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
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.”
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.
Batesville, Ark. — After learning from PETA that the Liebel Family Circus—which was scheduled to appear in late February at the National Guard Armory in Batesville—was recently charged with nearly three dozen violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the Arkansas National Guard alerted the operators of the armory, and the circus’s appearance was […]
Elisabetta Canalis: I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur Sexy star Elisabetta Canalis bares her skin to save animals’ skins in a hot ad for PETA as part of the ‘I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur’ campaign.
Some people such as alleged animal rights activist Nathan Winograd, have suggested that the solution to animal overpopulation lies with so-called “no-kill,” or “limited-admission,” animal shelters. However, these shelters are deceptive at best. Animals at “no-kill” shelters who have been deemed unadoptable may be “warehoused” in cages for years. They become withdrawn, severely depressed, or […]