Written by Jeff Mackey
Happy New Year! Yes, already—at
least in places where the Lunar New Year is observed, including China. To join our Chinese friends in celebrating the start of the Year of the Snake, we're featuring one of PETA's most memorable snake-themed ads, in which lovely
actor, dancer, and producer Jenna
Dewan-Tatum exposes the distinctly not-so-lovely
side of the exotic-skins trade.
Jenna—who is preparing to deliver her very first bundle of joy with husband Channing Tatum—recently appeared in American Horror Story: Asylum. But what happens to animals killed
for their skins is every bit as gruesome as anything perpetrated by that show's
mad scientist or serial killers. Snakes have their bodies cut open from one end to the other
and their skin ripped off before being tossed aside to struggle and thrash in
pain for hours or even days until they die. Most alligators used for
accessories are raised in filthy tanks until they are stabbed or beaten to
What You Can Do
Millions of snakes, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, and
other reptiles are violently killed every year so that their skins can be torn from
their bodies to make wallets, belts, boots, and handbags. Don't buy into this
cruel rip-off—instead, choose accessories made from chic, cruelty-free materials such as fake snake, mock croc, and pleather. You'll look (and feel) better
knowing that you got the glam—without stealing someone else's skin.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
a vegan, Jessica Chastain
has famously said, "I
don't want to torture anything in my life."
And shooting disturbing torture scenes for the upcoming film Zero Dark Thirty, which details the hunt
for and takedown of Osama bin Laden, was understandably rough on the actor. But
Jessica revealed how she and director Kathryn Bigelow got through it: "During
the week that we were filming the interrogations, we sent each other videos of animals being rescued.
It was so emotional for me because I rescue
dogs and so does she. That's the kind of stuff that was going on behind the
scenes. Like, this is not our lives, we are not these characters, there's a
place that is waiting for us."
of us have experienced how an animal's love can get us through tough times. Anjelica Huston believes it's high time
for us to return the favor and help heal the wounds of chimpanzees who have been confined to laboratories
and experimented on. She penned an
impassioned article urging everyone to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which would free all
federally owned chimpanzees and retire them to peaceful, spacious sanctuaries.
Paul McCartney is advocating for turkeys
to be freed from the fate
of ending up as holiday centerpieces. The legendary musician
and animal advocate posed for a new "Say No, Thanks to
Turkey" Thanksgiving ad for PETA and reposted it on his Facebook page
as a reminder before
scores of other celebrities shared animal-friendly reminders with their Twitter
are in order for one of our favorite compassionate couples: Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum are expecting their
first bundle of joy. With parents like that, we know that their child will be
beautiful inside and out.
keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
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Jenna Dewan-Tatum makes a ravishing reptile! The sultry star (and wife of smokin' hot actor Channing Tatum) recently shed her clothes and transformed into a snake for a new PETA ad exposing the cruelty of the exotic-skins industry. Find out why the alluring actor leaves wildlife out of her wardrobe in this exclusive behind-the-scenes interview:
While we're on the subject of fabulous fake snakes, we're giving away a pleather python bag from Melie Bianco and an Energy Muse bracelet—designed by Jenna herself specifically for this campaign and modeled by Jenna below.
After you enter to win this prize pack, tweet @jennaldewan and let Jenna know how this campaign has convinced you to show some love to snakes, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles by pledging to purge your closet of any exotic skins.
Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth
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