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The Simpsons co-creator rescues lame horse

May 5th, 2014 3:10am EDT
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The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon has bought a lame thoroughbred horse in a bid to save him from the track.

The philanthropist, who is battling terminal cancer, put up the funds to buy Valediction, after the horse appeared in a PETA expose video.

The footage featured videotaped evidence of chronic misuse of drugs to enhance horses' performance and mask their injuries.

PETA discovered that Valediction's legs were covered with circular, evenly spaced scars - the result of freeze-firing, the cruel practice of burning horses' legs with liquid nitrogen to try to stimulate blood flow.

After r...

James Cromwell protests against Air France locked in shipping crate

April 29th, 2014 3:00am EDT
James Cromwell
Veteran actor James Cromwell locked himself in a shipping crate at Los Angeles International Airport to protest against Air France for transporting primates to laboratories in its planes' cargo.

The Babe actor and animal rights activist took to the Tom Bradley International Terminal on Monday (28Apr14) as part of PETA's (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals') fight against the company, which is the only major airline that still ships monkeys to research sites, according to the organisation's spokesperson.

Cromwell fit his tall frame into a wooden crate with the words "Live Primate"...

Ricky Gervais Crowned 2013 PETA's Person Of The Year

December 23rd, 2013 11:27am EST
Ricky Gervais
British comedian Ricky Gervais  has been named Person of the Year by the honchos at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The 52 year-old actor has been praised for using his Twitter account to keep more than five million followers informed about the campaign group's cruelty-free cosmetics, as well as voicing criticism of bloodsports and urging fans to give to animal charities.

Gervais has also worked on an animated video for PETA about the use of fur and exotic animal skins, alongside pop star P!nk, and he even wrote to executives of British department store Fortnum and M...

Heart Axe SeaWorld Concert Amid 'Blackfish' Controversy

December 9th, 2013 2:51pm EST
Heart have become the latest musical act to pull out of a show at SeaWorld in Florida following pressure from animal rights campaigners.

Country music legend Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies recently cancelled 2014 shows at Orlando's attraction after new documentary Blackfish, which focuses on the struggle of captive killer whales, sparked a furor over alleged animal cruelty issues.

A number of petitions were set up urging artists to scrap planned shows at SeaWorld, and rock group Heart has now left the line-up.

Guitarist Nancy Wilson confirmed the news in a series of posts on her Twit...

Animal Rights Crusaders Slam Jamie Cullum For His Circus Concert

December 3rd, 2013 3:20pm EST
Jamie Cullum
British musician Jamie Cullum has come under attack from animal rights activists after he played a show at the home of a controversial circus.

The 34 year-old Jazz star played to a sold-out crowd last month at the main venue of Circus Krone, one of Europe's largest circuses, which still includes 'performances' from an array of exotic animals, including big cats, elephants and monkeys.

The concert has infuriated officials at animal charities, who claim Cullum should have researched the venue's history before booking his concert.

Peter Hoffken, from People for the Ethical Treatment of A...

TLC star Chilli strips for PETA's tiger abuse ad

November 25th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Tlc star Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas has become the latest celebrity to strip for animal rights group Peta.

The Grammy Award-winning singer has bared all to raise awareness about the abuse of tigers in circuses.

Photographed crouched inside a cage and wearing nothing but striped bodypaint, Chilli is urging fans to 'Boycott the Circus' in the ad.

PETA officials have learned that many big cats used by circuses are beaten into submission, and when they're not performing, they are locked away in cramped, filthy cages.

Tiger lover Chilli says, "There's so much cruelty behind the scenes, which is...

Kellan Lutz Pens Letter In Support Of Crustacean Rights

November 7th, 2013 8:51am EST
Kellan Lutz
Kellan Lutz is fighting for the rights of crabs and lobsters after watching a PETA video featuring employees at a top Maine factory farm ripping the crustaceans apart, while they're still alive.

The Twilight star has sent a letter to the owner of Linda Bean's Maine Lobster, urging her to "stop the most egregious acts of cruelty to animals" at her Rockland slaughterhouse.

The video features footage of crabs and lobsters being dumped, still alive, into boiling water, while others are tossed in the trash to die slowly and painfully.

A spokesman for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment ...

PETA Slams Katy Perry Over Her 'Roar' Video

September 14th, 2013 4:04pm EDT
Katy Perry
International pop superstar Katy Perry has incurred the wrath of animal rights crusaders for featuring exotic animals in the video for her latest single Roar.

