Written by Jeff Mackey
Last week marked the end of legal public nudity in San Francisco—and you wouldn't expect PETA to sit it out, would you? Several
all-star volunteers gathered full-monty style at City Hall to protest the theft of animals'
skins by declaring that they are comfortable in their own skin.
Unlike humans, who can (or at least used to legally be able
to) choose how much skin to expose in public, animals raised and killed for
their skins often have their flesh unwillingly ripped off their bodies while
they're still alive. Please don't ever buy leather, fur, or other items made
from animals' skins and fur—choose garments and accessories made from pleather, faux fur, and other
cruelty-free materials instead!
A trio of PETA mermaids came ashore at San Francisco's
Fisherman's Wharf to remind everyone that "seafood" comes from animals who feel pain and suffer when they're netted or impaled and
pulled into an environment in which they can't breathe. After all, who would
know better than these hybrid lovelies that fish, lobsters, and other sea-dwellers feel
pain and want to live—just as the rest of us do.
What You Can Do
Cut the line on cruel seafood and make vegan fare the catch of the day instead!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
advocates are up in arms over San Francisco's new plan for keeping panhandlers
off the streets. The city wants to pay panhandlers who are staying in publicly funded
housing $75 per week to foster
"problem" dogs from San Francisco's animal shelter. But as a letter that PETA
sent to Mayor Edward M. Lee points out, "Handing over troubled animals to
troubled people will save neither, and it places both at risk of injury,
further trauma, and a bad end."
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homeless people are battling substance-abuse or mental-health issues. If
they are unable to adequately meet their own needs, the last thing the city
should do is saddle them with the needs of another individual. And while the
organizers of the WOOF
program (which stands for Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and
Fidos) say that the
panhandlers will be screened to weed out anyone who is still living on the
streets or is severely mentally ill (emphasis added), they say nothing about the foster caregivers' lack of experience dealing with traumatized dogs with special needs who are "rowdy, hyper or too shy to interact with humans." The
last thing the city's most vulnerable dogs need is to be put in a precarious
situation and exposed to improper, counterproductive, or (heaven forbid) cruel
training methods, which could result in their being bounced from one foster
home to another and make their behavior problems worse, not better.
has offered to give San Francisco $10,000—the amount of the private grant that the
city received to start the program—if it would instead pay panhandlers to
perform any other service for the city, such as leafleting for spaying and neutering.
e-mail Mayor Edward M. Lee and ask him to place the city's indigent population
in jobs that won't risk hurting them or dogs.
Written by PETA
If "fantasy football" for you
means a stadium where healthy foods are more abundant than foam fingers, check
out this year's ranking of the top five most vegetarian-friendly stadiums in
honorable mentions are the San Diego Chargers' Qualcomm Stadium, the Seattle Seahawks' CenturyLink Field, the San Francisco 49ers' Candlestick Park, and the Detroit Lions' Ford Field.
fans don't have to leave their health to a last-minute Hail Mary. They can
start and finish strong with foods that don't cause unnecessary roughness to their bodies or to animals and that taste so good that
fans won't care if they get fined for excessive celebration.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Written by Michelle Sherrow
San Francisco Animal Care and Control is so overrun with abandoned Chihuahuas that the dogs are being flown across the country by Virgin America to an animal shelter in New York. The little pups are traveling de primera clase in the main cabin, but they wouldn't have to make the journey at all if it weren't for people who acquire animals on a whim, only to discard them after they realize that they require more than occasional pats on the head and doggie treats.
Celebrities like Paris Hilton, who portray "purse pups" as accessories instead of living beings who require a lifetime of care, are largely to blame, as are movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua, which also cause a rush on the "dog of the moment."
Compounding the problem are the people who purchase puppies from breeders and pet stores (which usually obtain their dogs from puppy mills), instead of adopting any of the millions of dogs waiting in animal shelters for a home.
Hopefully, the media buzz created by the Chihuahua airlifts will inspire more people to give shelter dogs the buenas familias that they deserve.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Besides being cruel, using poison to control wildlife is dangerous because children and animal companions can easily ingest it—and this can have fatal consequences. Recently, seven children in San Francisco ate rat poison that they found at their middle school, mistaking the blue cubes for candy. The children were taken to nearby hospitals and, fortunately, are all right.
The only way to ensure that children and animal companions don't ingest rat, mice, insect, or other poisons is not to buy the deadly chemicals. Many great live traps are available, such as PETA's Humane Smart Mousetrap, which uses a small plastic hut and peanut butter to safely catch animals so that they can be released outside with no harm done to them or anyone else. There are also many effective ways to animal-proof a building so that critters can't get inside in the first place.
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has voted to require restaurant kids' meals that come with free toys to contain fewer than 600 calories, include fruits and veggies, and exclude fat- and sugar-laden beverages. And (surprise!) McDonald's Happy Meal doesn't make the cut.
As a kid (before I went vegetarian "cold turkey" at age 10 after realizing that meat comes from a living, breathing being), I would beg my parents to take me to Mickey D's for the latest cheap plastic doodad. I couldn't have cared less about the fat-and-cholesterol bomb in a bun that came with it, but the toy lured me (and my parents) to the drive-through month after month.
With 15 percent of American children now classified as overweight or obese—putting them in danger of serious health problems including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer—stopping restaurants like McDonald's from using "kid bait" to market unhealthy animal flesh to children seems like a pretty good idea to this former Happy Meal lover.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
Healthy, humane alternatives to cruelly produced dairy products continued to make headlines this week. An executive order signed earlier this year by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has gone into effect requiring city vending machines to be stocked with soy and rice milks in an effort to curb obesity rates and improve consumers' overall health.
Considering San Fran's healthy and humane options in vending machines and L.A.'s dairy-free delight, the "Pamela Anderson" milkshake, California almost seems like heaven on Earth. Please take a minute to thank Mayor Newsom for his decision to provide his city with healthier, humane beverages.
Written by Karin Bennett
PETA's presence was felt by Australian wool producers who are attending a weeklong international trade meeting in San Francisco. Yesterday, 120 protesters made a striking appearance as they gathered outside the conference building and denounced industry executives for allowing wool producers to abandon their commitment to ending the bloody and painful practice of mulesing this year.
Leading designers and retailers around the world—including Gap Inc., Timberland, Abercrombie & Fitch, Limited Brands, Liz Claiborne, HUGO BOSS, and Perry Ellis—have pledged to move away from wool that comes from mulesed sheep or have instituted an outright ban on it.
Shoppers can make a difference by turning their backs on wool altogether.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
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