Written by Michelle Kretzer
known that Famke Janssen
was a big animal advocate ever since she and her dog Licorice starred in a "Be
an Angel for Animals" PETA ad. But now the model and actor has a new feather
for her wings: She's vegan. Famke even worked in a mention of it in a recent interview with The Telegraph: "I'm vegan so I favour pasta and vegetable dishes."
other celebrity news:
on Twitter this week, celebrities were bashing Bizarre Foods, were setting crabs free, and were boycotting the
Ringling Bros. circus:
keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
You've watched the video of Justin Timberlake's "Veganville"
skit on Saturday Night Live 20 times, posted it on Facebook, and tweeted the link. But do you have the
shirt? The Passionate Vegan Personal Chef Service is offering "Bring It on Down to
Veganville" shirts for everyone who can't get enough of the dancing tofu (which is pretty much
And if you're looking for some more
animal-friendly awesomeness to retweet this week, might we offer a few
Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone are getting in
on the vegan action, too. The duo, along with Bill Gates, is offering financial backing to companies that are creating innovative new faux meats and nondairy products.
Will The Bachelor's Sean Lowe's bride-to-be, Catherine
Giudici, be having her wedding in Veganville? We're hoping to see the vegan blogger and
her beau throw a cruelty-free
celebration for their
And Glen Davis is making vegan magic. Well, more accurately, he's making the Magic vegan. The Orlando Magic forward
made the switch for his health, and PETA sent him a vegetarian/vegan starter kit, a "Glass Walls"
DVD, and some cookbooks to get him well on his way to making up his own dance ode to one of his new
favorite foods: tofu.
may have us all dancing in the grocery store aisles soon. Not content to rest
on his laurels after opening one of L.A.'s hottest new eateries, the all-vegan restaurant Crossroads
this weekend, he is now crafting his own line of vegan artisanal cheeses, Kite Hill Cheese.
Soon, we can snack on Kite Hill Cheese
and crackers while we watch one of our other best buds, Tim Gunn, help the Project Runway designers "make it work." When Us
Weekly interviewed him for its "25 Things You Don't Know About Me"
column, of course Tim worked in a plug for animals: "I love dogs,
loves dogs, too, as evidenced by how he's bonding with his canine costar on the
set of Animal Rescue. Ecorazzi reports
that "the film will not only bring up animal abuse issues, but problems
surrounding pit bulls in animal shelters."
To keep up with what all your favorite
stars are doing for animals, follow
@PETA on Twitter.
celeb who won't mind too much when awards season winds down? Octavia Spencer. She loves cheering for her friend Jessica Chastain, but she's getting antsy
for her The Help costar to cook her some more vegan soul
food like the vegan fried
chicken they made on set. Jessica, one of PETA's reigning Sexiest Vegetarian
Celebrities, has been scooping up the nominations, so to tide Octavia over, we've
sent her her own vegan soul-food cookbook. Maybe soon the friends will be
comparing vegan recipes and Oscars?
can scoop up Robin Quivers'
new vegan cookbook, The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life. Or perhaps they'll take
their happy reunion to Chef
Tal Ronnen's new vegan restaurant and bar, Crossroads,
opening in L.A.
Hilaria and Alec Baldwin are also celebrating an
exciting new venture. The couple is expecting their first child in late summer. PETA is
sending the vegan mom an early shower gift: a copy of Skinny Bitch Bun
in the Oven.
at just 15 years old, pop prince Greyson Chance thinks it's time he
gave meat-free eating a chance. When he posted to Twitter, "first day of
being a vegetarian. can I do this?" his
fans responded in droves with words of encouragement. We think that we know a few more folks who might
be cheering Greyson on:
animals weren't getting "tweet outs" on Twitter, they were getting major
ups from Maggie Q in The Huffington
Post. The Nikita star spent the majority of her
interview talking about her new PETA campaign titled, "Fight Climate
Change With Diet Change—Go Veg," and detailing the environmental destruction and cruelty of the meat industry.
If Maggie ever decides
to get out of acting, we think she's got a future in animal rights.
Ne-Yo is making it a happy New Year for animals: The rapper has resolved to go vegan in 2013. When Ne-Yo first tweeted his New Year's resolution, he deemed it a discipline
test. But after he
learned about the cruelty of the meat and dairy industries, he said that there
was "much more meaning to it." PETA sent him vegan
dining expert chef Tal Ronnen's The Conscious Cook: Delicious
Vegan Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat, a vegetarian/vegan starter
kit, and fellow music legend Paul
McCartney's meat industry exposé, "Glass Walls."
Ne-Yo has been keeping his Twitter
followers up to date on his progress and has received an outpouring of support,
as have animals:
Maybe Ne-Yo will give Anderson Cooper the inspiration that he needs to help him make the switch. When Anderson invited vegan Alan Cumming onto his show, the pair noshed on meat-free chicken wings and Anderson talked
about his vegan aspirations.
friend Kelly Osbourne
says it was her boyfriend, vegan
chef Matthew Mosshart, who helped her drop pounds and feel
better. "That's because he cooks for me! He's a vegan chef so he makes
sure I eat healthily," she says. "I'm happy with how I look now."
Stone and Andrew Garfield
are happy with how their family looks now, with the addition of their new
rescued dog, Ren. They took the pup in as foster parents, but it took the
couple only a few days to make it official. PETA sent Ren a homecoming present
of treats and toys.
