Written by PETA
A new CNN article warning hunters against overexertion has renewed our most genuine concern over the sadly impaired genitalia of hunters. It seems the lack of sportsmanship involved in hunting (i.e., lounging around like couch potatoes with sophisticated weaponry for the short-lived murderous thrill of killing a defenseless creature) can be very exerting. Apparently, there's a huge adrenaline spike when Bambi is caught in the crosshairs. This has doctors worried that such bloodlust—coupled with clogged arteries—could "trigger a heart attack or even potentially worse a lethal heart rhythm disturbance." The poor dears! (Read: fortunate "deer"?)
But let's get this straight: Clogged arteries restrict blood flow to organs, and this can lead to organ malfunction. Oh my—so I guess that means that blood flow would be hindered to all organs—which means that any major/male organ could begin to malfunction. Yep, I think you smell what I'm steppin' in … the bizarre and common connection between animal abuse and impotence. You heard it here first folks. So please, protect yourselves, protect your children: Quit huntin' and go vegan!
Written by Missy Lane
Ever wanted to get answers directly from PETA Prez Ingrid E. Newkirk to some of your questions about PETA, animal activism, or our campaigns (or perhaps why the sky is blue)? Well, to celebrate the release of Ingrid's new book One Can Make a Difference, Time Magazine arranged for her to address questions directly from readers during a one-on-one recorded interview, which the magazine also published in transcript form on its Web site.
Read Time's "10 Questions for Ingrid Newkirk" now.
But why should it just be readers of Time that get to address Ingrid? We love our blog readers and know that just from keeping up with our many campaigns you must be among the most educated and inquisitive folks out there. So we figured we'd give you a chance to ask Ingrid a few questions about any and all things related to animals and PETA. To submit a question for Ingrid, please leave us a message letting us know what's on your mind. We'll post responses to 10 of your questions in a few days.
Written by Sean Conner
P.S. For the sake of keeping things orderly, please leave only one question or subject per comment and try not to submit a question that's already been posted.
Because we love the fur-addicted Trollsen Twins sooooooo much, we were super excited when we heard that they'd be in New York today, just blocks from the PETA office here, doing a signing of their new book, Influence. (As far as I can tell, the book has to be a series of photographs of either Cruella De Vil or Anna Wintour—not that you can tell the difference). Well, we certainly couldn't miss such a great opportunity to visit them. So, figuring that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we all put on our scary Trollsens masks, and off we went.
Would you believe that Hairy-Kate and Trashley wouldn't stop to talk with us? You'd think they didn't like our masks—and after we waited for them in the rain too! And what with me having gone to the same college as they did and everything (although I, ahem, graduated). Shameful, really—but what do you expect from girls who continue to promote the cruel and toxic fur industry, even after peta2 gave them the facts? Shameful, indeed.
That's right—the Trollsens never came out to say "Hi." That's OK, though—we got to talk to a lot of their fans (who knew they had fans?) and showed a lot of people the truth about the fur-loving Trollsens' "Full House of Horrors." (Can I point out that I'd never seen that video before? How had I never seen that video before?)
There's also a chance that I, in my Hairy-Kate mask, might have inadvertently terrified a small child. It's true, young man; the Trollsens are frightening. Beware.
Written by Amanda Schinke
Firefighters in Hammonton, New Jersey, have been fighting fires in the Wharton State Forest since last Tuesday, saving not only the trees but also the animals who make the forest their home. We at PETA wanted to thank the brave men and women who are keeping the forest fire under control, so we sent them a refreshing treat—boxes of Tofutti Cuties (soy "ice cream" sandwiches), brought by friendly PETA beauties (ladies who … deliver "ice cream" sandwiches)!The smoke was too much of a hazard for our beauties to get too close, so the Tofutti Cuties were handed off to park officers to deliver to the firefighters (which I guess makes the park officers deputy PETA beauties!). The men who were directing traffic away from the fires also got to sample some delicious, cholesterol-free Tofutti Cuties. Judging by the pictures, it looks like the ladies brought the mint and chocolate varieties! (The chocolate just happens to be my favorite, so I'm trying to quell the feelings of jealousy here.)Check out photos of the ladies saying, "Thank you 'soy' much!" to the firefighters below. To learn how choosing dairy-free "ice cream" over the gross-out alternative saves your health and animals, visit MilkSucks.com
There's a great editorial titled "PETA's Undercover Agents Deserve a Pat on the Back" in the Post-Bulletin that's well worth reading. We don't generally just push people over to another site, but when something is good it's good—so we'll let someone else do the writing this time.
