Written by Michelle Kretzer
PETA made sure that grocery shoppers
didn't wind up in a pickle when the eco-friendly ban on plastic bags went into effect in Oakland, California. A convivial carrot and personable
pickle offered shoppers at one grocery store free tote bags that were greener
than a cucumber salad.
That's because not only did the bags help
shoppers stop contributing to plastic-bag pollution, they also illustrated how
much the meat industry
pollutes the air, water, and soil. Inside their new bags, shoppers found a DVD of Paul McCartney's meat industry
exposé "Glass Walls" and a vegetarian/vegan starter kit.
Many shoppers told the pair of produce that
they were trying to be greener or were thinking about going vegan. And the
green goodies were such a hit that employees came out of the store to ask if
they could take some inside because customers were asking for them.
If you didn't get one of the totes, don't go out of
your gourd. Pick up a vegetarian/vegan
starter kit, a "Glass Walls" DVD, and a PETA bunny tote to help you be healthier and more Earth-friendly,
and make your friends go green with envy.
We know that there weren't any pigs on your table this Christmas, but were there pigs at it? At a festive Christmas party in Goa, India, not only were pigs at the table, they were also the guests of honor.
The Panjim Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) had intercepted a group of people who were illegally transporting about 100 pigs and who intended to slaughter and sell them for holiday meals. But PAWS rescued all the pigs and took them to safety at its shelter. So, since the pigs were no longer becoming the feast, PAWS and PETA India decided to throw them one instead.
The gleeful pigs happily munched on corn, spinach, strawberries, grapes, and other treats, while their proud rescuers doted on them. And as news cameras caught the pigs' mirthful antics, they also captured the not-so-subtle message that PETA India had prominently displayed at the table: a sign that implored, "Give Pigs the Gift of Life: Go Vegan."
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.
Written by Jeff Mackey
At the same time as vegan star running back Arian Foster and the
Texans are making my
hometown proud on the field (Bayou City, represent!), PETA has announced its 2012 list of the Top
Five Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums.
Football is played with a ball called a "pigskin"
(often erroneously), but folks who are fans of both team sports and animals will find a growing variety
of cruelty-free foods to enjoy on game day at arenas throughout the NFL. So even
if your team is stuck in the basement this year, you can still score a victory
for animals way up in the cheap seats by hitting up the concession stand for
some vegan goodies!
© Levy Restaurants
Check out the Top Five Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums:
Financial Field, Philadelphia Eagles
As the Eagles battle for the top
spot in the always-tough NFC East, Philly fans can take pride in the fact that
Lincoln Financial Field tops PETA's list of vegetarian-friendly stadiums for
the third year in a row, thanks to its awesome array of meat-free options,
which include a mock-steak sandwich, a "chicken-steak" sandwich, a seitan
brisket, and veggie burgers and dogs.
Stadium, New England Patriots
Pats fans have more mouthwatering
vegetarian options than Tom Brady has offensive weapons. Gillette Stadium moved
up from number four on PETA's list of vegetarian-friendly stadiums, thanks to its
black-bean burger, grilled portobello mushroom burger, and grilled veggie
flatbread wrap. Meanwhile, fans continue to devour the stadium's standby
favorites—veggie dogs and veggie burgers.
3. O.co Coliseum,
Rookie head coach Dennis Allen may
be experiencing some growing pains in Oakland, but Raider Nation has cause for
celebration: O.co Coliseum made PETA's list of vegetarian-friendly stadiums for
the fifth year in a row. With a veggie dog, black-bean burger, and veggie
burrito leading the charge, fans of the Silver and Black can turn their health
around by enjoying delicious, protein-packed vegetarian meals.
4. Georgia Dome,
Matty Ice is playing like an MVP, but
the MVP of the Georgia Dome's concession stands may be the mock-meat Sloppy
Jane, made with peppers, onions, molasses, and brown-sugar barbecue sauce. Also
available and fresh off the burner (no Michael Turner pun intended) are veggie
dogs and veggie burgers, possibly the best duo since Roddy White and Julio
Jones. You don't have to pose in a PETA ad as Tony Gonzalez did to enjoy these
5. Ford Field,
The Lions may be dropping in the
standings, but Ford Field has climbed in our rankings of the best meat-free
fare. Outstanding dishes such as vegan sloppy Joes, hearty veggie burgers,
hummus with vegetables, and fruit cups with chili lime salt dominate the
concession stands here the same way that Megatron dominates on the field.
