Written by Michelle Kretzer
runs the world? Vegan girls!
certainly run the 11-day Marathon
des Sables across the Sahara
Desert. Forty-two-year-old vegan Briton Fiona Oakes ran 151 miles—more than a marathon every 24 hours—in the world's toughest foot race.
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joins an elite club of vegan and vegetarian athletes, including nine-time Olympic
gold medalist Carl Lewis, Ultraman triathlete Rich Roll, ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, and record-breaking 100-year-old
marathon runner Fauja
Singh, who know that a great
performance starts with healthy food.
Ready to get your own motor running?
Written by PETA
PETA U.K. supporter Fauja
Singh ran into the record books on Sunday when he completed the
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and became the oldest
person ever to do so, at 100 years old. The "Turbaned Torpedo" credits
his vegetarian diet, among other factors, with giving him the incredible
stamina that propelled him into the Guinness World Records. This may be the best inspiration ever to get us off the couch
and into some running
shoes and is also living
proof of why it's never too late to incorporate healthy, plant-based foods into your
© Corin Jeavons
Even if you don't plan to break any world records, a
plant-based diet is a veritable fountain of youth: Vegetarians
and vegans live an average of six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters do.
To follow in Singh's footsteps, take the 30-day vegan pledge today and
urge others you know—of all ages—to do the same.
Written by Heather
What has 1,200 legs, lives in several countries, and
runs, swims, and bikes to stop animal abuse? It's the 2011 PETA Pack team, a
group of committed
individuals who were
able to wildly surpass their fundraising goal and raise $120,000 for PETA's Investigations &
Rescue Fund! On behalf of
the PETA Pack, a special thank-you goes out to this year's team sponsor, Nasoya, as well as to all the donors who contributed.
PETA Pack members receive 14 weeks of valuable coaching tips from team leaders to help them meet their
running goals, whether they are beginning runners or experienced triathletes.
Each member ultimately participates in a race of his or her choice in early autumn. Top
fundraisers receive great prizes, in addition to the satisfaction of getting
into shape while helping animals.
To join the PETA Pack and make next year's team
another resounding success, e-mail
Congratulations to the 2011 PETA Pack team!
by Heather Faraid Drennan
Lindsay and Nicole, a couple of die-hard anti-KFC campaigners, completed the Louisville Half-Marathon in KFC’s hometown yesterday. So what, you ask? Well, they did the whole thing with “Boycott KFC” and the like written on their bodies, and the pair reported that they got tons of support from the crowd and even talked to several Yum (KFC’s parent company) employees along the way, including one particularly chatty woman who wanted to debate around mile six. Of course, she couldn’t defend KFC, since you can’t really defend a company that refuses to take even the smallest steps towards improving the miserable lives and deaths of the animals killed for its products, despite the fact that its own animal welfare advisory board recommends the changes, and other industry giants like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy’s, and scores of others, have already taken similar action.
Congrats Lindsay and Nicole!
And on a totally unrelated note, Wu Tang Clan member RZA walked away with the crown in the Hip Hop Chess Federation’s first annual Chess Kings Invitational. Lucky for RZA that I didn’t know about it in time to enter!
We got an e-mail the other week from a student named Christopher Leeman, who had taken the time to create these unique web banners to help promote our wool, fur, and leather campaigns. I liked them so much that I figured I'd post them on the blog (with Christopher's generous permission) for anyone who's looking to spice up their website or myspace page with some artistic, anti-fur bling. Feel free to use the code provided to post these on your site, and if web banners is your thing, there are a bunch more at http://www.peta.org/actioncenter/banners-clothing.asp.
Of course, if you don't have your own website, blog, or myspace page, these aren't going to be much practical use to you beyond maybe providing a bit of inspiration, but they're pretty to look at. Thanks, Christopher!
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