Written by PETA
Eve is all about having fun, which is why PETA has come up with three fun, easy
recipes that will wow your party guests. And if some of your guests aren't
already vegan, what better way to win them over than with food that will have
them begging for seconds?
Muhammara and Garlic-Olive Breadsticks
1 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts
2 dried red
vegan bread (preferably thick slices)
Makes 4 servings
Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower 'Wings'
cup water or soya milk
1 cup flour (any kind will work – even gluten-free!)
2 tsp garlic powder
1 head cauliflower, chopped into pieces
1 cup hot sauce
1 Tbsp olive oil or melted vegan margarine
alongside vegan blue cheese
Baked Tomato, Garlic and Basil Bruschetta Bites
15 sugar plum tomatoes,
12 basil leaves, cut into ribbons
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 loaf French baguette, thinly sliced
Now you can
just sit back and enjoy the compliments into the wee hours of the morning. From
all of us at PETA, Happy New Year – and bon
popular actor R Madhavan is receiving a prestigious award, but this
time, it isn't related to his prolific and enduring film career. That's because
he's been named PETA's Person of the
Year for his outstanding support of PETA in helping us make this world a better
place for animals.
Madhavan – a long-time
vegetarian, the narrator of the compelling "Glass Walls" video and,
of course, an immensely popular actor – actively promotes vegetarianism as the best way
to help stop animal suffering, reduce pollution, fight climate change and
improve human health.
The star of such blockbusters as Rang
De Basanti, Guru and 3 Idiots bolstered PETA's Kentucky Fried
Cruelty campaign by sending a letter on PETA's behalf to the CEO of KFC parent
company, Yum! Brands, urging him to adopt PETA's recommendations to stop the
worst abuses of chickens who are killed for KFC – including scalding birds to
death. Also, his son recently donated money that he received for his seventh
birthday to further PETA's work. One of Madhavan's most significant
contributions to PETA was his offer to narrate PETA's hard-hitting video exposé
of the meat industry called "Glass Walls", which was named for fellow
vegetarian Paul McCartney's thought-provoking observation that if "slaughterhouses
had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian".
you see what goes on inside slaughterhouses, I think you'll lose your appetite
for animal flesh, too", Madhavan says in the video. "Animals feel
pain, just as people do. They value their lives, just as we value ours."
He concludes by saying, "I hope you'll also make the compassionate choice and
If you agree, please take the pledge to go vegetarian
with R Madhavan today!
In a landmark move, 70 beagles who were imported
from China by Advinus Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical laboratory in Bangalore,
have been released to People For Animals and Blue Cross Chennai following a
rigorous campaign for their release by PETA India and these groups. The dogs have been
removed from quarantine and handed over to animal protection groups with the
permission of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and
through efforts made internally in government by MP Maneka Gandhi.
The rescue was
approved after PETA notified the Committee for the Purpose of Control and
Supervision of Experimentation on Animals that it was falsely stated on an
Animal Quarantine & Certification Service document that the dogs were
"pets", rather than for experiments. PETA also learned that Cathay
Pacific Airways, which has a strict policy against transporting animals to
laboratories, was misinformed by the supplier, Beijing Marshall Biotechnology
Co., Ltd., that the dogs would not be used or killed in a laboratory.
More than fifty thousand
people from around the world sent e-mails to authorities calling for the dogs'
release. Actor Trisha Krishnan
also sent a heartfelt letter to the government calling for the dogs’ release.
Many other celebrities helped by tweeting about the campaign and encouraging
their fans to write.
the Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan flew to
Chennai to personally inspect the 70 beagles. PETA commends and thanks Minister
Natarajan for giving the serious attention to this case that it deserves", says PETA's Science Policy
Advisor, Dr Chaitanya Kumar. "PETA India invites people who are ready to
make the lifelong commitment to caring for a dog to adopt these puppies and
give them the loving home that they were almost denied."
beagles because of their friendly and docile nature. Beagles in laboratories
spend their lonely lives in cages and are often poisoned with drugs, burned
with chemicals or cut open in experimental surgical procedures. At the end of
most of these experiments, they are killed and dissected.
Anyone in the Chennai area interested in
adopting one of the rescued dogs is invited to contact People For Animals (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Blue Cross Chennai (email@example.com).
Right before the High Court of Bombay hearing for Mumbai's horse-drawn
carriages on 13 December 2012, PETA released the findings of its latest
investigation of cruelty to horses used by the carriage industry in the city.
See some of the heart-rending photographs from PETA's investigation,
which show sick, injured, overworked and malnourished horses forced to live in
atrociously filthy conditions.
An earlier court ruling suggested that horses
found to be unfit should not be used for pulling carriages again until a
veterinary officer determines that they are fit. As PETA points out, though,
the stables are in decrepit condition, and forcing horses to work in the
congested city, hauling loads on pavement, deteriorates their physical and
mental health. The following are just a few of PETA's findings:
Join the campaign and call for a ban on cruel horse-drawn carriages in
lost a good friend this week with the passing of the legendary sitar maestro
Ravi Shankar. It's hard to believe he's gone – just last week, when the Grammy
nominations were announced, the first thing I did was read the World category
to see whether Ravi had received a nomination. He had. I consider myself very
lucky to have gotten to know Ravi and be invited into his home.
