• Boohoo Becomes First Major Fashion Retailer to Ban Wool

    After learning about the shocking, systemic cruelty in the wool industry, the global online fashion retailer boohoo group plc has announced that it will no longer produce items made of wool.The group – which includes the brands boohoo, boohooMAN, PrettyLittleThing, and Nasty Gal – told PETA that “as of AW19/20, we will not knowingly source any wool products”.
    “PETA is toasting Boohoo Group’s compassionate, business-savvy decision to scrap wool,” says PE
  • They Weren’t ‘Livestock’ – They Were Sentient Beings Who Didn’t Want to Die

    Dorothea Mackellar had it right a century ago when she wrote in her famous poem “My Country” about a land of “droughts and flooding rains,” where we feel “sick at heart” when “around us,/ We see the cattle die“.
    Today, the news channels and social media feeds are full of stories about graziers who are sick over the deaths of hundreds of thousands of cows – drowned in floods or, a few weeks ago, dying of heat exhaustion and thirst during the
  • Victory! Victoria Beckham Bans Exotic Skins

    Following years of campaigning by PETA UK, fashion icon and designer Victoria Beckham has pledged to stop using exotic skins in her collections.The brand also affirmed its fur-free status:
    Victoria Beckham will cease the use of exotic skins in all collections as of AW19. The Victoria Beckham brand has never used fur in its clothing or accessories collections and confirmed last year that the brand will remain fur free.
    Victoria Beckham’s decision to ban exotic skins will spare countless re
  • VICTORY! Priceline Ditches Badger-Hair Brushes Following PETA Exposé

    After PETA shared a horrifying video exposé of China’s badger-brush industry with Australian Pharmaceutical Industries, whose subsidiaries include health and beauty giants Priceline and Priceline Pharmacy, the company reassessed its use of badger hair and confirmed that it’ll avoid stocking make-up and shaving brushes and all other items containing the material in the future.PETA Asia’s investigation – the first of its kind – revealed that &ld
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  • Greyhound Dies on Opening Night of South Australia’s Murray Bridge Track

    A dog has died following a race at the new Murray Bridge greyhound-racing track in South Australia.At the venue’s opening event on Sunday night, a 3-year-old greyhound named He’s Okay sustained a severe right hock fracture during a race. He failed to finish and was later euthanised.Despite years of opposition to plans to open this cruel racetrack – including around 7,000 letters from PETA supporters– the South Australian government went ahead with the project, and Greyho
  • Corn Flakes Get Kinder As Kellogg Company Ends Animal Tests

    Following extensive discussions with PETA US that spanned more than 11 years, the world’s leading cereal maker, Kellogg Company– which trades as Kellogg’s in Australia – has adopted a new global policy ending the use of animals in harmful and deadly tests for food products or ingredients when not explicitly required by law – a practice that the company pursued for nearly 65 years.
    PETA US first urged Kellogg to stop conducting and funding experiments on animals in
  • PETA Barbecues a ‘Dog’ in a Sydney Shopping Mall

    Soon, Australians will be firing up their barbecues for an Australia Day feast, but after a thought-provoking protest in a busy Sydney mall, they may be reconsidering what they’ll be cooking this year.
    PETA supporters took to Pitt Street Mall to barbecue a “dog” over a banner proclaiming, “If You Wouldn’t Eat a Dog, Why Eat a Lamb? Go Vegan!”Of course, the “dog” was just a prop, but the idea of barbecuing dogs rightly causes outrage amongst Austra
  • The Stone Age Is Over

    “In a world without mercy, it was to eat or to be eaten.”Butchering and eating other living beings is so uncivilised and so yesterday – or rather, so Stone Age. That’s the message in PETA Germany’s humorous video ad, which challenges people to bring their diets into the 21st century.
    The Stone Age is over, and we live in a new age. Numerous maladies are linked to meat consumption  – such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes – and a growing
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  • 5 Lies You’ve Been Told About Lambs

