Last night's 65th Primetime Emmy Awards delivered some upsets and recognized some of the best and brightest talent in Tinseltown. We were rooting for the many PETA supporters among the nominees, and today, we're proud to congratulate Hollywood's kindest winners!
James Cromwell: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, American Horror Story: Asylum
James' terrifying performance as "Dr. Arthur Arden"/"Hans Gruber" in this hit show may be frightening, but in reality, Cromwell is a kind man who will stop at nothing to help animals in need. See his video for PETA, in which he touts the importance of stopping the cycle of violence against animals and explains how you can help:
Tim Gunn: Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, Project Runway
Congratulations, Tim, from everyone at PETA! Tim Gunn knows how to "make it work" on and off the runway, and PETA thanks this style guru for standing up for animal fashion victims. Watch his message to all fashionistas here:
Hollywood's most compassionate talent received their trophies among the very best in the business at last night's ceremony. PETA thanks them for their dedication and their respectful choice to use their fame to make a difference for animals! A big applause to them this award season!
Written by Jessica Jewell
It's been 47 years since the death of Boston College's (BC) last eagle mascot, and a lot has changed since then. DDT has been outlawed, and bald eagle populations have rebounded so much that they have been removed from the endangered species list. Unfortunately, BC seems to take this progress as an invitation to go backward and resume parading around a live captive eagle during home games like some sort of patriotic trophy.
BC also seems to have overlooked the fact that the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act are still on the books. These laws prohibit possessing, transporting, harassing, and disturbing these reclusive wild animals. And nothing harasses and disturbs sensitive eagles like the cacophony of a football stadium filled with shouting fans, air horns, marching bands, and amplified sound systems.
Under such conditions, birds easily become stressed, disoriented, panicked—and injured. Earlier this year, a condor broke loose from her handler at a minor-league hockey game and slipped and skidded across the ice, crashing into a Plexiglas barrier before fleeing to the locker room. In 2011, an eagle at an Auburn University game crashed into the window of a luxury box during a pregame flight around the stadium. That same year, an owl mascot died after being accidentally hit by a ball and then being viciously kicked by a player on the opposing team during a professional soccer game in Colombia.
Most professional and college sports teams use only costumed humans as mascots—not frightened animals—and for good reason. Nothing says, "No, team!" like a frightened and unhappy animal on the playing field.
Foxes, minks, lynxes, chinchillas, and other furbearing animals have found an unofficial sanctuary in West Hollywood, California. Just days after the city banned exotic-animal acts, it's getting ready to implement the country's first ban on the sale of fur this Saturday, which means that swanky stores such as Balenciaga, Alberta Ferretti, and Phillip Lim will have to clear fur from their shelves or face fines of up to $800.
While the Fur Information Council of America—which, in a delightful coincidence, is based in West Hollywood—is unsurprisingly foaming at the mouth and threatening to sue, some retailers are welcoming the change.
"We are on board with the ban as we understand the concerns and have realized that there are many other fabrics and fibers that can easily take the place of real fur," David Malvaney, cofounder of the upscale Church Boutique, told Women's Wear Daily. "We feel that the desire for real fur will lessen over time as more people become aware of the process to which the animals are subject, and I believe more cities will adopt a similar ordinance."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves, Mr. Malvaney.
Showing off their lovely wings and other (ahem) attributes, PETA's sexy angels bared their skin at a busy shopping district in Brentwood, California, to help animals keep theirs. They passed out leaflets while reminding shoppers that it's easy to earn their wings by choosing animal-friendly fashions.
Join PETA's sexy angels and say "heavens, no" to animal skins!
There's one person that the muscle-bound men in Riddick won't mess with: Dahl, the experienced bounty hunter who is one seriously tough tigress. And there's one thing that Katee Sackhoff, who plays Dahl, won't mess with: meat. This überstrong gal gets her power from plants. "[The director] was adamant that he wanted me to look like I could kill any one of these men [in the film]," she said, "and they were all over 6-feet tall and I'm only 5'5"." Katee upped her calories and her workouts, and when Dahl declares, early on in the film, "I don't f*** guys. But occasionally, I f*** 'em up," she leaves no doubt that she can.
