Written by Jeff Mackey
The dairy industry is blowing even more manure-scented hot air
than usual, having declared June to be "National Dairy Month." Although
the volume of its propaganda has changed, the content hasn't: The industry still
won't tell you how dairy factory farms and their products wreck cows' lives, human health, and the environment.
So to set the record straight, we've put together a YouTube
playlist of our top six videos about dairy products. Check it out:
You can help spread the word by sharing the playlist on Facebook and Twitter—and
be sure to subscribe to PETA's YouTube channel so that you'll never miss our latest and greatest videos!
Another SeaWorld orca has died prematurely in captivity—this time, heartbreakingly, the deceased was a mere 10 months old. The
infant, Vicky, died over the weekend at Loro Parque, an amusement park in Spain's
Canary Islands. The cause of death is not yet known—there are reports
that she had been behaving unusually in the preceding days.
Vicky was the
offspring of Kohana and Keto, two SeaWorld orcas on display at Loro Parque. Senior
SeaWorld employees oversaw orca training at Loro Parque when Keto killed trainer Alexis
Martinez by ramming him and dragging him underwater. Kohana, who is Keto's niece—inbreeding is another sad outcome of captivity at
SeaWorld—rejected Vicky, as she had previously done with her first calf, a male
named Adan. It likely didn't help that Kohana had been taken away from her own
mother after just 19 months—ocean-dwelling orcas carefully guard their
calves, and young females help the mothers care for them.
What You Can Do
SeaWorld's reckless disregard hurts orcas and endangers those
who come into contact with them. Please tell SeaWorld that you won't visit its parks so long as it imprisons marine animals, and
spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, urging everyone to follow suit.
Written by Alisa Mullins
did you have for lunch today? If it contained meat, not only did you support
cruelty to animals, you also supported an unprecedented attack on First Amendment rights, according to an eye-opening July/August Mother Jones cover story on the history of "ag-gag" laws.
© Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
The report starts at what you might call
"ground zero" for advocates of "ag-gag" bills—PETA's 2008
investigation at a Hormel
supplier in Iowa, in which workers were caught beating sows with metal gate rods and
killing piglets by smashing their skulls against the floor, among other abuse.
This case and others like it have
prompted a relentless industry backlash in the form of "ag-gag" bills
in nearly two dozen states. The aim of such bills (eight have passed so far) is
to outlaw undercover investigations at factory farms and slaughterhouses—a case
of criminally blaming the messenger instead of the actual perpetrators of
Amanda Hitt, director of the Government Accountability
Project's Food Integrity Campaign, points out that "ag-gag" laws reach far beyond the factory barn doors. "You
are also stopping environmental whistleblowing; you are also stopping workers'
rights whistleblowing," she says. "[Y]ou have given power to the
industry to completely self-regulate," which, she says, should "scare
the pants off" consumers.
Read Mother Jones' complete article here.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
James Cameron is no stranger to award
speeches. And the Oscar-winning director knows that when the world is watching,
he has a great platform to make a difference. So when National
bestowed its "Explorer of the Year" honor on Cameron for his solo dive to the deepest part of
the ocean, the Mariana Trench,
Cameron used his acceptance speech to tell the roomful of explorers and
scientists about one of his favorite subjects: eating vegan.
had an epiphany recently," he said. "I want to challenge all of you
as people of deep conscience, people who are environment stewards of the earth
and oceans…By changing what you eat, you will change the entire contract
between the human species and the natural world."
urged his audience to research the benefits of plant-based eating and try it for
themselves. "I felt like I was waking up from a long sleepwalk. I believe
we are all sleepwalking off a cliff if we don't do this."
and more notable thinkers of our time are advocating meat- and dairy-free
meals. Former President Bill
Clinton made headlines when he
famously traded his McDonald's habit for plants. Bill Gates is funding researchers
at Beyond Meat and Beyond Eggs to create healthier, environmentally friendly
plant-based versions of animal products. And Twitter cofounders Evan Williams and Biz Stone are investing in a
you ready to join Cameron in promoting the future of food? Share our meat-industry
exposé "Glass Walls"
on Twitter and Facebook.
Acclaimed photographer Jo-Anne McArthur has
been documenting the plight of animals around the world for more than 10 years.
Now a haunting new film by award-winning documentary filmmaker Liz Marshall, The Ghosts in Our Machine, chronicles
a year in McArthur's life as she photographs animals on fur farms and factory
farms and in laboratories, zoos, and aquariums. She
also photographs "the ones who got away" relaxing in rolling pastures
at sanctuaries in the U.S. and Canada.
