Written by PETA
How does it happen every year? Mother's Day is just six days away, and all you've got prepared for dear
old Mom is an impromptu poem on the phone. Or the old standby, flowers. But
does it have to be that way? Noooo!
are some gifts that will delight your mom while helping other moms:
the one holiday when we get to celebrate Mom for all that she's done for us, so
show your appreciation by honoring all
moms, from feathered to finned!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
We all love hearing those three little words: "Have some chocolate." I jest, of course (kind of), but on Valentine's Day, love often takes the form of candy in a heart-shaped box. And PETA's box of confections won't just satisfy your loved one's sweet tooth. Since it's cruelty-free and the purchase price helps fund PETA's vital work, it will also satisfy a desire to be sweet to animals.
Because everyone—animals included—enjoys displays of affection.
Cats head-butt the ones they love as a sign that they feel comfortable and secure. And dog guardians know that, as Bill Maher put it, "The reason I love my dog so much is because when I come home, he's the only one in the world who treats me like I'm The Beatles."
Sheep love to cuddle and nuzzle, male rats sing love songs to females, fish rub against one another, and geese mate for life.
Get your melt-in-your-mouth vegan chocolates before they're gone. Your valentine will likely prefer them to an enthusiastic head-butt.
We know that there weren't any pigs on your table this Christmas, but were there pigs at it? At a festive Christmas party in Goa, India, not only were pigs at the table, they were also the guests of honor.
The Panjim Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) had intercepted a group of people who were illegally transporting about 100 pigs and who intended to slaughter and sell them for holiday meals. But PAWS rescued all the pigs and took them to safety at its shelter. So, since the pigs were no longer becoming the feast, PAWS and PETA India decided to throw them one instead.
The gleeful pigs happily munched on corn, spinach, strawberries, grapes, and other treats, while their proud rescuers doted on them. And as news cameras caught the pigs' mirthful antics, they also captured the not-so-subtle message that PETA India had prominently displayed at the table: a sign that implored, "Give Pigs the Gift of Life: Go Vegan."
Written by Alisa Mullins
Ho, ho, no! Looks like Santa's been indulging in a little too much eggnog:
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How does milk (and other animal products) contribute to impotence? The saturated fat and cholesterol in even so-called low-fat 1 or 2 percent milk (which are actually about 20 and 30 percent fat calories, respectively) clogs the arteries leading to all your organs, not just your heart. Milk is also loaded with female hormones, since cows are kept almost constantly pregnant on today's dairy factory farms. One Harvard University scientist estimates that cow's milk accounts for up to 80 percent of the estrogen in the average person's diet.
So if you want to keep Mrs. Claus happy, better make it soy or almond milk with those cookies on Christmas Eve. Otherwise, Rudolph might be the only one who gets up in the air this holiday season.
The Black Friday shoppers who were
standing in line at midnight to score deals on video games weren't necessarily
parents of teenage boys. Some of them might have been pig guardians.
It's true: Pigs love a good video game. Surprised? Then try this one on for size: Pigs can answer to their names within
a week of being born. Yep. That skill takes people, what, two years to master?
Pigs are super-smart. In fact, they're
classified as the fourth-smartest animal on the planet—ahead of cats and dogs (who haven't the foggiest idea what a Wii is).
here are some other things that you may not know about pigs:
Pigs can also suffer from depression, as
many on factory farms
do. And they don't want to
be slaughtered and turned into a centerpiece. This holiday season, serve a hearty and
delicious Field Roast
and save a pig from your table.
You may just wind up with a new favorite
Tired of giving your family and friends
neckties, candles, and pairs of gloves every year? Most of us already have
overstuffed closets, and really, how much cinnamon aroma can one take? This
year, think outside the tie box and give a PETA Present.
Make your friends and family all warm
inside by letting them "deliver" comfort to a cold, lonely "outdoor dog" this winter,
help save a rabbit from losing
his or her fur for a collar, or help get an animal released
from a laboratory. Or make personalized gifts—just
choose the campaign that you are most passionate about and specify what you
would like your donation to be used for.
