Written by Jeff Mackey
Want to have a New Year's celebration that's "off da
chain"? Start by getting dogs off theirs. (Chains, that is.)
Since it's time to make resolutions, make one of yours a pledge to see an end
to chaining in your community by year's end—all it takes is persuading local
officials to make (and
then pass) a kind of resolution of their own!
Need more convincing? Meet Ziggy. This was his life before
PETA—and a caring animal advocate, Alexis Tsiouris—came into it:
Alexis and PETA worked together over the course of a year to
get Ziggy (then named Gizmo) off his chain and into a true home. After PETA
alerted Alexis to Ziggy's plight, she delivered straw and treats to him. Both
Alexis and PETA contacted his owner, who finally surrendered him to Alexis. Ziggy
now lives indoors with his loving family, including three other dogs:
Ziggy's life is as bright now as it once was bleak. But with
so many "backyard dogs" on chains and ropes, one-dog-at-a-time rescues—while worthwhile and often necessary—can't effectively help them all.
That's why it's so vital that tethering (chaining) bans become law in every community. While Ziggy was chained up, for example, PETA
had sent law-enforcement officials to check on him twice, but they determined
that his situation was legal so nothing could be done about it. A chaining ban
would give authorities the
necessary tools to help dogs like Ziggy.
What You Can Do
This year, put "Get a tethering ban passed" at the
top of your list of New Year's resolutions and get it done before 2013 comes to
a close. Learn how and then make your resolution: no more chained dogs!
The year 2011 was a great one for animals, and 2012 is bound to be even better.
Tell us what you plan to do for animals in the coming year, and you could win a
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Quite a few longtime PETA friends and faves were among the
celebs who told the Associated Press about
their animal-oriented New
including Bob Barker
("To continue urging folks to have their pets spayed and neutered—including
("I wish that [my cat]
Sheila would stop going into my bathroom, taking out all my cotton balls out of
the jars and spreading them all over."), and Katherine Heigl
(whose dogs want her "to feed them consistently on time in the morning"),
not to mention superhot Josh
and music legend Roberta
whom we love all the more after hearing about their rescued animal friends.
Other pro-adoption superstars? How about George Clooney,
who recently talked to Esquire about adopting
his shelter mutt, Einstein? Or Charlize Theron, who wants more people to, well, be like George?
If anyone you know needs convincing that tofu scramble
is the real breakfast of champions,
you can remind him or her that vegan WWE superstar Daniel Bryan
has been awarded the world
Then break a chair across his or her back just to get the point across. (PETA's
lawyers would like us to note that this is a joke and that violence is never
Not to be outdone, the UFC took to Twitter
to urge fans to vote for Jake
for peta2's Most Animal-Friendly Athlete Libby Award.
A number of other stars offered up pro-animal tweets as well:
And the always amazing Oscar-winner and Raising Hope star Cloris Leachman
raised some hope for animals abused in circuses by writing to the mayor of Orlando
and asking him to protect the elephants scheduled to perform in the city with Ringling Bros.
Written by PETA
We're all about New Year's Resolutions here at PETA. Mine is to quit eating so much delicious vegan junk food and start cooking healthier vegan meals. Pop star Katy Perry had a similar idea when she said, "I try to want to be a vegetarian 'cause I know it would be more of a healthier option for me."
She's right! On average, vegetarians and vegans weigh 10 to 20 pounds less than their carnivorous counterparts, and cutting animals from your diet solves all sorts of other health issues as well. So, if you were thinking about trying to lose weight for the New Year, taking our "Pledge to Be Veg" is a safe bet! Just to give Katy a little extra encouragement, we decided to send her a copy of Skinny Bitch and a basket full of yummy vegan food! Not only that, we sent her a list of vegetarian restaurants to visit on her January 2009 tour. It should come in handy when she's trying to eat healthy on the road.
So kudos to Katy for a smart New Year's Resolution! Not only would her new diet give her more energy to perform, but it's an easy way to save energy, the environment, and animals as well. Happy New Year, Katy!
Do you have an animal-friendly resolution? Let's hear it!
Written by Lianne Turner
My New Year's resolution this year is to finally cancel the membership to my gym, which I enrolled in around this time last year in a fit of optimism and utter lunacy. The people at my gym are notoriously cunning, and last time I went there to try and end things, I walked out with a renewed membership and a year's subscription to their monthly magazine. But I know I can do this if I put my mind to it.
On a related topic, if you're still casting about for a New Year's resolution to get your teeth into, this is a pretty good time to look further into vegetarianism or veganism. PETA has some great resources for such things here, and this comic strip by Carol Lay illustrates the point pretty well too:
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