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.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Maybe being able to
see the Hollywood sign from my living room makes everything remind me of a bad
horror movie, but seeing the headline "New Strain of 'Mad Cow' Disease"
is enough to make anyone (especially meat-eaters) shriek like a celluloid
scream queen. That's right—bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)
has struck again!
Mad cow disease
first captured the world's attention when it appeared on the scene in the
and it has since been found in cows in Canada,
the U.S., and now Japan—although the latest stricken animals are believed to
have come from
One cow who tested positive was only
23 months old,
the youngest ever found with BSE, and officials believe that this may be a new
strain of the disease that can't always be detected with Japan's current
Since the prions that
cause BSE can be found in all parts of an affected animal's flesh, staying away
from meat is really the only sure-fire way to avoid mad cow disease.
In a David-and-Goliath fight against Big Chicken—i.e., Chick-fil-A—Vermont artist and local agriculture booster Bo Muller-Moore is fighting for his right to "eat more kale." Chick-fil-A called "fowl" on Muller-Moore, claiming that consumers would be bamboozled into thinking that there is some affiliation with its trademarked phrase "Eat Mor Chikin" but Muller-Moore is standing firm in what he hopes is just a game of legal "chicken."
One thing's for sure: While eating more chicken poses a multitude of health risks, you can't go wrong by raising (and eating) more kale.
Check out some kaleicious recipes on PETA's "Living" site. You'll get a healthy dose of calcium, beta carotene, and vitamin C and leave the saturated fat and cholesterol at the drive-through window.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Philadelphia and Baltimore
may be a little safer after PETA members worked tirelessly to get baby-killers
off the streets—the killers of
baby turkeys, that is.
baby doll bedecked with frills served as the centerpiece for this eerie
Thanksgiving dinner, making the point that farmers drug and breed turkeys to grow so fast
that most are only months old
when they are slammed upside down into metal shackles, only to have their throats slit. (What kind
of job is that? But who pays someone to do it? The consumer!)
as we hear out there, ever more people are turning to a meal that celebrates
life and spares a turkey, not "pardons" one. After all, what crime
could a baby have committed?
years ago, when I interned at a sanctuary for farmed animals, I'd sit in the barn, and a turkey named Fern
would back up into my lap and demand to be petted. When I'd stop, she'd look
over her shoulder imploringly as if to say, "More, please." I always
think of Fern at this time of year, when supermarket bins are filled with the frozen bodies of her relatives. If people got a chance to know these interesting and personable
birds, I believe they'd balk at baking and eating their wings, legs, and
Turkeys on farmed-animal
sanctuaries quickly prove themselves to be intelligent and industrious as well
as outgoing at times and shy at other times, much like human children. Sitting
in the barn, the birds' distinct
personalities were immediately clear. Some,
bold and hilarious, would walk right up and look me square in the eye as if to
challenge my right to invade their space. Others, like a coy debutante, would
peer over their shoulders, aloof but not wanting to miss anything exciting.
Many, like Fern, would purr when petted.
This Thanksgiving, please take a moment to reflect: Can the
fleeting pleasure of a meal justify the immeasurable pain and suffering of a
bird who didn't want to die? Give turkeys like Fern a reason to purr. Stuff
yourself with mashed potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and other vegan goodies
and leave the birds alone.
by Jennifer O'Connor
"What I really want to
share with people is the possibility of them having the most healthy and
abundant joy they could ever imagine," Alicia
Silverstone told UCLA's Daily Bruin newspaper, before she spoke to hundreds of students
on campus last night at an event hosted by UCLA's Bruins for Animals and
Alicia shared with students how
changing her eating habits changed her life. "Being vegan truly is
the secret to my life's joy and peace,"
she said. Afterward, she answered questions and
signed dozens of copies of her bestselling book, The Kind Diet.
While some of the students likely came
just to see the lovely Alicia, her message and the "Glass Walls"
video that peta2
staffers screened left quite an impression. peta2 staff were bombarded
with questions from people interested in learning how to change their eating
habits to improve their
protect the environment,
and prevent cruelty to
The vegetarian/vegan starter kits that flew off the tables and Native Foods Café's vegan Thanksgiving feast
that they sampled got them off to a great start.
You know what they
say: The key to a man's heart is through his … stomach. Our sexy pilgrims, who
are touring New England this week, can attest to that and more. Obviously, they
attract a crowd, largely because of the delicious, free Tofurkys
they're handing out. In fact, the Tofurkys flew
off the table—with men and women gobbling them up—within 20 minutes in Bangor,
The pilgrims also gave out PETA's free vegetarian/vegan starter kits
and told passersby that every year in the U.S., 40 million gentle, inquisitive turkeys
are killed for Thanksgiving dinners alone.
In nature, turkeys are protective and loving
parents as well as fast, cunning runners who are able to outwit their pursuers.
But the turkey industry
crams the birds into windowless warehouses and genetically manipulates them to
grow so large that their legs are often unable to withstand the birds' weight.
Countless birds slowly starve to death within inches of food after they become
crippled and are unable to move.
PETA's sexy pilgrims will be docking in New Haven
today and Providence tomorrow. Even if you aren't lucky enough to grab a
Tofurky from these lovely ladies, you can get tips on serving up a cruelty-free feast
at our "Living"
can raise a car clear off the ground, toss huge logs through the air, and lift monster
dumbbells. And he hates cruelty to animals. Patrik Baboumian, holder of the "Strongest Man of Germany"
title, is a plant-eater!
many professional athletes
and champion fighters,
Patrik recognizes that a healthy plant-based diet gives him the protein
and nutrients he needs to build muscle and strengthen his immune system,
without clogging his arteries with saturated fat. Patrik also knows that only
cowards hurt animals and that one of the most macho things a guy can do is to
stop eating foods that cause animals immense suffering.
for what he believes in—on the homepage of his website, right next to his
motto, "Born to Be Bada**," there's a PETA Germany video. If this lean, green,
weight-lifting machine told me to go vegan and save animal lives,
I believe I'd listen to him.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
who tuned in to PBS last night for the premiere of My Life as a
Turkey was treated to a
fascinating glimpse into the lives of animals who are often seen as little more
than Thanksgiving centerpieces. The film follows Joe Hutto as he raises 16
turkeys, left on his porch as eggs, from hatchlings to adulthood.
the turkeys form an
intense bond with their "mother,"
Joe, and seeing them grow, learn, and interact would make the staunchest
carnivore think twice about calling these sensitive, intelligent birds "dinner."
Watch My Life as a Turkey and
click here to enter to win the DVD and the book that inspired it. And check out PETA's
recipes for a turkey-friendly Thanksgiving smorgasbord on our Living page.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Downed cows—those who are
too sick or injured to stand up—are of little use
to callous cattle auctioneers. So when a cow collapsed at a Texas livestock
auction company, what did the employees do? They simply wrapped a chain around
her leg, attached the chain to a truck, dragged the cow into a dirt lot next to
the auction area, and left her for dead. With no food or water, she would have eventually died from
dehydration or succumbed to her illness or injury.
saw the cow being dragged to the lot and left there, but when he saw that she
was still in the same spot three days
later, he called PETA.
After making several phone calls to the auction company owner, we were able to
convince him to euthanize the dying cow and spare her from one moment more of suffering.
neither "downers" nor this kind of treatment of them is unusual on factory farms,
at auctions, or at slaughterhouses.
By simply swapping meat-based dishes for their scrumptious, meatless counterparts, we can avoid
supporting facilities that treat living beings like broken-down farm equipment.
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