    LIE 1: Australian lambs are well cared for.The Australian sheep and lamb industry slaughters more than 30 million animals each year, but an additional 10 to 15 million lambs die – shivering and hungry – in icy winter fields.
    Many sheep on farms are forcibly impregnated so that they give birth during the winter months and their babies can be weaned in the spring when the fields are the most fertile. Meanwhile, farmers have also selectively bred sheep over time in order to increa
  • Vegan Magnums AND Vegan Cornettos Have Arrived in Australia

    The wait is finally over. Ice cream brands Magnum and Cornetto have brought their vegan ranges to Australia!Magnum’s new ice cream range comes in two flavours – the Vegan Classic and the Vegan Almond, with a creamy centre made from pea protein and coated in vegan chocolate.
    Meanwhile, the vegan Cornetto has all the classic trimmings you know and love with a new soy-based centre and gluten-free waffle cone. Yep, gluten free!
    Magnum’s vegan products have been stocked at Tesco in
  • Australia Ranks Number One in the World for ‘Vegan’ Searches in 2018

    As if you didn’t know already, interest in vegan living is at an all-time high, and people are jumping on board faster than you can say, “Veganuary”.What you may not know, however, is that – according to Google Trends data – Australians have the world’s biggest appetite for learning about all things vegan. An analysis of searches from around the globe during 2018 shows Australia has the highest percentage of searches for the word “vegan”.It’
  • Vale Annalise Braakensiek: Animal Rights Activist

    The world has lost an extraordinarily compassionate human being. Actress and model Annalise Braakensiek has been found dead in her Sydney apartment.We will always remember Annalise Braakensiek as a powerful force for animal rights.
    She bared her skin to help animals in PETA’s “The Naked Truth” campaign, and for more than a decade, she spoke out against the cruelty of the live export industry.
    “I’ll gladly shed my clothes if it will help shed light on the cruelty of
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  • Who Are PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities of 2018?

    The time has come for PETA to crown the Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities of 2018, and this year’s titles are going to two celebrities who have used their fame to speak up for animals: DJ Tigerlily and Ben Brown. 
    This year was huge for musician Dara Hayes (aka “DJ Tigerlily”), who toured extensively around the globe, dropped the super-catchy single “Kick Boom” on the Universal Music Label, collaborated with adidas, and bared her soul for animals when she posed
  • 2018 PETA Australia Round-Up – Thank You for All Your Support

    In 2018, PETA Australia spread the message in many ways that every animal is a unique individual who has the right not to be abused.
    Our striking ads, demonstrations, and compelling videos garnered headlines and airtime and stirred up huge media (and dinner-table) discussions nationwide about the plight of animals. In our protest of the bloody Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, we targeted participants from Australia and New Zealand – who account for the largest group of foreign run
  • The Plight of Dogs in Romania – and How to Help Them

    Romania’s homeless-animal crisis is miserable for dogs and cats, who spend their lives without a guardian to care for them, let alone a warm, comfortable place to curl up at night. Over 600,000 dogs and thousands of cats live on the streets. That’s more than in any other European country.Many dogs suffer and die on the streets or meet their end after having been captured by dog-catchers and taken to city shelters or “killing stations” – which is legal under Romania
  • Live Lobsters Torn Limb From Limb in Shocking New Eyewitness Video

    Workers at Maine Fair Trade Lobster in the US state of Maine can be seen dismembering conscious lobsters by tearing off their claws, puncturing their shells, and ripping their heads off in a shocking new eyewitness video given to PETA US.Maine Fair Trade Lobster is part of the East Coast Seafood Group, which sells live and dead lobsters and dead fish throughout the US, Europe, and Asia.
    Despite being torn limb from limb, the animals often don’t die immediately. Scientists have conclusivel
  • Draft Advice Could Be End for Sheep Live-Export Industry