"I feel like I'm a war photographer
and I'm photographing history," McArthur says. "I'm trying to save
Every month, The Ghosts in Our Machine names a special "animal ambassador,"
and this month's pick is PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk, who compares the movie to the groundbreaking anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin: "In much the way
Harriet Beecher Stowe's book …did in its time, this film has the potential to
broaden our view of those around us, to suggest their potential and their
reality, cause us to pick apart our prejudices, and raise the potential for
consideration, understanding and inclusion, to change a world view."
The Ghosts in Our
debuted in Toronto late last month and has already won several awards at film
festivals. Look for it at a theater near you in the coming months.
honor of "Adopt a Shelter Cat" Month, here are some of our favorite
cute cats and cool kittens:
Lil Bub knows that being the Web's
favorite cat is serious business. She uses her platform to encourage people to
spay and neuter, to say no to declawing, to adopt instead of buying, and to be
all-around awesome animal guardians.
literally walked right into Dancing With
the Stars judge Carrie
Ann Inaba's life—through her front
door as a stray. He quickly won her heart and then went after several hundred thousand
more with his PETA ad.
do you think about a cat who's a Morrissey fan? Obviously, he has
great taste in music, has a wry sense of humor, and is a big spay/neuter advocate!
Nix lived up to his name when he helped his favorite human, Tricia Helfer, nix the problem of cats being neglected by their guardians. And
clearly he did it with panache.
Willie won hearts and minds on
Twitter when he and his guardian, Nyjer Morgan, starred in an ad for
PETA. But before Slick Willie was famous, he was in an animal shelter looking
for a home like millions of other cats. So he used his platform to encourage
everyone always to adopt, never buy.
The Situation is used to being
surrounded by females, but even he realizes the importance of protection. These
frisky felines help show everyone why it's crucial to spay and neuter.
was pretty clear what rescued cat Toni thought of her costar, Torrey DeVitto, during the shooting of
her anti-dissection ad: "She's grrrrreat!" And Toni was great at
showing kids that they have a choice not to dissect any animal.
you are ready to share your home with a new cat, please take a cue from these
famous felines and adopt one
from your local animal shelter, spay or neuter him or her, and give your cat a lifetime of quality care and
PETA protested outside SeaWorld parks in San
Antonio and San Diego today, just one week after the marine-animal prison chain was hit with a
$38,500 repeat violation fine from the
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for allowing dangerous contact between employees and orcas in defiance of a
federal court order—and basic decency.
This SeaWorld San Antonio employee was shocked to learn about the
violations that led to the OSHA fine.
The fine resulted from a follow-up investigation and photos
and footage on TV of trainers who hugged and kissed orcas without any
protective barrier, as required by an earlier OSHA ruling. SeaWorld fought OSHA's decision with two
unsuccessful appeals, but the ruling stands.
Aggression between orcas is nearly non-existent in nature,
but the constant stress of living in forced social groupings inside tiny tanks
at SeaWorld causes them to
lash out, posing a danger to animals and employees alike. SeaWorld's own corporate incident logs
contain reports of more than 100
incidents at its parks. Orcas have pulled trainers into the water, held them at the
bottom of the pool, head-butted them, slammed into them, breached on top of
them, and, of course, killed
them—and those are just the episodes that have been reported.
Please tell everyone you know to leave all marine-animal parks and aquariums out of their family travel plans, and ask SeaWorld officials to release their animals to sanctuaries.
rumor mill is buzzing with reports that Johnny Depp, who just celebrated his 50th birthday, has gone vegan. The famously private
star hasn't confirmed or denied the news, but a source says that Johnny is "raving
about losing his paunch."
elsewhere on the Web, celebs were tweeting about animal rights:
keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
citizens are hardly
alone in their frustration with government officials. In the town of Xalapa,
Veracruz, Mexico, two residents have proposed electing a cat to be mayor. This is no yarn: The designated candigato,
Morris, has seen his popularity soar—at least on Facebook—so PETA has sent the
cute contender a letter asking him to back a purrposal to require Xalapa's residents to spay and neuter their cats (and dogs) and to treat homeless animals kindly.
