Written by Michelle Kretzer
Angeles' STAPLES Center
will become the city's
vegetarian center when Morrissey plays there March 1.
The music legend has asked that no "flesh as food" be served at his shows, but fans will have plenty of festive fare, including
vegan sloppy Joes, vegan sushi, and grilled veggie sandwiches, to munch on
while they rock out to "Meat Is Murder." And as an extra nod to
animals, Moz also required that McCruelty shutter its doors for the day.
Beyoncé took a page out of
Morrissey's songbook when she wanted to drop her baby weight. Bey started eating one vegan meal a day,
and she's kept it up.
Maybe since she's eating fewer animals, she'll consider wearing fewer animals,
what PETA is asking the Buffalo
Sabres to do. When the hockey team
started awarding the "player
of the game" with a fur coat, we wrote to the Sabres' owner, Terry Pegula, urging him to do away with these vile gifts
as the team scrambles to reinvent itself as winners after the highly publicized
firing of head coach Lindy Ruff.
it's Canadian sealers that seals have to worry about, but recently two
young women were caught on
camera hitting and kicking seals who were resting on a
California beach. People were outraged, and Ian Somerhalder, along with many others,
took to Twitter to defend the seals as well as other animals:
Miley Cyrus is always full of sweet
tweets, so of course, she and dad Billy Ray Cyrus were on board to
compete in the Twitter for
the Critters Celebrity Challenge, a Twitter competition
that is raising money for several animal shelters and sanctuaries.
Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith's household may rival
Miley's in number of rescued dogs. The couple adopted two Labrador-shepherd
mixes, a brother and sister. PETA helped welcome the pups to their new home
with toys, treats, and a copy of Let's Have a Dog Party!
screen legend James
Cromwell has also had an
exciting month. He was arrested while helping PETA disrupt a meeting at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
to protest the school's
painful and deadly experiments on cats. Then he joined awesome animal advocate Jane Velez-Mitchell on her
show to publicize the school's
crimes against cats even more.
keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
What's better than T-shirt time? "No
T-shirt" time! And that's exactly what the throng of Jersey Shore
fans got outside MTV's Times Square studios when Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino revealed his new PETA ad encouraging everyone to spay and neuter their animals.
Fans who couldn't make the unveiling
still got to see Sitch's sweet tweet that revealed his ad and gave some love to
PETA. And he wasn't the only one turning Twitter into an animal love-fest this
week. Check out what these other celebs were doing to help with PETA campaigns:
Morrissey sings about how "Meat
Is Murder," so, of course, he doesn't want any dead bodies around him when he's performing. For his appearance on The Colbert
Report, Morrissey insisted that the entire building be meat-free for the day. And when,
in true Colbert fashion, Stephen tried to rib Moz about his morals, the PETA
pal had some zingers of his own ready. "Animals are nicer than humans,"
he deadpanned. "If you stick your grandmother in an oven, she will
probably be tasty. But is that any reason to eat your grandmother?"
might be about to make a titanic impact on the way the world eats. The director
and newly minted vegan is challenging
environmentalists to adopt a plant-based diet to save the planet. During a recent speech, he told the audience, "I want to challenge
everybody here: If you're an environmentalist, I say, my challenge is, you can't
be an environmentalist, you can't be an ocean steward, without truly walking
the walk, and you can't walk the walk in the world of the future, the world
ahead of us, the world of our children, not eating a plant-based diet."
And vegan Emily Deschanel is speaking up once again. Her show, Bones, dedicated another episode
to animal rights, this time, to the cruelty of keeping exotic animals as "pets."
To keep up with what your favorite stars
are doing for animals, follow
@PETA on Twitter.
every Morrissey show is darkly
entertaining, every Ringling
show, with its
behind-the-scenes elephant beatings, is just plain dark. So when Moz played
Boston right as Ringling was rolling into town, he gave his bandmates PETA's "Ringling Beats
Animals" tees to wear and gave
Ringling the big middle drumstick:
knows that true great shows don't involve beating crippled elephants with sharp
metal-tipped bullhooks to force them to act
out confusing tricks. PETA just released a new video showing a Ringling trainer striking an elephant,
who is already showing
signs of arthritis, because she wasn't performing exactly as she was told to.
and his band choose to perform—elephants don't. Tell Ringling that until it
stops beating elephants, it can beat it, with your own "Ringling Beats Animals" tee.