I went to help set up PETA India back in 1999, I set myself a goal to talk to Ravi
about helping animals. When we met, he asked, "You know who you look
like?" I said no, and he said, "Paul McCartney". In fact, the
last time we met, he asked the same question, and I responded, "Paul
McCartney?" He said, "Exactly".
welcoming and also agreed, to my
excitement, to do his first-ever ad for PETA to encourage the Indian
government to strengthen the country’s animal protection laws. Thinking back to
the shooting of the ad in Delhi conjures up more fond memories of Ravi: discussions
of his cats, the time he told me how he and George Harrison went to Disneyworld
in disguise in the '70s and his laughter when a goat attempted to chew on his
priceless sitar and ended up biting his daughter Anoushka’s finger! (It was a
the shooting of the video
public service announcement in Delhi, Ravi wanted to do even more, so he
invited me to his home in San Diego a few week later, where he and Anoushka
shot a print ad – on his front lawn, of all places. He was always eager to
help, whether that meant holding a news conference to highlight PETA India’s Supreme
Court of India case aimed at ending the illegal treatment of animals who end up
in slaughterhouses or speaking out about KFC's lack of animal welfare standards.
He became an honorary patron of PETA India, and just recently, he was talking
with us again about urging the government of India to pass an updated animal
so sad that Ravi has left us, but PETA continues to draw inspiration from his
life and will work to ensure that his efforts to help animals will live on.
Ravi, we miss
When sultry actor, model and singer Sofia Hayat told us she wanted to dedicate her birthday to animals, we knew she'd be
able to turn heads and hearts. Dressed as a sexy bunny, the birthday girl burst
out of a cake at her 6 December bash to urge her guests to buy only cruelty-free cosmetics.
Sofia is the latest celebrity to join PETA's campaign to persuade the Ministry
of Health and Family Welfare to follow the European Union's lead and ban cosmetics testing on rabbits,
mice, rats and other animals.
"There's nothing sweet about harming rabbits and poisoning rats for
lipsticks and eye shadow", said Sofia, who was recently featured in the
Bollywood film Diary of a Butterfly
and has appeared on Bindass TV's Superdude.
In 2013, it will be illegal to test cosmetics and their ingredients on
animals in the EU or to sell cosmetics that have been tested on animals even if
tested in a different country. PETA's proposal for a similar ban in India has
already gained support from the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Mahatma Gandhi-Doerenkamp Center
for Alternatives to Use of Animals in Life Science Education, the Animal Welfare Board of India, international companies The Body Shop
and LUSH and Indian companies Omved and Shahnaz Husain.
1,300 companies around the world have banned all animal tests, but many still
subject animals to painful tests in which substances are smeared on their skin,
sprayed in their faces or forced down their throats. Because of the vast
physiological differences between humans and animals, the results of these
tests are often misleading.
Until the government sees the light and bans animal tests, we can save
bunnies and other animals every time we shop by taking Sofia's advice and
purchasing cosmetics and other products from the growing number of companies that use modern,
effective, non-animal testing methods.
Saturday, 1 December 2012, Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi
Natarajan flew to Chennai to personally inspect 70 beagles who had been
imported from China by Advinus Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical laboratory in
Bangalore, following a rigorous campaign for their release by PETA India.
The visit comes after PETA notified the
Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experimentation on
Animals that it was falsely stated on an Animal Quarantine & Certification
Service document that the dogs were "pets", rather than for
experiments. PETA also learned that Cathay Pacific Airways, which has a strict
policy against transporting animals to laboratories, was misinformed by the
supplier, Beijing Marshall Biotechnology Co., Ltd., that the dogs would not be
used by or killed in a laboratory. PETA is calling on the government to release
the dogs to PETA, People For Animals Chennai and Blue Cross Chennai to be put
up for adoption.
government investigations also revealed that there was a mismatch in terms of the
number of dogs requested by the Bangalore-based laboratory, the number imported
by them and the number of animals really used for various tests by the
inspection, Natarajan, in addition to affirming her commitment to this
investigation, informed the media that she will make it a priority to focus on the
Animal Welfare Act 2011, which if passed in the form drafted by the Animal
Welfare Board of India, would strengthen India's weak penalties for cases of cruelty
commends and thanks Natarajan for giving the serious attention to this case
that it deserves.
More than 50,000
people have written to authorities calling for the beagles' release. Are you
one of them? Please take
The following are updates from our friends at PETA US on The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey's alleged cruelty
UPDATE (November 26, 2012, 1:00 p.m. Eastern time): Following PETA's release last week of disturbing whistleblower reports
of 27 animal deaths during the filming of The
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we have asked authorities in New Zealand, where The
Hobbit was filmed, to
investigate and pursue appropriate criminal charges if warranted.
UPDATE (November 20, 2012, 4:00 p.m. Eastern time): PETA responds to
Peter Jackson's statement: Five whistleblowers reported more than two
dozen animal deaths during the production of The Hobbit: An Unexpected
Journey. They raised concerns not just once but repeatedly to both the head
wrangler and the head of production about the unsafe housing conditions for
animals and about Shanghai the horse, who was hobbled (his legs reportedly tied
together when he proved to be "too energetic" for his rider). But
their concerns were outright ignored.
With the exception of the hobbled horse, all claims of animal injury and
death are directly related to how the animals were housed and fed. Jackson
attempts to deflect these serious charges by talking about the use of animals
during action sequences—even though these damning incidents did not take place
when cameras were rolling. Two horses went over steep embankments and died (one
was found with her head submerged in water), a horse sustained a severe injury
after being put in with other horses despite known problems, sheep broke their
legs in sinkholes, and chickens were mauled by dogs—all instances of extreme
negligence. It seems to PETA that instead of vainly defending himself, Jackson
should be giving a firm assurance that this will never happen again. He is the
CGI master and has the ability to make the animals and other interesting
creatures in his movies 100 percent CGI, and PETA calls on him again to do so.
Send a message to filmmakers that hurting and
killing animals for a film is unacceptable and refuse to see movies that do.
Peter Jackson to hold himself and his crew responsible when it comes to animal
safety on film sets.
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