Written by Michelle Kretzer
Vegan Anne Hathaway's footwear at the Les Miserables premiere was the talk of Tinseltown this week. The 2013 Golden Globe nominee asked Tom Ford to design the custom leather-free boots that made her daring look. Word on the street is that Anne is also a huge fan of cruelty-free Stella McCartney heels. And she's not alone: Stores are reporting "extreme demand" for the designer's luxurious leather-free accessories. Vegan Carrie Underwood is in extreme demand, too. She just scooped up Female Artist of the Year honors at the American Country Awards, and she's always a favorite when it comes to animal issues. In her recent interview with Self magazine, Carrie said, "My veganism is based on a concern about where my food is coming from. In my perfect world, I'd have webcams wherever food is processed so I'd know how clean it is. … I'll never eat meat again, because I look and feel better without it."Rob Thomas has continued to use his voice to make sure homeless animals' voices are heard by urging his legions of Twitter followers always to adopt and never buy animals. And several of his fellow celebrities followed suit with animal-friendly posts of their own:Our late friend Michael Clarke Duncan's last film, In the Hive, opens this weekend in select theaters. Check for showings near you to see "Big Mike"—who was such a big voice for animal protection—grace the big screen one final time.
Comedian Fred Willard, star of Best in Show and the new show Trust Us With Your Life, is an expert at
using humor to get folks to care about serious animal issues. For some fun on a
Friday, here are two of Fred's greatest hits: trying to come up with the
perfect name for PETA's animal birth control campaign and pondering why on Earth
someone would buy instead of adopting.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Check this out: U.S. Representative Robert E. Andrews of New
Jersey has introduced a
bill in Congress
that would designate the first Saturday in October as “National Animal Rescue
Day” to encourage adoption,
spaying and neutering,
and creating a “humane environment” for companion animals.
This is such a wonderful idea and how appropriate that a member
of Congress from the Garden State would be instrumental in trying to get us a
bit closer to a Garden of Eden for animals in need!
Please do your part to make National Animal Rescue Day a
reality—encourage your federal representative to support H.R. 220 today, and
urge your friends and family to push their members of Congress to do the same!
don't know what started the feud between a man (we'll call him "George")
and his neighbors. We only know that when George fled his home to escape the
wrath of his neighbors for a few days, he left the mother cat he had taken in as a
stray and her three 7-week-old kittens behind outdoors.
he returned home the next day to gather some belongings and feed the cats, he
discovered a gruesome scene. Two of the kittens were lying dead on the ground—their heads had been smashed in.
George called PETA for
help, and knowing that every
minute mattered, we quickly located an animal shelter that would accept the
mother cat and her surviving kitten. As George was without a car, we found a
local PETA member who was willing to collect the cats and take them to the
animal shelter. Within hours, the mother cat, her kitten, and a third cat who
was likely the father were safe. But there was not enough evidence to press charges
for the kittens' deaths.
the mother and her surviving kitten were lucky to have escaped harm, they
likely witnessed the horrific scene unfold. Even in friendly neighborhoods, the
dangers of cruel passersby, cars, diseases, and other animals are too great to
leave cats outdoors unsupervised. Let this be a lesson to
Written by PETA
PETA's spay-or-neuter billboard was erected today, promising to reach not only Nadya Suleman's immediate community in La Habra but also a national one, thanks to a ton of media coverage. Because of our offer to "Octomom," we received a lot of calls, e-mails, and blog comments from people who thought that their yards would be great places to get the word out about spaying or neutering animals. So we're calling on caring animal defenders to reach out to their own communities with the lawn sign pictured below, which is available to the first 100 people who sign up.
We hope that you'll join this effort and send us pictures of the sign on your lawn. No matter where you live, you can be certain that some of your neighbors don't know that spaying and neutering helps save lives. They might have no idea that so many of the more than 6 million dogs and cats who end up in crowded animal shelters every year are only there because some people mistakenly think that "just one litter" doesn't hurt. It does. Maybe they've never read this alarming statistic: One cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in just seven years. And perhaps they don't realize that spaying and neutering is a simple, inexpensive (and in many cases, free) procedure that can also ensure better physical and mental health for their animal companion.
The effort to educate others about the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals begins at home. So come on—sign up to place our spay-or-neuter sign in your lawn or apartment window today!
Written by Karin Bennett
Kudos to caring California residents, including the folks at Social Compassion in Legislation, for helping to get SB 250, known as the Pet Responsibility Act, passed by the California Senate.
Introduced by state Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, SB 250 would require that nearly all dogs and free-roaming cats be spayed or neutered. (Breeders would be required to obtain permits to keep unaltered animals.) California spends $250 million every year to shelter homeless animals, many of whom are eventually euthanized.
If it passes the State Assembly, SB 250 will save lives. After Santa Cruz County enacted similar legislation, the number of euthanized animals dropped by 60 percent, so it's crucial that this legislation becomes law.
Concerned Californians—please don't wait to write a letter (calls and e-mails won't be effective at this time) to your state assemblymember in support of SB 250. Put this quick, simple task on today's "To Do" list and it can lead to a huge victory for animals on tomorrow's "Ta-da!" list.
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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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.