Written by Michelle Kretzer
Chick-fil-A's so-called "Cow Appreciation Day" involved giving chicken flesh to people who dressed up as cows. We think cows (and chickens) deserve better than that, so here's our new and improved Cow Appreciation Day. We're giving away The Compassionate Cook, our back-by-popular-demand, original vegan cookbook, featuring more than 225 recipes in which no cows, chickens, or any other animals were harmed. Just take the quiz below to learn why intelligent, sensitive cows aren't milk machines and then enter for your chance to win:
1. Just like people, cows are known to ________ when a loved one dies or is separated from them.
2. True or False: Cows' sense of smell is even stronger in some ways than that of most dogs—they can detect scents up to 5 miles away.
3. This picture is of:
A) a pipe cutter
B) one of the torture devices used in the Saw films
C) a guillotine dehorner, used by dairy farmers to chop off cows' sensitive horns
D) a Halloween haunted house prop
4. In nature, cows may nurse their calves for up to _____ years.
5. After years of being kept almost constantly, forcibly pregnant and having their beloved babies repeatedly taken away from them so that their milk can be sold instead, when cows' milk production wanes, they are:
A) put out to pasture on the farm to live out their days
B) retired to a sanctuary
C) feted with cake and alfalfa-flavored ice cream
D) sent to slaughter
6. True or False: A Holstein's spots are like a fingerprint—no two cows' spots are exactly the same.
7. Guys, get ready to squirm: Male calves who are taken from their mothers are usually _______ without so much as an aspirin.
8. True or False: Like people, cows communicate with each other using different vocal sounds, body positions, and subtle facial expressions.
9. A dairy industry study reports that by the time they are killed, nearly _____ percent of cows are lame because of the intensive confinement to the concrete floors of milking barns, the strain of being kept almost constantly pregnant, and being made to stand ankle-deep in their own dung.
10. True or False: Bovines love a good brain teaser, such as figuring out how to open a gate's latch to let themselves out, and they get so excited that some even kick up their heels when they figure out the solution.
Check out the answer key below to see how you did, and then repost some of these interesting cow facts to show your friends why it's sour to steal cows' milk.
To enter to win The Compassionate Cook, just leave a comment telling us how you did on the quiz. A winner will be chosen at random. (Your score on the quiz does not affect your chances of winning.)
Answers: 1) shed tears 2) True 3) C 4) three 5) D 6) True 7) castrated 8) True 9) D 10) True
Written by PETA
If you're a PETA expert, you might remember our classic "Carnivore Picnic" billboard. If not—or if you'd just like to brush up on your PETA trivia—guess which of the captions below accompanied this classic PETA image (answer after the jump):
Caption One "Timmy, can you please pass me the rotten carcass?" "Well, gee whiz, Suzie—of course. One charred slab of flesh, coming right up!"
Caption TwoWhat's the difference between these teen picnickers and a pack of hungry cheetahs? Silverware.
Caption ThreeThe carnivorous pack had gathered for the kill.
Think you have an even better caption for this classic PETA billboard? Leave a comment and let us know!
Written by Liz Graffeo
Pop quiz—Tokyo's bustling Shibuya Crossing is famous for:
All of you who answered "e" would get a big, sloppy wet kiss from HachikÅ if he were still with us, but since he isn't, you'll have to content yourselves with a pretty picture of the Lettuce Ladies in action:
Written by Alisa Mullins
Need some brushing up on your ABCs? Animal Birth Control, that is. Now's your chance! Meet Amber, PETA's sexy new student who has a big heart for homeless animals and some hot tricks up her sleeve.
Check out PETA's Striptease Quiz and see if you have the smarts to get 10 out of 10 questions right. You'll be quizzed on everything from the importance of spaying and neutering to the significance of adopting from animal shelters instead of pet shops. If you study hard and get 100 on the quiz, I promise there'll be a reward for you in the end.
After you've aced the quiz (I know you will), fill out the contest form below and you will be entered to win an ABC T-shirt.
Written by Christine Doré
Hey, I didn’t write the title for this post, so don’t take it out on me. It’s actually a reference to a feature that appeared in everyone’s favorite quarterly publication, Animal Times, this fall. And I thought it was pretty damn cute.
For most of the regular commenters, this quiz isn’t mandatory—feel free to just skim through and look for the funny parts. But Halo Snipe, the bad Steve, Dr. C, and Mars: I’m expecting you all to post your scores. I’m guessing you four aren’t PETA members already, but if you’ve just been waiting for that extra incentive, Animal Times comes free when you donate $16 or more.
Anyway here it is. No cheating (answers after the jump).
Do you know everything there is to know about what’s happening in the finned, feathered, and furry world of animals? To find out, put on your thinking cap (synthetic, of course) and use your primate prowess to answer the following questions: 1. According to a 2006 Harvard study, people who frequently eat chicken have a 52 percent greater chance of developing what disease? a. Bird flu b. Impotence c. Bladder cancer 2. The stress of captivity sometimes causes dolphins to: a. Kill their trainers b. Obsessively watch Gilligan’s Island reruns c. Commit suicide 3. In Anna Wintour’s closet, you might find the skins of:a. Former assistants b. Cats and dogs c. Leopards d. All of the above 4. Which of the following cosmetics companies still tests on animals?a. Revlon b. Estée Lauder c. Clinique d. CoverGirl 5. Which of the following animals have brains similar to humans’ and are able to remember 50 faces from photographs for up to two years? a. Sheep b. Dolphins c. Ted Nugent 6. Former US Vice President Al Gore could save more water by not eating a pound of beef than by: a. Disabling the irrigation system at his Tennessee mansion b. Not showering for a year c. Cutting back to six lattes a day 7. Which country has a political party dedicated to animal protection? a. The Netherlands b. Tonga c. India 8. Which celebrity had a change of heart about wearing fur after being named on PETA’s 2006 Worst-Dressed list? a. Lindsay Lohan b. Christina Ricci c. The GEICO cave man 9. Animals at The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., have died after:a. Eating poison put in their enclosure to kill rats b. Their infections went untreated for weeks or months c. Being crushed by a hydraulic door d. All of the above 10. The president of which country is a vegan whose Easter message encouraged people to spare animals from “our lust for meat”? a. Serbia b. Slovenia c. Sweden
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