• ASOS to Ban the Sale of All Mohair, Silk, Cashmere, and Feathers

    ASOS is the latest major company to drop mohair, following PETA’s exposé of cruelty in South Africa’s mohair industry.
    The global online fashion retailer – which sells more than 850 labels as well as its own-brand clothing and accessories – has also gone one step further and confirmed that it’ll ban cashmere, silk, down, and feathers across its entire platform by the end of January 2019.Each year, the mohair, cashmere, down, and silk industries exploit
  • The Yoga Diet: Power Your ‘Prana’ With Plants

    Yogis across Australia are seizing on a lifestyle trend that can benefit you both on and off the mat. By doing this one thing three times a day, you can transform not only your body but also your mind. And regardless of how long you’ve been practising or how flexible you are, it’s really not too much of a stretch to try – unless you count reaching into the fridge or pantry.Of course, I’m talking about eating vegan. According to Google Trends data for the past 12 months,
  • Jacinda Ardern Receives Baby Gift from PETA

    What do you get for the baby who’s bound to have everything?
    Well, there’s one thing that you can never have too much of – compassion – which is why we’ve just sent the soon-to-be newest member of New Zealand’s first family a cosy faux-sheepskin rug.In our letter congratulating Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, we explained that while traditional sheepskin rugs might look warm and fuzzy, the way that they’re produced isn&rsq
  • Animal Experiments Surge – Homeless Dogs, Koalas, and Almost 400,000 Mice Face Cruel Tests in Victoria

    Even though 90 per cent of experiments on animals fail to lead to treatments for humans, statistics for 2016 (the latest available to the public) show that more than 1 million animals continue to be used in Victorian laboratories.The numbers were revealed in the Victorian government’s annual report. The data showed a staggering increase in the number of genetically modified animals – even though genetic engineering experimentation is an imprecise, inefficient, and unreliable “
  • Advertisement

  • Update: Brands That Have Ditched Cruelly Obtained Mohair

    In May 2018, PETA released a groundbreaking exposé of cruelty in the mohair industry. Footage captured by PETA Asia at 12 angora goat farms in South Africa shows workers dragging, throwing, and even cutting the throats of fully conscious animals, many of whom cried out in pain and fear.This exposé has sent shockwaves through the mohair industry, and several top international brands have pledged to stop using the cruelly obtained material:After talks with PETA UK, Arcadia Group &nd
  • Barnaby: Australia’s Luckiest ‘Bobby Calf’

    Every year in Australia, around half a million calves are discarded as “waste products” of the dairy industry. They’re dragged from their mothers’ sides and bludgeoned with hammers, shot on the farm, or shoved onto trucks bound for the abattoir – all so farmers can sell their mothers’ milk.
    One calf, then known only as “#52”, was supposed to be among them.
    He was born on a farm in Queensland where all male calves are shot in the head with a shotgu
  • Is It Time For A Meat Tax?

    The jury has returned. The verdict is in.
    A new report in the June 2018 issue of the journal Science has confirmed the huge footprint of animal agriculture – it provides just 18 per cent of calories but takes up 83 per cent of farmland. The most comprehensive analysis ever done of the damage farming does to the planet, covering 38,700 farms in 119 countries, found that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75 per cent – an area eq
  • Will Sydney Follow Sister City’s Lead and Ban Fur Sales?

    The cruelty-free future of fashion is here and now. That’s why PETA has written to Lord Mayor Clover More asking that Sydney follow the lead of sister city San Francisco and ban fur sales.San Francisco made history in March when its Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban the cruelly produced material. And it makes sense for a progressive, forward-thinking city like Sydney to do the same.Every year, more than 50 million minks, foxes, chinchillas, and even hamsters are killed for the
  • Advertisement

  • VICTORY! Victorian Government Bans Platypus Killer Traps

    Just as companies such as Kmart, BCF and Anglers Warehouse announce plans to drop platypus-killing yabby traps from their stores, the Victorian Government has announced it will outlaw the sale or use of these traps by 2019.
    The news comes after almost 10,000 PETA supporters signed our online action.Doug GimseyIn the past year, 14 platypuses have been found dead after having drowned in these traps – otherwise known as opera house nets – in Victoria’s public waters. Because
  • Why That Egg Study Is Completely Bogus

    Research isn’t cheap, and someone has to pay for it. But when the money comes from the industry that supplies the products being researched, there’s a serious conflict of interest.
    You’ve probably seen news recently about a new “study” published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claiming that there is “no risk” to cardiovascular health in eating up to 12 eggs a week. Australian media lapped it up and published stories about it widely &n
  • Tourism-Fuelled Animal Abuse on the Gili Islands