In other celebrity news:
And there was plenty of encouragement for animal advocates on Twitter this week, including stars tweeting about PETA's investigation into Linda Bean's cruel lobster and crab slaughterhouse, raving about vegan eats, and still reeling from Blackfish.
To keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
PETA delivered a detailed criminal complaint to authorities in Maine after revealing stomach-turning undercover video footage captured in Linda Bean's Maine Lobster (LBML) slaughterhouse. PETA's nine-page complaint cites 38 incidents captured on video during our investigation related to apparent violations of Maine's cruelty-to-animals law.
PETA's groundbreaking investigation revealed that workers at LBML routinely rip and tear the legs, heads, and shells off live lobsters and break apart conscious crabs' shells with sharp spikes before violently scrubbing off their internal organs with stiff-bristled brushes. Each lobster's claws and tail are saved, while the rest of the body is dumped in bins and left to writhe in agony. The crabs who have been torn apart are still alive when they're lowered slowly into boiling water.
Stop the Mutilation
Other lobster-processing plants use less cruel methods of killing the animals, such as hydrostatic pressure—the method used at Shucks Maine Lobster in Richmond—which Bean once relied on, reportedly because she recognized it as more humane. PETA requested to meet privately with Bean or her staff prior to releasing the results of our investigation but has still not received a response.
Of course, we'd rather lobsters and crabs were left in peace, but there's no excuse for a big company—with the ability to kill them instantly—to kill them slowly and cruelly instead. Maine's laws need to be enforced, and those who are dismembering and mutilating live animals should be prosecuted.
What You Can Do
Please urge Linda Bean to stop the suffering and implement faster, less painful ways of killing crabs and lobsters. Click on the button below to act today!
What's the secret to having a winning style? In an essay that was published this week in The Fresno Bee, PETA Foundation staffer Paula Moore says that it's putting compassion into your fashion. And that means shedding the skin that came off animals' backs—including fur, leather, and even wool.
Even if you know nothing else about animal rights, you surely know that from the day they are born until the day they are killed, animals on fur farms live lives of quiet misery," she writes. "The small barren cages that they are confined to reek of urine and feces. Disease and injuries are common. Many animals go insane under these conditions and throw themselves repeatedly against the cage bars or pace in endless circles.
"Once you've given up the furry ghosts in your closet, it's time to dump exotic skins," Paula continues. "Snakes are commonly nailed to trees … and they are skinned alive, in the belief that live flaying keeps the skins supple. Alligators are crudely bludgeoned with hammers or aluminum bats."
Much of the leather sold in the U.S. comes from India, where PETA investigations "have revealed that cows are marched hundreds of miles to slaughter through extreme heat," Paula writes. "Handlers smear chili seeds into cows' eyes and break their tails in order to force the exhausted animals to keep walking. … At the slaughterhouse, they are hacked to pieces in front of each other while still conscious."
In Australia, where most of the merino wool sold in the U.S. comes from, lambs are subjected to a barbaric mutilation called "mulesing" in a misguided attempt to prevent maggot infestations. The farmers "use instruments resembling gardening shears to cut huge chunks of flesh from lambs' backsides," Paula writes. "The lambs often walk sideways like crabs from the pain of their wounds, which can take weeks to heal."
But the good news is that there are plenty of animal-friendly fabrics available. As Paula points out, "Even many high-end designers now embrace synthetics, thanks to technological advances that, as Forbes put it, 'have made faux fur and animal skin practically indistinguishable from the real thing.' When you're shopping, just check the labels and stick to faux fur, fake snake, vegan 'leather' like polyurethane and other animal-friendly materials."
To read the essay in its entirety, visit FresnoBee.com.
