Written by Jeff Mackey
There are countless things that we can do that endanger our
lives, but there's one thing we can do that can not only help us live longer but also
save many more lives at the same time: adopting a vegan diet.
(that's "billion" with a "b") animals are slaughtered
each year to feed Americans, which works out to more than 100 animals per
meat-eater in the U.S. But you're smart—you do the math. And then do the smart
thing: Go vegan.
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Written by Michelle Kretzer
North Carolina law-enforcement
officials raided a
Butterball turkey factory farm
after viewing disturbing video footage of workers who abused turkeys. The
video, shot during an undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals, shows
workers who kick and stomp on birds, smash them into the ground, and bash in
their heads with metal rods.
For Animals' findings mirror those uncovered during PETA's 2006 undercover investigation of a Butterball
in Arkansas. We documented that one employee stomped on
a bird's head until it exploded, that another smashed a turkey into a metal
handrail so hard that her spine burst through her skin, and that another worker
sexually assaulted a female turkey. One worker told the investigator, "If
you jump on their stomachs right, they'll pop ... or their insides will come
out of their [rectums]." The findings are also strikingly
similar to the horrific abuses documented by PETA's 2008 investigation of Aviagen Turkeys, Inc.,
which led to the first-ever
indictments for felony cruelty to animals for the abuse of birds and the first-ever
cruelty convictions of turkey factory-farm workers.
The abuse documented is apparently
business as usual for Butterball and the turkey industry. Click here to urge the company
to adopt "controlled-atmosphere
in which birds are killed by inert gas while still in their transport crates,
eliminating much of the opportunity for abuse at the slaughterhouse. And to
help end the abuse that these intelligent, sensitive animals suffer before
they make it to slaughter, refuse
to eat turkeys and choose
fowl-friendly faux turkey
We've all seen the ribbons tied around trees on the side of
the road, crosses stuck in the ground, and signs asking us to drive carefully—all
reminders of lives that were lost in traffic accidents. Certainly, humans aren't
the only casualties of reckless driving, so should they be the only ones
honored? PETA doesn't think so.
We're applying to Illinois' Fatal Accident Memorial Sign
Program to post two road signs as a tribute to cows who were severely
injured and killed on the state's roadways.
PETA has chosen the sites of two horrific accidents as the
locations for our signs. In May, a tractor trailer tipped over on an overpass, spilling cows onto the road
below. Cows who didn't die on
impact or from being struck by cars languished in agony until they were finally
euthanized. Another truck
overturned in October after the
driver fell asleep at the wheel. Six cows were killed by oncoming vehicles—again,
many were left to suffer for hours
from their injuries.
If humans are going to continue to sentence these animals to
die in slaughterhouses, isn't erecting a small
remembrance of a few of the millions who lose their lives every year the least
that we can do, given that they die for no better reason than because someone
craves the fleeting taste of their flesh?
Written by Jennifer OConnor
Some Santa Monica citizens are outraged after a group of atheists
flooded a city lottery with applications, took over the space where more than a
dozen of the city's Nativity
would normally be set
up, and then simply left much of the
space vacant. PETA is reaching out to the atheists to ask permission to set up
our own "Give Peas a Chance" billboard in one of the empty areas.
Plate Photo: © iStockphoto.com/Paterne
In our letter to
the atheists' spokesperson, PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk points out: "From
factory farms to holy wars, so many lives have been lost because of an
inability to relate to others who are different from us in unimportant ways.
Whether we believe in Jesus or the Flying Spaghetti Monster, we can promote peace on Earth by
adopting a cruelty-free vegan diet."
Don't just pray for
good health—help yourself by clicking here
to request a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit.
Since, as the holiday classic explains, "the
weather outside is frightful," you have to admire the dedication of PETA's
"Mistletoe Misses," who have been braving Arctic breezes wearing
nothing but mistletoe-covered bikinis to share "kisses"—along with
the word about the many advantages
of a vegan diet.
The delightful duo has been giving away vegan chocolates with
tags saying, "Be Sweet to Animals," along with PETA's vegetarian/vegan
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
The turdoggie hybrid we
rolled out on billboards just in time for Thanksgiving proved so popular that
we decided to return to the laboratory and craft a new creation for Christmas—the
iStockphoto.com/Angelika Schwarz • Pig: © iStockphoto.com/Clint Scholz
Pigs are a lot
more like dogs than you might think. Piglets and puppies both love to play and have
their ears scratched, and they can easily master skills like sit, fetch, and jump. When in their natural
surroundings—not on factory
farms—pigs are social, playful, protective animals who bond
with each other, make nests, relax in the sun, and cool off in the mud. Pigs
are known to dream and recognize their own names, and they are thought to be more intelligent than 3-year-old
human children. And just like kids—and dogs—pigs
don't want to be eaten.
To celebrate a
compassionate Christmas, keep the
ham off the table and whip up a pig-friendly feast with the holiday recipes available on
Not everyone can
afford to buy an electric vehicle (EV), but there is one thing that we all can
do to help the environment,
even in a down economy: go
That's the message that PETA's lovely—and apparently frostbite-proof—Lettuce
Ladies took to the streets of Seattle, where the delicious vegan jerky
they handed out in front of an EV charging station went like hotcakes in the 33-degree
Raising animals for
food wastes land, water, and other resources, and it takes more than 11 times as much fossil fuel
to make one calorie from animal protein as it does to make one calorie from
plant protein. A recent United Nations report concluded that a global shift
toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
Even if you
wouldn't wear a bikini in freezing weather to spread the word about the benefits
of a vegan diet, you can pick up copies of our vegetarian/vegan starter kit
to hand out to friends and family or passersby.
family is suing American Airlines after their loved one died on a flight,
reportedly after consuming
chicken contaminated with bacteria.
Not so much. The Food and Drug Administration reports that there are 48 million cases of foodborne
illness in the U.S. every year,
resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Consumer Reports found the leading bacterial causes of foodborne
illness—salmonella and campylobacter—in
two-thirds of the chickens that it purchased nationwide.
you don't enjoy your meals served with a side of vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and
abdominal cramps, not to mention cruelty,
maybe it's time to jettison chicken from your diet. Check out a wide variety of
chicken-free recipes at our Living page.
Written by PETA
PETA's herd of "cows" stampeded down the sidewalk in front of the
Vancouver Convention Center, where the British Columbia Dairy Conference was
taking place, the cow abusers inside nervously looked out the windows.
sent the convention center manager outside to ask their worried questions: What
were the cows planning to do? Come inside the building? The conference-goers
had seen the Facebook page for the demonstration,
and they were terrified!
though the bovines didn't infiltrate the conference, the dairy farmers should
have been scared of what they were doing outside.
As throngs of passersby stopped to talk, they learned about how cows on dairy factory farms are repeatedly impregnated to keep producing milk, that
calves are traumatically torn away from their mothers within days or even hours
of birth, and that many male calves are imprisoned in tiny, filthy crates until
they are slaughtered for veal.
When many of the passersby then expressed a preference for soy milk, rice milk, or almond
milk, the cows were over the moon.
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