Last weekend, throngs of New Orleans foodies learned that “Cajun” and “vegan” aren’t mutually exclusive when PETA partnered with the city as a sponsor of the annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival. The festival’s vegan theme prompted local chefs to adapt traditional recipes in order to offer a vegan gumbo option for the first time and to participate in a lively vegan cook-off. The panel of judges featured Louisiana food writers, musicians, political consultant Mary Matalin, and Vegan Soul Kitchen author Bryant Terry.
For many festival attendees, including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert, vegan gumbo had previously been a foreign concept. But Ebert, who served on the judging panel alongside his infant daughter, Eartha, quickly warmed up to the dishes. (So did Eartha, who at 18 months was easily the youngest judge.) Check out Ebert with his girlfriend, Roehm Hepler-Gonzalez, and their daughter:
The first-of-its-kind cook-off, which PETA organized with The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation and the New Orleans tourism office, prompted local chefs to rework traditionally meaty recipes by using all plant-based ingredients, such as shredded shitake mushrooms and vegan andouille sausage. One meat-centric restaurant, Bourbon House, even went so far as to save its recipe from the cook-off and incorporate it into its menu. According to its Facebook page, it just added vegan gumbo as its soup du jour. Other participants, including Miss Linda’s and Woody’s, have announced that they will soon serve vegan gumbo at events around town.
The cook-off’s winning gumbo, which boasted smoke-flavored tofu, belonged to Brocato’s Eat Dat, a Cajun eatery run by Cherie and Troy Brocato, seen here with PETA’s Dan Mathews:
Try one of our vegan gumbo recipes, or create your own and share it with friends.
Howard Stern has had it with SeaWorld. He’s spoken out against marine-mammal captivity on his radio show before, and now that the park is appealing to the courts to allow trainers back into the water with the whales, even though frustrated orca Tilikum has killed three people, Stern is once again telling SeaWorld exactly what he thinks of it.©StarMaxInc.com
“I was talking to Sam Simon, who educates me on things like this,” he said, “and I happen to believe that you can’t lock a whale up in captivity. That is so cruel, come on, give me a break. … From what I’m reading whales are like, almost like people in terms of intelligence and family, and then they separate them out, and it’s, like, heartbreaking. F*****g leave them in the ocean! I don’t have to see a whale that bad at SeaWorld. … What kind of idiot goes to SeaWorld anyway?”
In other celebrity news:
He called out SeaWorld’s attorney for alleging that the safety measures are similar to if “the federal government came in and told the NFL that ‘close contact’ on the football field would have to end.” “Yeah, it’s exactly like that!” Perez responded. “Only completely different! Angry players don’t typically bite, drown, or kill one another! Besides, the NFL has tons of safety regulations!!! Ugh, it’s no wonder celebrities like Bob Barker and Tommy Lee are so against these theme parks.”
And on Twitter this week, stars were singing the praises of faux fur, vegan food, and The Ghosts in Our Machine:
To keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
As many of us sit down to a hearty meal with family and friends this Thanksgiving, millions of dogs across the country will be living as they do every day: on a barren patch of dirt amid their accumulated feces, a crumbling and rotting doghouse (if they have any shelter at all), a nearly empty bowl of putrid water (if it hasn't overturned), and a few pieces of kibble tossed on the ground, often out of the dogs' reach because of the chains that restrict their movement.
PETA's fieldworkers are trying to change that, at least for the dogs in the area surrounding our headquarters at the Sam Simon Center in Norfolk, Virginia. All year round, our fieldworkers deliver doghouses, toys, treats, straw bedding, and other basic necessities to lonely, neglected "backyard dogs," bringing a little comfort to dogs who would otherwise have nothing to alleviate the tedium of long days and cold nights spent chained or penned in "solitary confinement."
Smokie shows off his new digs and "housewarming present."