The 28 year-old singer is seen onscreen with animals including tigers and monkeys in the promo, and in one scene, she even appears to paint the toenails of an elephant with bright pink polish.

Perry has now been criticized by officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who are furious with her decision to feature the creatures onscreen.

Spokeswoman Merrilee Burke tells Britain's Daily Star, "Animals used for en...

PETA Wants SeaWorld Scenes Cut From 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues'

August 20th, 2013 1:42pm EDT
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Honchos at PETA are calling on the producers of the sequel to legendary film Anchorman to edit out all scenes shot at SeaWorld as part of a protest against theme park owners.

The news comes just days after the creative team behind Pixar's Finding Dory changed the film's ending, cutting out SeaWorld scenes, after viewing hard-hitting documentary Blackfish, which details the alleged cruelty inherent in keeping marine mammals captive in tiny tanks.

PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders tells WENN, "The constant deprivation that marine mammals face at ...

Kim Basinger celebrating after whale win

August 7th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Kim Basinger
Actress Kim Basinger is celebrating after winning a major victory against SeaWorld bosses.

The longtime animal rights activist teamed up with leaders from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to fight plans that would allow bosses at the Georgia Aquarium and its SeaWorld affiliates to import beluga whales from Russia.

Thanks to their actions and exposes, and the fall-out from controversial new film Blackfish - about the lives of whales in captivity, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have denied SeaWorld's latest request to stock their parks.


The Simpsons co-creator offers up fortune to charity as he battles cancer

July 25th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
The Simpsons
Sam Simon, the man who co-created The Simpsons, is giving away his vast fortune to animal rights and poverty groups as he battles terminal cancer.

The 58 year old, who came up with the concept for the animated TV hit with Matt Groening in 1983, was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer earlier this year (13) and given three to six months to live, and he has vowed to give away millions to the charities he has supported through the Sam Simon Foundation, which provides vegan food to the hungry and homes for stray pets.

He has also supported PETA, Save the Children and marine organisation the ...

Paul McCartney urges Philippine president to speed up elephant transfer

July 22nd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Sir Paul McCartney has written to Philippine President Benigno Aquino Iii urging him to speed up the transfer of a sick elephant from the Manila Zoo to a sanctuary in Thailand.

The former Beatles star has applauded the leader for intervening on behalf of animal rights groups and calling for an evaluation of ailing Mali, 39, but now he wants Aquino to revisit the elephant's condition and transfer the female to a "lush, spacious sanctuary in Thailand".

He writes, "I have great regard for governments that intervene on behalf of animals, just as yours did with the May 2012 directive ordering ...

Tia Mowry 'Feels Great' Going Vegan, Poses In Just A Lettuce Apron For PETA

June 11th, 2013 4:00pm EDT
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In a sassy new ad for PETA, Tia Mowry wears nothing but an apron made of lettuce leaves, showing that vegan cooking can be both fun and sexy. The ad reads, "Let Veganism Grown On You" and points out, "A vegan lifestyle is better for your health, the planet and animals."

The former "Sister, Sister" and "The Game" star told the animal rights organization: "I wanted to become a voice for my community...I wanted to educate my culture about the benefits of becoming vegan. The more you learn about the benefits of being vegan, the more you become alive and the more you become aware of why it's a ...

Sir Paul McCartney to award Austin Mayor with vegan city honour

May 22nd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Sir Paul McCartney has declared Austin, Texas is America's most vegan-friendly city following a nationwide study by his friends at Peta.

The rocker will present city officials with PETA's Most Vegan-Friendly City in the U.S. award in between concerts at the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday (22May13) and Thursday (23May13).

The former Beatle will join PETA senior vice president Dan Mathews for the ceremony on Thursday after alerting city Mayor Lee Leffingwell to his plans in a letter.

McCartney wrote, "The influx of forward-thinking musicians and techies, the thriving university, and the f...

Emily Deschanel Records PETA Video Supporting Dairy Embargo

May 8th, 2013 11:29pm EDT
Emily Deschanel
Bones star Emily Deschanel is encouraging moms to boycott cows' milk and embrace a vegan diet to show compassion for cattle.

The 36 year-old actress has teamed up with animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for a new video campaign urging women to raise their children on vegan diets and stop supporting the "cruel" dairy industry.

In the video, Deschanel, who has a 20-month-old son Henry, says, "As a mother, I experience the joy of raising my son every day. But not all moms are so lucky. Mother cows on dairy farms have their young traumatically torn...

