Written by PETA
Even if you're not
an avid baseball fan, you've probably heard of Tony La Russa,
one of the greatest managers of all time, who made headlines this week by
announcing his retirement right after steering the St. Louis Cardinals to their
dramatic victory in this year's World Series.
La Russa is also an all-star for animals who is a longtime vegetarian
and PETA supporter, as well as the founder of his own animal protection group, the Animal Rescue Foundation.
La Russa has been
defending animals for decades. When seedy Las Vegas showman Bobby Berosini
was caught on tape beating orangutans with bars and punching them in the face
in 1989, La Russa flew to Vegas with other sympathetic celebrities to condemn
the abuse. After his case wound through the courts for years, Berosini was
ultimately forced to pay PETA $400,000 in court costs and relinquished custody
of the orangutans.
La Russa also led
PETA supporters in a "fur funeral" outside the Seattle Fur Exchange
to bring attention to the fact that animals on fur farms
are kept in cramped, filthy cages and are killed by genital electrocution. In
the "eulogy" that he delivered, La Russa stated, "Fur is
something to be ashamed of." He also starred in a PETA
ad against American Express when the credit card giant was selling fur in its
catalog (the company eventually bowed to pressure and pulled the pelts).
Tony La Russa on a long and successful career and wish him the best in his
by Heather Faraid Drennan
founder Harvey Levin is the breaking celebrity news—he's newly vegetarian and no longer wears leather. It's likely that Levin's
love of animals caused him to make the switch. He's "deeply into animal rescue"
and says that the last time he cried was when his beloved dog, Floyd, passed
All aboard! Ozzy Osbourne
is riding the vegan train after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives.
When Russell Brand
watched it, the reigning Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity opted to become the Sexiest Vegan.
You wouldn't expect anything less than
healthy and delicious when Ellen
and Portia de Rossi partner with Chrissie Hynde for a new vegan restaurant, and that's just what
you'll get with vegan celeb chef Tal Ronnen
preparing the menus. He's a busy guy—he's also bringing his vegan flair to LYFE Kitchen
restaurant as co-executive chef, alongside Oprah's
former chef, Art Smith.
Vegetarian singer Kate Bush
wanted to let her fans know in advance of her forthcoming album, 50 Words for Snow, that she wears 50
kinds of faux
in the snowy photo shoot because she's sure her fans "feel the same way as
I do about wearing real fur."
Fellow musician Helen Marnie of Ladytron
made no bones (or pelts) about the group's refusal to wear fur in an interview
with Rolling Stone. "[F]ur—be it
rabbit, fox, mink, whatever—is totally out of the question,"
To see what else celebs have been saying
about PETA, check out our Twitter feed.
by Michelle Sherrow
almost time for Halloween, and while some folks are being sweeter than candy to
animals, some are making us wish that we were only watching a scary movie.
to Los Angeles' Ghost Ship. The country's only
haunted sailing vessel promises its victims a 75-minute voyage of horror, but
only if they aren't wearing the victims of the horrifying fur industry. Even ax-wielding
maniacs know that fur is cruel.
to The Office for showing the very
real danger of leaving a dog
in a hot car in very memorable Office style.
to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture for talking out of both
sides of its mouth about the foods that people put into theirs—pushing people to eat vegetables but granting huge
subsidies to the meat
to women's clothing store Dress
Barn for proudly displaying "Fab Faux Fur" in its windows.
to the U.S. Air Force for considering turning
animals into fuel for planes. With all the biofuel options available, even Fred
Flintstone would think that this cruel fuel is archaic.
to Tom Wargo of Lilburn, Georgia,
and to 13-year-old Victoria
O'Connell of Rapid City, South
Dakota, for realizing that companion animals also suffer in a recession and
starting animal food banks. Wargo gets an extra smooch for requiring owners to
obtain low-cost spay-and-neuter services.
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.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
As two American PETA members approached
the entrance to Russian Fashion Week in Moscow with their "Wear Your Own
Skin" signs, they were suddenly surrounded by camera flashes and
The women were impressed that nearly 30
journalists had turned out for their naked anti-fur and -leather demonstration, but before they
could even unzip their jackets, the women were mobbed a second time—by police.
They were held for a day at the Moscow police department.
Despite the harrowing ordeal, the women
were upbeat, calling the day "a success" because
of all the media attention their arrest brought to the cruel treatment of animals killed for their skins.
The duo continued their protest tour and
received warm welcomes in cold cities throughout Europe, including in Tallinn,
Estonia, where people knew enough English to tell them, "Good, good."
And in Helsinki, Finland, passersby
learned how rabbits are skinned alive for their fur when they stopped to pose for pictures with our "snow bunnies."
