Written by Michelle Kretzer
one of Ricky Gervais'
young fans tweeted the
star with the message "my parents agreed if you retweet this they will buy
my sister a dog & let you name it," Ricky
agreed but with one important stipulation. "A rescue dog tho,"
he mandated. We would expect nothing less from the man who is a constant voice for homeless
animals, urging people to adopt, never buy, and bashing greedy breeders and puppy mills. And like many
compassionate celebrities, Ricky consistently uses his Twitter account to reach
millions of people with animal-friendly messages.
can always count on Ricky to get an animal rights point across while he's
making people laugh. And Jon
Stewart did, too, with The
Daily Show's humorous coverage of Iran's launching a monkey into space: "Iran, you think
the CIA is tough? You just got PETA on your ass, and those guys don't f**k around." We'd love to hear Jon's take on Funny or Die's spot-on spoof of Dodge Ram's pandering
"God Made a Farmer" Super Bowl ad, "God Made a Factory Farmer."
Waka Flocka Flame's
hilarious Instagram photo
had us laughing at how ridiculous people look in fur:
Beyoncé went fur-free at the
Super Bowl, but she draped herself in python skin, iguana skin, and leather instead.
urging the singer to take a cue from other beautiful, talented performers such
as Carrie Underwood,
who puts on a dynamic show in cruelty-free fashions.
it was the epitome of a dynamic cruelty-free show when Vaute Couture designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart
presented the first completely vegan runway show at
New York Fashion Week. Celebrities are flocking
to the line, which is named after "haute couture" but spelled with a "v"
York isn't the only city celebrating cruelty-free fashion. Across the pond, our
affiliate PETA U.K. presented the first-ever Vegan Fashion Awards, with celeb judges Sadie
Frost and Meg Mathews honoring animal-friendly fashion from top designers and
retailers such as Stella
McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, and Topshop.
keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
Written by Alisa Mullins
In Michigan, birth control may be controversial when
it comes to humans, but when it
comes to dogs and cats, it's a no-brainer. As a bill that would restrict birth
control heads to the governor's desk, PETA is proposing to erect this billboard
in the state capital:
It is estimated that 6 to 8
animals enter our nation's
animal shelters every year, and only about half leave them alive because of a
lack of good homes. Countless others never make it to shelters and die on the
streets or at the end of a chain.
The key to ending this suffering
is spaying and neutering
prevent them from producing litter after litter of unwanted animals.
You can help by supporting PETA's fleet of mobile spay-and-neuter
clinics, which have
spayed and neutered more than 80,000 animals at low to no cost in the 11 years
since the first clinic rolled out of our parking lot, preventing the suffering
of hundreds of thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens.
And if you have the time, money,
and resources to care for an animal companion, please adopt from a shelter—never
buy an animal from a pet
store or breeder.
a Houston woman found a skinny kitten covered with fleas, she began calling "no-kill" shelters
looking for somewhere to
take the animal, not knowing that these types of shelters are usually full and
offer no help. Frustrated and worried, she called PETA.
encouraged the caller to bring the kitten indoors right away and set up a
temporary home for the animal in the bathroom, where the tabby would be safe
and could be given much-needed food and water. The woman agreed. We found a
reputable open-admission shelter in the area that would be able to accept the
kitten when it opened the next day. The next morning, after just one phone
call, the kitten had a welcoming, comfortable place to stay and a chance for a
home. Once again, "no-kill" shelters had done nothing to help, while an
open-admission shelter had. Open-admission shelters can't place every animal,
but they don't turn their backs and leave kittens like this to suffer on the
streets or end up giving birth and compounding the homelessness crisis.
"no-kill" shelters sound heroic, but they are often anything but. In
reality, they are limited-admission
shelters, which turn away the
most vulnerable animals and often allow only the youngest, cutest animals
admission. And many such places force animals to live for years in a cage, even
when the animals are sick or losing their minds from such confinement.
one wants to have to perform euthanasia,
but some of the most caring people in the world have to be brave enough to
provide animals with a painless exit from an uncaring world—because no matter what the "no-kill"
hucksters and hoarders say, there are too many dogs and cats and too few homes,
and leaving them on the streets, selling them to laboratories, or just shunting
them along to other states, is not a solution to the animal-homelessness crisis.
needs to be placed where it belongs—at the hands of breeders, and people who refuse to spay
and neuter their animals. In the meantime, open-admission shelters will continue to take
in all of society's castoffs, not
just the young, healthy, and cute ones—and not just when it's convenient.
If you know anyone
who is thinking of buying instead of adopting or who still needs to make that
sterilization appointment for a dog or cat, please help us reduce euthanasia by
giving them the facts, not by supporting some "no-kill" fantasy
Written by Jeff Mackey
Once upon a time, there was a sweet little girl named Coco.
Like Cinderella and Snow White before her, Coco faced true hardship. When Prince
Charming PETA's fieldworkers found her, she was chained to a trampoline—which served as her only "shelter"—and
her coat was badly matted, as you can see:
The fieldworkers, though, instantly recognized the princess
beneath the tangled fur and, with some persistence, persuaded the owner to
surrender the little poodle. She was whisked away to be bathed, groomed, spayed, and vaccinated before finding her happy ending: being placed into a wonderful
home. She now has more than an acre of kingdom fenced-in area to explore
and enjoys watching TV, staring at herself in the mirror, and—most of all—snuggling
with her human family. Here she is today, in royal repose:
Here's the moral of Coco's story: You don't have to be a
godmother with a magic wand. For abused, neglected, and abandoned animals, a helping hand can turn a potential tragedy into a fairy tale—and adoption provides the "happily
What You Can Do
PETA is always looking for people who can give animals loving
homes. If you are an East Coast resident and are interested in adopting a
companion animal from PETA, contact Adopt@peta.org. No matter where you live, please never buy
an animal from a pet store
or breeder—for a real fairy-tale ending, always adopt from an animal shelter or rescue.
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
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
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
Follow PETA on Twitter!
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.