Written by PETA
might expect to see gloomy angels descend to Earth during the end times, but
yesterday in Oakland, California, two PETA angels were all smiles as they
offered passersby a sweet treat ahead of California resident Harold Camping's predicted apocalypse.
It was a flurry of halos, wings, and lingerie as our angels for animals handed out vegan cookies
and nearly 500 vegetarian/vegan
addition to providing delicious vegan victuals to help make the eve of the rapture
as pleasant as possible, the angels reminded passersby that
eating animal products supports hell on Earth for animals. Pigs, cows, and chickens are raised in cramped,
filthy conditions before being crammed onto trucks and dumped at
slaughterhouses where they suffer slow, agonizing deaths as they are hung
upside down by their legs and have their throats cut while still
make your last supper
before the world ends a compassionate one, check out PETA's vegetarian/vegan starter kit. As one passing admirer
said about our angels, "Vegan—is that what they are? I want to do that!"
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
PETA U.K. supporter Fauja
Singh ran into the record books on Sunday when he completed the
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and became the oldest
person ever to do so, at 100 years old. The "Turbaned Torpedo" credits
his vegetarian diet, among other factors, with giving him the incredible
stamina that propelled him into the Guinness World Records. This may be the best inspiration ever to get us off the couch
and into some running
shoes and is also living
proof of why it's never too late to incorporate healthy, plant-based foods into your
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Even if you don't plan to break any world records, a
plant-based diet is a veritable fountain of youth: Vegetarians
and vegans live an average of six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters do.
To follow in Singh's footsteps, take the 30-day vegan pledge today and
urge others you know—of all ages—to do the same.
Written by Heather
No animals were arrested in the making of this
protest, but yesterday in Zuccotti Park Liberty Square,
a "pig," "cow," and "chicken" joined the Occupy
Wall Street protesters to push for more corporate accountability. Our animals
were at the center of a whirlwind of police, photographers, protesters, and intrigued
passersby who stopped to read the animals' posters and pick up copies of PETA's
vegetarian/vegan starter kit.
Bearing delicious vegan pizzas, the
animals—representing 100 percent of the animals raised for food in the
U.S.—brought attention to the fact that corporate greed is responsible for
billions of animals' being treated like cogs in a meat machine rather than the
intelligent, sensitive individuals they are.
factory farms, pigs have their tails and testicles cut off without being
given any painkillers; cows are fattened for slaughter on barren, filthy feed
lots; and chickens are crammed by the tens of thousands into
airless sheds, where their accumulated waste results in ammonia-laden air that
burns their eyes and throats.
opt out of the corporate abuse of animals, order your own free vegetarian/vegan starter kit and get busy breaking down the barricades to
protecting animals, your health, and the planet.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
After reading these cheese facts, you won't smile
when someone says, "Say cheese!" In fact, the thought of cheese might
make your stomach turn. Speaking of stomachs, let's jump right into why eating cheese
could make you heave:
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if all those reasons aren't enough to make your stomach turn, just think about
the cows forced to stand knee-deep in their own feces and mud on factory farms, having
their babies ripped away from them within days of birth so that humans can drink
the milk nature intended for them.
So, if you're still eating cheese, what are you waiting
for? Spare cows and your health by tossing that moldy
piece of pus-laced stomach lining, and try some tempting vegan cheese options today.
Whoa! Joey Lawrence rescued a dog from a
local animal shelter while filming in
Australia. He called his new family member "the most amazing little thing ever."
Another shelter dog—a pit bull who was rescued from a trash chute—has inspired Newark Mayor Cory Booker
to build a new state-of-the-art animal shelter. And to further fight cruelty to
animals, the mayor's also a vegetarian.
The Rev. Al Sharpton has made the heavenly
decision to cut meat almost completely out of his diet too. And Lady Gaga
will have to cut meat out of her wardrobe
when she performs for Bill
at the Hollywood Bowl tomorrow. The former pres told David Letterman, "In deference to
my diet, she'll be meatless that night."
Speaking of cruelty-free garb, The Veronicas
sent flowers to Australian designer Rachel Gilbert to thank her for
And just check out what these
compassionate celebs had to say to their Twitter followers:
Written by Michelle Sherrow
All they need is love! Congratulations to Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell who were married
in an intimate ceremony at London's Old Marylebone Town Hall on Sunday.
