Written by Jeff Mackey
Check out these pictures from two recent protests held by PETA
and PETA Asia-Pacific outside Philippine Airlines' offices in San Francisco and Manila, respectively.
At stake: the lives of primates shipped by the airline to the U.S. for delivery
to experimenters, who will imprison,
abuse, and kill the terrified animals.
Philippine Airlines is one of only three major airlines still transporting primates
to laboratories. According to documents obtained by PETA, Philippine Airlines shipped 190
macaque monkeys—crammed into tiny crates—from Indonesia to Los Angeles in 2012.
All the monkeys were transported in dark, terrifying cargo holds below the feet
of unsuspecting passengers.
From L.A., the monkeys were trucked to a Texas quarantine
facility run by infamous Shin
Nippon Biomedical Laboratories before being finally transported to the University of Washington in Seattle. Monkeys at this laboratory are commonly infected with diseases,
have holes drilled into their skulls, and are deprived of food or water in
order to force them to cooperate in experiments.
For the past few months, PETA and PETA Asia-Pacific have
been trying to work with the airline to end this practice. Now that talks have
broken down, PETA and its affiliates have launched international protest campaigns by holding demonstrations and asking supporters to call the airline's San
Francisco office to press officials to end shipments of primates to
laboratories. (At one point, the airline was so overwhelmed with calls that it stopped
answering its phones!)
How You Can Help
PETA and its international affiliates will continue to
protest outside Philippine Airlines' offices worldwide until the carrier bans
the transport of primates for experimentation. Please politely urge Philippine
Airlines to stop shipping monkeys to laboratories by calling airline officials at
415-217-3150 and by participating in PETA's online action alert.
Written by PETA
activist Michelle Doers was reading Animal Times when she first learned
about actor James
Cromwell's arrest at the University of Wisconsin (UW) for protesting its heinous experiments on
cats. That's when she remembered reading about something else in the PETA
publication: a woman who wrapped her car in an ad to raise awareness about
animal issues. So Michelle decided to turn her own car into a moving billboard
the next two months, Michelle will be using her car to speak up for animals in
laboratories and encouraging others to buy only cruelty-free
home and beauty products. After that, she plans to change the wrap on her
car seasonally. Her next message will encourage people to boycott Ringling Bros.
for its abuse of elephants.
stellar activist and PETA supporter, Anne Feingold, helped coordinate a joint
letter through her cat rescue organization that was signed by more than 150 cat
advocacy and rescue organizations from nearly all 50 states. The letter, which
unequivocally condemns UW's cruel experiments on cats, was sent to the
leadership of the university as well as to the federal funding agency that
enables this abuse. Anne also showed impressive initiative and dedication by
contacting local media in Madison, Wisconsin, to alert them to her efforts.
you inspired by Michelle and Anne? Want to help animals from your computer and
in your community? Join our Action Team! And
if you're an activist younger than 21, check out peta2's Street Team!
PETA, we know that some rules (such as being quiet in meetings)
are meant to be broken, but anti-cruelty laws should never
be ignored. That's why when we heard that Ringling Bros. was going to
Columbus, Ohio, and taking elephants and abusive bullhooks
with it, we wrote
to the mayor asking
him to enforce a law that bans electric and other prods and similar devices
from being used on animals in circuses. And what do you think Mayor Michael B. Coleman
said in response? Not a
So we showed up outside City Hall—bullhooks in
hand—with signs reading, "Mayor Coleman: Enforce
Anti-Cruelty Laws" and "Beating Elephants Is a Crime."
seeing the bullhooks in person—with their sharp
steel hooks designed to dig
into elephants' flesh in the most sensitive areas (such as the soft
flesh behind the ears and inside the ear and mouth)—here's hoping Mayor Coleman straightens up and enforces the law.
to join us when PETA comes to your town to help animals? Join our Action Team!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
year, we have something to celebrate as we commemorate World Week for Animals in Laboratories.
