Written by Michelle Kretzer
a vegan, Jessica Chastain
has famously said, "I
don't want to torture anything in my life."
And shooting disturbing torture scenes for the upcoming film Zero Dark Thirty, which details the hunt
for and takedown of Osama bin Laden, was understandably rough on the actor. But
Jessica revealed how she and director Kathryn Bigelow got through it: "During
the week that we were filming the interrogations, we sent each other videos of animals being rescued.
It was so emotional for me because I rescue
dogs and so does she. That's the kind of stuff that was going on behind the
scenes. Like, this is not our lives, we are not these characters, there's a
place that is waiting for us."
of us have experienced how an animal's love can get us through tough times. Anjelica Huston believes it's high time
for us to return the favor and help heal the wounds of chimpanzees who have been confined to laboratories
and experimented on. She penned an
impassioned article urging everyone to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which would free all
federally owned chimpanzees and retire them to peaceful, spacious sanctuaries.
Paul McCartney is advocating for turkeys
to be freed from the fate
of ending up as holiday centerpieces. The legendary musician
and animal advocate posed for a new "Say No, Thanks to
Turkey" Thanksgiving ad for PETA and reposted it on his Facebook page
as a reminder before
scores of other celebrities shared animal-friendly reminders with their Twitter
are in order for one of our favorite compassionate couples: Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum are expecting their
first bundle of joy. With parents like that, we know that their child will be
beautiful inside and out.
keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
peta2 turned Los Angeles'
101 highway into the freeway of love for turkeys. A group of precocious pilgrims and one tenacious turkey asked rush-hour drivers to bury
Show turkeys some love this
Thanksgiving. Drop the pedal and go, go, go get yourself a delicious Tofurky roast.
you know folks who eat turkey breasts? What about terrier breasts?
new billboard that PETA is working to place near public schools in Ottawa;
Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, asks children to consider why
they call one animal "family" and another "dinner":
Turkey: ©iStockphoto.com/James Steidl | Dog: ©iStockphoto.com/Eric Isselee
dogs, turkeys are highly curious and
love to scout out new sights and smells. And like dogs, turkeys are highly
social animals who enjoy the company of humans and even like to have their feathers stroked. They are also devoted
parents, and in nature, chicks stay with their mothers for a full year.
on factory farms, turkeys spend nearly their entire lives crammed into
stinking, windowless sheds. The only human touch they experience is when
workers chop off parts of
their beaks and toes and the males' snoods without any pain
relief. Turkey eggs are hatched in an incubator, and the chicks never see their
mothers. They are less than a year old when they are shipped to the slaughterhouse, where workers slam
their legs into shackles and drag them through a "stunning tank" that
immobilizes but doesn't kill them and a blade slits their throats.
Thanksgiving approaches, please repost the image of this poignant billboard and
ask your friends this: If you wouldn't pay someone to torment and kill your dog,
why pay people to torment and kill a turkey?
Last year, PETA and other animal
advocates successfully defeated "ag gag" bills in Florida, New York,
Minnesota, and Iowa. Now, another "ag gag" bill
that would make it illegal
to shoot video on a factory farm
has just passed in the House of Representatives in Utah. And once again, we're
fighting back against this unconstitutional measure.
Flush from her success in her home state of Iowa, Raising Hope star and longtime animal advocate Cloris Leachman penned a letter to Utah lawmakers on PETA's
behalf urging them not to block people from gathering the evidence needed to
prosecute animal abusers
I hope that Utah legislators recognize that with
consumer demand for better treatment of animals, they must work to enforce and
strengthen laws, not penalize those trying to expose cruel and illegal
practices. Citizens' right to document cruelty to animals—wherever it occurs—is
crucial in helping local, state, and federal officials enforce
PETA undercover investigation of factory farms has yielded evidence that workers
were abusing animals. We recorded workers who sexually assaulted a pig with a cane,
stomped on a turkey's head
until her skull exploded,
and spit tobacco into
chickens' eyes and mouth.
This indisputable proof of abuse is key to securing historic charges against and
convictions of such abusers on cruelty-to-animals charges.
residents, please ask your senators to vote against this bill and to continue
to allow people to expose blatant cruelty to animals.
North Carolina law-enforcement
officials raided a
Butterball turkey factory farm
after viewing disturbing video footage of workers who abused turkeys. The
video, shot during an undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals, shows
workers who kick and stomp on birds, smash them into the ground, and bash in
their heads with metal rods.
For Animals' findings mirror those uncovered during PETA's 2006 undercover investigation of a Butterball
in Arkansas. We documented that one employee stomped on
a bird's head until it exploded, that another smashed a turkey into a metal
handrail so hard that her spine burst through her skin, and that another worker
sexually assaulted a female turkey. One worker told the investigator, "If
you jump on their stomachs right, they'll pop ... or their insides will come
out of their [rectums]." The findings are also strikingly
similar to the horrific abuses documented by PETA's 2008 investigation of Aviagen Turkeys, Inc.,
which led to the first-ever
indictments for felony cruelty to animals for the abuse of birds and the first-ever
cruelty convictions of turkey factory-farm workers.