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Here's one of the most fun things that you'll
see all weekend: Morrissey's
version of a cat in the hat.
The abuse that snake charmers inflict on snakes to make them "dance" is anything but charming, so PETA India offered
a simple solution: Use fake snakes.
This is perhaps the most consequential quote of the animal rights
movement. It never gets old.
Here's just a small excerpt from the
eye-opening article "How
I Failed as a Rescuer: Lessons From a Sanctuary," which is a must-read for those you know who may not understand the problems with "no-kill" shelters: "Here's
what I know now, having worked at a shelter and in rescue: All animals deserve
love at the end of their lives. Sometimes the most loving thing
we can do is to provide a peaceful death. And a peaceful death comes from a
human taking full responsibility for the life of that animal. I wish I had done
Airlines' mistreatment of animals continue: A disabled veteran says airline workers abused his service dog.
George Brett's new PETA spot is so cool—and he wants dogs to be cool, too.
99 Cents Only stores that only stores without sense still sell glue traps.
And while you're
at it, let Menards know about the suffering that glue traps cause
small animals, too.
How can a property management group require tenants
to mutilate their cats? By calling it "declawing." Urge Bruce Tanski Construction
& Development to stop requiring this cruel amputation.
trainees at the Madigan Army Medical Center plan to spend their careers intubating
ferrets, the center needs to prepare students to treat real children. Tell the center to replace
animals with lifelike human simulators.
Thank you for speaking up for Diego, an aging
military dog, and Logan Black, the soldier who wants to bring him home. The Air Force has now told PETA that Diego is ready to retire and that Black is
at the top of the list to adopt him!
Have you seen
PETA's new plan to put abusers at SeaWorld in a "SeaWorld of Hurt"?
do you like to celebrate your birthday? How 'bout rockin' out and helping
animals? That's what birthday boy Morrissey did: When his vegan tour stopped in San Diego, SeaWorld's hometown, on May 22, the
longtime animal advocate gave all of his bandmates PETA's "SeaWorld Sucks" T-shirts to wear
SeaWorld folks who were in the audience should have ducked their heads if Moz
played "You Should Have Been Nice to Me" or "Shame Is the Name."
What else did they expect from the guy who never misses an opportunity to speak up for animals?
out for orcas with your own "SeaWorld
Rihanna got busted by the fashion
police for wearing a dress
made of crocodile. Kelly Osbourne rocked for crocs by proclaiming
that she's not down with people wearing crocodile skins.
on one of our other favorite shows, Ellen, Carrie Underwood dished about how her
hubby, hockey player Mike
Fisher, is getting cozy with
vegan cuisine. And since Ellen DeGeneres gave Underwood Vegan Cooking for
Carnivores by her chef, Roberto
Martin, we're betting things will really
be heating up in the couple's kitchen.
Ellen, Portia de Rossi, and Roberto also
veganized the Rachael Ray Show. While Roberto and
Portia cooked, Ellen quipped that cheese is so heavy that if you skip it, "there
is more room for cocktails!"
the Philippines for a performance, outspoken vegetarian Morrissey (a few chords from Meat Is Murder, anyone?), urged President Benigno Aquino III to send Manila Zoo's lone elephant,
Mali, who has spent the last 35 years imprisoned, to a sanctuary that PETA
has secured for her in the U.S.
Captivating actor Marion Cotillard is also against holding animals captive. On the orca training scenes that appear in
her upcoming film, Rust and Bone, she said, "I've always had a repulsion going in a place where animals are in
course, celebrities were also tweeting for animals this week, including Jonah
Hill and Mike "The
keep up with what the stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
Just two months after telling Ellen DeGeneres, "I want to be a vegan," Meredith Vieira has done it. After seeing her Ellen appearance, PETA rushed Meredith a copy of Sir Paul McCartney's
slaughterhouse exposé Glass Walls, a
vegetarian/vegan starter kit, and Tal Ronnen's The Conscious Cook to help her along. On The Chew,
she told chef Mario Batali about why she made the switch: "I've done a lot
of stories on the way food is, you know, processed in this country—animals—and it's
CNBC's Jim Cramer isn't just mad about money—now he's gone mad for vegetarian cuisine. In the
wake of the "pink
slime" debacle, Cramer announced on Squawk on the Street that
he is going vegetarian, just like his doctor and his daughter.