As a Floridian, I can tell you: We're pretty proud of our Everglades. The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, the Everglades is home to rare and endangered animals such as the manatee, the American crocodile, and the Florida panther.
I'm even prouder of the Everglades now that one of its landmarks has decided to protect animals, not exploit them. The Everglades Wonder Gardens has closed its displays of large captive animals, and the new operator, a landscape photographer, is working to turn the gardens into just that: botanical gardens.
Dating to the 1930s, the Wonder Gardens previously displayed animals such as big cats, otters, and deer, but that business model has gone the way of the Model T, and now visitors can experience the beauty of bromeliads, orchids, ferns, ponds, and lush lawns in place of depressed animals in cramped pens. For the few animals who are still on the property, such as flamingoes, small alligators, and turtles, the gardens' new manager is improving and expanding their habitats.
This was previously the site of the panther pen. The cage can't be completely removed because of its thick concrete floor, so the new manager is planning to incorporate it into a stunning botanical display.
The former mountain lion enclosure is now a butterfly garden.
People otter know that the former otter enclosure is now a sparkling fountain.
The site of the previous deer pen is now a picturesque park-like setting.
Hopefully, the revamped gardens' new animal-friendly policy will prove to be a successful model that other failing roadside zoos will choose to emulate.
Dallas World Aquarium (DWA) made headlines recently when it attempted to export six pygmy three-toed sloths from Bocas del Toro, Panama, after kidnapping eight of them from their native island home. DWA had made arrangements to send two of the imprisoned sloths to a zoo in Panama.
DWA conservation biologist Luis Sigler and CEO Daryl Richardson were stopped short at the airport by Panamanian animal protectionists who insisted that the group release all eight of the abducted sloths back into the forest, rather than exporting the gentle, defenseless animals to an aquarium or zoo, where they would be held captive for the rest of their lives.
Pygmy three-toed sloths are designated as critically endangered under Panama law and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. According to an international sloth expert who contacted PETA, imprisoning these sloths would likely have killed the animals. Scientists believe that there are fewer than 100 pygmy three-toed sloths alive in the world, and by snatching them from the only environment they know, DWA recklessly gambled with the lives of nearly 10 percent of the remaining pygmy three-toed sloth population.
PETA is calling on the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums to investigate DWA's unethical and greedy conduct. DWA is accredited by both bodies whose ethical and professional standards prohibit putting wild animals' lives at risk by kidnapping them.
What You Can Do
Take visits to zoos and aquariums off your "family fun" list. Every dollar that you spend on tickets and gift-shop items goes directly to the theft, trade, and lifetime imprisonment of exotic animals. If your local zoo solicits money from corporations, charitable organizations, and foundations, write to the zoo's sponsors and encourage them to put their money toward protecting animals in the wild instead.
On Monday, West Hollywood cemented its position as the most animal-friendly town in America by unanimously passing an ordinance that bans circuses and other entertainment acts involving wild and exotic animals, as part of an effort to "protect wild and exotic animals from cruel and inhumane treatment."
PETA pointed out the following in a letter sent to the City Council in support of the ban:
[I]t is simply impossible to make elephants and other exotic animals travel and perform unnatural tricks in a humane manner. All elephants used by circuses undergo violent training from the time that they are babies, perform under the constant threat of abuse, and are subjected to cruel confinement and grueling travel. Tigers and other big cats—who would have home ranges of hundreds of miles in the wild—are whipped and spend most of their lives confined to cramped transport cages that are barely larger than their own bodies.
West Hollywood was already well on its way to being one of the most progressive cities in terms of animal rights legislation all the way back in 1989, when it banned steel-jaw traps and animal testing of cosmetics. It became the first city in the country to ban declawing in 2003, and it banned the retail sale of cats and dogs in 2010 and the sale of fur in 2011.
Now, West Hollywood has joined other California cities, including Santa Ana, Pasadena, and Encinitas, as well as other jurisdictions across the United States and around the world that have enacted legislation to protect wild and exotic animals from being exploited for "entertainment."