Scoring honorable mentions are the
Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium,
the St. Louis Rams' Edward Jones Dome,
the San Francisco 49ers' Candlestick Park, and the New
York Jets' and New York Giants' MetLife
With so many healthy and animal-friendly foods available almost everywhere you go, there's never been a better time to
go vegan than right now!
day, I think about how lucky I am to have been born a human being. By the time
you finish reading this post, 1,463 turkeys and 44,294 chickens will have had their
throats slit, many of the 619 pigs who were slaughtered will have been scalded
to death, and 217 cows are killed, many while still
conscious. And that's just in the United States.
the end of the day, 104,273 cows, 297,392 pigs, 702,383 turkeys, and 21,261,534
chickens will have been killed in the U.S. to satisfy an old eating habit.
factory farms and in slaughterhouses, today is no different from any other. But
animal ambassadors know today as World Farm Animals Day, a day when we honor the
lives of animals slaughtered for food. We commemorate World Farm Animals Day on
October 2, the birthday of Mahatma
Gandhi, the influential
political leader and ardent vegetarian whose lifetime of advocating for an end
to violence toward people and animals prompted social-reform movements around
as we remember the animals who were killed for their flesh this year, a moment
of silence won't help end the suffering. Animals don't need us to be silent—they need us to speak up.
Please repost this image to your Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages to
remind everyone you know that just one vegan saves about 100 animals every year from suffering on factory farms or fishing boats and
dying painfully in a slaughterhouse:
you know folks who eat turkey breasts? What about terrier breasts?
new billboard that PETA is working to place near public schools in Ottawa;
Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, asks children to consider why
they call one animal "family" and another "dinner":
Turkey: ©iStockphoto.com/James Steidl | Dog: ©iStockphoto.com/Eric Isselee
dogs, turkeys are highly curious and
love to scout out new sights and smells. And like dogs, turkeys are highly
social animals who enjoy the company of humans and even like to have their feathers stroked. They are also devoted
parents, and in nature, chicks stay with their mothers for a full year.
on factory farms, turkeys spend nearly their entire lives crammed into
stinking, windowless sheds. The only human touch they experience is when
workers chop off parts of
their beaks and toes and the males' snoods without any pain
relief. Turkey eggs are hatched in an incubator, and the chicks never see their
mothers. They are less than a year old when they are shipped to the slaughterhouse, where workers slam
their legs into shackles and drag them through a "stunning tank" that
immobilizes but doesn't kill them and a blade slits their throats.
Thanksgiving approaches, please repost the image of this poignant billboard and
ask your friends this: If you wouldn't pay someone to torment and kill your dog,
why pay people to torment and kill a turkey?
Hashanah marks the new year for people and
animals in the Hebrew calendar. So what better time for Jews to turn over a new
leaf—one that will benefit themselves and animals, too? A kale leaf, perhaps,
or arugula? Here's one "leif" that helps animals: Jewish comedian Carol Leifer hilariously explains why she went vegan:
Ready to help your Jewish friends resolve to turn over
a new leaf for the New Year? Forward them the link to PETA's vegetarian/vegan starter kit.
Happy New Year!
The Baltimore Comic-Con got a comedic
confluence of heroism when a Mr. T look-alike jumped in with PETA's superheroes
to fight for truth, justice, and the vegan way. The gals were busy posing for pictures with delighted comic book fans and
flying through a stash of vegetarian/vegan
starter kits as fast as their caped arms could go when Mr. T jumped in with them and declared, "Drink your soy milk, fool!"
I'm betting that anyone who saw PETA's "Glass Walls" or Mr. T's Rocky III was quick to oblige.
Sure, during an election year, the
candidates themselves take up residence under a microscope. But here's
something that you might not have known about Democratic National Convention speakers
Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama.
You probably knew that Broccoli Bill went
vegan, since he's fond of telling people how much better he looks and feels. And maybe
you heard Wolf Blitzer report that Bill hadn't lost his pizzazz—he'd just lost
his pizza! But did you know that he was PETA's Person of the Year in 2010?
Yep, the vegan in chief won for saving animals' lives and proving that even former hamburger fanatics can thrive on a vegan diet. As
Bill himself wrote to PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk, "I've been feeling
great since I adopted my plant-based diet!"
Speaking of saving animals' lives, did
you know that we have a FLOTUS who doesn't wear fur?
Michelle Obama's celebrated style always
earns accolades from the fashion community and from people who care about
Whether you're a donkey or an elephant,
everyone can elect to help animals by not eating them or wearing them.
P.S. Did you also know that Matthew
Scully, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's speechwriter and the author of Dominion, is a vegetarian?
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educates the public on the benefits of a vegan diet. PETA does not directly or
indirectly participate in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition
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When people weren't talking about Hurricane Isaac this week,
they were buzzing about the Republican National Convention. We're never ones to
miss a chance to get animal issues into the spotlight, so PETA dispatched its
famous pigs to the Big
Guava, where they're calling for a federal excise tax on meat.
Why? Well, there are "sin taxes" on cigarettes,
alcohol, and gasoline. Why shouldn't there be one on meat, which is as harmful
to our health as tobacco and alcohol are—and even more so to the environment? Putting a tax on meat would save countless lives—and not just those of animals.
To keep meat from, well, taxing
the Earth, animals, and your body, go vegan. If you're already lean and green, spread the word by getting your own "Tax Meat" swag.
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