    The sheep live-export industry could be eradicated, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
    Last week, the government released draft advice for a new test for measuring animal-welfare standards on board ships that take live sheep to the Middle East, where animals endure abuse and methods of slaughter that would be illegal in Australia.Every year, Australia exports millions of live animals to countries in the Middle East, forcing them to endure a gruelling trip across the Indian Ocean, sometimes in s
  • Live-Export Whistle-Blower Faisal Ullah Is PETA’s 2018 Person of the Year

    Aboard the live-export vessel Awassi Express, trainee navigator Faisal Ullah broke the rules of his employment when he not only took along a camera but also then shared with the world the resulting footage showing the suffering of the 64,000 sheep on the ship.
    What he captured caused a seismic shift in the public’s view of one of Australia’s cruellest industries. His bravery and compassion are what make him PETA’s 2018 Person of the Year.The shocking images Ullah captured reve
  • Contiki Stops Sending Tourists to Cruel Running of the Bulls

    Travel Corporation has stopped offering tours to Spain’s San Fermín festival. The company, which operates Busabout and Contiki, the leading travel provider for people aged 18 to 35, builds its brand on adventure holidays. But increasingly, young people are realising that there’s nothing adventurous about terrorising bulls on the streets of Pamplona before the animals are stabbed to death in the bullring.Many of the tourists who go to Pamplona to run with the bulls have no ide
  • Penélope Cruz and PETA Urge Shoppers to Ditch Fur in New Christmas Ad Campaign

    “I’m strong and opinionated,” says Penélope Cruz. “Those qualities brought me a lot of problems since I was a little girl in school, saying, ‘I don’t agree,’ and fighting with the children. It’s part of my curiosity for life.”
    But strong, opinionated people who are prepared to stand up to others are exactly who animals need in their corner. So the fearless Cruz has appeared in a new PETA ad to oppose one of the things she doesn’
  • Chanel Is Banning Exotic Skins After Pressure from PETA Affiliates

    Corks are popping at PETA following the news that Chanel is kicking fur and exotic skins – including crocodile, lizard, and snake skin, – to the curb. It makes the Parisian fashion house the largest player in luxury to ban these cruel “fabrics”.For decades PETA’s affiliates have called on the brand to opt for luxury, cruelty-free fashion that no animal had to suffer and die for.
    Chanel said in the statement:
    We are continually reviewing our supply chains to ensure
  • VICTORY! Brisbane Ends Use of Animals in David Jones Christmas Parade

    After PETA pointed out that live-animal displays are demonstrably cruel and can be dangerous to the public, David Jones confirmed that it will not use any animals, including deer, donkeys, and camels, in its annual Christmas parade through Brisbane’s central business district this year!Christmas is anything but merry for animals who are exploited for nativity scenes, lighting ceremonies, and other holiday displays. Deer, who naturally shun human contact, endure a perpetual state of discom
  • PETA to Bunnings: Ditch the Meat, Leave the Onions

    Following the news that Bunnings is ramping up health and safety regulations for its iconic weekend sausage sizzles – by recommending that onion be placed underneath sausages to prevent any falling out and creating a slipping hazard – PETA has written to the hardware chain to point out that the onions aren’t the real snag for health and safety.
    Stray onions on the floor may cause the occasional slip, but it’s the sausage meat that poses the real danger: The&nbs
  • Jean Paul Gaultier Announces The End of Fur, Calling It “Absolutely Deplorable”

    Jean Paul Gaultier is the latest designer to drop fur. The iconic designer now joins Armani, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, and many others in banning fur from his collections.
    He announced live on French television that he won’t be using fur in future collections, admitting that the ways animals are killed for their fur are “absolutely deplorable”.
    The news comes after years of pressure from PETA affiliates, including an activist who was thrown ou
  • Yoda Cake Wins ‘Vegan Eats and Treats’ Contest

    A vegan chocolate cake from a galaxy far, far away has won a Gold Coast woman a month’s supply of vegan meals.
    Food brings people together and has the power to change minds, and no one knows this better than Zoe Lee, who used her chocolate Yoda cake with peanut butter frosting as a force for good at a Star Wars–themed birthday party.
    For her efforts, she won a 30-day supply of delicious, handcrafted vegan meals – such as Pumpkin Lasagne; Artichoke, Capers, and Lemon
  • RIP The Cliffsofmoher, Killed for Flemington “Entertainment”