The abuse documented is apparently
business as usual for Butterball and the turkey industry. Click here to urge the company
to adopt "controlled-atmosphere
in which birds are killed by inert gas while still in their transport crates,
eliminating much of the opportunity for abuse at the slaughterhouse. And to
help end the abuse that these intelligent, sensitive animals suffer before
they make it to slaughter, refuse
to eat turkeys and choose
fowl-friendly faux turkey
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Ask anyone on the PETA
staff and they can tell you about lots of people—even hard-nosed, stalwart,
meat-eating relatives—who've seen one little video clip and changed their minds
about turkeys. Help everyone opt for that delicious Tofurky
instead of a slice of contaminated dead turkey by cuing up one of our funny
little PETA Thanksgiving public service announcements (PSAs) to provide helpful
insight into why a cruelty-free
is the way to go.
If you're looking
for something a little longer to watch while you digest that last slice of pumpkin
pie, check out the PBS special "My Life as a Turkey."
which tells the story of a man who "mothered" 16 abandoned turkey
Philadelphia and Baltimore
may be a little safer after PETA members worked tirelessly to get baby-killers
off the streets—the killers of
baby turkeys, that is.
baby doll bedecked with frills served as the centerpiece for this eerie
Thanksgiving dinner, making the point that farmers drug and breed turkeys to grow so fast
that most are only months old
when they are slammed upside down into metal shackles, only to have their throats slit. (What kind
of job is that? But who pays someone to do it? The consumer!)
as we hear out there, ever more people are turning to a meal that celebrates
life and spares a turkey, not "pardons" one. After all, what crime
could a baby have committed?
Written by PETA
years ago, when I interned at a sanctuary for farmed animals, I'd sit in the barn, and a turkey named Fern
would back up into my lap and demand to be petted. When I'd stop, she'd look
over her shoulder imploringly as if to say, "More, please." I always
think of Fern at this time of year, when supermarket bins are filled with the frozen bodies of her relatives. If people got a chance to know these interesting and personable
birds, I believe they'd balk at baking and eating their wings, legs, and
Turkeys on farmed-animal
sanctuaries quickly prove themselves to be intelligent and industrious as well
as outgoing at times and shy at other times, much like human children. Sitting
in the barn, the birds' distinct
personalities were immediately clear. Some,
bold and hilarious, would walk right up and look me square in the eye as if to
challenge my right to invade their space. Others, like a coy debutante, would
peer over their shoulders, aloof but not wanting to miss anything exciting.
Many, like Fern, would purr when petted.
This Thanksgiving, please take a moment to reflect: Can the
fleeting pleasure of a meal justify the immeasurable pain and suffering of a
bird who didn't want to die? Give turkeys like Fern a reason to purr. Stuff
yourself with mashed potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and other vegan goodies
and leave the birds alone.
by Jennifer O'Connor
who tuned in to PBS last night for the premiere of My Life as a
Turkey was treated to a
fascinating glimpse into the lives of animals who are often seen as little more
than Thanksgiving centerpieces. The film follows Joe Hutto as he raises 16
turkeys, left on his porch as eggs, from hatchlings to adulthood.
the turkeys form an
intense bond with their "mother,"
Joe, and seeing them grow, learn, and interact would make the staunchest
carnivore think twice about calling these sensitive, intelligent birds "dinner."
Watch My Life as a Turkey and
click here to enter to win the DVD and the book that inspired it. And check out PETA's
recipes for a turkey-friendly Thanksgiving smorgasbord on our Living page.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Keen to try some roasted
puppy leg or a freshly carved puppy breast? A new billboard PETA is trying to place
outside public schools across the country ahead of Thanksgiving
should certainly give children and their parents not only the shivers but also some
important food for thought:
Turkey: © iStockphoto.com/James Steidl • Dog: © iStockphoto.com/Eric Isselée
are gentle, inquisitive animals who enjoy music and like to have their feathers
stroked, but turkeys raised
are kept in crowded, dark sheds where the ammonia from their accumulated waste
burns their skin. At slaughterhouses,
turkeys are slammed upside down into shackles and dragged through electrified
water. Many birds have their throats slit while they're still conscious and
able to feel pain.
Stuffing kids (or
anyone) with turkey is also bad
for their health:
In addition to artery-clogging fat and cholesterol, they also could be gobbling up arsenic,
which is used to combat disease on filthy factory farms. Other dangers of eating turkey include
contracting listeria, salmonella,
or campylobacter bacteria,
which cause millions of cases of food-borne illness each year.
Kids can learn more about how to "love
animals, not eat them" at the PETA Kids or peta2
websites. Adults who want to quit cruelty cold turkey this Thanksgiving can
check out Gardein's delicious vegan holiday recipes
and enter to win a free vegan Gardein Savory Stuffed Turk'y
on our Living
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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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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