• Apr
  • 07

Help Animals by Watching Movies With Friends!

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Activism comes in many different forms. Sometimes it can be as simple as watching movies with friends and family members and having conversations about them afterward. The following are short lists of films to get the people in your life on their way to helping animals!

Family Movies

Babe: This cute movie investigates the rights, emotions, and sensitivities of animals while questioning why humans love some animals but slaughter others.

Charlotte’s Web: Here’s another movie that highlights what a pig has to do in order to avoid being slaughtered. Like Babe, this adaptation of E.B. White’s classic children’s novel asks viewers to examine how we treat intelligent animals such as pigs.

Chicken Run: Claymation chickens fight to escape from the prison-like farm where they are destined to be killed. 

Free Willy: Perhaps the best-known movie on this list, it’s about a boy fighting to free an orca from captivity.

Legally Blonde 2: When the main character learns that the mother of her beloved Chihuahua is trapped in a cruel lab, she goes to D.C. to fight the vivisection industry.

Horror/Sci-Fi Movies

King Kong: It’s one of the most famous and saddest stories about a wild animal who is taken from nature, placed in shackles, and forced to perform for human entertainment.

Island of Lost Souls: This 1932 classic tale about animal experimentation investigates the way that nonhuman animals experience pain and suffer like us while questioning the ethics of vivisection. This movie defined a new genre in horror cinema!

Predator and Predators: The tables are turned, and the humans become the hunted in this sci-fi franchise.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes: This sci-fi gem looks at the horrors of vivisection, the exotic pet trade, and the suffering of wild animals in captivity.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: One of the earliest and nastiest looks at eating meat in modern society, this film put humans in the slaughterhouse—and horror movies were never the same again.

Documentaries

Blackfish: This film made international headlines for its gripping investigation of the death of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau and SeaWorld’s systemic abuse of orcas and other marine mammals.

Born to Be Wild: This inspiring film documents the lives of orphaned baby elephants and orangutans and the people who rescue, raise, and reintroduce them to the wild.

The Cove: This Oscar-winning film investigates the annual dolphin slaughter at Taiji, Japan.

Earthlings: Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, this extremely moving documentary explores major industries and the ways in which they use and abuse animals. Watch it online.

Food, Inc.: This movie takes an in-depth look at America’s food production and the corporations that prioritize profits over welfare and health.

Forks Over Knives: This documentary examines the connection between diet and most diseases of affluence and how they can be controlled or reversed if you eat a plant-based diet.

I Am an Animal: Learn about Ingrid E. Newkirk and PETA US’ history and struggle for animal rights!

Lolita: Slave to Entertainment: This provocative documentary investigates the sad capture and solitary life of the orca Lolita at a marine park in Miami.

Inspired to help animals? Please join PETA’s Activist Network.

Posted by Edwina Baier

 

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  • Apr
  • 03

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cows

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Cows are smart, social, and sensitive. Check out this video from PETA U.S., and see for yourself!

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  • Mar
  • 24

Foods That Pack a Protein Punch

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The average man over the age of 18 needs 56 grams of protein daily, but people eating a Western diet (which is on the rise in Asia) tend to consume twice the recommended amount. PETA U.S.’ guide to foods that pack a protein punch shows you how to get just enough protein—but not too much—with good sources of vegan protein.

Protein infographic

Ready to dig into a vegan diet? Take the vegan pledge today. And be sure to share this post on Facebook.

Posted by Edwina Baier

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  • Mar
  • 22

Victory! China Southern Airlines Ends Shipments of Primates to Labs

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Today is a day for celebration! A senior official from China Southern Airlines (CSA) has just sent an e-mail to PETA US announcing that the airline will immediately “stop transporting live primates for laboratory experiments on all flights.”

The airline had been the target of relentless campaigns by PETA Asia and our affiliates, which included protests in Bangkok, Chicago, Jakarta, Hanoi, London, Tokyo, and elsewhere. Activists in Manila, Taipei, and Hong Kong held regular protests at CSA’s offices there. PETA Asia and our international affiliates coordinated dozens of actions in which our supporters flooded CSA with more than 100,000 e-mails and telephone calls asking it to stop shipping primates to laboratories, where they would suffer and die in experiments. Some of these call-in actions happened as recently as this week.

China Southern protest at LAX

China Southern protest Hong Kong

China Southern Airlines Taipei protest

Pamela Anderson sent a letter to the airline pleading for it to stop shipping monkeys to laboratories. PETA US also purchased CSA stock with the intent of using their position as a shareholder to change corporate policy about shipping primates to laboratories.