    The Cliffsofmoher has been killed after fracturing his right shoulder in the Melbourne Cup.
    This is not a freak accident. He is the 5th horse to die in as many years at the Melbourne Cup.
    In 2014 Admire Rakti collapsed and died in his stall after the race, and Araldo broke his leg and was euthanised. The following year Red Cadeaux shattered a leg and was killed on the track and last year, Regal Monarch died after a dramatic mid-race fall at Flemington.
    How many more fatalities will it take befo
  • Minister Urged to Cancel Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

    Public holidays should be occasions to honour significant events in our country’s history or celebrate festivals such as Christmas and Easter.
    On Melbourne Cup Day, horses are whipped and pushed past their limits. Normally, we’d call that cruelty to animals, but in Victoria, it’s a day off work for the sole purpose of gambling with horses’ lives. This needs to stop.
    © Liss Ralston
    PETA has sent a letter to Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment Philip
  • Pamela Anderson Urges PM Scott Morrison to Ban Live Exports

    In the lead up to her exclusive Australian television appearance on current affairs program 60 Minutes, PETA US’s honorary director Pamela Anderson has sent a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging him to end the sadistic live-animal export industry.
    In the letter, Anderson references the Prime Minister’s maiden speech, noting that she shares with him “the same strong principles of justice and compassion”, before urging the Prime Minister to &
  • VIDEO: Want Real Halloween Horror? Learn More About Animal Agriculture

    The meat, egg, and dairy industries want you to believe their tales of “happy” animals, but this shocking new video shows the real terror hiding inside every factory-farm prison.The video, created by PETA Germany in collaboration with Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, is being released ahead of Halloween to serve as a reminder that there are horror stories playing out every day for animals used and abused for food.
    The misleading images of idyllic barnyard scenes that are propaga
  • 8 Powerful Vegan Moments From 2018

    It’s been a huge year on the vegan scene, and it’s clear that more Aussies are celebrating World Vegan Month than ever before.
    A study conducted by Roy Morgan Research found that between 2012 and 2016, 400,000 Australians stopped eating meat. That’s one person every five minutes, and from all reports, the numbers just keep growing!
    Here are some of the biggest #VeganCulture shifts of 2018 (so far!):Vegan Food Went Mainstream
    From the minute Forbes ran an article titled &l
  • What to Say When Asked, ‘Why Vegan?’

    Although it seems obvious to us vegans that the taste of meat, eggs, and dairy “products” doesn’t warrant the misery and death of billions of animals or such foods’ catastrophic impact on the planet and our health, others can sometimes have a difficult time grasping the issues.
    So we’ve summarised five of the main reasons for making the switch to vegan living.Why Vegan? Because I Don’t Want to Pay for Cruelty to Animals
    Every single animal is a sensitive
  • Meghan Markle to Receive Farewell Gift From PETA

    Meghan Markle is already known for her impeccable taste in fashion and penchant for vegan leather pants, so as a parting gift as she leaves Australia, PETA is giving her some beautiful additions for her royal wardrobe.
    Markle will receive a high-end Vaute vegan suede coat and Indigo Apparel vegan wool scarf from Australian boutique The-V-Spot. Both are classic pieces with all the elegance and style the duchess is well accustomed to and with none of the cruelty that’s inherent in the produ
  • Macpac Joins Mohair-Free List After PETA Exposé

    Global outdoor retailer Macpac has joined the likes of Forever New, Gorman, Topshop, and hundreds of other retailers worldwide in implementing a policy against using mohair.Macpac made the decision following PETA Asia’s investigation of the mohair industry in South Africa – the source of more than 50 per cent of the world’s mohair. The eyewitness saw one worker slowly cut angora goats’ throats with a dull knife while they were fully conscious and then break their necks,
  • Vegan Royal Poutine Is Here, Just in Time for the Duchess

    To celebrate the royal couple’s October tour of Australia, PETA Business Friend Lord of the Fries (LOTF) has unveiled a signature dish created and named in honour of Duchess Meghan Markle.
    The Duchess’ favourite food is poutine (fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy), even though she eats vegan most of the time.
    But thanks to LOTF, she can now have her poutine and eat it, too – all while being kind to cows.
    Cows on dairy farms in Australia are repeatedly and forcibly impre
  • UPDATE: Thailand’s King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament Is No More!

