Written by Michelle Kretzer
one of Ricky Gervais'
young fans tweeted the
star with the message "my parents agreed if you retweet this they will buy
my sister a dog & let you name it," Ricky
agreed but with one important stipulation. "A rescue dog tho,"
he mandated. We would expect nothing less from the man who is a constant voice for homeless
animals, urging people to adopt, never buy, and bashing greedy breeders and puppy mills. And like many
compassionate celebrities, Ricky consistently uses his Twitter account to reach
millions of people with animal-friendly messages.
can always count on Ricky to get an animal rights point across while he's
making people laugh. And Jon
Stewart did, too, with The
Daily Show's humorous coverage of Iran's launching a monkey into space: "Iran, you think
the CIA is tough? You just got PETA on your ass, and those guys don't f**k around." We'd love to hear Jon's take on Funny or Die's spot-on spoof of Dodge Ram's pandering
"God Made a Farmer" Super Bowl ad, "God Made a Factory Farmer."
Waka Flocka Flame's
hilarious Instagram photo
had us laughing at how ridiculous people look in fur:
Beyoncé went fur-free at the
Super Bowl, but she draped herself in python skin, iguana skin, and leather instead.
urging the singer to take a cue from other beautiful, talented performers such
as Carrie Underwood,
who puts on a dynamic show in cruelty-free fashions.
it was the epitome of a dynamic cruelty-free show when Vaute Couture designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart
presented the first completely vegan runway show at
New York Fashion Week. Celebrities are flocking
to the line, which is named after "haute couture" but spelled with a "v"
York isn't the only city celebrating cruelty-free fashion. Across the pond, our
affiliate PETA U.K. presented the first-ever Vegan Fashion Awards, with celeb judges Sadie
Frost and Meg Mathews honoring animal-friendly fashion from top designers and
retailers such as Stella
McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, and Topshop.
keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
Written by PETA
If you sometimes have the urge to tape-record yourself answering questions about your animal-friendly diet so you can just hit "Play" the next time someone asks, "What do you eat?", "Where do you get your protein?", or "You must eat a lot of salad, huh?", take a gander at our Daily Show–esque (and very scientific) "What Vegans Eat" pie chart:
After you've had a chuckle (grass? really?), you can post it to Facebook and Twitter so your vegan buds can enjoy a moment of Zen and your meat-eating friends can marvel at the fact that you eat a wider range of foods than they do.
Of course, after we've guffawed, we have to keep in mind that some people often ask us these questions because they are truly curious and that it's a great opportunity to talk about the many wonders of a vegan diet. And granola.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart consistently airs hilarious stories, but the show recently bombed big-time with the public. As part of an ill-conceived skit, the show dragged a live camel onto the slick, snowy streets of Madison, Wisconsin. After the camel got stuck in a fence, an onlooker captured video footage of the camel's handlers jabbing the animal in the neck and yanking her so hard that she fell to the ground. One handler continued to aggressively jerk the camel even though she might have been injured. When the video hit YouTube, PETA instantly wrote a letter asking Jon Stewart and the other producers to stick with what they do best—writing and delivering witty dialogue—and to respect animals enough to leave them out of future skits. At the same time, Daily Show fans hit the show's website hard to complain.
We hope that the show responds positively. One need not be an expert in camel behavior—but simply a decent person—to recognize that this skit was unkind and that the idea should have been scrapped.
Not funny, guys, not funny.
PETA was back at the National Mall on Saturday—this time for the "Rally to Restore Sanity," at which our "pig," "chicken," and "cow" made a huge splash. Among the many attendees who flocked to snap photos of our amiable animals, our cow's plea to "Use Soy Milk: It Dilutes the Tea" was the hooves-down favorite—and our pig gained access to an exclusive front-stage area, making sure that presenters saw the message "Don't Let the Terrorists Win: GO VEGAN."
Considering how inhumane and environmentally destructive meat, milk, and egg production are and how unhealthy eating animal-derived products is, going vegan is the sane, compassionate, and obvious answer.
Written by Karin Bennett
On last night's The Daily Show (basically the only show I watch, other than Glee) Jon Stewart slipped in a quip about Manhattan's West Side—he called it the "sad-eyed carriage horse district."
Couple that with a recent episode in which Jon stood up to Liam Neeson's claim that the horse stables on the West Side are miniature luxury palaces, saying, "I don't think living on 52nd and 11th is a holiday for a horse," and I'd say that Jon is a regular hero for horses.
I think we should all join Jon in speaking up for horses who are abused in the carriage industry.
Written by Amanda Schinke
Liam Neeson's appearance on The Daily Show last night has PETA wondering if one of his horses might have kicked him in the head. What else could explain his bizarre opinions about New York City's carriage horses and what wonderful lives he thinks they have?
"Have you been in these stables?" he asked. "I would move in tomorrow. Seriously." The man has his choice of at least two posh homes—an enormous condo in Manhattan and a sprawling 6,000-square-foot estate in upstate New York—but apparently he would just as soon live here:
It gets better. When Jon Stewart questioned whether the horses would prefer to be free, Liam said, "Everyone thinks cows in the fields would rather be running wild … that's bullsh** … horses don't either."
Oh, Liam, maybe you're right, let me ponder this for a moment … It does seem like horses would prefer to endure the freezing cold and the panicky booms, noisy traffic, and exhaust fumes of the city over living in a lush pasture. And you're right, they probably much prefer the whips, shouting, heavy gear, traces, and lack of water in the troughs as well as the long shifts trudging for hours and pulling strangers in a half-mile circle all day without rest over living a natural life. Makes sense, right?
Jon stood firm, though, and came to the support of horses, adding, "I don't think living on 52nd and 11th is a holiday for a horse."
Written by Christine Doré
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