    Australian backpackers, honeymooners, and other tourists visit Indonesia’s Gili Islands to bathe in the blue seas and relax under palm trees, yet this idyllic resort has a dark, ugly side: more than 500 small, exhausted horses are forced to cart heavy loads of tourists and supplies around the islands every day.
    Whipped and Beaten
    According to local animal advocates, the horses are badly neglected and often mercilessly beaten as they are literally worked to death.Thirsty and Exhausted
  • Here’s Why Stores Are Ditching Platypus-Killing Yabby Traps

    Companies are pulling yabby traps from their shelves, and it’s great news for platypuses. In the past year, 14 have been found dead after having drowned in such traps in Victoria’s public waters. So far, BCF has removed the traps from its online store, and Anglers Warehouse has followed suit by removing them from its store. And now, Kmart Australia has decided not to restock the products on store shelves and will no longer sell them online.Leaving opera house–style yabby traps
  • Advertisement

  • PETA Asks for Pig-Free Meals as Peppa takes the stage at Sydney Opera House

    She’s the little pig revered by children all over the world, and as she takes the stage at the Sydney Opera House this week for Peppa Pig’s Surprise, PETA is asking that the venue take pig flesh off the menu.
    PETA recently sent a letter to the venue’s kids and performing arts representative, urging her to honour the mischievous little pig by taking animals off the Opera Bar menu during the show’s run – or even better, for good.
    As an added incentive, PETA offe
  • Cricketer Adam Zampa Goes to Bat for Animals in New Vegan Bus Campaign

    He’s best known for his bowling, but Adam Zampa has gone to bat for animals in a new PETA campaign.
    His face will appear on buses across Adelaide with the message “Love them. Don’t eat them” to remind everyone that we are all animals who share this planet and who want to avoid pain and experience happiness.In a video interview with PETA, Zampa reveals that his motivation to go vegan was simple:
    “I just don’t like exploiting animals. I think about th
  • Science should save lives, not take them

    Poppy and Alvin should have spent their days going for walks, sniffing around trees, chasing tennis balls, rolling in the grass, napping in cosy beds, and doing all the other things that dogs love. Instead, the two beagles were used as laboratory equipment in experiments for topical skin treatments. By the time they were surrendered to a rescue group, they were overweight (likely from being deprived of exercise), suffering from numerous skin problems, and terrified of being touched.
  • VICTORY! BCF Pulls Deadly Traps From Online Store!

    After hearing from PETA and the Victorian Alliance for Platypus-Safe Yabby Traps, retail chain BCF has pulled cruel “opera house” traps from its online store.
    In the past year, 14 platypuses have been found dead after having drowned in such traps – which are intended for crustaceans – in Victoria’s public waters. It’s estimated that several hundred more have died and remain unfound because of the”set-and-forget”nature of the traps. Five platypuses
  • Science Consortium Advances Non-Animal Testing – One Scientist at a Time

    To support the development of non-animal testing strategies, the PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. (the Consortium) has launched an award for one early-career scientist to attend the 20th International Congress on In Vitro Toxicology (ESTIV2018). The Consortium will cover the winner’s conference registration and provide a contribution towards travel and accommodation costs. Postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and new researchers who intend to pursue a
  • From Farmer to Vegan: Stories From Agricultural Workers Who Turned Vegan

    It might sound unlikely, but some of the most moving and influential stories from the animal rights movement in our region come from individuals who have seen first-hand and been a part of the systematic abuse of animals on farms and at abattoirs.
    Here are some stories of personal journeys from working in animal agriculture to going vegan for animals._____________________________________________________________________________Jess Strathdee – Dairy Farm Owner/Operator 
    It didn’
  • ‘Goat Yoga’ Petting Zoo Faces 10 Cruelty-to-Animals Charges

    A New South Wales petting zoo that provides baby goats for “goat yoga” events is facing 10 cruelty charges after some of its animals became dehydrated and malnourished and developed diarrhoea and infections. According to The Daily Telegraph, one goat was so emaciated and distressed that he or she had to be euthanised. But this type of abuse is only one of the reasons why we’re not embracing the goat yoga “trend”.Animals at a mobile petting zoo were allegedly found
  • Dirty Dairy: Investigator Finds Environmental Disaster on Australian Farm

    The recent release of PETA’s Australian dairy farm exposé uncovered barbaric abuse to calves and adult cows, but the horror doesn’t stop there: the investigation also revealed that effluent – faeces and urine – from the farm in New South Wales was repeatedly contaminating a nearby river.After noticing that the effluent was overflowing, the eyewitness questioned farm workers regarding where it goes.
    “[I]t goes down in the river,” the eyewitness was told
  • How To Vote Against Live-Export, Without Waiting for Politicians

    The post How To Vote Against Live-Export, Without Waiting for Politicians appeared first on PETA Australia.
  • Demand An End to Cruel Live Export

    The post Demand An End to Cruel Live Export appeared first on PETA Australia.
  • Has Thor Gone Vegan?