PETA bosses urge Gordon Ramsay to pull foie gras from New York restaurant

May 8th, 2013 3:53pm EDT
Gordon Ramsay
Animal rights campaigners are urging Gordon Ramsay to stop serving foie gras at his New York restaurant The London after exposing cruel practices at a factory farm, which supplies the top chef with his pate, in a harrowing new video.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) officials have sent footage they obtained from inside Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the upstate New York farm that produces the liver pate his Manhattan restaurant serves to diners, to Ramsay along with a letter requesting he pulls the item from his menu.

And the animal rights activists are now offering broadcast-...

Beyonce Slammed By PETA Over Her Animal Skin Sneakers

February 28th, 2013 9:02am EST
Beyonce has come under fire from the animal cruelty police for commissioning designers at custom sneaker company Perfectly Made Kicks to create pair of shoes made from exotic animal skins for her.

After upsetting activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) by sporting an outfit made from python and iguana skin during her Super Bowl half-time show earlier this month, the Crazy in Love singer is at it again after signing on for new shoes made from crocodile and anaconda skins, stingray, ostrich, and calf hair.

PETA bosses have wasted no time in jumping on the star's la...

Joaquin Phoenix's PETA Ad Banned By ABC

February 14th, 2013 1:15pm EST
Joaquin Phoenix
A TV advert showing Joaquin Phoenix 'drowning' has been banned from broadcast during the Oscars.

The Walk the Line actor shot the hard-hitting commercial, in which he is shown panicking and struggling to breathe underwater, to highlight the horror of a fish's death as part of a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign.

Organizers wanted to achieve maximum impact by screening the advertisement during the TV broadcast of the Academy Awards ceremony later this month  but claim bosses at the ABC network vetoed the move, insisting the film is too political to show.

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James Cromwell Arrested At Cat Abuse Protest At University Of Wisconsin

February 7th, 2013 2:50pm EST
James Cromwell
Babe and The Artist star James Cromwell has been arrested in Wisconsin after interrupting a university board meeting to demand an end to cruel and deadly brain experiments on scores of cats.

Campus police led the Oscar nominee away from the University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison during a protest staged by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activists on Thursday morning.

Reports suggest Cromwell held up graphic photos depicting the scientific decapitation of a cat named Double Trouble and yelled, "Shame on UW for mutilating and killing cats!"

Prior to his arrest, the a...

Casey Affleck Supports Farm Animal Cruelty Bill

January 30th, 2013 2:41pm EST
Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck headed home to his native Massachusetts this week to implore state lawmakers to pass a bill protecting farm animals from cruelty.

The Gone Baby Gone star, who hails from Cambridge, is an enthusiastic animal rights activist and he has thrown his support behind the Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act. The proposals aim to outlaw inhumane treatment at factory farms such as shutting calves up in veal crates and keeping egg-producing hens in tiny battery cages.

Affleck, who is a vegan, wrote a letter in support of the bill and hand delivered it to the offices of...

Mayim Bialik To Pen Vegan Cookbook

January 29th, 2013 7:29pm EST
Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik is writing a vegan recipe book to help others adapt more easily to a life without animal products.

The Big Bang Theory star appeared in a campaign for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to promote veganism last year, and now she's aiming to show fans how easy it is to cook up tasty meals that are both meat and dairy-free.

She tells, "I love to cook and I feel like there is so much interest in plant-based eating. I get a lot of non-vegans saying to me, 'If more people cooked like you do, I would actually eat vegan more often.'"

The cookbo...

Maggie Q Gets Naked For PETA, Asks People To 'Go Veg' (Photo)

January 26th, 2013 8:00am EST
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"Nikita" star Maggie Q has stripped for a cause close to her heart. The actress reveals all in a new People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign poster aimed at convincing people to eliminate meat products from their diet.

The edgy new PETA billboard reads, "Fight Climate Change With Diet Change. Go Veg" and features the vegan actress naked with her body painted like planet earth.

The poster debuted above the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles on Thursday and will remain there for one month.

Maggie Q told WENN, "There's so many issues tied to the meat industry. I mean, social, e...

Woody Harrelson Films Anti-Fur Video For Humane Society

January 9th, 2013 11:29am EST
Woody Harrelson
Actor Woody Harrelson has voiced a poignant new video calling for an end to the use of fur in fashion.

