Written by PETA
Starbucks has a solid history of working
with PETA to reduce suffering for animals used for food and to offer its
customers cruelty-free options. So when we heard that the nation's premier
coffee chain had begun using
beetle juice to color its Strawberries
and Crème Vegan Frappuccinos, we knew something was amiss.
We went straight to the source. True to
form, Starbucks committed to making the switch back to a plant-based colorant.
It will soon be Starbucks vegan strawberry
Frapps all 'round at PETA headquarters in celebration of the settling of the Frappaccino
flap by what PETA calls "a corporation with a conscience." We
appreciate that Starbucks clearly learned from its error, and since no one,
vegetarian or not, wants beetle juice in their Frapp, we are glad that everyone
will soon be able to celebrate the fact that it's gone for good.
I'll drink (a Strawberries and Crème
Vegan Frappuccino) to that.
Written by Jeff Mackey
In its former incarnation as a sports and concert venue, the building that now houses Houston's Lakewood Church must have been witness
to the consumption of countless hot dogs, hamburgers, and other meaty foods.
But if a recent PETA proposal is accepted, a bit of that carnivorous record
could be offset.
After Lakewood pastor Joel Osteen expressed an aversion to
pork products, PETA offered
to prepare a faux-ham dinner for Lakewood congregants on Easter Sunday if Osteen displays this banner in the
Pig: (c) iStockphoto.com/Eric Isselee Wall: (c) iStockphoto.com/kyoshino
Of course, anyone can celebrate a cruelty-free Easter dinner—and
PETA can help!
The Lorax is what? The Lorax is whose?
The Lorax is property of late Dr. Seuss!
Yes, he is the Lorax who speaks for the trees,
Which factory farms will chop down as they please.
Now someone has taken the Lorax away
From the doctor's dear widow, or so people say.
OK, it's a statue—though that hardly counts
Since our planet still suffers in massive amounts.
The Lorax may speak for the truffula trees,
But the Amazon basin plants—who speaks for these?
It's meat and it's dairy—it's honey and eggs,
Earth hardly stands on its last pair of legs.
Buckets of chicken are bad like those big SUVs;
No cutlet's as lovely as truffula trees.
No more should the wild plants all be cut down
all over town.
So PETA has offered a bird figurine
To stand in for the Lorax, who's so pure and so "green."
We hope Mrs. Geisel will take in our bust,
and chickens all crumble to dust.
For he is the Lorax—he'll yell and he'll shout
'Til all Earth's animals will run out.
You want to be friends with the air, Earth, and water?
Then simply go vegan—with son and with daughter.
P.S. For another take on Dr. Seuss and vegan living, check this out.
They say everyone's a bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day. You
know—just like everyone's a little gay during Pride Week.
Or is that just me? Whatever. The point is that even if you could never pass
for a resident of the Emerald Isle, March 17 is a great day to go vegan. After
all, why settle for the "wearin' of the green" once a year when you
can eat your greens every day?
Photo: Hillary.Ryland | cc by 2.0
Need more convincing? Here, in no particular order, are seven
lucky reasons why you should go vegan on St. Paddy's Day:
Green beer is OK,
but green veggies are even better.
Of course, whether or not it's St. Patrick's Day, the best
time to go vegan is always the same—right now!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack has accepted PETA's offer to "TP" city hall
and other government buildings in Trenton, saying in a news release, "I am
pleased that an organization that stands against animal cruelty is willing to
cross over and invest in a fundamental issue in our community." No
problem, Mayor Mack—we're happy to
be able to help get Trenton out of this sticky situation.
New Jersey, has a going growing problem. A budget stalemate has
prevented the city from approving a $42,573 paper-products purchase, and supplies
are running low. Trenton
will likely run out of toilet paper for its government buildings next week, so we're rolling out our solution. We've
offered to send Trenton a 6-month supply of toilet paper that is so decorative
the rolls won't need Jonathan
bathroom reading material could keep Trentonians clean in more ways than one.
By going vegan, city employees would avoid ingesting the feces, vomit, and bacteria that
contaminates much meat.
can't think of a better reason to skip to the loo.
Like Van Halen said, "Go ahead and jump."
After learning that Detroit was the second-saddest city in America, the leaping "Lettuce
Ladies" made Detroiters hoppy by
telling them about the cure
for the blues: going vegan. Studies show that vegetarians
have lower rates of
depression and anxiety than meat-eaters do. The receptive residents
grabbed up our "Think
Before You Eat" leaflets like they were vinyl copies of 1984.
to eat your way to happiness? "You say you don't know—you won't know … until you begin…"
Hip-hop artist—and defender of animals—J Fields
recently sat down with a PETA video crew to answer some questions about his
involvement with PETA, why he went vegan (hint: It involved a KFC
protest), his take on using animal
skins and fur
for clothing and accessories, and the importance of adopting companion animals
(like his own pampered cat) instead of buying from pet stores and breeders.
The inspiring musician—who has his own independent label, Black Polarbare
modeled PETA's McCruelty
Want to look sharp and combat cruelty like J Fields does? Sport
a shirt of your own from the PETA
there's one universal truth about vegans, it's that we love to eat. So when
PETA learned that the National
located in Middleton, Wisconsin, was in financial trouble, we wanted to help.
wrote to the colonel of mustard, the museum's founder and curator Barry
Levenson, and offered to pay to place this ad at the troubled condiment capital:
Photo: Julie McCullough by Robert Sebree
only would the ad help the mustard museum's finances pass muster now, it would
also give future museum attendance a boost—if meat-eating patrons started
spreading their mustard on veggie dogs instead, they would enjoy lower rates of obesity, cancer, heart
disease, and diabetes,
meaning that they'd be healthy enough to keep visiting in the years to come.
In case you've ever wondered what meat looks like before it's
processed, here are some calf and goat remains spotted outside a restaurant in
Queens, New York.
Lost your appetite? Try this instead.
all know how easy it is for vegans to dine out, with options popping up
everywhere from five-star resorts to Chipotle. But people who are just
coming around to the vegan way of eating or are thinking about making the
switch could probably use some helpful hints about which restaurant dishes are
vegan or could easily be made so.
foursquare, an app for iPhone, Android, and more
that allows users to "check in" when they are at restaurants or other
public places and leave helpful comments.
can you use foursquare to help animals? Simply share vegan tips with prospective patrons—comments such as "The vegan chicken fajitas rock" or "The
faux-sausage and vegan-cheese pizza is awesome."
a good recommendation? Then share it!
easy. Just check in on the restaurant's foursquare page:
other users can see your tip when they check in:
handy for seasoned vegans, too, when we're traveling or just trying out a new
restaurant. And if you check in at your favorite place often enough, you can
become the "mayor" of the venue on foursquare. Some restaurants give
discounts and freebies to their mayors. Who doesn't love free food?
you share a foursquare tip? Let us know by sharing your link in the comments below.
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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