    Chris Hemsworth’s physique might look like it’s sculpted by the gods in his new film, Thor: Ragnarok, but in reality, the God of Thunder was powered by plants.
    Hemsworth’s personal trainer, Luke Zocchi, recently told Today Extra that “Thor” went vegan during filming. “That was a big experiment we tried was that if he could keep the muscle eating vegan,” said Zocchi.
    The results?A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Mar 11, 2017 at 12:30a
  • PETA’s Message to Melbourne: ‘I’m ME, Not MEAT’

    On the eve of the long Easter weekend, PETA is reminding people in Melbourne to choose compassion with two new thought-provoking billboards.
    One sign features the image of an elegant fish, alongside the words “I’m ME, Not MEAT”, strategically placed to encourage residents of the seaside town not to eat fish on Good Friday.  Meanwhile, the face of a beautiful cow asks residents in Cheltenham to go vegan.More than 500 million land animals alone are killed for their flesh in
  • VICTORY! Sunraysia Pulls Support of Cruel Elephant Polo

    After a shocking PETA Asia exposé showed elephants being beaten for Anantara Resort’s 2018 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Thailand, Australian sponsor Sunraysia has informed PETA that it will no longer support the event.In a letter to PETA, Sunraysia CEO Anthony Davie stated:
    We are distressed by the footage and strongly condemn the mistreatment of elephants that it shows. … Now that you have brought this matter to our attention, we will be discontinuing our sp
  • Four Years After Conan’s Death, Primates Are Still Suffering in Australian Labs

    The post Four Years After Conan’s Death, Primates Are Still Suffering in Australian Labs appeared first on PETA Australia.
  • Australian Government Delays Ban on Cosmetics Testing on Animals AGAIN

    It’s been almost two years since the government announced its plan to prohibit cruel tests on animals for cosmetics products, and now, instead of delivering this life-saving legislation this year as promised, it has pushed it back another year.“Cosmetics” in Australia include all make-up and skin- and hair-care products, as well as things like toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, perfume, and sunscreen.
    Amid the election hype in 2016, the government announced that it would ban cosmeti
  • Elephants Beaten With Bullhooks for ‘Benefit’ Polo Match

    Beating elephants who are used in a game they don’t understand while claiming to fund conservation efforts for their species is a scam.
    Breaking eyewitness video footage shows elephants who were forced to participate in the cruel Anantara Hotel’s 2018 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Thailand last weekend being repeatedly struck and gouged with bullhooks – sharp steel-tipped rods resembling fireplace pokers – and their ears being violently yanked. One mahout
  • Competition to Help ‘Discover’ Vegan Wool

    Through a partnership among PETA US, investment firm Stray Dog Capital, and Stella McCartney Ltd., the 2018 Biodesign Challenge for university students will include the first-ever prize for Animal-Free Wool, which seeks a biofabricated vegan wool.
    Participating schools include the University of Sydney, Arizona State University, Drexel University, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, University of California, Davis, the University of British Col
  • Get Ready to Love Liev Schreiber Even More

    As Victor Creed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Cotton Weary in Scream, and a slew of other memorable characters, Liev Schreiber—with his towering 6-foot-3-inch frame—is used to being cast as the tough guy. And in his new role as a spokesperson for animals, he’s getting tough on the homeless-animal crisis. He stars alongside his pups, Hurricane Harvey rescues Woody and Willow, in an ad that urges everyone to save lives by always adopting companion animals.Schreiber- formerly marr
  • Pamela Anderson Asks Aussie Prison Boss To Serve Only Vegan Meals

    PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson has reached out to the commissioner of Corrective Services in New South Wales with a personal offer to help rehabilitate female inmates. Her idea? A vegan meal plan.
    The suggestion comes after it was revealed that prisons would be implementing yoga and meditation programs to help reduce violence.
    It’s no secret that what we eat plays a huge part in how we feel. If we want to foster an environment of compassion and respect, it makes sense to eat with
  • Could Newtown Have Australia’s First Vegan Street?