The former Cheers star narrates The Humane Society of the United States' new campaign promo, in which a model uses different 'killing' techniques on cuddly toys to illustrate how brutally animals can be killed in real life.

Harrelson says, "It's always difficult for people to deal with images of animal cruelty head-on; no one wants to look at what really goes into the making of fur. This video is so impactful because it lets you know without having to see.

"I really hope it makes fas...

Anjelica Huston Crowned PETA Person Of The Year

December 29th, 2012 5:15pm EST
Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' Person of the Year for campaigning to keep chimpanzees out of TV commercials.

Thanks to the Smash star's volunteerism and work as a narrator of a hard-hitting video expose about how great apes suffer in the entertainment industry, the top 10 advertising agencies in the U.S. have adopted policies to stop using chimps in their ads.

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Representative Wendy Wegner adds, "Anjelica Huston is a true friend to all animals and the perfect choice for PETA's Person of the Year 2012."

Huston also spoke out against New...

Alicia Silverstone Stars In Feather Exposé For PETA

December 14th, 2012 12:43pm EST
Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone is encouraging fans to shun feathers by fronting a video exposing the cruel practice of plucking geese and ducks for their down.

The Clueless star, who is famed for her animal activism and vegan diet, has partnered with members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to give a behind-the-scenes look at the down industry.

In the video, workers are shown yanking fistfuls of feathers from live birds, often tearing open their flesh, which is then sewn up using a needle and thread.

Silverstone narrates, "No matter where it comes from, down is a product of c...

'Twilight's' Christian Serratos Stars In Creepy New PETA Ad

November 13th, 2012 1:13pm EST
Christian Serratos
Twilight star Christian Serratos has channeled the spirit of the vampire franchise in a spooky new photo shoot for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The actress became the youngest celebrity to strip off for the animal rights organization's I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign at the age of 19 in 2009, and now she has shown her support for the cause again.

In a new advertisement urging her fans to quit eating meat, Serratos is shown standing in a fog-filled cemetery while sporting a corset, high heels, and ghoulish make-up, alongside the message, "Your body shoul...

Olivia Munn Speaks Out Against Groupon Circus Deals

October 4th, 2012 2:03pm EDT
Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn is urging bosses behind an online coupon site to "do the right thing" by removing their deals on circus tickets.

The Magic Mike star, an outspoken campaigner for elephants, has urged her fans to boycott Groupon after discovering the discount site was offering cut-price promotions for circuses which features animals.

In a letter to Groupon directors, sent on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Munn raises her concerns about the treatment of elephants and tigers made to perform in the circus.

She writes, "I was disappointed to learn from PETA that G...

Bob Barker Snubbed By 'The Price Is Right' 40th Anniversary Show

September 5th, 2012 11:18am EDT
Bob Barker
For five years The Price Is Right has continued on without longtime host Bob Barker, but does that mean he doesn't deserve an invite to the show's 40th anniversary special? We think not!

Weighing in on The Price Is Right invite snub, Bob Barker reveals the show's producers "chose to ignore me, which is fine."

In an interview on Tuesday, the 88-year-old added, "They haven't even offered me a DVD," while The Price Is Right producers had no comment.

What could have led to bad blood between the iconic game show and its host of 35 years? A beef over beef, actually.

In recent years, Bob Barke...

PETA Slams Rihanna Over Her 'Creepy' Snakeskin Boots

August 31st, 2012 11:20am EDT
Rihanna has been branded "creepy" and a "freak" by animal rights campaigners after she took to the streets of London on Thursday wearing a pair of snakeskin boots.

The We Found Love hit-maker, who is on a promotional visit to the U.K., was photographed outside the Rose nightclub in central London sporting a pair of thigh-high black-and-white boots apparently made from reptile hide.

However, her fashion choice has angered officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who have spoken out to brand Rihanna's footwear "callous".

In a reference to the singer's recent tear...

Pamela Anderson Celebrates Elephant Campaign Triumph

August 23rd, 2012 1:45pm EDT
Pamela Anderson
Animal-loving stars Pamela Anderson and Paul McCartney are celebrating after their campaign to save an elephant from a life of misery ended in victory.

The former Baywatch beauty and the Beatles star publicly backed a drive by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to rescue Sunder, an elephant who suffered injuries after being mistreated by his handler and kept in a tiny shed at the Jyotiba Temple in India.

Both stars sent letters to Indian officials urging them to step in and end the scandal - and on Thursday it emerged Sunder is to be moved from the temple to a wildlife r...

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