Giving Strays an
Although his campaign managers suggest that Morris will
eliminate the "rats" from government, that hardly seems fair to actual rats, who are smart, clean, and friendly. Instead, PETA suggests that he should focus on the "fat cats." Well, really, they're not so much fat as they are pregnant, contributing to the
that's relegating so many animals to hard lives on the street.
Every stray cat and every neglected dog came from an animal
who wasn't spayed or neutered. By preventing animals from being born, sterilization
also prevents them from being hit by cars, infected with miserable diseases,
attacked by other animals or cruel people, used as bait by dogfighters, or
simply left outside to die of starvation, exposure, or neglect.
With these things in mind, Morris must recognize that
leaving his fellow felines to fend for themselves is about as desirable as a
hairball. If he licks his opponents, let's just hope that absolute meower
Good citizenship starts at home—please practice animal birth control by adopting animals from shelters or rescues and having your companion animals
spayed or neutered.
Please note: PETA's backing of
Morris for mayor is obviously intended as a humorous way
to provide Xalapa residents with information
about ways to address the homeless-animal crisis. PETA makes no comment on the
suitability for office of any bipedal candidates. PETA promotes and educates
the public on ways to help animals and does not directly or indirectly
participate in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any
candidate for public office. Voters should consider a range of issues important
to them in deciding how to cast their vote on election day.
Airlines is one of only three major airlines
that still ship primates to laboratories where they are tormented and killed in cruel experiments, but you wouldn't know
it from talking to its representatives. Airline reps have recently been telling
concerned PETA members who call their offices that they don't ship monkeys and
have not done so for a long time—but that's
PETA has obtained documents that show that Philippine Airlines has shipped nearly 200 pig-tailed macaque monkeys
from Indonesia to the University
of Washington's Washington National Primate Research Center in Seattle within the past 12 months alone. The documentation is crystal clear,
containing invoices, tracking numbers, flight numbers, and many other details. There
may be other such shipments as well.
Because of the growing pressure from PETA and its supporters around the world, Philippine Airlines could no longer ignore
the issue and released a statement on its website and Facebook page that read, "Philippine
Airlines is not engaged in the transport of wild, endangered or threatened
animals, regardless of their purpose." Yet the pig-tailed macaques it sent
to the hellish laboratory mentioned above are widely considered a threatened species. When PETA and PETA Asia-Pacific
e-mailed and called Philippine Airlines asking that the airline explain the
discrepancy between the records and its new statement, it quietly removed the
statement from its website and Facebook.
Clearly, Philippine Airlines is hearing our international protests
loud and clear, and we need to keep it up to make sure that it gets out of the
monkey business for good. Please call the ticket and cargo offices at the
numbers below and politely tell the representative that you will not be giving
any business to Philippine Airlines until it stops shipping monkeys to
If you're told that the airline has already stopped, ask the
representative to tell you and PETA in writing.
After hearing from PETA supporters and other concerned citizens, the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (FWS) announced this week that it is proposing to close a
loophole that, until now, has denied captive chimpanzees protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If the
proposed rule is adopted and properly enforced, as
PETA has advocated, Hollywood
will no longer be able to force baby chimpanzees—who
are torn away from their mothers, caged, and "trained" through beatings—to
perform in TV shows, ads, and movies. And laboratories will stop subjecting chimpanzees
to invasive, painful, and lethal experiments—a recommendation that the National Institutes of Health has
© Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
In announcing the proposed rule, the
FWS concluded that "the
Act does not allow for captive‐held animals to be assigned separate legal status from
their wild counterparts on the basis of their captive state."
This should mean that
the government now has no justification for denying PETA's petition to include Lolita—who is
currently being held in solitary confinement in a cramped tank at the Miami Seaquarium—in the endangered
listing of the Southern Resident orcas, the now-protected
population that she was captured from more than 40 years ago.
You Can Do
Please submit comments to the FWS asking it to finalize its proposal to classify all chimpanzees, including captives, as endangered. Then take a
moment to sign our
petition urging the National Marine Fisheries Service to grant Lolita the same
protection from harm afforded her family in the wild. And tell everyone you
know not to patronize marine abusement
PETA is all for reproductive responsibility, so after learning that a Nashville man was looking to get "fixed"
after the 14 mothers of his 22 children took him to court over unpaid child support, the group is offering to pay for his vasectomy—if
he'll help promote the equivalent procedure for dogs.