That's where you come in. PETA's fieldworkers have compiled a wish list of supplies that they routinely take on their visits to neglected dogs, including dog toys and treats, flea treatment, fly repellent, collars, and bowls. We've set up an Amazon registry that people can use to purchase the items on our fieldworkers' wish list and then, with the click of a mouse, have them sent directly to PETA.
On behalf of Smokie and the thousands of other dogs PETA's fieldworkers have helped, thank you in advance for giving neglected dogs something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
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A version of this post originally appeared on PETAAsiaPacific.com.
PETA Asia staffers and volunteers were out front and center when the Midi Music Festival—China’s longest-running music event—hit Shanghai for a three-day run in October. Thousands of music fans stopped by their tent to see display panels detailing information about fur, factory farming, animal experimentation, and many other issues as well as to meet their favorite bands and learn how to get active for animals.
Word spread quickly as the concert venue filled with people who got “inked” with temporary tattoos, reading, “No Fur,” “Live Cruelty-Free,” “I Am Not a Nugget,” or “May All Hearts Be Free.” SUBS vocalist Kang Mao, who is a vegetarian, inked her hand with one of PETA Asia’s “No Fur” tattoos—which the entire crowd saw on the big screen when she was on stage.
Other top bands, including Queen Sea Big Shark, Yaksa, and Long Shen Dao, stopped by between sets to sign autographs, take photos holding “No Fur” signs, and send tweets of support. Ordnance lead vocalist Ying Peng even volunteered to work the display table and helped apply temporary tattoos to fans! During their set, members of Yaksa encouraged their fans to visit PETA Asia’s booth, and then the band came to autograph leaflets. All the band members are animal advocates who have rescued and adopted cats and dogs, so watch for more collaborations with this great group! Long Shen Dao vocalist Guo Jian and keyboardist Fei Fei, both vegetarians, posed with a “No Fur” sign and re-tweeted one of PETA Asia’s tweets: “Love animals, love all beings.”
In all, more than 1,000 visitors signed up for PETA Asia’s e-news. (Want to stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for PETA’s e-news now!)
PETA was honored with the prestigious 2013 LUSH Prize Public Awareness Award in a ceremony in London yesterday. The $40,000 award recognizes PETA's effective use of undercover investigations, whistleblower exposés, colorful campaigns, corporate negotiations, and thought-provoking advertisements to bring about massive lifesaving changes for animals in laboratories.
Since our landmark Silver Spring monkeys case in 1981, PETA has been dedicated to exposing the abuse of animals in laboratories and mobilizing supporters to help end it.
The LUSH Prize specifically recognizes the recent work of our team of researchers, scientists, educators, and attorneys to expose and stop horrific military trauma training exercises on animals in the U.S. and the EU, convince major airlines to stop transporting primates for use in cruel experiments, and uncover invasive brain experiments on cats at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-Madison).
Now more than ever, the public is aware that experimentation on animals is cruel and that superior, non-animal methods exist. The LUSH Prize acknowledges PETA's analysis of public opinion polls, which have shown large increases in public opposition to animal experimentation over the last decade, with more than 40 percent of people now against animal experiments and more than half of women and young adults against them.What You Can Do
Educate family members and friends about animal experimentation, and take action to help animals who are still being tormented and killed for military trauma training and in gruesome experiments on cats at UW-Madison.
PETA has dedicated many resources through the years to creating websites that both inspire and inform. Thanks to PETA's online content, millions of people have been exposed to the horrors that animals endure in the food, fashion, testing, and entertainment industries.
Now we're delighted to give you a sneak peek at our newest website—the revamped PETA.org!
Our new website is still in the beta stage, meaning that we're still testing it before the official launch. We hope you will take some time to explore the beta site and then send us your feedback by filling in the comments field below. You're getting a first look into the future of PETA.org!What Is a Beta Site?
In short, a beta site is used for testing. During the testing period, the site is open to the public and feedback is strongly encouraged. This is the time to identify any bugs or problems so that they can be resolved prior to the site's launch.
