Written by Jeff Mackey
Everyone has heard of the horrifying shooting of moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, which left 12 people dead and dozens more
injured, and many people have debated how gun control or
mental-health care might help stop future outbreaks of violence. But while
there are many forms of random, senseless violence that we can do nothing
about, there's one way each of us can make the world a little more peaceful
every time we sit down to eat: All we have to do is choose meat-free meals.
That's why PETA has written to the Arapahoe County sheriff to ask him to lead the way by placing the
man charged in the Aurora shooting, James Holmes, on a totally nonviolent vegan
Although the extreme violence inflicted on them rarely makes
the news, animals on
factory farms and in slaughterhouses endure senseless acts of
aggression and bloodshed every hour of every day, and their fear and pain are
as palpable and real as anyone else's. Also, extreme cruelty to animals is
inextricably linked to acts of violence against human beings.
plant-based meals is a simple way for all
of us to make the world a less violent place. To initiate this positive
trend, PETA has offered to provide all inmates of the Arapahoe County jail where Holmes is
incarcerated with vegan meals for a day at no cost to the county.
Had enough violence? Go vegan for life.
PETA wants to give parties on both sides of the debate over Arizona's new
law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy some other food for thought as we
get set to display a new billboard in the Phoenix area. We think that everyone
should be able to agree about death on factory farms and beyond:
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Billions of chickens are killed for food every year in the U.S. when they are only 6 to 7 weeks old,
and most of the pigs and turkeys killed for food are less than 1 year old. Animals killed for food feel
pain when they are stunned, have their throats cut, or are scalded to death or
dismembered while they're still conscious.
Pro-life? You can save lives by eating vegan foods. Pro-choice? Choose meals that are better for animals, your health, and our environment. Makes sense!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
you been wanting to go vegan but just aren't sure how to start? You're not
alone. More and more people are discovering that they can feel better, live longer, and stop contributing
devastation and cruelty to animals with a plant-based diet—but
that they need a little guidance in making the switch.
the Physicians' Committee
for Responsible Medicine's Kickstart
Intensive. This two-and-a-half-day
program features classes, discussions with nutrition experts, cooking
demonstrations, and complimentary meals to get aspiring vegans well on their
way. Billed as a "life-changing experience," Kickstart Intensive
covers topics such as breaking food addictions, permanent weight control, and power foods for the brain. Attendees
will receive a personal year-long support system to help keep them on track,
including conference calls and online resources.
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Intensive will take place from October 4 to 6 in Washington, D.C. For more
information or to register, visit
the Kickstart Intensive website. Can't make the event? Request a free copy of
starter kit for helpful
information, recipes, and tips to make going vegan as easy as eating asparagus,
bananas, and cauliflower.
A lot of us can get pretty animated when
we start talking about being vegetarian or vegan. Now, our plant-based
persuasions are getting animated in a new series, Vegtoons. As its name suggests, Vegtoons is a Web-based animated series that educates viewers about
the benefits of a plant-based
diet. Here's a clip from the
first episode featuring the stars of the show—an unassuming manatee, a
world-weary orangutan, and a pampered apologist pup.
Vegtoons is the
brainchild of vegan Greg Singer, who caught cartoon fever while working for DreamWorks
Feature Animation, Fox Feature Animation, and Cartoon Network. To bring his
vision to life, he enlisted the help of his friends, the vegetarian founders of
Cartoon Saloon, the animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated
feature The Secret of Kells.
In order to get the fledgling project
off the ground and onto the Internet, he set up a Kickstarter fundraising page
and—get this—is asking vegetarians and vegans to spare just $1. If 16,000 of us
do so, he'll be able to make the inaugural episode of Vegtoons a reality and propel the series onto computer screens
around the world, spreading the vegetarian message along the way.
As Greg explains on the show's
Kickstarter page, "Your pledge is your vote. By the simple act of
supporting the show, you are contributing to a global future based on
compassion, sustainability, and justice." And everyone who contributes to
the show gets backer-exclusive e-mail updates and will be entered to win prizes.