In return for covering Orlando Shaw's medical expenses, PETA
is asking him to put a sign on his lawn reading, "Don't let your dog be a
deadbeat dad. Get him neutered today."
birth control saves lives. Each year in the U.S., 6 to 8 million dogs and cats are dumped at
shelters, and nearly half of them must be euthanized since there are simply too many animals and not enough good homes.
That's why spaying or neutering is such a crucial step. One pair of unaltered dogs and their offspring can
produce 67,000 dogs in just six years—a birthrate that even Shaw couldn't
Need another incentive? Spayed and neutered animals live
longer, happier lives. Sterilization eliminates their risk of uterine and testicular
cancer and reduces their odds for developing serious diseases, such as mammary and
prostate cancer and feline AIDS and leukemia,
and lessens undesirable behavior such as roaming and spraying.
to end animal homelessness by sterilizing your own animal companions and working with lawmakers to enact mandatory spay/neuter
your city, county, or state.
Mike Casey is having a tough time finding a place where he can continue to exploit chimpanzees. Last year, Clark County, Nevada, told him to hit the road after learning from local
animal advocates and PETA that Casey was illegally holding chimpanzees and a
capuchin monkey there when he wasn't renting them out for use in TV, films, ads, and events. And now, Nye County, Nevada, has told Casey that he isn't welcome there,
either, after PETA and local supporters informed the Pahrump Regional Planning
Commission about Casey's documented abusive actions, including:
Hannah, one of the chimpanzees
imprisoned by Mike Casey.
will now have to move his operation, and you can bet that PETA will be close
is the second victory for exotic animals in Nye County in as many months.
Officials also recently yanked
animal exhibitor Karl Mitchell's permit to keep exotic big cats
after PETA and local supporters informed authorities that the U.S. Department
of Agriculture had permanently barred Mitchell from exhibiting animals because
of numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
keep the pressure on exotic-animal abusers. Please send a polite e-mail to the
law firm The Ticket Clinic and ask it to pull its current ad, which features a
who supplies tigers for the UniverSoul
Circus, is in hot water with the law … again.
The latest available U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report details several serious violations, including cramming tigers into cages where
they couldn't even stand upright and calling in a veterinarian with no
experience with big cats whatsoever to assess a tiger who was limping.
(Kalmanson called only after
inspectors saw that the tiger was having difficulty, after having insisted that
the cat was fine.) The vet did not even let the tiger out of the cage, much
less diagnose or treat her condition. This same tiger was housed with a chain dangling
from her neck, something that the inspector rightfully noted could "present
a serious risk of … injury or strangulation."
Keep in mind that
the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is so minimal that it only requires cages to be "large"
enough for an animal to make "normal postural and social adjustments."
Kalmanson's cages did not even rise to that pitiful level. The tigers, who are
genetically adapted to roam over vast territories, climb trees, and leap, are
getting no exercise at all.
of the Iceberg
Kalmanson already paid
a civil penalty of $6,000 in 2008 for two tiger escapes that took place while he
was supplying the tiger act for UniverSoul, and in 2011, PETA filed a complaint
and included video of a tiger Kalmanson was exhibiting with UniverSoul whose foot was trapped under a sliding cage door. That incident resulted in another two citations for
AWA violations. Kalmanson has also been repeatedly cited for additional
violations while with UniverSoul, including for failure to supply adequate
veterinary care; failure to meet even minimum space requirements for tigers,
lions, and chimpanzees (the chimpanzees' cages had barely half the floor space
required); improper food storage; failure to have an exercise plan; inadequate
veterinary care records … and the list goes on and on.
It's simple: Never
buy a ticket to any circus that still exploits animals. Talk to family, friends,
and coworkers, especially those with small children who may be inclined to attend.
Explain to them that every ticket purchased is directly contributing to the
animals' miserable lives.
"Take me out to the ballgame! Take
me out with the crowd! Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks"—and some
veggie burritos, faux chicken-steak, meat-free tacos, edamame, falafel, hummus,
and eggplant panini. And that's just a sampling of the wide variety of delectable
vegetarian fare available at the stadiums on PETA's 2013 list of the Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly
Major League Ballparks:
1. Philadelphia Phillies'
Citizens Bank Park
While Phillies left-fielder Domonic Brown has been
dominating pitchers at the plate, earning two consecutive National League Player of the
Week honors, Citizens Bank Park continues to dominate PETA's Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Major League Ballpark rankings, taking the top spot for the second year in a row, thanks to
its faux-chicken patty, faux chicken-steak, faux "pit beef" smothered
in barbecue sauce, and other delicious vegetarian fare.
