Penelope Cruz looks hot in the new PETA advert against the use of fur, with 70ft (21.3m) tall ads placed in New York, London and Milan. In Manhattan, New York the Madison Square Garden billboard was unveiled just in time for Fashion Week. In Cruz’s “Give fur the cold shoulder” shoot, the Spanish actress is looking over her shoulder with quite the mesmerizing visage.
PETA has scored another big name, an Oscar-winning actress, fashion icon, mum, animal lover and also a clothing designer in concert with her sister (the sisters design a fur-free clothing line for Spanish-based Mango clothing store).
Penelope Cruz joins Michelle Obama, Eva Mendez and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, in speaking out against wearing fur.
Warning: extremely graphic video of fur trade in China via the PETA link.
Beloved American actress and animal rights’ activist Betty White has joined with the National Geographic Society in a new campaign designed to raise awareness about the dire plight of big cats living in the wild.
Encouraging people to get involved and Cause An Uproar, the National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is designed to spread the word that all over the planet big cats are disappearing at alarming rates from the wild.
White also repeats in the video the well-known fact that there are more tigers living in captivity than there are living free in the wild.
Yuck! I thought Matt Damon was so cool, but he apparently has zero interest in animal welfare. The American actor and founder of the charity www.Water.org, is normally thought of as the ultimate in good guy and somehow manages to keep his image, without a lot of work, squeaky clean, but I am sure he is going to get some backlash for attending a recent bullfight at La Monumental Stadium in Mexico City. During a break from filming Elysium in Mexico, he took in the fight with a group of friends.
“Each year, approximately 250,000 bulls die in bullfights, an inaccurate term for events in which there is very little competition between a nimble, sword-wielding matador (Spanish for ‘killer’) and a confused, maimed, psychologically tormented, and physically debilitated animal,” explains American animal rights’ organization PETA.
However, clearly times are changing for Damon who is also scheduled to appear with Scarlet Johansson in We Bought a Zoo – a film that will also feature an extensive number of live captive animals.
Popular American television personality Ellen DeGeneres is lending her considerable clout to raising awareness about the cruel plight of turkeys during the holiday season. The compassionate vegan, for the second consecutive year, is serving as Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project spokesperson, inviting everyone to adopt, not eat, a turkey during holiday season.
“Did you know that every year between 250 and 300 million turkeys are bred for slaughter in the United States? More than 46 million for Thanksgiving alone,” explains DeGeneres.
For the past 25 years, the Adopt-A-Turkey Project has interested both carnivores and vegetarians alike, while providing support for the care of more than 1,000 rescued turkeys and inspiring people everywhere to make more compassionate choices.
For a one-time donation of just US$30 (€21.57), adopters, or a recipient of their choice, will receive a special Adopt-A-Turkey certificate complete with a color photo of a rescued turkey who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s shelters with some fun details about their adopted turkey.
“We’re thrilled to have Ellen’s support again this year,” says Farm Sanctuary co-founder Gene Baur. “Here at Farm Sanctuary, we live with turkeys, so we know they are interesting and intelligent. Sadly, the meat industry subjects turkeys to intolerable cruelty and treats them like inanimate objects with no feelings or personalities.”
To get involved visit www.adoptaturkey.org or call the Turkey Adoption Hotline at 1-888-SPONSOR.
Victoria, British Columbia now has the unique honor of being home to what just may be the world smallest vegan curios’ shop. Sarah’s Place, opened by the famous author and vegan activist Sarah Kramer, is a mere 7.5ft (2.3m) wide and 30ft (9.1m) deep and is simply chock a block with all manner of quirky, interesting and intriguing vegan paraphernalia.
Sarah Kramer, perhaps one of the world’s most famous vegans, is the author ofHow It All Vegan, The Garden of Vegan and La Dolce Vegan, Vegan A Go-Go! and How It All Vegan: 10th Anniversary Edition, and is now the proud owner of Sarah’s Place that recently opened on September 15, 2011.(Although we are not entirely sure if it is going to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, it is just one more example of how Victoria’s alternative food scene and animal welfare community is expanding and thriving.)
