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·         PETA makes plea to go vegan in the heart of beef country

PETA has erected a billboard in the heart of beef country, urging Nebraskans to go vegan...


·         PETA Calls on Universities to Get Rid of Live Animal Mascots After Texas' Bevo Charges at Georgia's Uga

·         Thousands sign PETA petition to stop animal testing at Bristol university

·         PETA Asks Tiffany Haddish To Be 'Kind To All' After She Swears To Wear Fur Until Police Stop Killing Black People

·         2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals



PETA makes plea to go vegan in the heart of beef country


By Brent Martin, Nebraska Radio Network

January 3, 2019


PETA has erected a billboard in the heart of beef country, urging Nebraskans to go vegan.


A billboard not that far from Memorial Stadium on eastbound Cornhusker Highway, between 11th and 14th Streets, has the face of a Holstein cow stating – “I’m Me, Not Meat. See the Individual. Go Vegan.”


PETA spokeswoman, Amber Canavan, makes no apologies for the billboard aimed at the Beef State.


“We know that even in places where these industries are very strong there are also people who are deeply uncomfortable with the ways that animals are treated in the meat, dairy, and egg industries,” Canavan tells Nebraska Radio Network.


PETA is against any use of meat, dairy, or eggs.


Canavan defends the use of the word “individual” in reference to an animal.


“Cows are individuals,” she insists. “They each have their own personalities. They have their own wants and needs. Some cows are more friendly. Some cows are more shy.”


Though the billboard goes against the grain of an entire state, its message can prove effective, according to Canavan...





PETA Calls on Universities to Get Rid of Live Animal Mascots After Texas' Bevo Charges at Georgia's Uga


Kelli Bender, People

January 03, 2019


After a close call between two live animal mascots at Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is renewing its call for the retirement of all live animal mascots.


Before the game between the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Georgia, both teams brought their mascots onto the field for a photo op: Bevo XV, a 1,600-lb. steer represented the Texas Longhorns, and Uga X, the 62-lb. English bulldog represented the Georgia Bulldogs. The animals were separated on the field by metal barriers, but the boundaries weren’t enough to hold back Bevo XV, who charged through the barriers at Uga X. Thankfully, no mascots or humans were injured during the frightening incident.


However, PETA says the situation could’ve easily ended with Uga X and/or the humans standing near the dog getting trampled or killed.


“It’s no surprise that a skittish steer would react to a perceived threat by charging, and PETA is calling on the University of Texas and the University of Georgia to learn from this dangerous incident, retire their live-animal mascots, and stick to the talented costumed mascots who can lead cheers, react to the crowd, and pump up the team,” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said in a statement.


As the roman numerals in their names suggest, Bevo XV and Uga X are preceded by a long line of live mascots for their respective schools, but this history is not reason enough for PETA to accept the practice of using live animals as mascots. To reinforce the point, the animal rights organization sent a letter to each school’s president.


“As a UGA alumna, I’m proud of my alma mater for many reasons, but this is not one of them,” PETA’s Emily R. Trunnell, Ph.D., wrote to University of Georgia president Jere W. Morehead. “Dogs deserve better than to be shuffled from game to game as if they were sporting equipment. Being forced into a stadium full of bright lights, screaming fans, and frightening noises is stressful — even terrifying — for sensitive animals like dogs, who would much rather be at home with their loving guardians.”


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Thousands sign PETA petition to stop animal testing at Bristol university

But the university has also had its say


By Sarah Turnnidge, BristolLive (UK)

3 Jan 2019


More than 2,000 people have signed a petition to urge the University of Bristol to stop testing on animals, led by one of the UK's biggest animal-rights charities.


Following the news that the leading university carried out procedures on more than 26,000 animals in 2017, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) launched a campaign to ask Bristol, as well as number of other top UK universities, to stop the practice.


At the time of writing, 2,471 people have signed the petition, which calls for the institution to "move away from inflicting pain and suffering on animals and to invest in more modern, pioneering, animal-free research methods.


In September it was revealed that tens-of-thousands of animals were used for research at the university in just one year, including 13,472 mice, 8,964 zebrafish, and 101 pigs.


Although the figures paled in comparison to other top universities, such as Oxford and Edinburgh, animal-rights activists have since been campaigning for the practise to be limited or stopped altogether in the future, in favour of alternative methods.


Dr Julia Baines, Science Policy Adviser at PETA UK, said:


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PETA Asks Tiffany Haddish To Be 'Kind To All' After She Swears To Wear Fur Until Police Stop Killing Black People

The animal rights group had some advice for the comedian about her new vow to wear fur.


Paula Rogo, Essence

Jan, 03, 2019


Animal rights organization PETA has responded to comedian Tiffany Haddish’s declaration that she would wear a fur coat gifted to her by a fan until police stop killing Black people.


In their response, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, asked Haddish to consider protesting in a different way.


“We love you, Tiffany, and as an animal rights organization, we advocate for and believe in kindness towards all, including animals,” they responded in a comment on Instagram. “We hope that you choose to protest in a different way that doesn’t harm any humans or any animals, but is kind to all.”


