Written by PETA
of going through racks of Halloween costumes and seeing the same old hockey
masks and sexy nurse uniforms? Here are six scary DIY costumes guaranteed to
make the most fearless revelers do a double-take—and
then think twice about eating meat, wearing fur, or going to the circus.
an idea from PETA Vice President
Dan Mathews and go as KFC's purveyor of live-chicken
scalding, Colonel Sanders.
transform into bunny butcher Donna
Karan by carrying some plush rabbits drenched in red
paint. To complete the ensemble, lie all night about how you don't
really use fur even while you're holding the evidence.
are scary to a lot of people, and Ronald McDonald is one of the scariest of
all. Follow in Andy Dick's footsteps and wave
around a bloody knife as you illustrate how a chicken becomes a McNugget. (Hint: It's a lot more cruel than it has to be because
McDonald's refuses to implement a less cruel slaughter method for
you want the theme to your outfit to be "cold as ice," be a Canadian seal clubber. A plush seal,
a club, and a red-stained shirt will have anyone with a heartbeat running and
screaming for points south of the Great White North.
splashy is more your style, don a top hat and tails or a tight Lycra jumpsuit
and you can be a Ringling
Bros. animal trainer abuser. It works best if
accessorized with a bullhook and paired with a partner
dressed as a helpless baby elephant.
women who want to show that fur is a bad asset, pair a Sasquatch suit with two
strategically placed pillows and a diva attitude to become Jennifer Lopez. Be sure to brag about
how you burn through animals like you burn through husbands.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Hmm, what to have for dinner? Fast, easy, and guaranteed cruelty-free—dum-da-da-dum—Internet Soup!
PETA asked for your help in picking the naughtiest person of 2010, and boy, did you guys come through—to the tune of more than 2.7 million lumps of coal! And the "winner" is … Ronald McDonald. The cruel clown got a run for his (blood) money from the CEO of SeaWorld, but in the end, it was no contest.
Well, what else would you expect when you're the embodiment of a company that refuses to adopt a less cruel method of chicken slaughter, instead clinging stubbornly to antiquated practices that result in the abuse of countless chickens, who suffer broken bones, cut throats, hemorrhaging, and immersion in scalding-hot water—all while they're still conscious?
Now that we know he's the worst offender of the year, let's persuade Ronald to make a New Year's resolution to be kinder to animals in 2011! To tell McDonald's, "I'm hatin' it," just go here.
Written by Jeff Mackey
It's so hot in the city, you'd think I'd be making another batch of lemonade—but I've got a hankering for some Internet Soup. It's been a while since the last batch, so dig in!
Oof! I don't know about you, but I'm full after all that soup—and guac. This Special K needs a siesta. Until next time …
Written by Karin Bennett
Thanks for all of your wonderful comments on this Win It Wednesday. The winners of the 'Tofu Never Screams' Tote and Tee are Mike Hoyt, Annie, and Kelly. Congratulations!
It's almost time for Halloween: my favorite holiday. Every year, I'm eager to gorge on vegan Swedish Fish Sea Kittens and decide on a costume.
This year, I've been thinking about going as Evil Ronald McDonald, with frizzed-out red hair, a hatchet, and a blood-splattered yellow jumpsuit—all topped off with PETA's Ronald mask.
Now PETA's quirky "Tofu Never Screams" tee and tote, which just happen to be this week's "Win It" Wednesday prize, have me thinking about a second costume idea. I may finally have a perfect use for that big, horrible block of Styrofoam in my hall closet.
How do you win one of this week's prize packages? Share your most creative, animal-friendly costume idea and the tote (perfect for carrying home that mountain of candy) and the T-shirt can be yours.
This weekend, an attempt by Ronald McDonald to con San Francisco youngsters into eating more greasy, artery-clogging burgers and McNuggets was interrupted by an anonymous "chicken," who apparently was not going to take McDonald's abuse of chickens lying down.
Here comes the wind-up …
Note the artful splatter of the vegan cream.
Mr. Chicken makes his getaway in his trusty "old school" Vans.
Here's hoping Ronald got the message that he needs to start treating chickens with a little more respect. Switching to CAK would be a good start.
Written by Alisa Mullins
What happens when a demented Ronald McDonald sits down with one of television's most befuddling interviewers? Visitors to Will Ferrell’s FunnyOrDie.com are finding out today. A bizarre PETA video just debuted featuring Martin Short’s Jiminy Glick character grilling a "fried" Ronald McDonald (Andy Dick) about the company’s slaughter practices.
While I'm excited about PETA's first FunnyOrDie exclusive (so much so that I'm going to get down on my knees and beg you to vote "Funny"), I'm even more thrilled that The PETA Files has the exclusive on the bonus feature.
So gather your senses after watching the full-length on FunnyOrDie and check out this little "bonus feature" for some more outré commentary from Ronald "They're Just Animals" McDonald.
Now doesn't that just make you want to head over to Facebook and join our "Not eating McDonald's" fan page?
Written by Joel Bartlett
Our McCruelty campaign has been raging on for about a month now, with no word from McDonald's about improving welfare standards for the animals killed for its restaurants. But since when has a little resistance stopped us? That said, we think it's the perfect time to kick the campaign up a notch, don't you agree?
Our latest efforts have us thinking big—as in billboard big. Check it out:
We plan to place the eye-opening billboard in select cities across the country. We're certain it will have motorists seeing red once they learn that the biggest seller of chicken meat in the country refuses to compel its suppliers to switch to a better slaughter method.
Contrary to what Ronald would like consumers to believe, it's not all Happy Meals and hamburger patches under the golden arches. Far from it.
Please take action now by urging McDonald's to support only suppliers that use controlled-atmosphere killing.
I know if I were a parent, I certainly wouldn't allow my child to visit the home of a scary giant-shoe–wearing clown with blood on his hands. But that's just me.
Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky
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