Written by Michelle Kretzer
know that you're making a lot of cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and fish happy by not eating
them, but do you know exactly how many animals you have personally saved? Check
of explaining to people that, yes, one person really does make a difference?
Share this image on Facebook, Twitter, and
let the numbers speak for themselves.
Written by Jeff Mackey
PETA protested outside SeaWorld parks in San
Antonio and San Diego today, just one week after the marine-animal prison chain was hit with a
$38,500 repeat violation fine from the
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for allowing dangerous contact between employees and orcas in defiance of a
federal court order—and basic decency.
This SeaWorld San Antonio employee was shocked to learn about the
violations that led to the OSHA fine.
The fine resulted from a follow-up investigation and photos
and footage on TV of trainers who hugged and kissed orcas without any
protective barrier, as required by an earlier OSHA ruling. SeaWorld fought OSHA's decision with two
unsuccessful appeals, but the ruling stands.
Aggression between orcas is nearly non-existent in nature,
but the constant stress of living in forced social groupings inside tiny tanks
at SeaWorld causes them to
lash out, posing a danger to animals and employees alike. SeaWorld's own corporate incident logs
contain reports of more than 100
incidents at its parks. Orcas have pulled trainers into the water, held them at the
bottom of the pool, head-butted them, slammed into them, breached on top of
them, and, of course, killed
them—and those are just the episodes that have been reported.
What You Can Do
Please tell everyone you know to leave all marine-animal parks and aquariums out of their family travel plans, and ask SeaWorld officials to release their animals to sanctuaries.
Airlines is one of only three major airlines
that still ship primates to laboratories where they are tormented and killed in cruel experiments, but you wouldn't know
it from talking to its representatives. Airline reps have recently been telling
concerned PETA members who call their offices that they don't ship monkeys and
have not done so for a long time—but that's
PETA has obtained documents that show that Philippine Airlines has shipped nearly 200 pig-tailed macaque monkeys
from Indonesia to the University
of Washington's Washington National Primate Research Center in Seattle within the past 12 months alone. The documentation is crystal clear,
containing invoices, tracking numbers, flight numbers, and many other details. There
may be other such shipments as well.
Because of the growing pressure from PETA and its supporters around the world, Philippine Airlines could no longer ignore
the issue and released a statement on its website and Facebook page that read, "Philippine
Airlines is not engaged in the transport of wild, endangered or threatened
animals, regardless of their purpose." Yet the pig-tailed macaques it sent
to the hellish laboratory mentioned above are widely considered a threatened species. When PETA and PETA Asia-Pacific
e-mailed and called Philippine Airlines asking that the airline explain the
discrepancy between the records and its new statement, it quietly removed the
statement from its website and Facebook.
Clearly, Philippine Airlines is hearing our international protests
loud and clear, and we need to keep it up to make sure that it gets out of the
monkey business for good. Please call the ticket and cargo offices at the
numbers below and politely tell the representative that you will not be giving
any business to Philippine Airlines until it stops shipping monkeys to
If you're told that the airline has already stopped, ask the
representative to tell you and PETA in writing.
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.
Tony winner and Oscar
nominee Viola Davis has sent a letter to state legislators in Rhode Island urging them to support proposed
legislation to prevent elephants traveling with circuses from enduring bullhook abuse and long periods of chaining. Davis was raised in Central Falls, Rhode Island, and
attended Rhode Island College.
The star of the hotly anticipated Ender's Game hopes the bill will bring about an endgame for the well-documented elephant
abuse by circuses that travel within her home state, including Ringling Bros., Cole Bros., and Piccadilly Circus.
Davis joins Alec Baldwin, Jada Pinkett Smith, Demi Moore, Olivia Munn, and many
others—both famous and not so famous—who have spoken out against the use of
bullhooks and other practices that cause elephants and other animals forced to
travel with circuses to endure great physical and emotional damage.
If you live in Rhode Island, join Viola Davis in asking your state legislators to
support the ban on bullhooks and the chaining of elephants. But no matter where you reside, please do your part to end circus
Carrie Underwood's pretty pipes have made
her one of the most influential artists in country music. But now she's piping
up about something truly ugly: "ag-gag" bills. Currently being considered
in several states, these unconstitutional bills would make it illegal for
anyone to shoot video on
factory farms in order to expose cruelty to animals, in essence
making whistleblowers out to be criminals. That doesn't sit well with this
vegan gal, who tweeted, "'@nytimes:
Taping of Farm Cruelty Is Becoming the Crime nyti.ms/10HpjWn'
What the what? Terrorism? Really? Dumbest. Idea. Ever."
on Twitter, Amanda Seyfried joined multitudes of
celebrities and supporters in defending PETA's euthanasia policy, Ireland Baldwin declared that she's
going to go vegan (with a little help from PETA)—we
sent her a vegan starter kit, Paul McCartney's "Glass Walls" video,
and cookbooks to help her get started—and Leona Lewis vented about England's Grand National horse race:
love our "Never Be
Silent" campaign, and Waka Flocka Flame does, too: He never
passes up an opportunity to speak up against the cruelty of fur. This time, in
an interview with AOL's
TheBoombox, Waka called fur "nasty
couldn't agree more.
and a Half Men's Jon Cryer didn't pass up the
opportunity to brag about his two rescued dogs in his Us magazine "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" article.
over on NBC, Jimmy Fallon's
Late Night audience simultaneously
screamed with delight and "Awww"ed when the host talked about how überhunk Ryan Gosling has teamed up with PETA to ask for more humane treatment of cows on
girl. Ryan Gosling wants you to keep up with what he's doing for animals by following @PETA on Twitter.
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 Alisa Mullins
crowds rallied outside the Supreme Court while the justices heard arguments on
landmark cases regarding California's
Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), members of PETA were there to make the point that as Martin Luther King Jr.
said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
other victims of oppression, animals shouldn't be mistreated because they are
different from those in power. We can all stand up to corporate bullies by refusing to buy anything
that comes from cruelty. PETA will be outside the Supreme Court again tomorrow as arguments are heard
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.
We have some news to share about a case that we've mentioned recently: Disreputable animal exhibitor Hugo Liebel, facing a hearing next week in Florida, has instead
settled with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding 33 violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA)—several of which sprang from charges that followed
PETA complaints to the agency.
The USDA's consent decision orders Liebel to stop violating
the AWA and to pay a civil penalty of $7,500. While it's encouraging to see
Liebel called to account for causing so much suffering, the fine is vastly inadequate
in light of the severity of his abuse and negligence. (Liebel faced a maximum
penalty of $330,000 as well as possible license revocation.)
More critically, it leaves Nosey the elephant and other animals—as well as the public—in danger from his well-documented recklessness and
disregard of even minimal welfare guidelines.
PETA has been filing complaints against Liebel for nearly a
decade—more than a dozen of them since 2009 alone—about Nosey and the other
animals traveling with Liebel. Yet despite multiple citations, he has
habitually abused these animals. So PETA is calling on the USDA's inspector general
(IG), Phyllis K. Fong, to investigate the settlement.
Over the past two decades, the IG's office has issued four
audit reports finding that USDA penalties were so low that they provided no
deterrent effect and that AWA licensees view them as merely one of the costs of
doing business. Despite assurances that the agency would address this issue
following the last audit, Liebel's settlement makes it clear that the problem
Please join PETA in urging the IG to investigate the USDA settlement
with Liebel and require penalties strong enough to curb animal abuse by
exhibitors. Send polite e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.