    Victory: Following a PETA Asia campaign and eyewitness exposé of the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Thailand, Minor International PCL founder and Chair William E. Heinecke has announced that he is “fully supportive” of the recent decision by the Thailand Elephant Polo Association—the main governing body behind the tournament—not to seek permission for a 2019 tournament and to cease its operations in Thailand. These elephant polo g
  • PETA’s iPhone App Makes Activism Easy – Download It Now

    PETA’s action alerts help save animals. From speaking out against animal testing to protesting against the cruelty of factory farms, you can make your voice heard by adding your name to our effective petitions or sending a compelling e-mail to a decision-maker.
    Animals need us to take advantage of every opportunity to speak up for their rights, even though our own lives may be hectic. To help make taking action easier, PETA came up with a fast, simple way for iOS users to help animals any
  • Dove Earns Cruelty-Free Stamp of Approval, Added to ‘Beauty Without Bunnies’ List

    The post Dove Earns Cruelty-Free Stamp of Approval, Added to ‘Beauty Without Bunnies’ List appeared first on PETA Australia.
  • A Sell Out To Cruelty: Why The Horse Racing Ad Should Be Stopped In Its Tracks

    The public are rightly outraged over the decision of the NSW government to allow horse racing advertisements on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
    What’s next – booze ads on the walls of hospitals? Betting odds displayed on ATM screens?
    The architect who drew up the Opera House’s recent plan to preserve its identity warned that going ahead with the proposal was akin to “throwing garbage” at the Australian landmark. Garbage indeed – horse racing is a vile in
  • Australia’s Hottest Vegans For 2018 Are…

    Out of scores of entries came eight finalists from across the country, but there were two who stood out with their impressive combination of charm, activism and compassion for animals.
    Australia’s Hottest Vegans for 2018 are Kelly Benson and Kaz Quinn!
    Kelly – a semi-professional rugby player hailing from Newcastle – transformed his health and appearance when he started eating vegan to cure his sleep apnoea, inflammation, and skin problems.
    “[Eating vegan] has been vital
  • The Story of Lucky The Baby Pig, Who Is Just Like Your Dog

    When someone refers to “man’s best friend”, they’re usually talking about dogs. That’s no surprise, really, since dogs are loyal and sensitive animals.
    But have you ever thought that the term could be just as applicable to pigs?
    Pigs are actually smarter than any other domesticated animal – in fact, animal experts consider them more trainable than dogs and cats. They are sociable and like to cuddle and snuggle up with one another, nose to nose, as they sleep.
  • Hungry Jack’s Rolls Out Vegan Cheeseburger

    Vegans are taking over the world, one fast-food chain at a time!
    A few months ago Hungry Jack’s started trialing a “Vegan Whopper” in selected stores in Sydney and Melbourne. The burger was so successful they’ve now officially launched a 100% Vegan Cheeseburger, including vegan cheese and mayo, in all 400 Australian stores.Australian burger lovers are the first in the world to get their hands on this very vegan menu item, which is not even available yet at affiliated Bur
  • Bad Ethics and Bad Science: Killing Sharks After Attacks Is Cruel and Pointless Revenge

    While it’s upsetting to see footage of two people being rushed to hospital after shark attacks in the Whitsundays last week, the kneejerk response of the government has been panicked and pointless.
    Six sharks have been killed in the space of a week, with no evidence that any human has been made safer as a result.Within 24 hours of the second shark attack, Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries had dropped drum lines – large baited hooks – into the water.
  • PETA Awards Hero Scuba Diver Who Saved Shark Tangled in Fishing Gear

