Written by Michelle Kretzer
off a stint asking politicians to "cut the pork" out of the federal
budget, PETA's plucky "pig" asked attendees of Iowa's Blue Ribbon
Bacon Festival not to cut the pork off
the "pig" implored, "I am not bacon," the
fans of fried fat stopped to listen and take our leaflets. I guess all that
bacon grease hasn't ruined
their hearts yet.
won a bunch of awards, and now you can win a bunch of them! Cinnaholic's
vegan gourmet cinnamon rolls have won a peta2 Libby Award and a Best of the East Bay
Award in the company's hometown of Berkeley, California, and were ranked number
16 on VegNews magazine's Vegan Bucket List.
they could rank number one on your list of the most delicious things you've
ever won. Two PETA Files readers will each have a half-dozen cinnamon rolls in
their choice of any of 11 frosting flavors shipped fresh to their
home or a friend's. (If you want to send them to me, I have no problem with
that.) Just submit a comment telling us what you love about being vegan or why
you're ready to make the
switch, and two winners will be
selected at random.
Because of shipping requirements, only people living within the 48
continental United States are eligible to win. Two winners will be chosen at
random from the animal-friendly comments that are submitted. The contest will
end on February 22, 2012, and we'll
contact the winners by February 29, 2012.
Make sure that you read our privacy
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and conditions, as you're agreeing to both by commenting. No purchase
necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
fellas, take it from a woman. Yes, we love flowers and chocolates and teddy
bears, but what we really love is you. So dump impotence-causing,
meat and be around to celebrate many more happy Valentine's Days with us.
goes gaga for vegan food, learn how to show bunnies some love this Valentine's
Day, and help us ask Florida not to change its slogan to "The Hoarder
State." Here's everything in PETA's world that you might have missed this
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Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Italian-American PETA member is offering to pay $100,000 to erect a permanent
testimony to vegetarianism in Rome's Leonardo da Vinci
Airport with a sentiment expressed by da Vinci himself. As Italy faces a mounting debt
crisis, PETA has made the country's new prime minister, Mario Monti, an offer that we
hope he can't refuse.
Illustration: © iStockphoto.com/Ivan Burmistrov | Plaque: © Alfonsodetomas/Dreamstime.com | Wall: © iStockphoto.com/parema
"Our goal is
to assist Italy and highlight da Vinci's passionate, but seldom discussed,
refusal to eat meat," writes PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews in a letter to
Vinci, who appears in PETA's new Vegetarian Icons postage stamp collection, was such an ardent defender of animals that he
sometimes bought caged birds from poultry vendors and set them free.
He frequently wrote about cruelty to animals in his Notebooks, writing of the meat and dairy
industries, "Endless multitudes will have their little [babies] taken from
them, ripped open and flayed and most cruelly cut in pieces" and "Of
the beasts from whom cheese is made … the milk will be taken from the tiny [babies]."
Do you think Italy's
prime minister should accept PETA's offer to erect our da Vinci sign?
Written by Jeff Mackey
The TV networks have been notably, um, unenthusiastic about running
PETA's Super Bowl ads, so this year PETA is planning
to take its message directly to the players and fans by placing billboards in the
teams' hometowns of New York and Boston as well as Indianapolis, which is
hosting the game, making an irreverent plea for people to put down the chicken
wings on Super Bowl Sunday.
Chickens © iStockphoto.com/Sunnybeach
It's estimated that some 600 million chickens are killed for the wings consumed just during the Super Bowl. Yikes! And
that's after the abuse they all suffered through on factory farms.
Not only is this wing-eating obsession cruel, it also shows
a lack of imagination. After all, there are so many mouth-watering alternatives
to the old same-old same-old. For vegan game-day treats that will satisfy the
most ravenous sports fan, check
out these recipes
for fab finger foods that won't cost birds their limbs.
If your party guests insist on being served wings, try the
meatless variety, like Gardein's buffalo "wings"—the choice of the NFL's Ricky
just roll your own!
Written by Alisa Mullins
After Food Network star Paula Deen revealed that she has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and is now going to plug pharmaceuticals, PETA wrote to the queen of southern cuisine and urged her to trade in her chitlins for chickpeas. The side effects of a vegan diet are glowing skin, more stamina, and a slimmer figure. The side effects of taking drugs? Well, listen to the TV spots and count 'em!
In our letter, we pointed out that numerous studies have found that adopting a vegan diet can reduce or even eliminate the need for diabetes medications and reduces the risk of developing the disease in the first place. A groundbreaking study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that 43 percent of people with type 2 diabetes who ate a low-fat vegan diet were able to reduce their medications, compared to only 26 percent of those who followed the diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with diabetes, check out Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes and also order one of our free vegetarian/vegan starter kits, which we've sent to Paula Deen along with a copy of Sir Paul McCartney's Glass Walls DVD. Who knows—maybe the girl from Georgia could team up with the boy from Liverpool to devise a "wild honey pie" suitable for diabetics and vegans.
Written by Paula Moore
Earlier this week,
a federal appeals court ruled to uphold a Texas law that requires doctors to describe ultrasounds and play audio of the fetal
heartbeat to women seeking abortions.
No matter where you
stand on abortion, we hope you'll appreciate the billboard that we'll be
erecting in Austin, Texas.
After all, the meat
industry is responsible for immense suffering—from
castration without painkillers to animals who are shackled and have their throat slit, sometimes while fully conscious—and billions of deaths,
which is about as anti-life as it gets. In contrast, a vegan saves 100 lives a year in addition to reducing his or her risk of
dying prematurely from many of our nation's top killers, including heart disease and cancer. Now that's
pro-life by any definition!
If your tofu has turned green, you'll probably want to toss
it. But the
results of a recent study
show that our tofu is so green that it's a cause for celebration!
The findings of this new study reveal how vegan foods, such
as veggie dogs, tofu, and seitan,
contribute little to climate change compared to meat.
For example, only 350 grams of carbon dioxide are released for each kilogram of
soy "meat" produced, while an equivalent amount of ground meat is
responsible for around 7,200 grams of carbon dioxide. If my math is correct,
that means a hamburger patty causes more than 20 times more harmful greenhouse gasses to be released than does a veggie
burger of the same size.
PETA's always said that "meat's not green"
because of the severe environmental
caused by factory farming—which
releases massive amounts of the greenhouse gasses that cause climate change.
With a growing focus on our responsibility
for maintaining our planet, there's still no better way to go green than by going vegan.
If it walks, hops, crawls, flies, slithers,
has got eyes, a momma and a daddy, it's meat.
If it walks, hops, crawls, flies, slithers,
has got eyes, a momma and a daddy, it's meat.
the first week of the new year, which means that gyms are flooded with folks
determined to keep their resolutions to lose weight and be healthier in 2012. Chicagoans
burning up the treadmill to Fox News Chicago's morning edition got some advice
that may have made them stop panting through the "uphill" setting and
take notice: To lose
weight, go vegetarian.
Terry Mason, chief medical officer of the Cook County Health & Hospitals
System, asked Windy City residents to quit eating meat for a month and see how they feel. And
by "meat" he means, "If it walks, hops, crawls, flies, slithers,
has got eyes, a momma and a daddy, it's meat."
Mason has created the Restart4Health
program, advising people on what
he calls "TLC"—total lifestyle change. For people outside Chicago who
are ready to start giving their bodies TLC in 2012, try the Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart.
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