Check out the editorial here.
Written by Joel Bartlett
Well hot diggity, she's done it again! The world's original female rock star has kindly chosen to use her powers for good by taking the time to shoot a new PSA for us. Just in case you hadn't heard, in addition to being a trailblazing icon, Joan is also an outspoken animal rights activist (not to mention that I've had my hair blown back by her bangin' music).
The Songwriting Hall of Famer doesn't just toss us a bone now and again by lending us her celebrity; this vegan actually talks about animal rights to every interviewer and audience that will listen. Her refreshing outlook and activism include a passion for the environment as well. Her latest CD, Sinner (which is rockin' in my earphones right now), actually comes to you loud and direct in 100 percent recycled packaging.
Because she gets the big picture, she's obviously the perfect candidate to give a spiel about why going vegetarian is most important favor we can do for the only planet we have. Check out the snappy, fact-filled veggie testimonial she did for us here:
You can also view our awesome behind-the-scenes interview with Joan here:
With Halloween fast approaching and folks covering their homes and yards with the dusty plastic décor of yesteryear, the sight of gravestones might not make many folks bat an eye …. But when it's activists—including the Grim Reaper himself—urging Petland shoppers to stop letting dogs die, it just might get your attention.
Some great folks in Olathe, Kansas, did just that. They gathered outside a local Petland to remind folks that when people buy dogs from money-grubbing breeders, they are denying homes to needy dogs in animal shelters and subsidizing the animal overpopulation crisis. Petland, animal-peddling "pet shops," and breeders all continue to flood the market with more and more new animals, even as those in animal shelters are dying because of the lack of good homes.
Check out these awesome pics from the demo!
It's as easy as ABC, folks.
You can imagine how delighted we were when Russell Simmons received the "I Am Hip Hop" Icon award on last night's BET Hip-Hop Awards. The Icon award is presented to an individual who has made "notable contributions of outstanding significance to the hip-hop community," according to CNN, and Russell definitely fits that description! He was specifically recognized as a "philanthropic inspiration to other artists." Oh, yeah—we can testify to that!
Russell has lent his tremendous star power to many worthy PETA causes. He's stood up for dogs and against dogfighting, he's a vegetarian who wants to kick KFC's bucket, and he spoke out against foie gras last year.
So, not only is Russell generous to the five charities he personally heads—that's right, five—he's always got time to help animals.
So congratulations, Russell! You are one icon well deserving of an award.
We were kind of bummed when we saw a picture of The Killers in which Dave Keuning, the guitarist, was wearing a big ol' furry jacket. "Oh no!" we thought, "and with us so looking forward to their new album." As you can imagine, there were sad faces all around—but not for long!
When we emailed Dave, his rep told us that not only was the jacket totally faux, but also that the entire band is against fur and completely fur-free! This is awesome. It looks like The Killers agree with the long list of stars who refuse to promote, ya know, genital electrocution and other such lovely aspects of the fur industry.
So The Killers are against fur? Hmm … "Rather Go Naked" ad, anyone?
What? Don't look at me like that. You were thinking the same thing … right?
Still don't have a Halloween costume? Too tall to pass for a Trollsen Twin? Take a tip from PETA VP Dan Mathews: be the Colonel.
"Impersonating a scary guy like Colonel Sanders at Halloween is a great way to get a PETA point across at parties and become a frontrunner in costume contests," says Mathews, shown in the accompanying photos in his anti-KFC get-up. KFC is a total house of horrors after all—and our depictions of the colonel are terrifying enough to go along with Saw V. So, why not take advantage of KFC's hideousness and make a gloriously scary Halloween costume? All you need is a white suit and a bloody bucket!
Conveniently, printable versions are available for you to make your very own bucket of blood to accessorize your costume.
Yikes! Terrifying, no? It's a little scary how well Dan pulls that off … of course, he does have experience—no, not as a chicken torturer! In costumes and as a model! Sheesh.
Only eight days left until Halloween! Better get cracking with the corn syrup and red food coloring—you want to have enough blood, don't you?
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