Written by PETA
founder Harvey Levin is the breaking celebrity news—he's newly vegetarian and no longer wears leather. It's likely that Levin's
love of animals caused him to make the switch. He's "deeply into animal rescue"
and says that the last time he cried was when his beloved dog, Floyd, passed
All aboard! Ozzy Osbourne
is riding the vegan train after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives.
When Russell Brand
watched it, the reigning Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity opted to become the Sexiest Vegan.
You wouldn't expect anything less than
healthy and delicious when Ellen
and Portia de Rossi partner with Chrissie Hynde for a new vegan restaurant, and that's just what
you'll get with vegan celeb chef Tal Ronnen
preparing the menus. He's a busy guy—he's also bringing his vegan flair to LYFE Kitchen
restaurant as co-executive chef, alongside Oprah's
former chef, Art Smith.
Vegetarian singer Kate Bush
wanted to let her fans know in advance of her forthcoming album, 50 Words for Snow, that she wears 50
kinds of faux
in the snowy photo shoot because she's sure her fans "feel the same way as
I do about wearing real fur."
Fellow musician Helen Marnie of Ladytron
made no bones (or pelts) about the group's refusal to wear fur in an interview
with Rolling Stone. "[F]ur—be it
rabbit, fox, mink, whatever—is totally out of the question,"
To see what else celebs have been saying
about PETA, check out our Twitter feed.
by Michelle Sherrow
When Food Network chef Giada De Laurentiis asked her viewers what they'd like her to cook, they overwhelmingly requested more vegetarian meals. In fact, De Laurentiis predicts vegetarian meals will be the hot trend in 2012, and in preparation, she's been testing a variety of mouthwatering vegetarian concoctions. She says in a Food Network video that when her mother went vegetarian, "I sort of made it my mission to start coming up with dishes that wouldn't make you miss the meat." In the video, De Laurentiis shares her recipes for delectable dishes, including a zesty vegan curry bean dip:
To help get her creative juices flowing for developing more vegetarian delights, PETA sent De Laurentiis a copy of The Conscious Cook by vegan chef Tal Ronnen, who has cooked for the likes of Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres. The book is a wealth of information about delicious, versatile, and protein-rich faux meats that can be the basis for healthy plant-based meals.
To get a jump start on 2012's vegetarian food craze, pick up your own copy of Chef Tal's book, or browse the free vegetarian recipes on PETA's "Living" page right now!
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
In honor of Culinarians Day, we've whipped up a list of some of our favorite vegan celebrity chefs, chefs who cook for celebrities, and cruelty-free restaurants where you might just catch celebrities chowing down. Tasty! Check it out:
One lucky reader can win the Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook. For a chance to win, just leave a comment telling us who your favorite vegan celebrity is.*
Written by Colleen Twombly-Borst
Not long ago, we told you that celebrity chef Mario Batali was introducing special "Meatless Mondays" options at all of his 14 restaurants. Well, thanks to Freep.com, we get to meat meet up with Mario for a progress report: He says that he feels better as his diet becomes increasingly veggie-heavy. And he predicts that environmental concerns will prompt others to embrace a vegetarian diet. Oh—and he reveals that his own vegetarian cookbook is in the works.
Could Batali be channeling vegan chef Tal Ronnen? I'd love to think so, but one thing's for certain: Both Chef Mario and Chef Tal are inspiring countless flesh-loving foodies to think outside the T-bone.
Written by Karin Bennett
It's official: Oprah will end her show in 2011. Feel that collective surge of sadness? We sure do. Oprah's groundbreaking program has transcended the talk-show format and has paved the way for social and political change. In honor of PETA's 2008 Person of the Year and her show's long run, we're revisiting Oprah's best animal-friendly episodes:
The media mogul may be bidding farewell to her legendary talk show, but with the upcoming launch of her new cable network, we're sure that we'll be seeing a lot more of her for a long time to come.
Written by Logan Scherer
This week Windsor, North Carolina, officials cut the red ribbon that wrapped PETA's very special gift to animals in this small Southern town. For nearly a decade, PETA has been working with Windsor and other area towns to provide homeless animals in their care with better housing conditions and a peaceful end when euthanasia is the most humane option.
In 2000, PETA was alerted by a caring police officer to terrible suffering and appalling conditions at several "animal shelters" in North Carolina, some of which were nothing more than outdoor shacks, like the one in Windsor. Dogs and cats left inside these outdoor "coops" suffered without heat in the winter and air conditioning, or even fans, in the scorching summer. As a result, some animals literally drowned or froze to death at some town facilities. When no homes could be found for them, many were killed by gas poisoning or gunshots.
Today, we are thrilled to announce that this week, PETA representatives were joined by Windsor's mayor, Robert Spivey, and several other county officials to celebrate the town's new animal shelter, funded entirely by PETA, to ensure that homeless animals in Windsor are housed comfortably and humanely from here on out. Get ready for a pretty amazing reveal:
As for the old shack, we're planning a very special demolition party that will take place soon.
Since receiving that initial complaint nearly a decade ago, PETA has become a lifesaving presence in many impoverished areas near our headquarters in Southern Virginia. We have provided hundreds of doghouses, free and low-cost spay/neuter services, food, toys, no-spill water receptacles, and more to local citizens and their animal companions, and we regularly work with local law-enforcement officials to prosecute those who harm animals. Every dollar PETA spends helps to ensure that a needy animal receives warmth during winter, shade during summer, fresh food, and clean water. Considering the difficult economic situation and winter's frigid temperatures, we—and animals—need your help now more than ever. Visit HelpingAnimals.com to learn how you can help neglected and homeless animals in your own neighborhood and beyond.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
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here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.