl features a burly linebacker.
Update: In deference to the wishes of Manti Te'o and
his representatives, PETA is abandoning its plans to erect a billboard
featuring an image of the Notre Dame standout next to the slogan "Sometimes Faking It Is Better. Score Faux-Chicken
Super Bowl Recipes at PETA.org." Hopefully, people will still defer to the
wishes of chickens and not rip their wings off.
Originally posted on January 28th, 2013:
Te'o may have been buffaloed by a fake girlfriend, but he shouldn't feel too bad: Sometimes
fake is actually better. That's why PETA created a billboard urging football
fans to avoid unnecessary roughness to chickens on Super Bowl Sunday by
intentionally grounding real chicken wings and opting for play-action fake fowl
Those animals in PETA's "Glass Walls" video? Unlike Manti's make-believe girlfriend, their deaths are real. Birds
slaughtered for their wings and other body parts are often dropped into tanks
of scalding-hot water while they are still conscious and aren't covered by even
the meager protections of the Humane Slaughter Act.
The price of chicken wings is currently
skyrocketing because of higher feed costs caused by this summer's drought,
which makes now the perfect time to try vegan wings, such as Gardein Classic Style Buffalo
Wings, a favorite of vegetarian and former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams.
Super Bowl Sunday, opt for healthy and humane faux wings (find recipes at PETA's
Living page). That way, nobody gets hurt.
Written by Jeff Mackey
At the same time as vegan star running back Arian Foster and the
Texans are making my
hometown proud on the field (Bayou City, represent!), PETA has announced its 2012 list of the Top
Five Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums.
Football is played with a ball called a "pigskin"
(often erroneously), but folks who are fans of both team sports and animals will find a growing variety
of cruelty-free foods to enjoy on game day at arenas throughout the NFL. So even
if your team is stuck in the basement this year, you can still score a victory
for animals way up in the cheap seats by hitting up the concession stand for
some vegan goodies!
© Levy Restaurants
Check out the Top Five Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums:
Financial Field, Philadelphia Eagles
As the Eagles battle for the top
spot in the always-tough NFC East, Philly fans can take pride in the fact that
Lincoln Financial Field tops PETA's list of vegetarian-friendly stadiums for
the third year in a row, thanks to its awesome array of meat-free options,
which include a mock-steak sandwich, a "chicken-steak" sandwich, a seitan
brisket, and veggie burgers and dogs.
Stadium, New England Patriots
Pats fans have more mouthwatering
vegetarian options than Tom Brady has offensive weapons. Gillette Stadium moved
up from number four on PETA's list of vegetarian-friendly stadiums, thanks to its
black-bean burger, grilled portobello mushroom burger, and grilled veggie
flatbread wrap. Meanwhile, fans continue to devour the stadium's standby
favorites—veggie dogs and veggie burgers.
3. O.co Coliseum,
Rookie head coach Dennis Allen may
be experiencing some growing pains in Oakland, but Raider Nation has cause for
celebration: O.co Coliseum made PETA's list of vegetarian-friendly stadiums for
the fifth year in a row. With a veggie dog, black-bean burger, and veggie
burrito leading the charge, fans of the Silver and Black can turn their health
around by enjoying delicious, protein-packed vegetarian meals.
4. Georgia Dome,
Matty Ice is playing like an MVP, but
the MVP of the Georgia Dome's concession stands may be the mock-meat Sloppy
Jane, made with peppers, onions, molasses, and brown-sugar barbecue sauce. Also
available and fresh off the burner (no Michael Turner pun intended) are veggie
dogs and veggie burgers, possibly the best duo since Roddy White and Julio
Jones. You don't have to pose in a PETA ad as Tony Gonzalez did to enjoy these
5. Ford Field,
The Lions may be dropping in the
standings, but Ford Field has climbed in our rankings of the best meat-free
fare. Outstanding dishes such as vegan sloppy Joes, hearty veggie burgers,
hummus with vegetables, and fruit cups with chili lime salt dominate the
concession stands here the same way that Megatron dominates on the field.
Scoring honorable mentions are the
Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium,
the St. Louis Rams' Edward Jones Dome,
the San Francisco 49ers' Candlestick Park, and the New
York Jets' and New York Giants' MetLife
With so many healthy and animal-friendly foods available almost everywhere you go, there's never been a better time to
go vegan than right now!
Football season is about to, well, kick off. It's fitting
that in a sports league with so many teams named after animals—the Bears, the Eagles,
the Dolphins, the Lions, etc.—there are plenty of players who show compassion
for our furry, feathered, and finned friends. Here are 11 current and former
NFL pros whom the animals are glad to have on their team:
Sedrick Ellis (New
New Orleans Saints player Sedrick Ellis lives up to his
team's name in his PETA ad encouraging folks in the Big Easy and elsewhere to make plans to take care of animal
companions before emergencies happen.
©Photo: Josh Williams Photography. Grooming: Brandie Hopstein
Arian Foster (Houston
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster makes my hometown
proud with his outstanding skills on the field and makes animal advocates cheer
for his embrace of healthy and humane vegan foods.
Foster image: AJ Guel Photography| cc by 2.0
Lance Briggs (Chicago
Playing in the Windy City, linebacker Lance Briggs knows
what cold weather can feel like, which is why dogs don't belong outside in the wintertime,
as his PETA ad explains.
