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Mike White Shows His PETA Pride on ‘The Amazing Race’

Written by PETA | March 10, 2009

How adorable is Mike White? You can find out for yourself by tuning in to The Amazing Race, which airs every Sunday at 8 p.m. (check local listings). The quirky School of Rock and Nacho Libre writer/director/actor is teamed up with his dad (see “adorable” above) in the latest installment of the hit reality show. We probably love Mike the most, though, for his work on the incredibly touching movie Year of the Dog, about how the love of a dog inspires a life dedicated to animal rights. Not only did the death of Pencil in the beginning of the movie turn me into a hot mess of emotions, but I was thrilled that the movie touched on so many different animal rights issues.

We’re rooting for Mike and his dad Mel because Mike is a vegan and an avid PETA supporter who has worn not one but two PETA tees on the show (and we suspect there are more to come!):

 

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The plucky duo have proven to be tough competitors, placing first in episode 3, during which Mike bravely donned a Romanian gymnast’s leotard and demonstrated his stylin’ moves on the balance beam.

Need more reasons to pull for Mike? He spoke out in favor of the groundbreaking California Healthy Pets Act, which would have mandated that nearly all dogs and cats in the state be spayed or neutered.

Speaking of which, check out Mike’s interview with PETA in which he talks about Year of the Dog and why he went vegan:

 

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Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Alex says:

    What a great thing I find when celebrities or people who have a larger voice to the public than most do something amazing for animal rights! Mike is definately to be applauded. I think every animal lover has a story of at least one animal that has touched their lives or in my case many many! Growing up on a small farm I was constantly surrounded by animals. Because the animals on our farm were always treated with dignity and respect I was only recently made aware of what happens to the animals at these larger facilities. Yes my parents sent our sheep for slaughter either if they were male lambs that didn’t have good enough pedigree to become breeding rams females ewes that were not looking after their offspring or they were too old to live happily on the farm any longer but they were treated very well while they lived their lives they were free range on 100 acres of farm they were well protected from predators with great pyraneese dogs and llamas they were fed very well even though they grazed 3 seasons of the year they were always also provided with grains for a proper diet provided vet care regular worming vaccinations hoof treatment etc. They were sheered once a year but this is nothing like the videos from australia and new zealand show there was no cutting their skin or anything that would harm them. From what I gather the farmers there do this to ensure that no feces builds up on their wool sometimes the sheep would have huge mounds of feces built up on their hind quarters especially in the spring when they first go out to pasture and the grazing gave them diareah. But even so it’s a lot easier to just remove that part from the wool that is being sold than it is to carve up a poor sheep and leave wounds! For our farm shearing was no more painful or traumatic than getting your hair cut and it’s inhumane not to do it because the sheep would suffer heat exhaustion if we didn’t. The wool makes very very little money it is a VERY BIG MYTH that farmers raise sheep for their wool. My parents would shell out thousands of dollars and we spent two full days in the beginning of each summer shearing all of the sheep so they wouldn’t be too hot for the summer and they would be lucky to make 10 cents a pound which if you think in terms of light and fluffy wool that is really not much! It costed a fortune and a lot of work to shear them but we did it to benefit the sheep. Now I will admit that there are some things that were done as common practice that aren’t so nice but were regarded as necessity. the claims of stamping their ears are true. They have a series of three numbers in one ear and three letters in the other ear stamped in with little spikes. Green ink is rolled onto their ear and then the letters and numbers are set up in a hand held device which is somewhat like a hole punch and squeezed once onto their ears when they are fairly young. I am asuming this probably really hurts them and I never really liked doing it but it was explained to me that it was done because with a flock of hundreds of sheep we need to be able to identify each individual sheep to ensure we don’t inbreed among other reasons such as we know when they last lambed so they aren’t being stressed with over breeding and so we know when they are too old that they shouldn’t be lambing any more. Any other method of identifying them wouldn’t be useful as any tags collars etc would get ripped off when they were free range or even worse could get caught on something. I am not justifying it that is just how t was explained to me growing up. The other practice that did take place was “tail docking.” This was usually done around the same time their ears were tattoo’d and their first worming vaccinations and first time their hooves were clipped as lambs. They would take a small rubber band and stretch it out and place it over the tail a little bit out from the base of it. I’m not sure if this hurt them they never responded to it with signs of pain and I was told it didn’t hurt them and I don’t have a tail to relate to how many nerves or pain sensors are in them but what would happen is after a week or so the tail would actually just fall off with no marks left on the sheep. There was no cuts no blood and their tail looked like it was always just a little nub. The reason farmers do it is for two reasons the first being that farmers believe that sheep with their tails have more difficulty in labour when lambing and I do know that in recent years there were a couple years that he didn’t do the tail docking I am unsure as to why and other farmers and shearers who came around commented that he was going to have problems and sure enough there did seem to be a lot more ewes female adult sheep with difficulties lambing and more stillbirths. The other reason is again because feces would gather up under and around the tail of the sheep and when it’s under the tail this can mean worse problems like maggots. This was not due to poor care or them being locked in a small space where they were constantly in their feces this just happens even with free ranged animals. I remember one time my father sold a live lamb now by lamb I mean a sheep that was under a year of age but was full grown not the little baby lambs you would think of when hearing the term for the purposes of meat. My father witnessed the guy take the live lamb and hog tie it and throw it into the trunk of his car. My father tore the guy’s cheque up and told him to get the thing out of the trunk because he was not going to allow an animal to leave his farm being treated in that manner. More recently thanks to PETA I have witnessed the horrors of what these major meat production factories do to animals. This is a very far cry from my childhood memories on the farm. There were a few times that I became vegetarian for year long periods or less because I still did not like the fact that these animals I watched grow up and cared for were on our dinner table. I loved animals with every essence of my being. However being a kid without a job living on a farm in the middle of nowhere in a farming community with no access to vegetarian alternatives I would have to take what we had for dinner and just eat the veggies. After slimming to 112lbs while in high school and being iron deficient it was explained to me that I need to eat meat we were meant to eat meat and animals are raised to be eaten. After seeing what is taking place in these massive factories and the horrible life and even more tragic death that the animals endure having a job and paying for my own food now and living in a more populated area where I have better access to vegan alternative I am now happily a vegan. When explaining veganism to my peers and coworkers I get many opposing views which everyone is obviously entitled to one of which being that “with the enormous population of the world these days they need those factories to keep up with the high demands of the consumer and there is just no way to pump out enough meat to feed everyone and do it any other way than they are doing.” my argument to this has been that the more people who chose veganism the less consumption of meat they have to keep up with so I know i’m doing my part and the more that everyone else does the easier it would be to meet demand with more time to care for the animals. What is my point to this gigantic post? We as vegansvegetarians can make a difference. The less meat is being produces the less pressure that will be sustained on these mass production factories to treat animals as they do and the less profit they will be making will open their eyes to alternative methods but at the same time as you see these horrific investigations unfold and our eyes are open to what is taking place in meat production don’t look at all farmers as the cruel sadistic monsters that are the people who operate these mass factories. Most will chose to lose profit to see their animals cared for humanely and they really do not make a lot of money most also have to have full or part time jobs to keep their farms going and to ensure proper care of their animals but they do so with grace and although most of us still don’t see it right to kill animals for meat no matter how well they are raised and treated or how quick and painless their death is made there is a demand for meat and these farmers are trying to meet that demand with fair and adequate care for the animal no matter the cost.