What a difference eight years makes. After learning from Hurricane Katrina that tragedy results when you try to force people to leave their homes without saving their beloved animals, first responders in flood-ravaged Colorado have reportedly rescued hundreds of dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, and other animals along with their human families.
Evacuated residents and their companion dog
arrive at the Boulder Municipal Airport.
Sgt. Joseph K. Vonnida / U.S. Army via EPA
"Our victims advocates told me tonight there were almost as many pets as people getting off the evacuation helicopters today," the Larimer County Sheriff's Office posted on its Facebook page. "475 evacuated."
As we do whenever natural disasters strike, PETA has sent out public service announcements to help people safeguard animals.
Even if you're not in the path of a storm or fire, now is still the time to make arrangements for keeping your animals safe in the event of an emergency:
TVs, couches, and even homes are replaceable, but best friends aren't. Jonathan Linenberger waded through knee-deep water in Lyons, Colorado, with four dogs and three cats to a National Guard evacuation truck. "That was the first thing you can grab—your loved ones," he told news sources.
The following is part of a piece by Kathy Freston that originally appeared on The Huffington Post:
A while back, I began considering my diet as a way to practice my spiritual beliefs, and as I weighed what would be right for me, I came up against so much inner turmoil. As a Southern gal, I grew up going to church and enjoying various get-togethers with other parishioners over BBQ dinners and Sunday brunches of eggs with grits. It all seemed lovely and warm at the time, so I struggled many years later with the question of how eating meat, dairy, and eggs could be ill-advised when so many (good) people do it daily and with gusto. If long-standing faith traditions hold that eating animals is acceptable, why in the world was I questioning those traditions?
And yet, especially after watching behind-the-scenes video of what happens to animals as they become our food, I remained troubled, on a spiritual level, at the thought of eating them. These are the questions that kept gnawing at me: If I am someone who wants peace in the world, how can I make peace with my part in the system of institutionalized cruelty and misery toward animals? How could I feel peaceful inside if I continued to collude with this bringing of suffering? The more I meditated on it, things began to clarify in my mind: Choosing to move away from eating animals is not just about my physical health, it's about the well-being of all creatures on this planet. It's a vital part of an awake and aware spiritual practice as well. It's not just that I don't want to contribute to the suffering of animals; my choice to move away from eating animal products would also allow me to become more the person I want to be.
Back to the traditions, though: How could a religion that has endured for thousands of years not have reflected on so fundamental a question as how we relate to these fellow creatures? Animals are so totally in our power, after all, and isn't spirituality in part a matter of how we choose to treat the powerless?
I decided to do some searching—both soul searching and researching the Christian tradition to find out what's really suggested about the question of eating animals.
Read the full article here.
Imagine your legs giving out as something sharp tears through your skin, shredding muscle and penetrating bones. Your heart races with panic as you see your own blood. You feel yourself growing weak, and you try to catch your breath, but you can't move.
This is what deer, elk, moose, and other animals experience when they are shot down by hunters every year all over the U.S. And it's exactly what Utah hunter Bradley Greenwood felt when he slipped and was gored in the face and neck on the antlers of a 700-pound elk he'd killed only moments before.
Greenwood isn't the only hunter who's hurt himself drooling over a "big rack." With plans to place a billboard in Vernal, Utah, that shows an elk with blood dripping from his antlers and reads, "Payback Is Hell. Leave Animals Alone!" PETA is bringing attention to the fact that hunting draws blood on both sides. Every year, hunters hurt or kill themselves, friends, family, and even strangers innocently hiking through the woods.
There's No Sport in Murder
Hunting isn't necessary for human survival, and so-called "wildlife management" is a myth that often intentionally inflates "game" populations, rather than the reverse. Wildlife populations are self-regulating, responding to naturally occuring disease, the availability of food and habitat, and prey-predator relationships. Hunters hunt for the thrill of it, often injuring animals who manage to escape, only to die later from blood loss, infection, or predation.