2. Detroit Tigers'
Cabrera may have won the Triple Crown for Detroit in 2012, but Comerica Park
has its own Triple Crown contenders for 2013: an Italian mock sausage, a vegan
Riblet sandwich, and a veggie dog. These options, along with the black-bean
burger, vegetarian sushi, and other meat-free fan favorites, have helped the
stadium take the number-two spot on PETA's scorecard this year.
3. Washington Nationals'
not sure what Jordan Zimmermann's secret is for keeping his ERA so low, but it's
no secret that you can keep your weight and cholesterol level low by going
vegetarian and enjoying tasty meatless meals, including Nationals Park's Sloppy
Jane, veggie chili with faux ground beef, and falafel. The ballpark earned its
highest ranking ever on our list. Much like Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg,
and the Nats' other young stars, its potential is limitless.
4. San Francisco Giants'
reigning World Series champs offer a giant
selection of cruelty-free cuisine, earning AT&T Park the number-four spot
on PETA's list this year. The park got an honorable mention in 2012, but with a
new Field Roast artisan vegetarian sausage,
vegetarian rice bowls, and meat-free tacos, vegetarian meals are the Most
Valuable Players in AT&T Park concession stands.
5. Los Angeles Angels'
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
fans love Mike Trout—and Angel Stadium's vegetarian sushi rolls. The Angel's
star-studded lineup, which also includes black-bean burgers, veggie dogs, and
veggie burritos, is winning rave reviews in Anaheim.
6. Seattle Mariners' Safeco
like King Felix, the vegetarian options at Safeco Field rule. Mariners fans can
choose from vegan chili cheese dogs, vegan Bao-Choi Asian-style steamed buns
(stuffed with veggies, spices, and vegan mayo), and vegan frankfurters. It
doesn't matter where the fences are—animal-friendly fans can always score at
the concessions stands.
7. New York Mets' Citi
could possibly be more exciting for Mets fans than watching Matt Harvey
dominate hitters? Sampling the meatless meals at Citi Field, which offers
veggie dogs, vegetable sushi, vegetarian tacos, veggie burgers, freshly sliced mango dusted with
chili powder, and more.
8. Boston Red Sox's Fenway Park
Red Sox—and starting pitcher Clay Buchholz—appear to have turned a corner this
year, and so has Fenway Park, earning its best-ever ranking on PETA's list. The
vegetarian fare, which includes vegetable sushi, meat-free burritos, veggie
burgers, veggie dogs, and hummus, among other things, really puts the green in
the home of the Green Monster. Sox fans love the vegetarian meals as much as
they love Big Papi.
9. San Diego Padres' PETCO Park
Park's tasty vegetarian options—including grilled tofu wraps, veggie burgers,
hummus, vegetable sushi, and more—are flying out of the concession stands even
faster than Everth Cabrera flies around the bases.
Chicago Cubs' Wrigley
Field has a strong core of vegetarian options, including veggie dogs, Sloppy
Janes, and fresh vegetable wraps, to go with the Cubs' strong core of young
players, including Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Jeff Samardzija. As
Wrigley Field returns to PETA's list of vegetarian-friendly ballparks, perhaps
the Cubbies will soon be on the way up as well. Veggie-craving Chicago baseball
fans have an embarrassment of riches since U.S. Cellular Field also earned an
honorable mention on PETA's list.
it seems like the vegetarian options are getting more plentiful at athletic
arenas, it's not your imagination. James Nolan, senior vice president of the
New England Patriots' Gillette Stadium, which placed second on PETA's list of Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums
last year, told
The Boston Globe, "Our research suggested that our fans were
seeking more vegetarian options. They have been some of our best sellers."
So keep heading out to the ballgame
and snapping up those Cracker Jacks (and Sloppy Janes!), baseball fans!
Today is PETA
President Ingrid Newkirk's
instead of a bottle of cruelty-free
perfume or a new pair of vegan
shoes, when we asked her what gift she would like, she said the same thing she said
last year. She wanted people to donate to one of her favorite causes: Animal Rahat, whose vital work consists primarily
of providing veterinary care, water, shade, rest, rehabilitation, and
retirement to bullocks, donkeys, and other animals toiling as "beasts of
burden" in India, which is where Ingrid spent much of her childhood.