    Not all heroes wear capes –some wear wetsuits!
    While scuba diving near Byron Bay, Inaki Aizpun noticed that a discarded fishing net was stuck between the jaws of a grey nurse shark.
    Instead of swimming away from the animal, Aizpun did something compassionate. Knowing that the shark would face a slow and painful death if the net weren’t removed, he swam calmly alongside the animal and worked to take it out.Another Victim of the Fishing Industry
    If it weren’t for Aizpun, this sh
  • Enter PETA’s ‘Vegan Eats and Treats’ Contest for a Chance to Win a 30-Day Supply of Vegan Meals

    You know the facts: Vegans save animals, have a reduced risk of developing many serious diseases, and don’t contribute to the catastrophic levels of water pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions caused by the production of meat, egg, and dairy “products”.
    But sometimes, it takes more than facts and powerful images to inspire someone to eat compassionately – it takes great cruelty-free meals. That’s why PETA is launching the Vegan Eats and Treats contest! 
  • Meet Your Finalists! Who Will Be Crowned Australia’s Hottest Vegans?

    All the entrants in PETA’s Australia’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2018 are already winners for choosing to be kind to animals.
    It was a tough choice, but we’ve narrowed it down to eight finalists – four men and four women – who dazzled with their fabulous photos and compassionate hearts.Abdullah Azhar
    Abdullah is a Melbourne-based electrician who grew up in Afghanistan. Two years ago, he had a nightmare about being a cow at an abattoir and immediately adopted a vega
  • New Zealand Bans Mulesing!

    The government of New Zealand has banned the practice of mulesing, meaning that the legs of lambs used for wool will no longer be restrained between metal bars while farmers carve huge chunks of skin from their backside.
    The new rules were introduced under the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018 and will come into effect on 1 October.Meanwhile, in Australia, it’s been more than a decade since the wool industry’s peakbody –ironically named Australian Wool Inno
  • Fashion Giant Forever New Cuts Out Mohair!

    Great news for cruelty-free fashion lovers! Forever New is the latest major company to drop mohair after a PETA Asia investigation exposed animal abuse in the industry.In an e-mail, the Australian global fashion giant – which has more than 250 stores in 10 countries as well as an online store that ships internationally – assured PETA that the brand prides itself on taking care in sourcing the materials used in its garments.
    “Mohair does not meet our requirements,” it sta
  • Animal Transport Horror: 40 Pigs Thrown Into the Sea

    Dramatic video footage of live-animal transport reveals that pigs suffered and died in the summer heat during a four-day ferry journey. PETA Germany received the footage, which was shot by an eyewitness on the vessel between 24 and 28 July, showing trucks loaded with pigs being transported by ferry from Bulgaria to Georgia. So far, it’s not known where the pigs were raised.According to the eyewitness, the pigs weren’t given any water or food while on board, and because the trucks we
  • Seven Dead Platypuses Found in Fishing Trap in Victoria River

    Seven dead platypuses have been pulled out of a river near Melbourne after drowning in a fishing net.
    A group of teenagers made the grim discovery as they were clearing rubbish while kayaking down the Werribee River.
    Michelle Wallis
    Death Traps
    Earlier this year, more than 10,000 PETA supporters voiced their opposition to the sale of opera-house nets – a type of enclosed yabby trap – that had caused the death of at least 14 platypuses in 2017, although it’s likely that several
  • Racing to an Early Grave: 119 Horses Killed at Tracks in the Last Year

    One hundred nineteen: that’s how many horses died on racetracks during the last racing year, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses’ annual “Deathwatch Report 2018“.
    The report shows that, most commonly, horses die from catastrophic limb injuries, or breaks and fractures of their forelegs. Others die of cardiac issues, internal bleeding, or hind leg injuries, or they simply collapse after being pushed past their limits.
    On average, one horse die

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