Written by Michelle Kretzer
Hashanah marks the new year for people and
animals in the Hebrew calendar. So what better time for Jews to turn over a new
leaf—one that will benefit themselves and animals, too? A kale leaf, perhaps,
or arugula? Here's one "leif" that helps animals: Jewish comedian Carol Leifer hilariously explains why she went vegan:
Ready to help your Jewish friends resolve to turn over
a new leaf for the New Year? Forward them the link to PETA's vegetarian/vegan starter kit.
Happy New Year!
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.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Nobel Prize–winning physician, theologian, and vegetarian
Dr. Albert Schweitzer once said, "The man who has become a thinking being
feels a compulsion to give every will-to-live the same reverence for life that
he gives to his own." It was Schweitzer's "reverence for life"
that inspired our pals at PETA
not only to sponsor the attendance of a vegetarian student at this week's Albert Schweitzer's Leadership
for Life International Youth Leadership Conference in Dublin but also to place an ad in
the event's program in Schweitzer's honor.
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Harley, the sponsored student, has been vegetarian ever since
a friend urged her to watch some PETA videos, from which she learned about the
cruelty of factory farms and slaughterhouses. During
her sophomore year, Harley petitioned her high school to introduce more vegan
options to the cafeteria, collecting 320 signatures from a student body of 400
time he was a child, Schweitzer was horrified by the violence he witnessed
against animals and would likely be even more disgusted by today's factory
farms and slaughterhouses. Chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, and fish are packed
into small cages, filthy sheds, or putrid fish farms for their entire lives—at
slaughter, animals often have their throats cut open while they are still conscious or are scalded to death or skinned alive.
might not make you a genius—but it will make the world a better, more
compassionate place, which is rather brilliant, don't you think? And PETA can
help you get started!
This is what Olivia looked like when she was found:
The little piglet, who had sustained a fractured pelvis,
cuts, and scrapes, was found on the side of the road after apparently falling
off a transport truck. The Good Samaritan who found her called PETA for help,
and PETA's Emergency Response Team called a wonderful activist to take Olivia to
the Animal Rescue League
of Iowa (ARL), where she is safe and sound! ARL is working with a doctor to treat the porcine
princess, who will never find out what a gestation crate is.
Olivia is well on the road to recovery and even going
through physical therapy using an underwater treadmill (you have to watch the video).
As one news story about Olivia's stroke of luck put it, "How nice that some people see her
as more than sausage and bacon."
Ready to give meat the heave-ho—for Olivia's sake? Order PETA's
starter kit today.
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.
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.