Please note that links to the beta site will expire when the site goes live.Report Issues
We'd love to get your feedback! Please use the comment field below to report any issues that you may have experienced while browsing the beta site. Please include the URL for the page on which you're experiencing problems.
Any other comments that you may have about the beta site are welcome as well.
Linda Bean is experiencing some pain at the pump. PETA has just plastered our "Linda Mean" ads on top of gas pumps across Maine, so drivers who stop to fill up their tanks will also get an eyeful as to how Bean allows lobsters and crabs to be tortured at her Rockland slaughterhouse.
The L.L.Bean heiress has made a fortune selling lobsters and crabs to grocers as well as serving them at her Linda Bean's Perfect Maine restaurants. So she can certainly afford to use a tiny portion of her profits to ensure that workers at her slaughterhouse electrically stun and quickly kill crustaceans before starting to butcher them. But instead, Bean has workers rip live animals apart limb from limb.
PETA's undercover investigation showed workers tearing off live lobsters' claws and then using metal pipes to pry their heads from their bodies. Workers saved the tails and claws and dumped the still-living lobsters into the trash to die slowly. Employees slammed the crabs against sharp metal spikes to break off their top shells and then violently scrubbed off their exposed internal organs with spinning brushes. The crabs were slowly lowered, still alive, into boiling water.
Tell Linda Mean's Maimed Lobster to stop ripping live lobsters and crabs apart. If she's going to rake in huge profits from their deaths, she should at least have the decency to kill them as quickly and with as little pain as possible.
Brigitte Nielsen has done it all: acting, singing, hosting a talk show, writing a book, starring in reality TV series, and hobnobbing with everyone from President Ronald Reagan to Flavor Flav. The one thing she won't do? Wear fur. So now she's doing one of the few things that's new to her: posing in a striking anti-fur ad for PETA Germany, just in time for winter.
Brigitte travels the globe for her storied and multifaceted career, but no matter how low the temperatures dip, she never lets the cold penetrate her heart.
Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, animal advocates hold anti-fur demonstrations around the world. If you want to use your day off of work to make a difference for animals used for their fur by participating in a demonstration near you, contact PETA's Action Team.
Blue and her guardian, Milton Hill, have a very special bond. Eight years ago, while driving through South Carolina during a lashing nor'easter, Milton was cut off by an 18-wheeler, and the wave of water it splashed up caused him to lose traction and run off the road, flipping his pick-up truck five times. All three of the vehicle's occupants—Milton, his best friend, and his pit bull, Blue—were ejected. Milton was knocked unconscious, his best friend was killed, and Blue disappeared and was presumed dead.
But then something miraculous happened. The next day, when Milton's family returned to the scene of the accident to retrieve his belongings, they spotted Blue lying beside the road. She had found some of Milton's things, curled up on them, and was waiting patiently for him to return.
After all that he and Blue had been through together, Milton, who had been planning to breed Blue, changed his mind about that but didn't want to spay her, either. He was afraid of subjecting her to any potentially stressful procedure.
Unfortunately, by failing to spay Blue, Milton unintentionally exposed her to the danger that he had tried so hard to protect her from. Earlier this month, at 9 years old, she developed pyometra, a painful and potentially lethal uterine infection that commonly afflicts older unspayed dogs. A veterinarian told Milton that Blue needed emergency spay surgery, to the tune of $990. Milton, heartbroken and desperate, didn't have that kind of money, so he called PETA.
Blue was rushed to our mobile spay/neuter clinic, where our medical staff performed the surgery at a drastically reduced fee. She pulled through with flying colors but obviously missed her dad. He missed her, too, if the tears of joy that he shed when they were reunited were any indication.What You Can Do
Please tell everyone you know that spaying and neutering not only prevents unwanted births but can also prevent potentially deadly diseases, such as infections and cancer of the reproductive organs.
For geese, the down industry is anything but comfortable. Terrified, screaming birds are grabbed by their wings and pinned down by their necks as workers painfully tear their feathers from their bodies, often leaving gaping wounds that are then sewn shut without any pain relief. Dazed animals with torn skin stand shocked, sometimes dying from the trauma.