We caught up with Sarah to ask a few questions about her intriguing new store located in Victoria’s ultra-funky Market Square.
Do you know of any smaller vegan stores?
The location for Sarah’s Place so tiny that I thought calling it the world’s smallest vegan curio shop would be the best way to explain it. I don’t carry just one particular thing. My interests run far and wide from food, chocolate, pottery, clothing, shoes, etc. So “curio” is a good catchall word to describe the shop.
Can you describe the shop to us?
It’s about the size of bedroom. It’s 7.5 feet wide and 30 feet deep so it’s kind of like a long shoebox with a door at one end. One wall of the shop is entirely windows – so when you’re inside the store it kind of feels like an aquarium.
Are you hoping to convert people to veganism, share info or just provide a groovy space filled with interesting vegan things?
My goal with the store (as with the cookbooks) is to show by example how fabulous a vegan lifestyle can be. My other goal is to have the store be the hub of the vegan community in Victoria. You can come here to find a gift for your friends, family or buy yourself a treat.
You can also find out what is going on in the city. I have posters up with information about upcoming events as well as a pamphlet called Sarah’s Vegan Guide to Victoria (also available for download on my website. Victoria is a tourist town and I thought having a pamphlet that highlights some of the best vegan friendly spots in the downtown core would be a great addition.
I also want it to be a store filled with really cool stuff (that happens to be vegan) that way if someone who is not vegan comes in … I can plant a little seed in their head that just because you’re a vegan doesn’t mean you have to live in a burlap sack and eat sprouts.
Was it hard to find a location?
Finding an affordable location in downtown Victoria is tricky. I’ve been planning to open a store for a few years – but was waiting for the right spot to open up. I was VERY lucky to grab the lease on this location. It’s such a unique special location that has housed some very cool businesses in the past. I’m very proud to have my store here.
What type of products do you sell?
The vegan community is really creative and talented and I want to be able to showcase their products in my store. I carry everything from belts, jackets, dresses, t-shirts, etc., to cookies, chocolates, pottery, stuffed animals, buttons, second hand trinkets, purses, music, children’s games … I could go on and on. Basically it’s a collection of all my favorite things.
How has the community response been so far?
It’s been fantastic! I was REALLY busy the first 2 weeks and now that I’ve settled in – it’s consistently busy (which is all you really want when you have a retail location). I’m just gearing up for the holiday season and stocking the store with items from all price-points so you can find vegan-friendly unique gifts for your friends and family.
We get all kinds of people walking by. I’m not sure if they’re coming in cause they’re vegan or because I have cool stuff in the window. But sometimes the conversation about veganism comes up and I always love to talk to people about being vegan.
Do you ever get any anti-vegan customers?
Not yet but I do write vegan slogans on my front window. For example right now the window says: “Go Vegan and nobody gets hurt.” So many people stop and read that … pause … and then read it out loud again. I think it takes a second for them to realize what that means. It’s pretty funny watching them digest it. I like to think I’m planting seeds.
Any chance of opening a vegan bakery or restaurant?
No plans to open a bakery or restaurant. Those kinds of businesses require a massive amount of time and energy. One of the reasons I opened a retail store is so my dog Fergus can be with me all day. If I had a cafe – I would be away from him for 8-10 hours a day and my time with him is precious. I want to spend as much time with him while I can.
Do you think the shop will be successful?
I guess that depends on your definition of success… I measure success by how much fun I’m having. Right now I feel like the most successful person on earth!
Anything you would like to add?
I have a new iPhone/iPad app called GoVegan with Sarah Kramer coming out in the fall so stay tuned to www.GoVegan.net for updates on the release date. Also – if you can’t visit Sarah’s Place in person you can always shop online at www.GoVegan.net.