After the nuptials, longtime vegetarian and PETA supporter Sir Paul and his new bride invited family and close friends
to his St. John's Wood estate for a three-course vegetarian feast and two
wedding cakes. The bride looked
radiant in a dress designed by Sir Paul's daughter,
Stella, who is leather-
and fur-free and also a PETA supporter.
While many hearts are surely breaking anew around the world
at news of "the cute one" being taken off the market, we're happy
that Sir Paul, who gives
so much of his time to helping animals,
has found someone special to give all his loving to.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
When Food Network chef Giada De Laurentiis asked her viewers what they'd like her to cook, they overwhelmingly requested more vegetarian meals. In fact, De Laurentiis predicts vegetarian meals will be the hot trend in 2012, and in preparation, she's been testing a variety of mouthwatering vegetarian concoctions. She says in a Food Network video that when her mother went vegetarian, "I sort of made it my mission to start coming up with dishes that wouldn't make you miss the meat." In the video, De Laurentiis shares her recipes for delectable dishes, including a zesty vegan curry bean dip:
To help get her creative juices flowing for developing more vegetarian delights, PETA sent De Laurentiis a copy of The Conscious Cook by vegan chef Tal Ronnen, who has cooked for the likes of Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres. The book is a wealth of information about delicious, versatile, and protein-rich faux meats that can be the basis for healthy plant-based meals.
To get a jump start on 2012's vegetarian food craze, pick up your own copy of Chef Tal's book, or browse the free vegetarian recipes on PETA's "Living" page right now!
The late Steve Jobs may have been known for his signature black turtleneck, but it is for his green diet that he probably will be most fondly remembered by people who care about animals. The Apple cofounder, who died yesterday, was a vegetarian and a longtime health advocate who reportedly once handed out containers of carrot juice at Halloween.
We remember Jobs for so many innovative ideas, including Apple's iPhoto facial recognition software, which recognizes the faces of cats in addition to those of humans, reflecting the importance of companion animals in our homes and hearts. PETA also recently recognized Jobs for what he didn't do: He refused to sell a gruesome app on Apple's app store called iSealClub—which involved, as the name suggests, bashing cartoon seals over the head with clubs.
Let's also not forget that Jobs' Pixar film studio created heartwarming and thought-provoking movies about unlikely animal heroes, such as A Bug's Life and Finding Nemo, and he ended Disney's 10-year agreement with McDonald's to promote its films with movie-themed toys in Happy Meals after the entertainment giant merged with Pixar. As the vegetarian sharks in Finding Nemo said, "Fish are friends, not food." Finding Nemo's fish-friendly theme earned Pixar an award from PETA, as did Jobs' other accomplishments that helped change animals' lives for the better. And if his movies or his lifestyle inspired even one person to become a vegetarian, he no doubt saved hundreds of animals' lives, and for that we thank him.
We invite you to post a message on the True Friends Memorial we have created to honor Steve Jobs.
proliferation of restaurants
that serve dog meat in Vietnam has created a lucrative
moneymaking opportunity for thieves.
"Dognappers" cruise neighborhoods on motorcycles, grabbing dogs in
broad daylight and stuffing them into cages. If the owners give chase, it is
not uncommon for the thieves to hurl bricks or shoot arrows at them, sometimes
injuring or even killing them. Yet many of the same people who despise dog thieves still order dog
meat in restaurants.
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we point the finger and call such people hypocrites, think of people in the Western
world who have "pet" hens and pot-bellied pigs yet still eat fried
chicken and ham sandwiches. They balk at eating animals they "know"
but have no problem eating an animal they never met who invariably endured a miserable life on a filthy factory
farm and ended up in a very scary place: the slaughterhouse.
stop the cycle of violence against animals from Vietnam to Virginia and
everywhere in between—animals we won't
"get to know"—we must recognize
them as individuals we can help by saying "No" to flesh foods.
With a terse dismissal, the State Fair of Texas denied PETA's application to display our own version of a 4-H booth at the upcoming event. Fair officials must not want visitors to
know that the cows, sheep, goats, and chickens 4-H participants have spent
countless hours bonding with will ultimately make their way to a blood-soaked
killing floor, just as most animals raised for food do.
Our four "H's" stand for "hellish for animals," "hazardous to the environment," "heart attack–inducing," and "hypocritical for teaching kids to care about only certain animals and to disregard others."
We planned to screen Glass Walls
and hand out free copies of our vegetarian/vegan starter kits.
I suppose that, to paraphrase Jack Nicholson, the State Fair of Texas can't handle the truth. But we think their patrons can—or at least their hearts can.
by Jennifer O'Connor
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