To become a backer and help vegucate the planet, please visit the Vegtoons
After Canada's House of Commons passed a budget bill that
strikes down several environmental protection laws, PETA's blue-painted supporters
hit Ottawa's Parliament Hill to rock the government's world—almost literally—and
to urge eco-conscious Canadians not to despair because they can still help save the planet by eating
According to the United Nations, the meat industry is in
large part responsible for some of the most serious environmental problems that
we face today, including climate change. So even if you aren't daring enough to
strip down to bodypaint (although if you are, let PETA know), don't feel blue—you can still help protect the Earth by choosing healthy, humane vegan meals.
Baptists attending a convention in New Orleans probably expected to be communing
with God … just not with his son on the street corner. And not with a giant
they loved PETA's divine duo, who asked the faithful to remember that Jesus' message was one of
compassion, not killing.
the Southern Baptists scooped up information about going vegan, they chatted with "Jesus"
about how God would not approve of the ways that his animals are abused on today's factory farms. Many said that they
were eating less meat or had already gone vegan to stop supporting cruelty.
all due respect to the Piano
Man, I don't really
agree that the sinners have more fun than the saints. Most North Dakotans don't
either—their state boasts the second-highest percentage of Christians in the nation.
PETA saw that statistic, we had an epiphany (if you'll pardon the pun) and
decided that we should erect this billboard in North Dakota:
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Simmons isn't just paying lip service to the cause. Rev Run's daughter and the cofounder of Pastry shoes is a devout Christian who practices "thou shalt not kill" every time
she sits down to eat. She credits the Bible and her uncle, vegan hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, with inspiring her cruelty-free diet.
glance at Angela's figure might make a person think, "Have mercy!"—and
that's exactly how she does it. By following Matthew 5:7, "Blessed are the
merciful …," Angela keeps her vegetarian bod lean and also saves animals
from abuse on factory
farms and the horror of slaughterhouses.
we weren't able to place our billboard in North Dakota, but you have to admit
that it's pretty divine, huh?
can have a heavenly body and be angelic to animals simply by not eating meat. Of course, darling, only
the meat-eaters die young. Well, they're certainly more likely to.
Bradley, who brought down Manny "Pac-Man"
Pacquiao like a blue ghost on
Saturday, might have had an unfair advantage: He follows a vegan training regimen. The welterweight is
famously hard on left-handers, but he's easy on animals.
this clip, in which he talks about why he loves eating vegan meals, Bradley
explains, "I just feel completely different. I feel superior over any
athlete I get in the ring with. You know, energy is there."
love is there for Bradley and his
cruelty-free training sessions, so we're sending him some congratulatory
flowers to thank him for joining athletes such as Lance Armstrong, Rich Roll,
Jake Shields, Mac Danzig, Daniel Bryan, and many more in proving the power of
do you like to celebrate your birthday? How 'bout rockin' out and helping
animals? That's what birthday boy Morrissey did: When his vegan tour stopped in San Diego, SeaWorld's hometown, on May 22, the
longtime animal advocate gave all of his bandmates PETA's "SeaWorld Sucks" T-shirts to wear
SeaWorld folks who were in the audience should have ducked their heads if Moz
played "You Should Have Been Nice to Me" or "Shame Is the Name."
What else did they expect from the guy who never misses an opportunity to speak up for animals?
out for orcas with your own "SeaWorld
Vegan "ultraman" athlete Rich Roll recently launched his
new book, Finding Ultra, at PETA's Los Angeles office. You may remember Rich
from his many successful
challenges—or from the ad that he did
for PETA. Now you can learn the secret (did we mention that he's vegan?) to his success!
You can win one of three signed copies of Finding Ultra that Rich has given to
PETA. Just post a comment below telling us what makes you an "ultraman"—or
"ultrawoman," natch—for animals, and you'll be entered into a random
drawing for the winners.
Want even more cruelty-free product giveaways, coupons,
deals, and steals? Just "like" PETA's "Shop for Animals" Facebook page. Even if you aren't the lucky winner, order Finding
Ultra from this Barnes
& Noble link, and your purchase will support PETA's work for animals!
The winner will be chosen at
random from submitted animal-friendly comments. The contest ends on May 30, 2012, and we'll
prohibited by law.
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.