Watch "Down in 60 Seconds" and share it widely to spread the word that a coat full of down is a coat full of terror:Don't Be Down With Down
In a new development, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has made a decision that could allow some cosmetics companies to stop conducting cruel, archaic tests on animals and switch to modern, humane testing methods. The CFDA has given companies that manufacture cosmetics within China's borders the go-ahead to submit their own data on their products' toxicity to the government, rather than being forced to pay the government to conduct animal tests on their behalf. This means that companies may choose to use only in vitro (test tube) tests. Concerned that Chinese companies that are not yet familiar with the broad range of non-animal tests would continue to use the same old, cruel methods, PETA is going to continue to provide scientists from the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) with funding to train Chinese scientists in non-animal testing methods.
Since PETA first exposed this issue, we have provided IIVS scientists with funding both to educate scientists in China on superior, non-animal testing methods and to provide government officials there with guidance on accepting non-animal testing methods and developing a five-year plan to accept the tests currently used in the U.S. and Europe.
This move by the CFDA is a step in the right direction. For now, products manufactured outside China as well as so-called "functional cosmetics," such as anti-wrinkle cream, will still be subject to the animal-testing requirement, but PETA and the IIVS will continue to work to see that those tests are ended, too.
In North America, consumers are fortunate to have thousands of cruelty-free cosmetics products at our fingertips. And PETA's list of cruelty-free companies makes it easy for us to vote with our dollars and tell companies that we prefer "beauty without bunnies."
Update: Recently released government records show that after PETA submitted extensive comments with supporting evidence of how Serenity Springs Wildlife Center is a cruel environment for the endangered animals it already has in its clutches, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) denied the roadside zoo's application for a permit to breed more. The FWS told Serenity Springs that because U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection reports—which PETA supplied to the FWS—revealed "serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act, we are unable to find that you meet the issuance requirement of having adequate expertise, facilities, and resources to conduct your intended purpose."
Originally posted July 31, 2013.
PETA has filed formal comments with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) opposing an application by Serenity Springs, a disreputable Colorado-based pseudo-sanctuary, for a permit to breed captive endangered animals.
Zoos, pseudo-sanctuaries, marine parks, traveling zoos, roadside zoos, and other similar attractions imprison animals who long to be free in order to profit from the people who come to gawk.
It's hard to imagine any facility less qualified to meet the requirements for a breeding permit under the Endangered Species Act. Serenity Springs has an appalling record of mortalities—by its own admission, approximately one-third of its animals have died in the past five years. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), many of these deaths involved improper handling and/or denial of veterinary care—and the agency has dozens of charges for Animal Welfare Act violations pending against Serenity Springs.
Tigers are held captive in dismal conditions at roadside zoos across America. Even the best artificial environments can't come close to matching the space, diversity, and freedom that animals have in their natural habitats.
In the FWS filing, PETA also notes that the permit application contains misleading and incomplete statements about animals' deaths. For example, the death of a tiger named Nala is conspicuously omitted from the required list of mortalities. According to the USDA, Serenity Springs manager Nick Sculac (who is not a veterinarian) diagnosed Nala as having cancer and then, rather than obtaining veterinary care for her, gave the tiger "three doses of a sedative, unsuccessfully attempted to inject Nala with euthanasia solution, and ultimately killed Nala by cutting her throat, and reported to Colorado officials that Nala had died of natural causes."What You Can Do
Next time you pass any roadside zoo, please just keep on driving—these cruel operations stay in business only because people patronize them.
