Written by Jeff Mackey
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 PETA
Friday was especially good for
animals. In honor of the Christian holiday Good Friday, PETA pigs were out in
front of the HoneyBaked Ham store in Oakland, California, and lots of other
stores, too, joined by friends holding signs like the one below and "It's
a Good Friday to Go Vegan."
also handed out copies of our "Glass Walls"
video and vegan starter
kits to curious customers, showing them what really happens to pigs before
they become a honey-baked ham. (Spoiler: It's anything but
merciful.) It was plenty of food for thought for Easter patrons.
How does your
faith or philosophy about life influence your compassion for animals? Tell us
in the comments below!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
of the throngs of people who had gathered outside to protest, it was hard to spot
those who were trickling into Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Ringling Bros.
circus's opening night. More than 200 animal advocates came together to make
sure that Ringling's reception was chillier than a New York winter.
half the group circled the block, hoisting signs and chanting, the other half flanked the crosswalks and handed leaflets and educational coloring
books to parents and children.
any of the attendees weren't aware of how Ringling abuses animals, they certainly were after they saw the behind-the-scenes photos of trainers
slamming baby elephants to the ground,
gouging them with steel-tipped bullhooks, and shocking them with electric prods. And if that didn't do the trick, the
screening of PETA's video
exposé narrated by Alec Baldwin, which showed trainers beating and tormenting
elephants, moments before a performance likely did.
of the advocates plan to return to the Barclays Center every night that the
circus is in town to make sure that everyone in the Big Apple gets the message
about cruelty under the big top.
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!
year, people who exploit chickens and reduce them to bits in a bucket gather at
the International Poultry
Expo to congratulate each
other on making money at it. So this year, PETA sent a flock of "birds"
to suggest that attendees give a cluck about chickens:
on pots and pans and shouting, "We are not nuggets!" the chickens got
everyone's attention. A surprisingly large number of attendees accepted the demonstrators'
leaflets and listened to explanations of how chickens suffer on factory farms
and in slaughterhouses, including being mutilated and drugged, having their throats slit while still
alive, and often being scalded to death.
was an educational expo indeed.
Written by Alisa Mullins
PETA miss the chance to educate nearly 1 million people about the benefits of vegan eating? Kale
of President Barack Obama's inauguration were so smitten by Chris P. Carrot,
Celery Stalk, and Mother Earth that they actually lined up to have their
pictures taken with the patriotic trio and snatched up vegetarian/vegan starter kits and copies of "Glass Walls"—a video narrated by Paul McCartney—while they were at it.
vociferous vegetables even managed to win over a woman who was willing to
consider eating fewer animals than she was wearing:
his inaugural speech, President Obama promised to "respond to the threat of climate
change." We can't think of an easier—or tastier—way to do that than
by going vegan.
you still trying to cool off from the scorcher that was 2012? Scientists report
that it was the hottest year
on record for the U.S.—but instead of blaming
Mother Nature, we can point the finger at ourselves. "It is abundantly
clear that we are seeing [human-caused] climate change in action," according
to Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
PETA sent the greenest gals we know on a jaunt across Canada to show people how
easy it is to go green—no bodypaint required. Since carbon
dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide together are the biggest contributors to climate
change and raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of carbon
dioxide emissions and the single largest source of both methane and nitrous
oxide emissions, going
vegan has been called the "single most effective thing you can do" to combat climate
eagerly posed for pictures with the lime ladies, and they took home PETA's "Meat's Not Green"
leaflets and copies of legendary
animal and environmental advocate Paul McCartney's meat industry exposé, "Glass Walls."
simply opting for faux meats and dairy products over animal-based ones,
we can make 2013 a lucky year for animals and help reduce climate change. And
that's pretty cool.
you mess with bears, sometimes you get hurt. Of course, PETA's
"bear" didn't actually harm a hair on the heads of the animal abusers
at Chief Saunooke Bear
Park (CSBP) during a protest last weekend, but he and about two dozen of his friends
did bite back against the cruelty at the vile roadside zoo.
protest comes less than a week after the release of the findings of our undercover investigation of CSBP that unearthed evidence of systemic neglect and abuse of bears
(including shooting and eating one of
them), threats of violence, illegal drug use, sexual harassment, and racism by the park's staff. We are calling for the closure of the hellish bear
pits and the seizure of the surviving animals.
What You Can Do
If you didn't make it to the demonstration, don't worry—you
can still help the bears suffering at CSBP by asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to confiscate all animals from the shabby roadside zoo immediately and place
them in a suitable sanctuary.
PETA made sure that grocery shoppers
didn't wind up in a pickle when the eco-friendly ban on plastic bags went into effect in Oakland, California. A convivial carrot and personable
pickle offered shoppers at one grocery store free tote bags that were greener
than a cucumber salad.
That's because not only did the bags help
shoppers stop contributing to plastic-bag pollution, they also illustrated how
much the meat industry
pollutes the air, water, and soil. Inside their new bags, shoppers found a DVD of Paul McCartney's meat industry
exposé "Glass Walls" and a vegetarian/vegan starter kit.
Many shoppers told the pair of produce that
they were trying to be greener or were thinking about going vegan. And the
green goodies were such a hit that employees came out of the store to ask if
they could take some inside because customers were asking for them.
If you didn't get one of the totes, don't go out of
your gourd. Pick up a vegetarian/vegan
starter kit, a "Glass Walls" DVD, and a PETA bunny tote to help you be healthier and more Earth-friendly,
and make your friends go green with envy.
we planned a demonstration involving people lying on what appeared to be bloody
meat trays outside a slaughterhouse, we knew that it would be a poignant
display. But even we had no idea just how intense it would turn out to be.
smell of freshly butchered flesh that permeated the air around the John Morrell & Co.
slaughterhouse was nauseating on that
sweltering day in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. But that wasn't the worst part.
The slaughterhouse was directly across the street from a stockyard, and we could hear the pigs screaming. Their
unceasing cries shook us to the core.
townspeople who drove by us certainly got the message—they were faced with the
gruesome image that accompanied the smells and screams that they always tried
to ignore as they passed. One slaughterhouse worker even came out to ask, "Are
you all vegetarian?" When we answered that we were, he said, "I don't
wherever you are, please be the message that people can't ignore.
animals are not silent.
We must not be, either.
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