  • E King says:

    I know what you mean about an animal changing your life. I became more aware of animal rights when I got my 2 beautiful ferrets and then when i got 2 more I became vegetarian. I love my babies as though they are my children. My partner and I talk about them as our kids and i have them to thank for my vegetarianism.

  • Saucy says:

    Just in case some of you may have taken me literally I don’t really believe my doggie is an Angel. I believe he has been touched by an Angel maybe communicates with Angels but no I don’t believe he is actually an Angel. How do I know? This is difficult for me to admit but here it is the kibble I buy for him at wholefoods has meat in it. He’s fine with veggie kibble and the veggie wet but they never have it. I am going to start ordering it. How do I know this precludes him from being an Angel? I have a photograph of a downed cow. I am sure some of you have the same photograph. The one of the saddest looking cow you have ever seen. She had been punched kicked shocked but still was unable to get up and walk off that truck on the sad journey to the slaughterhouse. Finally they chained her and started the truck and pulled off dropping her to the ground breaking her pelvis and both hind legs. This is what is known as dog food. No my doggie is no Angel. Everytime I look at this photograph it makes very sad and I pray to God that none of her milk every crossed these lips that none of her offspring did I consume. Neither I nor my doggie.

  • Saucy says:

    Mike White whats up with you? How come you only have one comment? I thought I’d break the ice but this is rediculous. Sounds like a good idea to me. I wish you much success with your new film and I look forward to seeing it at the theatre.

  • Saucy says:

    If Mike White wasn’t from Los Angeles I would have thunk he just stole my life story. At least the past nine years. Thats what my doggie did for me. Turned me into a veganveg and an animal activist and changed my life forever. I do believe it is not an accident. That he has communicated with me in some way transfered knowledge empathy wisdom I believe he is an ANGEL. For those of you who may be laughing at me right now God did speak to one man through a donkey you know. My doggie was with me during my transformation my new creation my born again experience. For those of you who have never had that happen the only way I can describe is it’s like dropping a hit of LSD. Suddenly you are filled up with the most amazing feeling known as the Oil of the Holy Spirit you feel complete whole one you percieve a different dimension of the world a place where time is immeasurable you see the world through a different kalidescope a beautiful world a utopia a powerful mystical place. A state of Grace. I totally recomend it. My doggie was right there with me too. Prancing like a pony. Romping and stomping. Playing. Delightful. Love that doggie.

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