Sick cats crammed into cages and stacked in hallways. Dogs fighting over food in crowded and filthy kennels. Animals in need denied admission and left on the street to produce more and more puppies and kittens with nowhere to go. Feral cats turned loose or turned away. Dying animals struggling to take their last breaths, left alone in a cage to die. And animal hoarders, cashing in on the term "no kill," bringing misery to their prisoners. This is the truth behind the façade of the "no-kill" movement. But PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk explains that we can end the homeless animal crisis in real, humane, and workable ways. Watch now:What You Can Do
Join the "No-Birth Nation": Spay and neuter your animals, and urge everyone you know to do the same. Support open-admission shelters that don't turn away animals just so that they can perpetuate the deceptive and harmful "no-kill" illusion at their facility.
"[Y]ou listen and you care," Ariana Grande belts out in her new single, "Right There," and the talented singer does both. She has always tried to take care of her body by eating healthfully. "I've eaten organically since I was little and always kept meat minimal," she said. But now she's ready to take what she calls a "joyous" new step for herself and animals: She's going "100% vegan." Ariana tweeted about her excitement to her nearly 11 million followers, and PETA was quick to respond with delicious recipes for her to try out and many thanks on behalf of animals. "@peta thanks for those recipes!" she tweeted. "[A]nd yeah it's definitely something to celebrate. My heart feels very happy with this decision." We have a feeling that her decision is making a lot of hearts happy.
And even though going vegan means that Ariana will save more than 100 animals' lives every year, she's not stopping there. After watching Blackfish, she's refusing ever to patronize SeaWorld again and is asking all her fans to do the same, tweeting, "I highly recommend all of my fans watch #Blackfish and never go to @SeaWorld again. … Beyond heartbroken #Free Tilly." Ariana is in good company. Practically all of Hollywood has gotten behind Blackfish. Here is just a sampling of what people are saying:
In other celebrity news:
Aziz Ansari seems to be coming to the rescue of turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving. During an interview with Pitchfork, he noted, "I read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, where he talks about factory farms and now I don't ever want to eat chicken or turkey again."
James Cameron wants to get everyone on board to help stop climate change, and he's calling on scores of his famous friends to help him. Cameron's new eight-part documentary, Years of Living Dangerously, stars Harrison Ford, America Ferrera, Jessica Alba, Matt Damon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael C. Hall, and others and will most likely also feature information about how the meat and dairy industries are destroying the planet. Cameron went vegan to do his part to protect the Earth, and hopefully Years of Living Dangerously will convince many more people to do the same.
To keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
PETA supporters and orca fans united yesterday to protest SeaWorld's planned Tournament of Roses Parade float. Protesters pointed out that SeaWorld's float—which depicts orcas leaping happy and free in the sea—bears no resemblance whatsoever to an orca's life of intensive confinement at the marine park, where these magnificent animals are kept in tiny concrete tanks, often breaking their teeth on the underwater bars, and are forced to perform cheap, circus-style tricks.
Help keep cruelty out of the Rose Parade by letting the parade committee know that animal abuse is nothing to celebrate.
Concerned about the safety of both human and animal participants, Lake Elsinore, California, City Manager Grant Yates has denied a permit to the organizers of the cruel and dangerous Great Bull Run that had been scheduled to take place at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in March. PETA is sending a thank-you letter, along with flowers and vegan chocolates, to the city, which also provided PETA with valuable assistance during our groundbreaking Global Captive Breeders investigation last year.
Intended to imitate the cruel Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, the event involves loading bulls onto trucks, potentially driving them hundreds of miles, and herding them into a pen, after which they are chased by riders on horseback, forcing them to bolt in panic through a chute into an arena filled with hundreds of screaming people. Along the way, they would potentially have crashed into barriers, collided with and injured one another, or fallen and broken their legs or other bones.
Bulls used in such events can also seriously injure runners and bystanders. Two people were hospitalized, including a man who was trampled by a bull, following The Great Bull Run at Virginia Motorsports Park in Petersburg, Virginia, in August. A venue in Minnesota has already canceled plans to host a bull run, citing safety concerns.
