Written by Jeff Mackey
In the '80s, people sang "We Are the World," but for Earth Day 2013, PETA gave that idea a very literal spin: Instead of
wearing their hearts on their sleeves, these good folks took off their sleeves (and everything else)
in favor of blue and green bodypaint for a demonstration in Vancouver. They reminded
everyone who saw them that we can help the planet simply
by choosing healthy and humane vegan foods.
So remember: If you want to save the world and its
inhabitants (or just look your
best without clothes), going vegan is the best way to
Written by Alisa Mullins
crowds rallied outside the Supreme Court while the justices heard arguments on
landmark cases regarding California's
Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), members of PETA were there to make the point that as Martin Luther King Jr.
said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
other victims of oppression, animals shouldn't be mistreated because they are
different from those in power. We can all stand up to corporate bullies by refusing to buy anything
that comes from cruelty. PETA will be outside the Supreme Court again tomorrow as arguments are heard
Written by Michelle Kretzer
of the throngs of people who had gathered outside to protest, it was hard to spot
those who were trickling into Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Ringling Bros.
circus's opening night. More than 200 animal advocates came together to make
sure that Ringling's reception was chillier than a New York winter.
half the group circled the block, hoisting signs and chanting, the other half flanked the crosswalks and handed leaflets and educational coloring
books to parents and children.
any of the attendees weren't aware of how Ringling abuses animals, they certainly were after they saw the behind-the-scenes photos of trainers
slamming baby elephants to the ground,
gouging them with steel-tipped bullhooks, and shocking them with electric prods. And if that didn't do the trick, the
screening of PETA's video
exposé narrated by Alec Baldwin, which showed trainers beating and tormenting
elephants, moments before a performance likely did.
of the advocates plan to return to the Barclays Center every night that the
circus is in town to make sure that everyone in the Big Apple gets the message
about cruelty under the big top.
Last week marked the end of legal public nudity in San Francisco—and you wouldn't expect PETA to sit it out, would you? Several
all-star volunteers gathered full-monty style at City Hall to protest the theft of animals'
skins by declaring that they are comfortable in their own skin.
Unlike humans, who can (or at least used to legally be able
to) choose how much skin to expose in public, animals raised and killed for
their skins often have their flesh unwillingly ripped off their bodies while
they're still alive. Please don't ever buy leather, fur, or other items made
from animals' skins and fur—choose garments and accessories made from pleather, faux fur, and other
cruelty-free materials instead!
year, people who exploit chickens and reduce them to bits in a bucket gather at
the International Poultry
Expo to congratulate each
other on making money at it. So this year, PETA sent a flock of "birds"
to suggest that attendees give a cluck about chickens:
on pots and pans and shouting, "We are not nuggets!" the chickens got
everyone's attention. A surprisingly large number of attendees accepted the demonstrators'
leaflets and listened to explanations of how chickens suffer on factory farms
and in slaughterhouses, including being mutilated and drugged, having their throats slit while still
alive, and often being scalded to death.
was an educational expo indeed.
you mess with bears, sometimes you get hurt. Of course, PETA's
"bear" didn't actually harm a hair on the heads of the animal abusers
at Chief Saunooke Bear
Park (CSBP) during a protest last weekend, but he and about two dozen of his friends
did bite back against the cruelty at the vile roadside zoo.
protest comes less than a week after the release of the findings of our undercover investigation of CSBP that unearthed evidence of systemic neglect and abuse of bears
(including shooting and eating one of
them), threats of violence, illegal drug use, sexual harassment, and racism by the park's staff. We are calling for the closure of the hellish bear
pits and the seizure of the surviving animals.
What You Can Do
If you didn't make it to the demonstration, don't worry—you
can still help the bears suffering at CSBP by asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to confiscate all animals from the shabby roadside zoo immediately and place
them in a suitable sanctuary.
In India, kids celebrate
the winter solstice, called Makar Sankranti, by flying kites. Sounds like a
fun, harmless tradition, right? The trouble is that, as anybody who has seen The Kite Runner knows,
kite-flying in the East can be extremely competitive—cutthroat, if you will. Many
kite-flyers use glass-coated string called manja
to sever their competitors' kite strings. But the string has severed lots of
other things, too, including birds' wings and breasts and even human throats. So
PETA India held an eye-catching protest during Makar Sankranti to urge kids to
use cotton string instead:
Every year, bird
sanctuaries are called to assist thousands of pigeons,
crows, owls, hawks, and other birds who have been badly maimed. Thousands are killed
after becoming helplessly entangled in razor-sharp manja. Pedestrians and people
riding by kite competitions on bicycles or scooters have also been injured and even killed. Five
people, including two children, were killed and nearly 250 people injured in one
state alone during a previous Makar Sankranti.
PETA India is lobbying to get manja outlawed throughout India.
director Peter Jackson were hoping people
would forget about the controversy
surrounding The Hobbit: An Unexpected
Journey at the film's New York
City premiere, he was in for a disappointment. Amidst the crowd that gathered
to watch the cast and crew waltz into the Ziegfeld Theater were PETA members
wearing horse masks and holding up signs that bore unmistakable reminders of
the horses, chickens,
goats, and sheep who reportedly lost their lives during production of The Hobbit.
© Jeffery Harmon
an age of strikingly realistic computer-generated imagery (CGI), there is no
reason for animals even to be present on a movie set, and the deaths of animals during the making of a
film is inexcusable. It isn't as if Jackson didn't know how to make a riveting
blockbuster without using animals: He won a PETA Proggy Award (for progress) for the breathtaking
CGI in King Kong.
has asked New Zealand authorities to investigate the deaths that occurred
during the making of The Hobbit. Meanwhile, you
can help by e-mailing ActionTeam@peta.org to get leaflets and posters of your own, and
hit your local theater to make sure that the film's animal victims are not
An 8-foot-tall goose on a busy sidewalk is enough to make people do a double-take. But an 8-foot-tall goose who
has had his feathers ripped out is enough to make people stop in their tracks.
PETA's goose made feathers fly in order to
ask holiday shoppers to save geese's skin.
PETA's goose is touring the country asking
people to be benevolent to birds.
As the hurried shoppers stopped to gape
at the goose, they readily accepted information about the cruel down industry. People were horrified to learn that geese are often held
down while workers yank out
their feathers by the fistful. The birds are often left with gaping wounds, which the workers hastily sew closed without any painkillers.
As shoppers learned, it couldn't be easier
to be a friend to fowl. Many companies,
including Martha Stewart, The Company Store, and Lands' End, offer bedding or coats made with high-tech synthetic materials like PrimaLoft® and Thinsulate™ that are as warm as
down but, unlike bird feathers, don't lose the ability to insulate when they
Join compassionate shoppers in taking PETA's pledge to be down-free and make a goose's day.
Many of you have joined PETA and PETA India (as well as Paul McCartney) in calling for the release of Sunder, the horribly abused baby elephant who was held captive in spiked chains in a
dark shed at the Jyotiba Temple in Maharashtra, India. Despite assurances from
the government that Sunder would be taken into protective custody, the
authorities fear retaliation from the temple trustees if they seize him, and
now the little elephant has been moved not to a sanctuary but into a heavily
guarded factory compound where no one can see him. PETA India has stepped up
pressure for Sunder's release, including holding this demonstration outside the
office of the principal chief conservator of forests, sending a message that he
could hardly have missed:
Our friends in Mumbai report that they've been fielding
calls from people who are exasperated with the government's inaction and eager
to see as much attention as possible brought to Sunder's predicament until he
is released. Stay tuned …
In the Americas, many elephants are also held captive and
abused by circuses—please help
set them free.
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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