Your gift recipients will receive an
e-card on the date that you choose to let them know that they have helped an
animal in need, and if you need to make use of all those tie boxes, you can
print out the description of the gift to put under the tree.
It's the season for
tidings of comfort and joy—and we can help make it a little bit more
comfortable and joyous for animals, too. Thank you!
Written by Jeff Mackey
O, Canada! We're always busy, busy, busy during this festive
season, but we haven't forgotten our pals in the Great White North—y compris nos amis francophones. Yanks and Canucks have so much in common, and yet there are distinctive differences.
example, while the yuletide finds a disturbing number of friendly, intelligent pigs
on this side of the 49th
parallel killed for ham, it's the saddest day of the year for abused factory-farmed turkeys in Canada. So PETA is encouraging Canadian kids (since
kids haven't yet been taught to suppress their natural compassion for animals)
to consider what—and who—they're
eating. PETA has placed the attention-grabbing holiday billboard seen below on
a highway leading into Victoria, British Columbia.
PETA's also giving U.S. kids something to chew on other than
cruelly produced ham with this billboard, just
outside Reno, Nevada.
Of course, companion animals need
our help, too—and it's not just children who need to reconsider their attitudes.
So PETA is also looking to put up a brand-new billboard—promoting spaying and neutering to effectively curb animal
overpopulation—in the hope of reaching those kind people for whom this season is more about revering
Mary than reveling merrily.
We'd like to thank all the donors whose support of PETA makes
it possible to place these billboards, which foster awareness of animal rights.
What You Can Do
To give a holiday gift that keeps on giving to animals
year-round, become a PETA
member. And please remember to shop
PETA for everyone on your list—each purchase funds vital efforts to improve and save
Thanksgiving is hell for turkeys. To
make sure as many folks get this message as possible, here are three of our
best holiday ads. Pick your favorite and share with friends to let them know
why they should give turkeys a reason to be thankful, too:
"Would You Eat Your Dog?"
animals—something to be thankful for this holiday season by celebrating with a vegan feast.
It seems as if every
other week there's another horror story about an animal who has died or gone
missing during airline travel. The most recent one involves Xiaohwa, a
frightened cat who bolted when an employee opened her crate at John F. Kennedy
International Airport—she is still lost inside the building.
It's just not a good
idea to entrust our beloved animals to a system that we barely trust with our
shampoo and underwear.
Although some airlines do allow a limited
number of small animals to ride inside the cabin, many still think that animals should be
treated like baggage. The cargo hold of a plane is a loud, terrifying—and often
deadly—place. Because it isn't climate-controlled,
it can quickly become sweltering or freezing, putting animals at risk of dying from heatstroke or exposure.
So as the holiday
season approaches, many animal guardians are opting to take the scenic route
and drive to their destinations. Here are our top tips for traveling with animals to help make the trip smooth sailing:
Some people find that it's easier on animals
if they're allowed to stay at home in the care of trusted family members,
friends, or sitters. When your animal companions are staying at home, you will
want to do the following:
Happy holidays to
you and all your family members!
you know folks who eat turkey breasts? What about terrier breasts?
new billboard that PETA is working to place near public schools in Ottawa;
Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, asks children to consider why
they call one animal "family" and another "dinner":
Turkey: ©iStockphoto.com/James Steidl | Dog: ©iStockphoto.com/Eric Isselee
dogs, turkeys are highly curious and
love to scout out new sights and smells. And like dogs, turkeys are highly
social animals who enjoy the company of humans and even like to have their feathers stroked. They are also devoted
parents, and in nature, chicks stay with their mothers for a full year.
on factory farms, turkeys spend nearly their entire lives crammed into
stinking, windowless sheds. The only human touch they experience is when
workers chop off parts of
their beaks and toes and the males' snoods without any pain
relief. Turkey eggs are hatched in an incubator, and the chicks never see their
mothers. They are less than a year old when they are shipped to the slaughterhouse, where workers slam
their legs into shackles and drag them through a "stunning tank" that
immobilizes but doesn't kill them and a blade slits their throats.
Thanksgiving approaches, please repost the image of this poignant billboard and
ask your friends this: If you wouldn't pay someone to torment and kill your dog,
why pay people to torment and kill a turkey?
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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