In December, PETA US placed a billboard targeting CSA outside the airline’s cargo office at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, where all of the more than 2,500 primates on CSA flights came into the U.S. last year.

China Southern Airlines billboard

Among the laboratories that CSA shipped monkeys to was the notoriously cruel Covance, where an investigator documented that monkeys had tubes forced down their throats so that experimental substances could be pumped into their stomachs.

In its e-mail, CSA states that the airline will now “play a supporting role for animal protection and welfare in conjunction with PETA.”

CSA was the only major commercial airline based in China that still shipped primates to laboratories, and its policy change leaves Air France as the only major airline left in the world that is willing to ship monkeys for use in experiments. It will now be extremely difficult and costly for experimenters to get their hands on monkeys to torment. Thanks in large part to the hard work of PETA Asia members and supporters like you who e-mailed, called, and protested, more monkeys will remain in their natural habitats with their families instead of being captured and imprisoned at decrepit breeding farms and in terrifying laboratories.

What You Can Do

Please tell Air France to stop shipping monkeys to laboratories.

Posted by Jason Baker

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  • Mar
  • 21

How Monkeys Go From Jungles to Labs

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Ever wonder how monkeys from places such as Asia and Africa end up caged in laboratories? PETA U.S.’ infograph lets you see the horrific journey that they endure, only to reach an even more terrifying final destination:

air-cruelty-infographic

Almost every major airline in the world—including Delta Air Lines, Philippine Airlines, Air China, El Al Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, American AirlinesUnited Airlines, US Airways, China Eastern AirlinesTAM AirlinesHainan Airlines, and dozens of others—refuses to take any part in this violent industry and prohibits the transportation of primates to laboratories. Some carriers, including UPS, FedEx, Cathay Pacific, and Korean Air, won’t transport any animals to laboratories.

Take action to help save monkeys! Urge Air France to STOP shipping monkeys to laboratories, and remember to book your next flight on an animal-friendly airline!

Posted by Edwina Baier

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  • Mar
  • 21

Troops Aid Stranded Camel

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When PETA Asia received a report of a camel who had fallen into a tank ditch surrounding Camp Dwyer in Helmand province, Afghanistan, they didn’t waste any time taking action, and neither did the troops.

PETA immediately contacted officials at the camp, who later shared details of the dramatic rescue of the camel. International Security Assistance Forces with First Battalion, Ninth Marine Regiment, and Afghan National Army soldiers with First Brigade, 215th Corps, worked overnight to assist the camel, who had to be dug out of the trench by hand. Shortly after he was released, the camel reportedly walked away into the surrounding desert area.

Camel Rescue

Camel Rescue

If you witness an animal in distress, no matter how remote, always report it, and please do what you can to alleviate the suffering of the animal.

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  • Mar
  • 18

Victory! Tokyo Disneyland Stops Selling Fur

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silver foxes in cage

Compassionate visitors to Tokyo Disneyland no longer have to worry about being confronted with items made of fur. That’s because after learning from PETA and concerned citizens throughout the country about the torment and painful killing of animals used for their skins, the theme park has banned the sale of all fur items. According to complaints received by PETA, Disneyland vendors were selling items such as bags and hats made with fox and rabbit fur.

Animals trapped for their fur endure excruciating pain before they are killed by trappers, who stomp on the animals’ chests or break their necks. On fur farms, animals spend their entire lives in tiny, filthy cages before workers kill them by breaking their necks or using poison or anal electrocution. In China—which is the world’s largest fur exporter—animals who are killed for their fur are sometimes skinned alive.

How You Can Help

The decision to stop selling fur at Tokyo Disneyland is a great example of the power of each of us. By using our voices, we can make a difference. If you see fur being sold, don’t be afraid to voice your concerns to management or staff. Never be silent.

By ending the demand for fur, we can stop the production. Take the pledge never to wear fur, and share it with your family and friends.

Posted by Edwina Baier

 

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  • Mar
  • 17

Gross Things in Meat (Infographic)

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Everyone knows that meat’s not green, that it’s the product of cruelty to animals, and that it raises your risk of cancerstrokes, and heart disease. But more and more, conscious eaters are discovering other facts about it—facts that might make you throw up, literally.