Haddish took to Instagram on Sunday to share a video of herself accepting a sleeveless racoon-fur jacket as a gift from one of her generous fans.


“I’m about to start protesting. I’ma wear fur everyday until they stop killing Black people. When the police stop killing Black people, I’ll stop wearing fur. Sorry PETA, don’t be mad at me, be mad at the police,” she said in the video...


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2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals

A ban on dog and cat meat, improved conditions for caged animals, and other notable developments in animal welfare


By Kelsey Piper, Vox

Jan 3, 2019


2018 saw some big advances for animals in the federal legislature, in the midterm elections, and in grocery stores.


California voters approved a law requiring larger cages for pigs and chickens; nearly 400 companies, including Hyatt and Marriott, committed themselves to better conditions for animals; and plant-based meat alternatives exploded in popularity — even among consumers who aren’t vegetarian or vegan.


Not all the news was good, though. The overwhelming majority of animals raised for food are still raised on factory farms, where 50 billion animals lived and died last year. In the US, the rise of plant-based meats has provoked a backlash from agriculture lobbyists, who’ve fought to make it harder to sell soy milk, almond milk, veggie burgers, and similar products.


So 2018 offered reasons for optimism — but the promising developments took place against a dismal backdrop. Here’s a brief rundown of what happened on the animal welfare front in the past year.


The good news


There was some major progress for animals on the legislative front and at the ballot box in 2018.


In the November elections, California passed one of the most sweeping animal welfare reforms anywhere, requiring more space for caged animals. The state had fought before to require larger cages, but the past law had enough loopholes that conditions didn’t really improve. This one mandates specific square footage for each animal, making it much stronger. In Florida, voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment 13, which banned greyhound racing in the state. Greyhound racing, already banned in most states, will be phased out in Florida over the next two years.


But state progress like this doesn’t mean anything if the federal government prohibits states from imposing any welfare requirements on animal products sold within their borders. That looked likely for a little while last year. Iowa Rep. Steve King (better known for the white supremacist ties that led the Iowa GOP to denounce him) introduced a measure to push back against such moves at the state level.


The King amendment, which was attached to the twice-a-decade farm bill that funds projects under the purview of the Agriculture Department, would have made it illegal for any state to pass laws setting new standards for animal products — even if such a measure had the overwhelming assent of a state’s citizens. The amendment was defeated last week, which means states will continue to be able to press forward on better conditions for animals.


Meanwhile, the farm bill — the federal omnibus legislation that President Trump signed into law last week — also contained some modest wins for animals and animal rights groups. There are three major provisions for animal welfare in the act. None of them address large-scale factory farming, but they each should modestly reduce animal cruelty in some specific domains. One provision prohibits the import, export, and slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption; another expands the ban on animal fighting; and another, the Pet and Women Safety Act, provides support and law enforcement resources for victims of domestic violence who expect their abusive partner to abuse or kill their pets in retaliation if they leave.


Animal advocates also saw some major wins in the private sector. Campaigns to hold global corporations to animal welfare standards are a powerful tool to improve conditions on farms. Such campaigns have an astounding track record, sometimes winning concessions within days.


Last year, there were 388 corporate campaign wins around the world, according to the global campaign tracker ChickenWatch, most of them on urging companies to commit to buying only cage-free eggs. The international hotel chain Marriott committed to cage-free eggs worldwide, and Royal Caribbean Cruises committed to better conditions for broiler chickens. Overall, a growing body of evidence suggests that targeting suppliers is a great way to improve conditions on farms.


There were also some successes internationally. In India, the Delhi High Court issued a moratorium on new battery cages in India — small wired cages that are particularly cruel for hens. Larger cages are allowed. In general, industrial farming increases in scale as countries get richer and more people can afford meat, but a commitment to humane conditions from the get-go can prevent some abuses. India may be able to lead the way on that front.


Finally, a permanent end to factory farming is likely going to require superb meat substitute products. For that reason, many animal advocates are working on clean meat — meat products that are cell-for-cell identical to the meat from animals but factory-produced from stem cells rather than from live animals. Last year, they worked closely with the US government to develop a regulatory framework for clean meat, settling on a USDA-FDA joint jurisdiction plan that activists believe will ensure clean meat is safe, regulated, and freely available.


Plant-based meat alternatives are doing great too. Across the plant-based meat industry, sales were up by more than 20 percent last year. The Beyond Meat brand, best known for the Beyond Burger, led that increase in sales with an astounding 70 percent growth rate. Plant-based alternatives are moving beyond burgers, sausages, and nuggets too — which is good news since eggs are another huge source of animal suffering. Just, a major plant-based alternatives company, is making progress toward a commercial launch of Just Scramble, a convincing and delicious egg substitute.


Toni Adleberg, the director of research at Animal Charity Evaluators, told me in an email that 2018 was also a big year for animal advocacy research. We know more than we did a few years ago about what interventions make the biggest difference for animals, but we still have a lot to learn. “More groups and researchers are emphasizing the importance of open science. We are seeing more preregistration plans, more interest in open access,” Adleberg wrote. Better research will mean that 2019’s work for animals can be better targeted and get more done.


The bad news ...


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