There will soon be less to see of Seattle Seahawk Deuce Lutui. He went vegan to lose weight and improve his performance in the coming season.
Sexiest Vegetarian alum Leona Lewis finds the song formerly called "Theraflu" by the tool currently called "Kanye West" "awful." She tweeted, "Heard that awful Kanye W song talking about minx dragging on the floor.
What an awful thing to be proud of! I take all my love for him back!" She
then tweeted a picture of
an adorable mink and the words "Lil minx <3."
Leona's celeb pals joined her in
sticking up for animals on Twitter this week:
After learning about Walter,
a severely abused dog who was starved and then thrown out of the window of a
moving car, Ashley Judd is picking up the tab for his medical expenses, visiting him every day, and
updating her Twitter followers on his condition. "This never should have
happened to Walter, and through his story, we can make sure that it never
happens to another animal again," she said.
Rock legend Morrissey wants to help make sure that no more sheep are mutilated in a cruel process
called "mulesing." While touring in Japan, Moz reached out to Tokyo-based international clothier Uniqlo and asked the company to stop sourcing wool from Australian farmers who still
To keep up with what the stars are doing
for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
The Rock and Roll of Fame's Class of 2012
has been announced, and animal-friendly stars will be
boogieing in. The Red Hot Chili Peppers earned a spot, but we're wondering if
this honor could top the Sexiest Vegetarian of 2008 title that Anthony Kiedis snagged. We'll call it
a wash. Guns N' Roses was gunning for a spot and rose to the occasion too. We
hope the awards ceremony will be fur-free, since Duff McKagan
will be in attendance.
said about having his handsome mug on the new PETA postage
really rocks: "I am delighted beyond words to be a PETA postage stamp. The
rise and rise of PETA is the rise of common sense in modern society. Join the
aims of PETA and join a better world."
Other celebs are rocking the Twitterverse with their
awesome animal-friendly tweets:
We love what Eliza Dushku
said about Forks Over Knives,
the documentary that is
changing the way Americans eat.
Maybe Emily Blunt
watched it? She was spotted at the California vegan restaurant Café Gratitude.
We've been watching
adorable Fivel Stewart
sporting our "Adopt,
Don't Buy" tee
on the YouTube channel that
she shares with brother, Booboo.
Guess respect for animals runs in the family.
Never one to shy away from speaking up for animals plainly and forthrightly, Morrissey urged fans who were upset about the tragic bombing and shooting rampage in Norway to consider the animals who face needless, terrifying deaths every day. Before launching into "Meat Is Murder" during a concert in Warsaw on Sunday, Morrissey told the crowd, "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's and Kentucky Fried sh*t every day."
It's easy to be horrified by someone else's cruelty, but what about the cruelty that we're responsible for? As PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk points out, "Morrissey dared to speak his mind, but if we are honest about it, it makes absolute sense to suggest that instead of crying and waving roses in the air, a more effective way to show repulsion at needless carnage is to go vegetarian and to stop supporting slaughter oneself—even if only for one day a week."
We can't stop all the senseless violence in the world, but everyone can say no to bloodshed and suffering every time we eat simply by choosing plant-based foods. Please help make the world a less murderous place—get started by ordering your free vegetarian/vegan starter kit today.
Do PETA staff secretly play backup for Morrissey, or did all his bandmates wear our McCruelty shirts?
Moz and his group's stage wear at their York, U.K., concert was music to chickens' ears. And we're betting that after the audience chowed down on Morrissey's meatless fare and rocked out to "Meat Is Murder," they won't be committing a "drive-through" anytime soon.
To be a flock star like Morrissey, grab your McCruelty tee from the PETA catalog.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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