Written by PETA
My New Year's resolution this year is to finally cancel the membership to my gym, which I enrolled in around this time last year in a fit of optimism and utter lunacy. The people at my gym are notoriously cunning, and last time I went there to try and end things, I walked out with a renewed membership and a year's subscription to their monthly magazine. But I know I can do this if I put my mind to it.
On a related topic, if you're still casting about for a New Year's resolution to get your teeth into, this is a pretty good time to look further into vegetarianism or veganism. PETA has some great resources for such things here, and this comic strip by Carol Lay illustrates the point pretty well too:
There are a few good ways to get people thinking about the fur issue. You can wear a T-shirt with an anti-fur slogan, hand out leaflets and information outside fur stores, and bring up the topic in casual conversation. Or, if you're the Brigitte Bardot Foundation in Paris, you can just wrap a big ol' bus in a PETA ad and drive it around France. Voici le reste de votre manteau de fourrure, biatch.
I'm not quite prepared to kiss and make up with Madonna after December's chinchilla coat debacle, but it does seem like she's beginning to make some efforts to quench her bloodlust a little bit—starting with a commitment to stop shooting at birds. Under the compassionate influence of her good friend Stella McCartney, Madonna has evidently decided to stop renting out her estate in Wilts for hunting parties; she had already given up hunting herself after one of the birds she had shot took a long time to die. As she put it:
"It wasn't dead. Blood was gushing from its mouth and it was struggling up this hill and I thought, 'Oh God, I did that. I haven't shot since."
Anyway, as I said, I'm not exactly ready to hold a parade in her honor yet, but this does seem like a promising start. As many of you probably know, I was recently named a co-winner of Time magazine's 2006 "Person of the Year" award, so I'm hoping that Madonna will pay more attention to me this time and give up the fur for good.
I don’t know why people keep sending me pictures of scantily clad girls, but as long as they do I’ll keep posting them.
Here’s what rock star activist Ashley Fruno has to say about her demo yesterday: “It was REALLY cold (only 32 degrees, but snowing really hard), we cut the demo off after an hour because I thought I might pass out.” Honestly I don’t know what she’s complaining about. I admit that a paperboard sign doesn’t do much to keep the body warm, but look at that warm hat. Doesn’t like 90% of body heat escape from the head!?! She looks toasty to me. She was probably passing out from heat exhaustion.
What’s this? Another e-card!?! What a wonderful time of year.
Actually, I have a question just for you, my loyal blogoreader. Out of all of our holiday e-cards, which did you like the most or forward on (aside from the one I wrote and sang of course)?
The footage isn’t the highest quality in this video of our recent POM Horrible campaign launch, but it interests me because it’s a great example of how the technology helps with the flow of information (and if you watch the full video you'll see it gets better at the end). That’s a no-brainer of course, but my point is that there is added value with doing things like a demo outside of POM’s headquarters. You’re not just doing it for the passersby to take it, you’re not just doing it for the media to cover—anyone could stumble upon the information that POM kills animals just to help market their juice.
This photo was just too good to pass up. The caption, courtesy of The Commercial Appeal reads: “Busted by PETA "fashion police" wearing naughty pleather cop costumes at Adams and Main Wednesday, Dennis Abernathy proclaimed "I'm guilty, arrest me" and miniskirted Monika Meilleur of Durham, N.C., obliged.” The full article, which actually contains info about the demo can be found here.
A coworker sent me the photos below today. I lost the e-mail that included info about what the hell was going on—but I'm pretty sure it involved saving animals' lives with help, of course, from our busty friends down at the precinct. The Fashion Police precinct that is!
So here’s the deal. Even if I remembered where these demos took place I still wouldn’t tell you as we don’t want to give fashion offenders (that’s people who think that wearing stuff like fur and leather isn’t cruelty to animals) a heads up. This way, for all anyone knows, the fashion police are right around the corner. And they’ll citizen’s arrest you if you wear animals. Seriously!
OK, so they won’t seriously arrest you, but don't wear animals anyway. Deal?
PETA honors trooper who saved cows from barn fireAre you a sexy vegetarian?
I just Google Newsed PETA and saw that the demos got some media coverage. So i guess it's not a secret where they took place after all. Check this story out (there's funny video of people being ticketed).
The BBC just reported on a study by Southampton University scientists which showed that individuals who were vegetarian by the age of 30 recorded an average of five IQ points higher than meat-eaters. The initial IQ tests were performed in the '70s, and the results of the study (after adjusting for social and economic factors) demonstrated that the intelligent children were significantly more likely to become vegetarian later in life. Researchers have hailed this study as a compelling explanation for why "higher IQ in childhood or adolescence is linked with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease in adult life."
Incidentally, the study also showed that vegetarians were more likely to be female, which may be evidence that girls are smarter than boys. But I don't really need to think about that.
Virgil Butler, the former slaughterhouse worker from Arkansas who dedicated his life to educating others about the horrors of factory farming, died last night in his sleep at the age of 41. Virgil spent 9 years working in Tyson slaughterhouses, killing as many as 80,000 birds a shift in extremely dangerous working conditions and for very little pay. But in 2002, Virgil contacted PETA to say that he had had enough of the human and animal suffering that he witnessed every day, and asked what he could do to help. Discussing his and his wife's feelings at the time, he said,
What I have seen was horrible enough that we had quit eating chicken. When we researched a bit we found out that the poultry business is no worse than any other part of factory farming. Now we don't eat any meat at all. We also spend a part of each day in the fight against factory farming.
For the next four years, Virgil played David to the poultry industry's Goliath with courage, resourcefulness, and a limitless supply of patience and good humor. He gave news conferences about his experiences, spoke forcefully about animal and human rights issues on his blog, The Cyberactivist, and inspired thousands of people to make changes in their lives based on his own compassionate example. His legacy is one of kindness, hope, and perseverance, and his loss is very deeply felt.
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