Now that a recovering Greenwood knows what it feels like to gasp what you believe to be your last breaths, maybe he'll stop killing animals and agree with PETA that compassion feels better than (bad) karma.
Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev might not be an item anymore, but they still have mad respect for each other's compassion for animals and don't mind telling the world about it. Their most recent endearing exchange occurred when Ian posted about his new rescued dog on Twitter: "Pls send some positive vibes for my little girl, Nietzsche who goes under the knife to be Spayed in a few minutes! STOP OVERPOPULATION-SPAY AND NEUTER Thank you!"
Nina promptly responded, "Awww poor little Nietzsche … Goodluck kiddo!" Could their shared appreciation for animals and each other eventually help the couple reunite?
And elsewhere on Twitter, celebrities were celebrating a possible end to horse-drawn carriages in New York, calling out fur-wearers, and pleading for freedom for elephants abused by circuses.
In other celebrity news:
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Phineas was in a pickle. The 3-month-old stray kitten had been trapped 120 feet up a tree for at least two days and nights. Neighbors had tried to get him to turn around and start backward down the trunk, but while going up is easy, doing things in reverse from that height just didn't seem possible for him. They called animal control, which suggested that they call PETA. After assessing the situation, we realized that we were going to need to bring in the "big guns," so we enlisted a professional tree climber to scale the tall tree and pluck Phineas from his precarious perch.
Was Phineas fazed by his close call? Pshaw! This irrepressible little guy struts around with an unmistakable swagger and is always up for any (indoor) adventure, including—according to his foster mom—taking showers, playing chase with foster sister Livia, and plotting his revenge on the birds and squirrels who tease him from outside his window. (Sorry, little man! Your days of chasing squirrels up trees are over.)
In addition to being devastatingly handsome, Phin is multitalented.
He can surf the Internet:
He can do magic tricks (where's the ball?):
He can fall asleep anywhere (including inside tissue boxes):
And he's an amateur flyweight boxer:
Phin is an irresistible combination of devil-may-care insouciance, brash confidence, and winning charm—with a dash of silliness thrown in for good measure. It all adds up to a pretty incomparable package.
Would you like to give yourself the gift of Phin? E-mail Adopt@peta.org for details. As with all of our rescues, he'll be neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated prior to adoption.
Update: This past Wednesday, September 11, the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission (RPC) rightfully denied an application by Andrew Sawyer for a permit to keep two chimpanzees on a property in Pahrump. Sawyer recently allowed infamous animal abuser Mike Casey to keep a chimpanzee named Joey in Clark and Nye counties without the requisite permits. Sawyer was also a co-applicant on Casey's recent permit application to keep dangerous animals in Nye County, which was denied by the RPC in June.
Originally posted on August 23, 2013.
It hasn't been the best summer for notorious chimpanzee exhibitor and abuser James "Mike" Casey. First, PETA helped get him barred from a Nevada county by providing authorities with information about his
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) nabbed Casey on charges of possessing chimpanzees without a permit, not carrying the required insurance, and unlawful and improper transport of wildlife. PETA is also asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate his intended sale of the animals, because it, too, appears to be unlawful since he did not possess the requisite Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license.
Florida authorities have transferred the animals to the so-called "Suncoast Primate Sanctuary" in Palm Harbor, Florida. While certainly better than being in Casey's charge, where, according to eyewitness testimony and USDA records, they had been punched, kicked, beaten, and scalded with boiling water, Suncoast isn't the ideal place for these chimpanzees, as the facility is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers and has a history of AWA violations andchimpanzee escapes.
PETA has written to the FWC thanking it for arresting Casey and seizing the chimpanzees and asking it to retire the animals to the permanent home that we have arranged for them at a true sanctuary.
He was chained up for weeks, forced to sleep on the floor, and denied food. Those were the reported living conditions of a 10-year-old boy whose alleged abuse came to light after he managed to escape, run down the street, and attract the attention of a neighbor.