©Photo: Jimmy Fishbein www.jimmyfishbein.com
Glenn Dorsey (Kansas
Also speaking up for cold dogs is Glenn Dorsey, who posed
for a PETA ad with his dog
of whom he said, "Bugs don't care if we win or lose, he's still gonna love
©Photo: Matthew Collins, Makeup: Melissa Blayton
Aaron Curry (Oakland
Aaron Curry posed with his rescued dog Laila for a peta2 "Be Your Dog's
Biggest Defender" ad urging people not to chain their dogs.
© Photo: Christopher Record, Makeup: Adrian Howe
When he played for the Baltimore Ravens, Willis McGahee, now
on the Denver Broncos, bucked the cruelty of fur by baring his tats—and much
more—for a red-hot PETA "Ink,
Not Mink" ad.
© Photo: Ken Penn/www.kenpenn.com, Grooming: Tomara Watkins for Stilista Agency
Another Ravens player happy to show his skin to save animals' hides, Terrell Suggs is one of the toughest linebackers in the
NFL, but he considers the production of fur "cruel and evil" and will
never cross the line by wearing it.
© Photo: Gabrielle Revere/www.gabriellerevere.com, Makeup: Demi V./www.DemiV.com
Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta
Tony Gonzalez, a six-time Pro Bowl veteran, also stripped down for PETA, alongside his wife, October, to declare, "We'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear
© Photo: Robert Sebree, Hair: Eric Sebbag for The Cloutier Agency, Makeup: Camille Clark for The Cloutier Agency
Ricky Williams (retired)
Ricky Williams, a vegetarian, hosted PETA's faux–chicken-wing taste test, crowning Gardein's vegan
buffalo wings the winner.
Former NFL star Michael Strahan has a new job as co-host of "Live With Kelly and
Michael," but PETA helped keep him occupied making a public service announcement for "backyard dogs."
Drew Brees (New
Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, who are both lactose intolerant,
teamed up with dairy-free
brand So Delicious for a promotion benefiting the couple's charitable foundation—and anything that
encourages nondairy living also helps cows used for milk.
Brees photo: Ian Ransley Design | cc by 2.0
Even if you have no hope of making it to the Super Bowl, you can still be a champion for animals—learn how.
The TV networks have been notably, um, unenthusiastic about running
PETA's Super Bowl ads, so this year PETA is planning
to take its message directly to the players and fans by placing billboards in the
teams' hometowns of New York and Boston as well as Indianapolis, which is
hosting the game, making an irreverent plea for people to put down the chicken
wings on Super Bowl Sunday.
Chickens © iStockphoto.com/Sunnybeach
It's estimated that some 600 million chickens are killed for the wings consumed just during the Super Bowl. Yikes! And
that's after the abuse they all suffered through on factory farms.
Not only is this wing-eating obsession cruel, it also shows
a lack of imagination. After all, there are so many mouth-watering alternatives
to the old same-old same-old. For vegan game-day treats that will satisfy the
most ravenous sports fan, check
out these recipes
for fab finger foods that won't cost birds their limbs.
If your party guests insist on being served wings, try the
meatless variety, like Gardein's buffalo "wings"—the choice of the NFL's Ricky
just roll your own!
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 PETA
you know that in Ukraine, a dog or cat found wandering the streets can be shot
on sight or poisoned and left to suffer? Their bodies are tossed into a cremation
truck and burned, and some are reportedly burned while alive. It is estimated
that in the city of Kiev alone, 20,000 dogs have already been killed in these cruel
authorities are trying to "cleanse" the country of homeless animals
before it hosts the European Football Championship in 2012. At a preliminary
match between Germany and Ukraine in Kiev last weekend, members of PETA Germany and the Kiev Society
for the Protection of Animals protested, calling on Ukrainian authorities to
stop the cruel killings and asking the Union of European Football Associations to
German soccer (known as "football" in other parts of the world) players
have now joined PETA Germany in publicly criticizing Ukrainian
authorities for the torture of these dogs and demanding that the city use
humane methods to manage the homeless
animal crisis. The only solution to
animal overpopulation is a spay-and-neuter initiative, but in the
meantime, the city's unwanted animals at least deserve a peaceful, painless end to their lives.
contact the Ukrainian Embassy and politely urge officials to stop these cruel
killings immediately. Click
for the e-mail address for your state, or if your state is not listed, you can
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Written by Colleen Borst
My husband probably thinks that I watch
Atlanta Falcons games with him to be supportive of his favorite team, but I'll
confess, it's for tight end Tony
Last Sunday's game was especially cool
because toned Tony edged out Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison to become second in career
1,104 catches. He now trails only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. But Tony got one
reception that Rice never did: a warm reception from compassionate folks
everywhere for the naked anti-fur
he and his lovely wife, October, starred
Tight end indeed.
Well, here it is—your very own backstage pass to the photo shoot for PETA's yet-to-be-released "Tackle Cruelty, Bench Fur" ad, which features lovelies from the Lingerie Football League's Chicago Bliss.
Just when you thought that it couldn't get any hotter, four of the posing players revealed that they'd rather go naked than wear fur:
Still want to see more? Be sure to check back soon for the release of the ad and an exclusive interview with the girls. But for now—as you can see from the LFL's Facebook page—our photo shoot is already gartering garnering a lot of attention.
Written by Karin Bennett
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