Sarah’s Place is located at 533 Pandora Ave in Market Square in Victoria, BC. Hours of operation are Tues-Sat (11-6), Sunday (12-5) and closed Mondays. Tel.: (250) 590-7946.
What the hell was George Clooney thinking dumping this beautiful animal-loving Italian babe? Elisabetta Canalis, gorgeous Italian television personality and model, is the latest in a long line of beauties to go naked in protest against the barbaric fur industry.
“I decided to go nude because I think that nudity always creates a big reaction,” she explains. “That is what is required to keep people’s attention on such a brutal practice. These poor animals are electrocuted, skinned alive, drowned, and bludgeoned just for the sake of fashion.”
Unfortunately, even though people are well aware of the brutality involved in the fur trade, they continue to use the products regardless of the suffering involved in the manufacturing of fur.
Elisabetta Canalis hopes this will change and is doing her part to help raise awareness about the ugly side of the fashion industry.
“Don’t buy fur,” Canalis urges. “Even a little trim—your gloves or your bag or your jackets …. You must remember that animals don’t have a voice. You must be their voice. Never be afraid to speak up.”
*Unfortunately, you will have to log in and verify your age to watch the video on the PETA and/or Youtube website.
American singer Ke$ha is the latest celebrity to join a growing European campaign to outlaw the sale of cosmetics that are tested on animals. She joins stars Leona Lewis, Ricky Gervais, Dame Judi Dench, Mary McCartney and Melanie C, in urging the European Union (EU) politicians to keep their promise to eliminate animal tested cosmetics.
The stars, and more than 60,000 consumers, have signed the CrueltyFree2013 petition organized by animal charity Humane Society International urging EU politicians to make Europe a cruelty-free cosmetics zone by 2013.
Even though animal testing for cosmetics is banned in the UK and EU, it is still legal to sell animal-tested products and ingredients imported from countries such as Brazil, China, Canada and the United States.
A European Union-wide ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics is due to come into force in March 2013, and would be a major step toward a global end to cosmetics’ animal testing. However, as the 2013 deadline approaches, the European Commission has hinted that the ban may be delayed, perhaps by years.
Ke$ha signed HSI’s CrueltyFree2013 petition in her first collaboration with animal charity Humane Society International following her appointment as the charity’s first ever Global Ambassador.
“I am honored to be the first HSI Global Ambassador because my music is inspired by the freedom and primal beauty of animals and the natural world. I take this opportunity incredibly seriously because we are ALL animals,” explains the outspoken singer. “One of the main underlying sentiments of my music is to respect all living creatures just as they are. I believe that together, we can change laws that allow innocent animals to be unjustly mistreated and abused all over the world.”
Sign the CrueltyFree2013 petition: www.hsi.org/crueltyfree2013
Dr. Jane Goodall, the worldwide respected primatologist and bioethicist, has called upon the British Government to continue not to use great apes in research, just as the blockbuster movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes premiered in the UK and the USA. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ storyline is based on humanity’s use of primates for laboratory experiments.
Director Rupert Wyatt insisted on using computer-generated imagery (CGI) for the animals as he explained at a Comic Con interview that we “…wanted to tell our story without using live apes for any number of reasons. It would be a cruel irony to tell the story of the exploited and repressed and use live apes to do so.”
In a PETA article, Rupert Wyatt explained that his movie’s main theme is humanity’s mistreatment and abuse of apes. Wyatt has received a PETA Proggy Award which recognizes companies, people, and products for animal-friendly achievements. The movie company 20th Century Fox, backer of the project, received PETA’s seal of approval for the film’s use of CGI and spotlighting animal rights messages.
The use of CGI to depict animals is to be applauded, and the Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie contrasts greatly with another recent movie, Water For Elephants starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, that also had a principal theme of human cruelty against animals but opted to use live animals in the film.
