Written by PETA
Mahatma Gandhi said, "The
greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its
animals are treated." What, then, can we surmise about the U.S., where 59
billion animals a year suffer intensive confinement, are deprived of all that
is natural to them, have their bodies mutilated by dehorning, castration, ear
cropping, and more, all before they are killed for a fleeting taste of flesh?
October 2, Gandhi's birthday, marks World Farm Animals Day, a day to honor Gandhi's
advocacy of nonviolence and vegetarianism and to remember the animals killed
for what he called "the satisfaction of our bodily wants."
plain facts are appalling: Every year in the U.S. alone, more than 7 billion chickens and 275 million turkeys have their legs slammed
into shackles and their throats cut before being immersed—often while still
conscious—in scalding water to remove their feathers. Many of the 118 million pigs killed annually are improperly
stunned and scream in pain as they are scalded to death. More than 39 million cows are hung upside down
and left to dangle with all their body weight suspended by one leg before their
throats are cut and they are skinned and gutted, some aware of what is
happening to them as their bodies are hacked apart.
humanity is to make real moral progress, we must treat animals as sentient
beings whose lives are their own and do not belong to us. This World Farm
Animals Day, we're trying to get 10,000 people to visit Meat.org and watch the
site's "Glass Walls" video. Please share the page on Facebook, on
Twitter, and in any other way you that can imagine to get the word out there!
Written by Michelle
It's here! "Hug a Vegetarian" Day has arrived, and it's
the perfect time to show some love to the people who are showing love to animals.
The average vegetarian saves about 100 animals every year from cruelty and
abuse on factory farms. That's definitely worth
a few X's and O's.
youth division, peta2, held hugging
events across the country. If you didn't make it to one of the hug fests, you
can still spread appreciation for people who are fighting cruelty to animals, climate change, and the obesity epidemic by posting and tweeting
virtual hugs. That's what Victorious
star and vegan Daniella
Monet will be doing—she's ready to hug it out
with one enthusiastic peta2 supporter.
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Don't forget to tweet-hug your favorite vegetarian
celebrities too. Will it be animal champion Lea Michele; Sexiest Vegetarian
Celebrity winners Russell
Brand and Kristen Wiig; everyone's favorite
vegan president, Bill
Clinton; or funniest vegan Steve-O? What the heck, just hug
Written by Michelle
Thank you, China! In a move that breaks with a tradition
reportedly going back 600 years—when
dogs barked, giving away the army's position—officials have canceled an annual Chinese festival in which 5,000 to 10,000 dogs are killed and eaten on the
streets of Jinhua City. The cancellation follows protests by thousands of
animal rights advocates. This is a wonderful move by the Chinese government, and we
hope to see many more compassionate decisions like this in the years ahead.
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One protester described what he had seen at previous festivals: "I've
seen the dogs being stabbed, strangled and even beaten into comas and thrown
into boiling water. Some dogs woke up in the extremely hot water and they
struggled, but the vendors kept pushing them, plucking their fur."
If this sounds horrifying, bear in mind that animals by the
billions meet similar fates in American slaughterhouses every year. Improperly
stunned cows, turkeys, pigs, and chickens have their throats cut while they are still conscious. The beating and intentional abuse of
animals by farm workers is rampant. And pigs, chickens, and
turkeys are often still alive when they are dunked into tanks of scalding-hot
water to remove their hair and feathers.
Order your free vegetarian/vegan starter kit today and protect all
animals from painful slaughter.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
This whale of a tale is true: Dolphin activist
traveled to the White House to thank President Obama for asking Iceland to ban
hunting whales and exporting their meat. Fellow ocean-animal advocates Richard Branson and basketball
legend Yao Ming are calling for a ban
on shark-fin soup
in China, where 95 percent of the cruel fare is served.
Yao Ming isn't the only athlete taking
action for animals. After being vegetarian for four years, Toronto Maple Leaf Mike Zigomanis
has gone vegan as part of his effort to become healthier, stronger, and a
Congratulations to glowing vegan mom Emily Deschanel,
who gave birth last week to her first child, son Henry Hornsby. A rockin'
congrats also goes out to the inimitable Joan Jett for her well-deserved Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
She loves rock and roll … as well as chickens,
Another award we couldn't help but crack
a smile about—furry Kim
was voted the most annoying celebrity. Maybe kind sis Khloe
can teach her how to be more popular.
Speaking of popular—Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Maher, and other celebs helped
make PETA's White House
spay-and-neuter petition one of the first to reach 5,000 signatures and go to the president
for review by tweeting about the dog and cat homelessness crisis. You can join
Ellen, Bill, and many others in sending a strong message about the importance
of spaying and neutering by signing
man who was spear-fishing off Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico found out
what it was like to be speared by a fish when a shark bit his left thigh. By issuing a series of
biting (geddit?) ads placed in the area, PETA is using this incident to remind Floridians that the
deadliest killers in the water aren't sharks—but human beings.
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
aren't the only animals who have been striking back:
if animals always fought back, people might think twice about abusing them. It
would save a lot of lives all around. And speaking of saving lives—maybe these surfers will always be
spared from shark attacks in return for their compassionate actions.