However, last week Animal Rahat's multifaceted
work included rescuing a dog who had tumbled down into an ancient, crumbling
well and had been trapped about 80 feet down for four days. Villagers were
dropping food down to the dog, who was miraculously uninjured, but because of
the well's deteriorating condition, rescue seemed impossible. However, armed with
a net and with the villagers' help, Animal Rahat's Mr. Gaikwad and a PETA India staffer repelled down to the ledge that
the dog was stranded on, netted the frightened animal, and hoisted him to
We set up a Causes page as well as
a special page on our
website where people can
donate to Animal Rahat in Ingrid's honor, and boy, did you come through for our
birthday girl. So far, we've raised $2,059 for Animal Rahat … and counting. Happy Birthday, Ingrid! And a big thank-you to
you from this grateful little guy, and from many others, for caring and
camera, veggies! With the Style Network's Tia & Tamera camera crew capturing every minute, Tia Mowry unveiled her new PETA ad to an enthusiastic crowd of family, friends, and, of
course, fellow vegans.
plant-themed rooftop party at the Bob Barker Building, PETA's L.A.
headquarters, was replete with fresh flowers and delicious wraps, sandwiches,
and salads from L.A.'s Veggie Grill—not to mention the ad itself, in which Tia
wears an apron made of Swiss chard, snow peas, and lettuce leaves.
mother who went vegan in part to make sure that she's healthy for her young son—explained
why she was so excited to represent PETA and advocate going vegan: "I
wanted to become a voice for my community. … I wanted to educate my culture
about the benefits of becoming vegan. … The more you learn about the benefits of being vegan, the more you become alive and the more you become aware of why it's a really
great decision. Not only am I helping myself, I'm helping the animals out
there, I'm helping the environment. Going vegan—I feel great."
the fun behind-the-scenes video from Tia's photo shoot, and join her in
pledging to go vegan here.
There's nothing small potatoes about the major vegetarian
offerings at minor-league baseball stadiums around the country. Putting the "farm"
in "farm team," small-town baseball stadiums are offering
up garden-fresh delights such as black-bean burgers, fruit sorbets, and corn
dogs made from hearty plant protein. PETA managed to narrow the list down to 10 "MVPs" (mouthwatering vegetarian plates) that hit home runs with fans seeking healthy, tasty in-between-innings fare:
1. Tulsa Drillers' ONEOK Field
Shooting up to number one from fifth place in last year's
ranking, ONEOK Field has an extensive vegetarian menu that would make a
restaurant envious. In addition to specialty veggie dogs on gourmet buns and
homemade veggie burgers on pretzel buns, fans can enjoy a tofu noodle entrée, "meaty"
portobello mushroom burgers, bean burritos, tofu burritos, and fresh-fruit
2. Durham Bulls' Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Moving up a notch in the standings from last season to claim
second place is the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, thanks to the mock-chicken nuggets,
meat-free corn dogs, and hearty tofu burrito with black beans and pico de
3. Trenton Thunder's Arm &
Arm & Hammer Park is debuting on PETA's list this year,
earning a spot in the top three with such crowd favorites as veggie dogs and
burgers, hearty vegetarian chili, a portobello mushroom and grilled vegetable
sandwich, and a fruit sorbet that can be jazzed up with mix-ins of
strawberries, blueberries, mangos, and bananas.
4. Fort Wayne TinCaps' Parkview
Parkview Field has moved up two
spots from last year, thanks to an extensive menu of delicious options, such as
the black-bean burger, meat-free burrito, fresh vegetable wrap, peanut butter
and jelly sandwich, hummus with vegetables, fresh fruit, beans, and grilled corn.
5. Lakewood BlueClaws' FirstEnergy Park
No one is singing the blues at FirstEnergy Park, where
lovers of hearty vegetarian fare can fill up on veggie burgers and dogs,
meat-free walking tacos, portobello mushroom sandwiches, and even Oreo cookies (yes, they're
6. Albuquerque Isotopes' Isotopes Park
The Isotopes got their name from the long-running FOX series
The Simpsons, and vegetarian Lisa Simpson
would agree that the team has done meat-free fans proud. Albuquerqueans can
munch on veggie dogs, bean burritos, Indian tacos (made with fry bread instead
of corn shells), wok-fried noodles with veggies and teriyaki sauce, fresh
salads, and fruit or vegetable trays.