What would you do to stop cruelty to
animals? Get started now.
of going through racks of Halloween costumes and seeing the same old hockey
masks and sexy nurse uniforms? Here are six scary DIY costumes guaranteed to
make the most fearless revelers do a double-take—and
then think twice about eating meat, wearing fur, or going to the circus.
an idea from PETA Vice President
Dan Mathews and go as KFC's purveyor of live-chicken
scalding, Colonel Sanders.
transform into bunny butcher Donna
Karan by carrying some plush rabbits drenched in red
paint. To complete the ensemble, lie all night about how you don't
really use fur even while you're holding the evidence.
are scary to a lot of people, and Ronald McDonald is one of the scariest of
all. Follow in Andy Dick's footsteps and wave
around a bloody knife as you illustrate how a chicken becomes a McNugget. (Hint: It's a lot more cruel than it has to be because
McDonald's refuses to implement a less cruel slaughter method for
you want the theme to your outfit to be "cold as ice," be a Canadian seal clubber. A plush seal,
a club, and a red-stained shirt will have anyone with a heartbeat running and
screaming for points south of the Great White North.
splashy is more your style, don a top hat and tails or a tight Lycra jumpsuit
and you can be a Ringling
Bros. animal trainer abuser. It works best if
accessorized with a bullhook and paired with a partner
dressed as a helpless baby elephant.
women who want to show that fur is a bad asset, pair a Sasquatch suit with two
strategically placed pillows and a diva attitude to become Jennifer Lopez. Be sure to brag about
how you burn through animals like you burn through husbands.
know where Bill Maher got the shirt that he wore to perform at George
Washington University—'cause we made it. Lookin' good,
Rattinger/ GW Hatchet.
of making it: After becoming the first vegan to win a Food Network cooking
competition, chef Chloe
Coscarelli is still on a (vegan-buttered)
roll, making the world a better place for animals and our waistlines. Check out
her scrumptious new recipes on Eatocracy.
Anna Wintour took some heat for being cold-hearted
enough to wear several cold-blooded
animals on her back. "She looks like she got that at a consignment store
where pimps drop their coats off," said E!
news anchor Giuliana
proud animal friend who's "still
right here" is Melissa Ferrick, who is currently on
tour promoting her new album. The adoption advocate would love what Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan,
are up to—the couple adopted a pair of cats their friend found
in a bush.
don't belong in the wild, but elephants certainly do, according to Coldplay, whose new video
features the band members dressed up as elephants
searching for "Paradise."
ladies. Now you, too, can cause your neighbors to phone in Big Foot sightings.
You, too, can look like the frightening "before" picture on an
infomercial for Epilady. And you, too, can look like you are trying to kidnap
the cast of Cats.
It's fall fashion season, and mixed in with some lovely new styles (such as Stella McCartney's color-block sheath dress that celebs are loving)
are flops that make it seem like designers have been hitting the sauce a lot
harder than they've been hitting the sketch pad. One design that is particularly
puzzling is this epic fail: jackets
with fur sleeves.
course! Women want their arms to look fat and hairy. Why didn't we think of
that? But seriously, if you do favor a furry look, go with faux, like fauxier to the stars Donna Salyers' Fabulous-Furs, so that you'll avoid killing more animals than the entire Cullen clan.
and former Leonardo
DiCaprio flame Bar Refaeli is catching heat for posing in fur for clothing company Bel Air, especially in
light of the proposed fur ban in Israel. Honorary PETA Director Pamela Anderson sent
Refaeli a letter explaining,
"You probably weren't aware that numerous undercover investigations have
revealed that foxes, minks, coyotes, and rabbits—and even cats and dogs—are bludgeoned, genitally electrocuted, and
often skinned alive for their pelts." Pam asked Refaeli,
model to model, to raise the bar on ethical fashion and dump fur.
But Refaeli insisted that there had been a titanic
mistake, telling an Israeli publication that Bel Air had lied to her and said
the fur was fake. Then she took to Twitter, posting, "I think its time
2 get it straight! i'm against fur! the truth of the matter is that on the
shoot day i was told the fur is FAKE!"
Considering the lies that the fur industry tells about how animals are killed, it's
not surprising that fur-mongers would finagle Refaeli into donning pelts.
model of compassion and bar
fur from your closet. Lookin' at you, Blake Lively…
Just when you thought that footwear involving the mutilation of millions of sheep couldn't get any ugglier, several makers of knock-off UGG-style boots have been found to use fur from animals who were beaten and skinned alive. Tests conducted on products labeled as "Australian sheepskin" found that they were actually made of raccoon dog fur, most likely from animals confined to barbaric Chinese fur farms.
Raccoon dogs are confined to row upon row of tiny wire cages that are exposed to the elements. Many of the animals go insane from the intensive confinement. Undercover video footage shows raccoon dogs as they are dragged from cages and slammed repeatedly to the ground before being skinned while still conscious. Some survive for as long as 10 minutes, blinking in pain on a pile of other bodies.
The tests also found that some boots contained domestic dog fur, which made it into Australia despite the country's ban on dog and cat fur.
Since you never can be sure whose fur ends up on your boots, coat, or gloves, the best thing to do is avoid all fur.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
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