"To treat a child this way is inhuman," said Camden, N.J., Police Sgt. Janell Simpson. "He could have been seriously injured or died had this continued …."
PETA agrees. We also believe it is inhuman to treat any living being this way, which is why we are hoping to place this billboard in Camden to encourage residents to be on the lookout for abuse:
Dogs—like children—are highly social beings who need love, attention, exercise, and social interaction in order to mature normally. Dogs who are relegated to a chain in the backyard are not only harmed psychologically but also often deprived of even the most basic care. Growing puppies are often found with too-small collars embedded in their necks because their owners never loosened or changed the collar as the dog grew. Some dogs aren't fed properly and subsist on rotten meat, bones, and other scraps, ultimately resulting in nutritional deficiencies.
PETA fieldworkers often find dogs suffering from untreated illnesses and injuries and even deliberate starvation. They've found sick and starving dogs covered with maggots, unable to move but still alive, and others who were suffering from heartworms, parvo, mange, prolapsed uteruses, anemia (caused by severe flea infestations), and infected wounds. Dogs have also been found strangled to death after becoming entangled in their tethers.
Dogs who are left outside unattended are also easy prey for cruel neighbors or passersby. PETA has received hundreds of reports about dogs left outside who were poisoned, shot, stabbed, or set on fire or had their mouths duct-taped shut by people annoyed by their barking.
As for the people who chain up animals in the yard and forget about them, they are often the same kind of people who would do that to a child. The following are just a few examples of people who were accused of abusing both animals and children:
Studies back up these cases. For example, in 88 percent of 57 New Jersey families with histories of child abuse, animals in the home had also been abused.
What You Can Do
If chaining is not already prohibited in your town, organize a campaign to get it limited or banned. We can help!
This, my wonderful PETA friends, is animal action at its finest. Watch as an army of determined protesters link arms against the French national military police force in an anti-bullfighting demonstration so powerful that it will bring tears to your eyes:
Roughly dragged and tear-gassed, the protesters remain strong, chanting, "This is not tradition!" as they're hauled away one by one. The protest was organized by Fondation Brigitte Bardot, Comité Radicalement AntiCorrida Europe, and Animaux en Péril to bring attention to the annual torture and murder of more than 1,000 bulls in southern France. Spanish-style bullfighting is still legal in certain regions in France, even though it has been outlawed in the rest of the country.
Join these brave activists by helping to put an end to this bloodsport.
Written by Christina Matthies
At a hooker convention in Little Rock, Arkansas, PETA tried to help the hookers see the error of their ways. And by "hooker convention," we mean the American Fisheries Society meeting, where we fished for compassion by giving people information as they walked in about how being hooked hurts.
While some conference attendees were still in denial about how fish feel pain, many were receptive to our message that anyone who doesn't want to be cruel to animals and who cares about the ocean ecosystem should remember what we learned from Bruce in Finding Nemo: "Fish are friends, not food."
Imagine atoning for sins in a way that is sinful. According to a newly released letter written by Israeli Chief Rabbi David R. Lau, that is exactly what's happening when Orthodox Jews abuse chickens during the annual ritual of kapparos. Explaining that such abuse is "a mitzvah through a transgression," Chief Rabbi Lau reminded participants and suppliers that they have "a holy duty all year round to prevent any animal suffering and unnecessary pain … ".
Even though Jewish law condemns cruelty to animals, every year millions of chickens are killed in kapparos rituals on the eve of Yom Kippur. Shoved into tiny cages and left to languish without food and water in the end-of-summer heat, the frightened animals are roughly grabbed by their feet and wings, often squawking in pain and fear as they're waved over the heads of participants, before being slaughtered. In Brooklyn alone, 50,000 chickens are killed every year during kapporos ceremonies.
There is a better way. Many Orthodox Jews forgo chickens in favor of waving money instead. With the words of Chief Rabbi Lau reminding Orthodox Jews of their obligation to alleviate animal suffering, we hope that ritual chicken abuse will quickly become a thing of the past.
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