Check out PETA U.S.’ infographic below to see what the U.S. meat industry is really selling inside that burger or chicken sandwich, and share it on Facebook and Twitter.

what's in your meat

Ready to stop eating all those chemicals, metals, drugs, and poopy particles? Go vegan. It’s easy, delicious, and, best of all, not disgustingly cruel.

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  • Mar
  • 14

Clover’s Story: Adopting an Older Animal

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Clover was already well into her twilight years when she was rescued from being butchered and taken in by The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). She waited at the shelter for years while other dogs around her got adopted or were brought home to be fostered, but the shelter staff told me that they’d never even received an inquiry from anyone interested in adopting Clover.

I was mourning the loss of my favorite individual and constant companion, Grace, when I stumbled upon Clover’s picture on the PAWS website. (I still am mourning the loss of Grace.) I had already been thinking about welcoming another senior dog into my home, as one of the reasons that I was able to care for Grace so well amid my busy schedule was her calm demeanor and satisfaction with simple things, such as sleeping in her bed behind my desk at work. Because of my small apartment and hectic lifestyle, I knew I couldn’t take on a younger dog who would need a lot of space and exercise, but I also knew I could offer a dog a lot—including an indoor life with frequent pee breaks, constant companionship (Grace came to work with me, as does Clover), and, of course, weekend trips to the park!

And so Clover came into my life. I originally decided to foster her to ensure that she would be comfortable with coming into the office every day, but within the first 48 hours, it was clear: Clover was staying. She is almost blind and struggles with hearing, too. The staff members at the shelter don’t think she has much time left, but I’m happy that she’ll get to spend the remainder of her life with me. Despite her impairments, she is extremely placid and loves attention. She even does a little butt dance when you scratch the base of her tail and frequently drops to the floor for belly rubs. In less than a week, she had already adjusted well to the office and my apartment, memorized our walking routes, and gotten the hang of housetraining.

Clover, February 2014 (2)

Clover, February 2014 (3)

Clover the dog

You should allow for an adjustment period when bringing any new animal—old or young—into your life. But here are some tips that I have found are specifically helpful for older animals:

  • Routine, routine, routine: Helping animals know what to expect is important for making their adjustment easy. Since Clover is almost blind, I was careful to keep our walking routes the same each time. I also take her out and feed her at the same time each day.
  • Housetraining: Not all animals are housebroken when you adopt them (although you might get lucky!). Some might have learned this rule before but changed their behavior in a shelter environment. Remember that not all dogs are the same! Grace took six weeks to learn not to go to the bathroom inside, whereas Clover took only two days. Along with ensuring that they have access to the outdoors frequently, the key is positive reinforcement—and lots of it. Never scold dogs for going to the bathroom indoors. Simply praise them lavishly when they do go outdoors. They’ll catch on quickly!
  • Patience: Clover walked very slowly the first day that I took her to the office—what is normally a 15-minute walk took almost an hour! But every day, as she familiarizes herself with the route more, she walks a little bit faster. Patience is crucial for allowing a new animal to adjust to your life.

There are many advantages to adopting an older dog from a shelter, and Clover is proof of that! They may already have basic obedience skills, they are generally content with a laid-back lifestyle or a small apartment, and of course, they are even more grateful for getting a second chance at life and a forever home. If you are considering bringing a new animal into your life, please adopt an animal from your local shelter or rescue group. If you want a laid-back companion to match your lifestyle, an older dog or cat might be for you!

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  • Mar
  • 12

PETA Receives Award for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Work

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PETA was recently invited to speak about our work with helping animals in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan at the celebration of the Philippines’ Bureau of Animal Industry’s 84th founding anniversary. PETA, in the company of various Department of Agriculture officials, also received a certificate of appreciation for our work from the government.

Representatives of PETA Asia assisted with the delivery of food and medication to all kinds of animals affected by the typhoon, from giraffes to pigs to dogs, and provided sick and injured animals in Palawan with essential treatment and care. PETA Asia caseworker Jana Sevilla, who had to endure a 12-hour journey on a boat ride on rocky seas during relief efforts, among many other logistics- and transportation-related difficulties owing to the devastation caused by the storm, took center stage to captivate the audience by sharing her experience while in Palawan.

PETA making speech at BAI

Jana Sevilla gave a speech at the anniversary ceremony, as the Bureau of Animal Industry director (second left) and assistant director (left) in the background, looked on.

BAI award

In the Philippines, where our campaigns office is located, we regularly join policy meetings to aid in drafting laws that affect animals and also give advice to the government’s animal welfare board.

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