7. Dayton Dragons' Fifth Third Field
Hynde once sang, "ay, oh, way to go, Ohio"! There's a lot for a vegetarian such
as Chrissie to love at Fifth Third Field, including veggie dogs and burgers,
black-bean burritos or burrito bowls, veggie wraps, salads, and fruit.
8. Eugene Emeralds' PK Park
The Eugene Emeralds lived up to
their green name this year, giving fans yummy, eco-friendly vegetarian choices such
as veggie hot dogs and burgers, meat-free burritos, beans and rice, grilled
corn on the cob, and fruit salad.
9. Sacramento River Cats' Raley Field
There are 21—count 'em—different types of veggies in Raley
Field's famous stir-fry, but if you're a River Cats fan in search of even more variety, try the vegetarian sausage
with grilled onions and peppers, the chipotle black-bean burger, the baked
potato, the vegetable sandwich, or a tostada salad with beans.
10. Memphis Redbirds' AutoZone Park
AutoZone Park is a hot zone for
delicious vegetarian fare, such as veggie hot dogs, spicy black-bean burgers
with house-made Memphis BBQ chips, baked potatoes, a fresh-fruit medley, and
Congrats as well to the Pawtucket
Red Sox's McCoy Stadium, the Nashville Sounds' Herschel Greer Stadium, the
Frederick Keys' Harry Grove Stadium, and the South Bend Silver Hawks' Stanley
Coveleski Regional Stadium for scoring honorable mentions. And a big shout-out
to Veggie Happy for its efforts to get athletic stadiums to offer more vegetarian and
Everybody wants to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable
animals—certainly the shelter workers who face the Sisyphean task of finding
good homes for the deluge of homeless
animals that flows through their doors do. But a coalition of "no-kill"
organizations is busy hoodwinking the public into thinking that the solution to this problem lies in
simply "putting down the syringes" for "just one day" as
part of a misleadingly named "no-kill" initiative.
They're even soliciting donations on their Just One Day website—when, by all
rights, the donations should be going to the shelters who shoulder the burden
of housing, feeding, and caring for animals. Who is behind this initiative? It's
time to ask that question. Is it breeders? People who receive money from
Do they "put down their syringes" if animals are
sick, injured, elderly, aggressive, feral, or otherwise unsocialized? What
happens to those animals? And what happens to animals who are not able to be
taken in because there's no longer any room for them? Is it OK for them to be
dumped along the highway? And is it OK to crowd dogs and cats together so that they all get sick from
respiratory infections, parvovirus, and other communicable diseases? While
pointing the finger at shelters that refuse to define themselves as "no-kill"
until there are no more animals who need a painless exit from an uncaring world
or until there are truly enough good homes for them to go to, Just One Day
gives a free pass to those who created the overpopulation problem in the first
place—the breeders, the pet shops, the people who buy animals instead of adopting them and who refuse to spay and neuter, and the people who abandon animals on country roads or in urban alleys. Wake
up, supporters of such "initiatives"—you are being duped in a smoke-and-mirrors
game. Turn against the breeders, and demonstrate outside the pet stores—stop
them from producing and selling puppies and kittens, and leave the shelters
Left out in the cold with no food, water, or shelter, Noel likely
wouldn't have survived more than another two or three days. But thanks to PETA,
the Virginia Beach SPCA, and a local judge, all her days now feel like
A compassionate neighbor called us last
December when she spotted bone-thin Noel, who had been left outside to suffer in the frigid winter
weather. We raced to the residence and found the young dog under a thorn bush, tethered,
tangled, and shivering violently. Not only had Noel's owner failed to take her
inside or even provide her with a doghouse, it appeared that she had also been
denying the dog food and water. The few pieces of stale kibble that had been
tossed her way were scattered across the ground beyond her reach.
When a vet examined Noel, he confirmed
that she had been starved and, at 25 pounds, was barely over half her healthy
weight of 40 pounds. Our friends at the wonderful open-admission Virginia Beach
SPCA found an experienced foster guardian who could nurse Noel back to health,
and she thrived in her new home, quickly gaining 17 pounds and starting to
trust people again. Shortly after Christmas, Noel's new adoptive guardians described
her as the "sweetest, sloppiest kiss-giving, bedtime snuggler."
This week, a judge heard our case against
Noel's former owner and sentenced the woman to 40 hours of community service and one year of
supervised probation, but most importantly, she has been banned for life from ever owning animals again.
You don't have to have the magic of Santa
Claus to help a chained dog. PETA offers a list of lifesaving actions that anyone can take.
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