After 30 years of pressure from PETA and other organizations, Harvard Medical
School's New England Primate
Research Center is shutting its doors. This milestone victory
proves that even the mightiest can fall—or
do better, move on, or modernize. And it illustrates why it is crucial that
animal advocates keep working
to end the suffering of animals in laboratories.
group of animal rights advocates in Italy made headlines this week when they occupied a laboratory at the University
of Milan and removed many of the
mice and rabbits who were caged there. Closer to home, there are numerous easy actions
that any of us can take to help animals in laboratories:
tweet this post to encourage your Twitter followers to get active for animals
in laboratories, too. We can win the
campaign to end the use of animals in laboratories, and we must. Millions of animals need us to.
In the '80s, people sang "We Are the World," but for Earth Day 2013, PETA gave that idea a very literal spin: Instead of
wearing their hearts on their sleeves, these good folks took off their sleeves (and everything else)
in favor of blue and green bodypaint for a demonstration in Vancouver. They reminded
everyone who saw them that we can help the planet simply
by choosing healthy and humane vegan foods.
So remember: If you want to save the world and its
inhabitants (or just look your
best without clothes), going vegan is the best way to
Written by Alisa Mullins
on—you know we couldn't let Justin Timberlake's performance at the White House go unmarked by a tribute to
his immortal Saturday Night Live skit in which he (literally) sang the praises of vegan eating:
Are you thinkin'
about your he-ealth,
oh, oh? Then veg out! No meat, so chic.
President Ingrid E. Newkirk put her money where her mouth is—in a very literal sense—in
an eye-catching protest outside British retailer Fortnum & Mason's Piccadilly store this week.
protest illustrated what geese endure while they are being raised for the foie gras sold in Fortnum & Mason
stores. But in order to replicate fully how foie gras is produced, Ingrid would
have had to be force-fed several times a day for weeks until her diseased liver
had painfully swelled to up to 10 times its normal size.
process is so cruel that it's illegal in the U.K., but Fortnum & Mason
continues to sell foie gras imported from France, where a recent PETA U.K. investigation documented the confinement of geese to crowded, filthy pens and their slaughter
while still conscious.
British venues, including the House of Lords, the
House of Commons, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Wimbledon, Lord's Cricket
Ground, and all the residences of His Royal Highness Prince Charles, refuse to serve foie gras,
and retailers Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, House of
Fraser, and Jenners refuse to sell it. PETA UK won't
stop until it has added Fortnum & Mason to that list.
How do horses show love? They nuzzle and groom each other.
How do people show love to horses? By refusing to ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
On most Valentine's Days, record numbers of these sensitive, skittish animals are forced to drag carriages full of people across the hard pavement, dodging loud traffic and breathing exhaust fumes. But this February 14, PETA asked people to celebrate in a truly lovely way: taking a romantic stroll and leaving abused horses out of the plan.
Demonstrators explained that in the past year alone, there have been 13 accidents involving horse-drawn carriages. There were a barrage of supportive honks and thumbs-up signs, and a group of 50 high school students saw us and cheered.
And the efforts paid off: Few people climbed aboard the carriages.
Multitudes have called on New York to ban horse-drawn carriages. Please add your name to the list today.
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!
The carcass-cooking food trucks that
signed up for the barbecue competition at D.C.'s Meat Week got thoroughly
smoked—by a pig, a cow, and some meat-free meatballs.
PETA members and their costumed
counterparts set out to give Meat Week attendees some flesh-free options, but
as it turned out, meat-free was the only way to be: The food truck chefs couldn't
handle the cold temperatures and retreated inside. The iron-fueled vegans,
however, stayed out to greet passersby and share the secret behind their resilience:
The event's organizers might not have
been outside handing out meat, but they did have to hand it to our dedicated
demonstrators. And in return, the PETA members offered the organizers a taste
of compassionate fare that hopefully left them feeling a little warmer toward
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an animal, please click
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.