Written by Michelle Kretzer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some folks made Christmas merry, while others are in need of making some serious New Year's resolutions to shape up:
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?
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.