In conjunction with the Humane Society International (UK), Dr.Goodall is calling on the British government to not relax the legislation relating to the use of great apes (gorilla, chimpanzee, orangutan and bonobo) in lab experiments. Since 1997 great apes have been excluded from experimentation, though a new 2010 European Union legislation may allow their use in exceptional circumstances. January 2013 is the date by which the UK government must decide to include the clause or not.
Dr. Goodall, and the HSI are asking the British government to eliminate all primate experimentation, with Goodall explaining that “Chimps are remarkably sentient animals whose capacity to suffer from the deprivation and trauma of laboratory life, cannot be in question. I have visited chimps in labs and seen firsthand their distress from constant confinement and invasive procedures. I fully support Humane Society International/UK in urging the British government to safeguard its ban and would like to see it take further action to achieve primate-free laboratories worldwide in the future.”
People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has named British import, and all around sexy guy, Russell Brand, in conjunction with actress Kristen Wiig, the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2011. Each year the animal welfare organization highlights two celebrities, one male and one female, who are working to raise awareness about the benefits of consuming a plant based diet.
Although we can’t help but wonder if all the candy and cupcakes, that are so much a part of Brand’s wife Katy Perry’s performances, are also cruelty free or made with animal lard and dairy? Lastly, we don’t think anyone can beat Alicia Silverstone as the sexiest vegetarian on the planet – sorry Kristen Wiig.
British comedian Ricky Gervais has joined the BUAV’s Cargo Cruelty campaign and spoken out against airlines that transport monkeys destined for the research industry.
“I was shocked to learn that some airlines transport monkeys to laboratories around the world,” explains Gervais.
Many people are unaware that the airlines they are travellng with, and support with their flight purchases, are in fact participating in the international trade in monkeys for laboratory experiments. Also unbeknown by the unsuspecting traveler, at any given time there may be primates in the cargo hold just below your feet.
“I support the BUAV’s Cargo Cruelty campaign and urge these airlines to take a compassionate stance and say no to monkey shipments,” adds Gervais.
The BUAV’s campaign highlights the key role passenger airlines play in this chain of animal cruelty. The airlines transport monkeys from supply facilities in countries such as Mauritius, Vietnam, Barbados, St Kitts, China and Cambodia, for laboratories around the world where they will suffer and often die in experiments. Some monkeys are taken from the wild; others are the offspring of wild-caught individuals forced into captivity for breeding.
The BUAV has been influential in persuading an increasing number of airlines to take a stance to dissociate themselves from this cruelty. Now only a small number of passenger airlines continue to be involved in this ugly business.
“We urge people to not book flights with any airline that transports monkeys destined for the research industry and let the airlines know why,” explains Sarah Kite, BUAV’s Director of Special Projects.
Airlines that refuse to transport primates for research include British Airways United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Northwest Airlines, Qantas Airways, South African Airways, Delta Airlines, Qatar Airways, Eva Air and China Airlines.
Unfortunately, airlines that continue to transport monkeys include Air Canada, Air France, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Continental Airlines, American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.
A slew of shark-loving celebrities have come together to show their support for the sea creatures in a new PSA (public service announcement) from The Humane Society of the United States’ Shark Free Marina Initiative (SFMI). The initiative works to reduce global shark mortality by, in part, encouraging marinas and businesses to refuse to allow the killing, landing and processing of sharks and related products.
“Sharks as monsters is a Hollywood myth designed to scare you,” explain the celebs in the video. “Killing sharks isn’t cool, it isn’t sport and it certainly isn’t culture.”
Starring Lisa Edelstein, Nigel Barker, Guy Harvey, Slash, Kelly Perine, Aria Johnson, Steve Bartkowski and Luke Tipple, the video PSA stresses the importance of sharks in maintaining healthy ocean eco-systems.
In 2008 the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration reported half a million sharks are killed for recreational purposes alone. This estimate does not include the number of sharks killed for fin soup and other product, and/or killed as by-catch.