After the Sacramento Superior Court ordered the spin
doctors behind the blatantly false "Happy Cows" advertising campaign to hand over to PETA
thousands of pages of records they wrongfully claimed were "trade secrets,"
it became obvious why the agencies wanted to keep the documents under wraps.
Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is required to ensure that the
California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) doesn’t make baseless (let alone
outlandish) marketing claims. However, even though the CDFA searched thousands
of records, it couldn't produce so much as a single page that substantiated the ad claims. The CDFA and the CMAB
have conspired for years to mislead consumers into thinking that dairy cows in
California are somehow spared the horrors of the abusive dairy factory-farming industry.
The documents also show that PETA’s campaign against the "Happy Cows"
led to the ads' demise, and the records support our claim that the CMAB's
newest propaganda, the "Family Farms" campaign, is just as tall a
tale. We are working to have those ads pulled and sent into the deep recesses
of the CMAB's archives of lies. The judge also ordered the CDFA to pay PETA's
attorneys' fees and costs over the wrongfully withheld documents.
Unless California's milk producers are all
auditioning for impostor spots
on To Tell the Truth, they need to learn the
difference between fact and fiction. You can avoid funding their lies by
throwing the support of your dairy dollars behind real cruelty-free milks like rice, soy, and almond
might be the genesis of a new era in animal rights: Wearing nothing but her
long, flowing hair, Angela
Simmons—devout Christian, founder of Pastry,
and niece of longtime PETA supporter Russell Simmons—made the poignant revelation
that eating meat is wholly unholy in a new ad for PETA.
want to open people's eyes up. … If this is where I can find my niche to come
and help, I want to help,"
unveiled the ad to an enthusiastic crowd at Manhattan's Paramount Hotel
last night, including her uncle Russell, whose vegan lifestyle inspired her own,
Ami James, Simone Reyes, and other animal-loving VIPs, while enjoying
music by Samantha Ronson (who wore a "no fur" button
believes that God's creatures
deserve love and compassion, not abuse on factory farms and painful slaughter. "I
really want people to know what happens to animals … I think it's important we
can follow Angela's advice and take action today by ordering a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit. And we
promise it's not a sin to covet the delicious recipes you'll find on our Living page.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
one move, two grocery store chains may have spared thousands of pigs from a good
deal of suffering. Foodland Super Market and
Times Supermarkets on Oahu have announced that they will no longer sell meat from pigs
who were shipped live to Hawaii from the
mainland. In addition to the pain of having their throats cut and being scalded during slaughter, pigs
who are transported across the ocean alive spend days aboard ships in cramped,
filthy conditions and stifling temperatures. Many become sick and die during the arduous voyage.
The grocers' decision could spell the end for Oahu's only slaughterhouse certified
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and could end all
live transport to Oahu. Slaughtering pigs shipped from the mainland is the bulk
of business for Hawaii Livestock Cooperative's slaughterhouse. The facility has
been struggling financially for a decade and surviving only with help from the
government. The president of the slaughterhouse cooperative, Calvin Wong, said
he isn't sure that it can sustain the latest loss of business, calling it "another nail
in the coffin."
to add another nail to that coffin? Stop eating pigs.
On the eve of
Palestinian leader Mahmoud
Abbas' United Nations address requesting that his
embattled country be given permission to join the world body, PETA members
joined the throngs of people gathered outside the U.N. to spread the message
that we can each keep our own bodies
free of violence with a vegan
people all around them screaming and fighting and the police doing their best
to keep the peace, our nun, rabbi, and monk calmly showed that one thing people
of all races, religions, and creeds can agree on is that we can all reject
violence three times a day, 365 days a year, every time we sit down to eat.
(After all, the Bible, the Torah, the Dharma, the Qur'an, and other religious
texts condemn cruelty to animals.) Our peaceful trio even got a thumbs-up from
Robert Kennedy Jr.
to start working for peace? Start in your kitchen: Take PETA's Pledge to Be Vegan for 30 Days.
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adjust your screen—you read that
right. In less than a year, a popular butcher shop has grown from one store to
30, and we couldn't be happier. The Vegetarian Butcher in the Netherlands
offers long glass display cases stocked with tempting "cuts" of
delicious faux meats, and customers can't get enough.
is De Vegetarische Slager butchering its animal flesh–hawking competitors? Perhaps because 75 percent of
people in the Netherlands either no longer eat meat daily or are full-time
vegetarians or vegans. Radio
Netherlands Worldwide cites cruelty to animals, the risk of dangerous infections, and the overuse of antibiotics as probable reasons for
the national gustatory shift.
Butcher founder Niko Koffeman adds meat's devastating impact on the environment to the list of reasons
people are flocking to faux. "Especially," he points out, "since
we can create a product that has the exact same look, taste and bite as the
similar meat product."
we anxiously await a Vegetarian Butcher shop stateside, most grocery stores in
the U.S. already carry yummy faux meats. PETA has done the tastework for you and ranked our favorites.
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animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
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