"We are the action sports capital of the world," said Yates in a news release announcing the decision to bar the event. "However, unlike most of the action sports and events in our community, this event invited inexperienced, untrained and unprotected participants to take part in what could be a dangerous and unpredictable activity."What You Can Do
Despite receiving information from PETA and other concerned citizens about its inherent cruelty, organizers are still planning to hold The Great Bull Run at Royal Purple Raceway outside Houston in December. Please urge them to ensure the safety of people and animals by canceling this foolhardy event.
Is The Onion secretly staffed by PETA employees? Maybe, judging by these 17 articles that look like they came straight out of our playbook.1. 'We Raise All Our Beef Humanely on Open Pasture and Then We Hang Them Upside Down and Slash Their Throats'
Rancher: "While frail and pharmaceutical-laden factory-farm cows just droop lifelessly while awaiting their deaths, our healthy, GMO-free cattle thrash about wildly in the air, very often tearing their own delicate flesh and shattering their leg bones in a hopeless attempt to flee to the nearby 100 percent organic grassland pastures where they were free to roam during their unnaturally truncated lives." I won't even try to top that.
2. 'Study: Multiple Stab Wounds May Be Harmful to Monkeys'
If only truth were stranger than satire.3. 'New Documentary Reveals SeaWorld Forced Orca Whales to Perform Nude'
And when reached for comment about Blackfish, a spokesman representing SeaWorld said … oh, that's right, nothing.4. 'Depressed Groundhog Sees Shadow of Rodent He Once Was'
Sometimes Punxsutawney Phil feels like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.5. 'World's Scientists Admit They Just Don't Like Mice' 6. 'San Diego Zoo Lays Off 2,000 Animals'
Animals respond, "OMG, the recession couldn't have come soon enough."7. 'Doomed Rabbit to Teach 8-Year-Old About Responsibility' 8. 'Underfunded Scientists Force Lipstick-Covered Rat With Cancer to Run Through Maze'
The good news is that now we know "the effects of acute toothpaste-induced fluoride toxicity coupled with extreme steroid abuse after hot coffee has been spilled into a surgical incision resulting from the removal of a genetically grown ear."9. Masochist Dog Enjoys Being Walked Around on Leash While Naked'
Animals Harmed in Catering of Film'
You can't help but love the "PETA" quote: "Nearly 400 chickens, 14 steer, and thousands of shrimp were viciously killed in the making of this movie," protester and PETA member Jacqueline Zimmer said. "And these weren't dignified deaths. Some of these animals were deboned and had their skin ripped off before being filleted, sautéed, and placed atop a bed of so-so rice."11. 'Scientists Teach Chimpanzee to Conduct 3-Year Study on Primates'
The chimpanzee's research finds that human primates waste a great deal of money on useless animal experiments.
12. 'Heroic PETA Commandos Kill 49, Save Rabbit'
King Going Cageless'
Asked what she thought about Burger King's decision to stop buying pork and eggs from farms that cage or crate their animals, fast-food fan Priya Shenoy said, "As a regular Burger King patron, I don't think I could make it any more clear that I don't give a flying f**k what I put into my body."14. 'Should Animals Be Doing More for the Animal Rights Movement?' 'Mouse Study Suggests Soda Consumption May Be Fatal'
In other news, hey, guess what?! Americans are fat.16. 'Jockey Liam Hollins the Favorite to Brutally Whip Horse to Kentucky Derby Win' 17. 'Children of All Ages Delighted by Enslavement of Topsy the Elephant'
"Eyewitnesses who spotted the trainer patting the side of Topsy's body during the final trick were convinced the elephant and the man were best friends, though in fact the look of reverie on Topsy's face was the result of his daydreaming about stomping and crushing the cruel a**hole's head like an overripe melon."
As if the box office hit Free Birds didn't give kids enough food for thought, PETA is hoping to kick things up a notch by placing a high-tech ad in bus shelters in several Northeast cities that contains a secret Thanksgiving message that only kids can see.
