New York — As winter’s cold temperatures continue across the U.S., award-winning actor Taraji P. Henson is heating things up with a steamy new PETA campaign, in which she appears dressed in a short gossamer gown and a pair of synthetic, cruelty-free wings next to the words “Be an Angel for Animals.” The ad, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Don Flood, goes on to stress that “chained dogs suffer day in and day out. They are cold, hungry, thirsty, vulnerable, and lonely. Keep them inside, where it’s safe and warm.” A high-resolution version is available here
Hollywood, Calif. — Joaquin Phoenix is drowning. In a rare appearance outside his award-winning films, the Oscar nominee is featured in a brand-new PETA video—as teased in the “For Your Consideration” ad in the Calendar section of today’s Los Angeles Times (seen here)—that shows him underwater, panicking and struggling to breathe. As the text explains, “In water, humans drown just as fish suffocate on land. It’s slow and painful and frightening. … Put yourself in their place. Try to relate. Go vegan.” The video, which was shot by top photographer Michael Muller, can be seen here.
Capitalizing on the buzz surrounding Phoenix’s critically acclaimed performance in The Master, PETA moved to place the ad during the Academy Awards, but ABC deemed the video to be too political and controversial to run during the broadcast. PETA has now placed the video as a commercial to air during the Jimmy Kimmel Live! post-Oscars broadcast.
“I was 3 years old—to this day it is a vivid memory,” Phoenix says of the moment he connected human suffering with animal suffering. “My family and I were on a boat, catching fish. As one fish was caught, he was writhing, then he was thrown against the side of the boat. You couldn’t disguise what it was. This was what we did to animals to eat them. The animal went from a living, vibrant creature fighting for life to a violent death. I recognized it, as did my brothers and sisters.”
In addition to garnering an Academy Award nomination, Phoenix’s work in The Master has already landed him awards from associations of film critics in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Utah, Vancouver, and Austin, Texas, as well as at the Venice Film Festival.
Broadcast-quality video footage of Phoenix’s video can be downloaded here. For more information and to view the video, please visit PETA.org or click here.
A new Animal Equality investigation exposes cruel scenes of animal suffering at Caracierzos farm, which is the second largest producer and distributor of foie gras in Spain. Caracierzos SL supplies Collverd and Martiko: Collverd commercialises foie gras on a national scale in shops and restaurants. The company also exports to France, Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and China. The Director of Collverd is Jordi Terol, who is also Vice-President of Eurofoiegras (the European Committee for the foie gras industry).
New York — Hilaria Baldwin entrepreneur, yoga instructor, and wife of actor Alec Baldwin, stars on the cover of PETA’s first-ever global Cruelty-Free Guide to Cosmetics, the most up-to-date resource for customers who want to buy products that are not tested on animals anywhere in the world. Hilaria unveiled her cover at The Body Shop—a longtime cruelty-free company—in Rockefeller Center on Wednesday.
This Thanksgiving, one honest little girl tells it like it really is—for turkeys—when she is asked to say grace around her family’s dinner table
Great Pys Tundra, Tacoma, and Boxers Bruno and Allie out on a pack walk. The dogs are not allowed to walk in front. They are either beside or behind the human. Pack leader goes first.
Zoos claim to educate people and preserve species, but they usually fall short on both counts.
Most zoo enclosures are very small, and rather than promoting respect or understanding of animals, signs often provide little more information than an animal’s species, diet, and natural range.
Animals’ normal behavior is seldom discussed, much less observed, because their natural needs are rarely met.
Birds’ wings may be clipped so that they cannot fly, aquatic animals are often without adequate water, and many animals who live in large herds or family groups in nature are kept alone or, at most, in pairs.
Natural hunting and mating behaviors are virtually eliminated by regulated feeding and breeding regimens.
Animals are closely confined, lack privacy, and have little opportunity for mental stimulation or physical exercise.
These conditions often result in abnormal and self-destructive behaviors or “zoochosis.”
Deffer a 12 year old deaf Siamese/Tiger cat and Ball Python adults are best of friends so to speak. They curl up and sleep together on my bed. I really love admiring how they have taken a mutual interest in each other over the past eight years with no negative behavior toward each other. It sure would be nice if humanity could learn from snakes how to co-exist with all living creatures. There is SO much we can learn from animals if people would only take the time to notice.
Green, Ohio — PETA has sent a letter to Green, Ohio, Mayor Richard Norton asking him to change the city’s name to “Meat’s Not Green” for 24 hours in honor of Earth Day (April 22). PETA’s request will bolster the city’s “Living Green” campaign, which promotes Earth-friendly measures, including encouraging residents to use water-conserving rain barrels and buy locally grown food. PETA points out that in addition to causing health problems and animal suffering on a massive scale, raising animals for food is acknowledged as a leading cause of greenhouse-gas emissions, water pollution, and land degradation.