The ad uses lenticular technology, in which images are printed on a plastic sheet of tiny lenticules, or lenses, which project different images from different angles. In this case, tall people see a benign Father Knows Best–like image of a retro mom carving a holiday turkey. But people under 4 feet 3 inches tall see something quite different—Mom stabbing a live turkey as blood splatters the horrified kids' faces. Our goal is to inspire kids to change the course of history for turkeys without having to travel back in time to 1621.
Every year, turkeys are crammed by the thousands into huge, filthy sheds on factory farms. Farmers often hack off the ends of the birds' toes and beaks—without any anesthetics whatsoever—in order to prevent them from injuring each other in the severely crowded conditions.
A PETA investigation at a series of turkey factory farms in West Virginia documented that employees stomped on turkeys' heads, punched turkeys, hit them on the head with pliers, and struck their heads against metal scaffolding. Men shoved feces into turkeys' mouths and held turkeys' heads under water. One man bragged about jamming a broom stick down a turkey's throat. Another said he saw a coworker fatally inject sulfuric acid into turkeys' heads. A supervisor said that he saw workers kill hundreds of turkeys with two-by-fours.
While that investigation led to the first-ever felony indictments for cruelty to farmed birds and the first-ever convictions of turkey factory farmers for cruelty, turkeys, like chickens, are not protected by the federal Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act. During slaughter, they frequently have their throats slit and are dunked into tanks of scalding-hot water without first being rendered unconscious.What You Can Do
If you wouldn't want your kids to see how your dinner was made, maybe you shouldn't be eating it. Host a G-rated Thanksgiving celebration that's suitable for all audiences, including turkeys. We have hundreds of delicious, turkey-friendly vegan recipes to choose from.
Thanks to determined PETA supporters—and more than a year's worth of discussions with PETA—we've confirmed that the Smithsonian Science Education Center has slashed cruel live-animal lesson plans from its curriculum. The ill-advised lesson plans instructed elementary school teachers at hundreds of participating schools to purchase live African dwarf frogs, fiddler crabs, and millipedes for classroom animal-behavior lessons.
PETA had contacted the Smithsonian after receiving concerned e-mails from parents and teachers describing animals who were suffering from severe neglect. One distraught teacher also contacted us after she was told by her supervisor to "dispose" of the animals the school had purchased at the Smithsonian's recommendation because they couldn't be "reused" in other lesson plans.
A month after mobilizing our supporters online, we learned that the Smithsonian had agreed to review the lesson plans. We continued to follow up diligently until we could confirm that the lesson plans had been removed.Compassionate Curricula
PETA recognizes that it's important to teach children about the behavior that animals exhibit in their natural habitat, and we provide curricula to help teachers and school districts do just that. Non-animal methods not only teach students better than exploiting animals but also allow teachers to emphasize the positive effect that children can have on the world around them by treating every living being with consideration and compassion.
Kellan Lutz will soon star as Hercules, and he's getting into character with a Herculean effort to save lobsters and crabs. After he saw PETA's undercover video footage showing workers at Linda Bean's Maine Lobster slaughterhouse ripping apart fully conscious lobsters and crabs and dumping them, still alive, into either boiling water or the trash to die slowly, he sent an urgent letter to the L.L.Bean heiress asking her to stop the most egregious acts of cruelty.
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In his letter, Kellan pointed out that other readily available slaughter methods, such as electrical stunning or hydrostatic pressure, would quickly kill the animals before they are dismembered.
Watching these animals writhe as their exposed internal organs were violently scrubbed off with spinning brushes made me wonder how you could possibly wait one second longer to spend a little of your profits on a machine that renders these animals unconscious prior to being processed," Kellan wrote. "Even if you can't relate to lobsters and crabs in the same way that you might to dogs or dolphins, they also deserve to be spared unnecessary agony.You Can Help!
Please help us flood Linda Bean with e-mails requesting that she switch to a far-less cruel means of slaughtering these animals. Let her know that if she is going to continue to rake in huge profits from the deaths of lobsters and crabs, it seems like the least that she can do.
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