    Newtown in Sydney has long been famous for its delicious cruelty-free cafés and restaurants, but could it be about to get its first vegan street?
    PETA has sent a letter to Sydney’s lord mayor, Clover Moore, asking her to change the name of Newtown’s Egan Street to “Vegan Street”. Changing the name of the Inner West street would reflect the growth of the area’s ethically minded community and could even save the city council money.Newtown is well known for hav
  • Australian Vegan Bodybuilder Cuts Winning Figure at Arnold Classic

    Athlete Crissi Carvalho will change everything that you thought you knew about bodybuilding.
    She’s dominated the Australian competition, and now, she’s preparing to take the stage at the world’s premier muscle show: the Arnold Classic Worldwide.
    Her recipe for success? Eat plants.“I have unlimited energy, grow muscle well, recovery is quick, [and] digestion [is] amazing. I look younger, my moods are always positive, [and] I sleep well,” says Crissi.
  • Hundreds of Scientists Learn How to Spare Animals Suffering in Painful Tests

    Hundreds of scientists attended a series of webinars co-hosted by the PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. and Chemical Watch on non-animal testing methods and strategies that can be used to meet the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation requirements. The webinars can be viewed here.REACH is the largest chemical testing programme of its kind – PETA estimates that by 2016, approximately 1 million animals had already been us
  • Dog Meat Is Being Served Outside the Olympic Games

    Written by Lillian Trahan for PETA US.
    The South Korean government is offering monetary incentives to restaurants located next to the Olympic Stadium and near other key Olympic venues to get them to stop serving dog meat during the Games. South Korea is also asking food venues to take down or cover up signs that advertise it. Nearly all the restaurants have refused. Similarly, dog-meat farms near where Olympic events are taking place have no plans to relocate or temporarily close
  • Be My Vegan Valentine

    As the popularity of vegan food continues to rise in Australia, here are some of our top picks for the perfect vegan Valentine’s treats to delight your loved one. Grab one of these gorgeous, sweet snacks and your date is sure to be smitten with you this Valentine’s Day.
    Recreate the 1950s romance of the ice cream parlour by sharing a sundae made with Over The Moo, Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy, Weis Sorbet, or So Good vegan ice cream plus Golden Gaytime Crumbs, Hershey&r
  • What Happens to Dogs in Puppy Mills Will Break Your Heart

    A new eyewitness investigation by PETA Asia has documented widespread suffering in puppy mills across China. The heartbreaking video footage shows dogs and puppies confined to filthy cages barely larger than their own bodies.
    Cages and Filth
    Dogs barked frantically and stuck their noses through the cage wires to try to escape the build-up of their own waste. The intensive confinement caused many to go insane. They continually paced and spun in circles inside the cages.
    Painful Conditions Caused
  • Gillian Anderson Is Naked in ‘Liberating’ New Anti-Fur Campaign

    As New York Fashion Week unfolds, PETA US has unveiled a gigantic billboard showing Gillian Anderson wearing little more than a smile with the slogan “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur.”“I found it liberating to use my body to make an important statement,” says the usually modest Emmy-winning star of The X-Files and co-author of last year’s bestseller We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, which will be out in paperback later this month. “People ten
  • Vegan Train Takeover in Sydney – Can You Relate to Who’s in This Crate?

    A pig confined to a crate, hens crowded inside cages, cows languishing in filth, and sheep jammed onto transport trucks: these are the images that Sydneysiders were confronted with during today’s peak-hour commute as the city’s train troubles continued.Every year in Australia, more than 500 million land animals endure miserable lives in the industrialised farming system before being killed for their flesh. Then, they’re strung upside down and their throats are slit, often whil
  • Shocking: Live Puppies Fed to Snake in Chinese Zoo

    A private zoo in China’s Henan province has been caught on camera feeding live puppies to a boa constrictor. This is yet another example of why China needs to implement an animal-protection law.PETA Asia posted video footage of the incident provided by witnesses on its social media pages in China, and after receiving hundreds of angry comments, the zoo has agreed not to feed puppies to snakes anymore.
    What You Can Do
    Anyone who cares about animals should avoid zoos. As long as p
  • 90-Year-Old Dairy Farm Growing Hemp So That Owners Can Escape ‘Soulless’ Dairy Industry

    For three generations, the Welch family has been involved in the New Zealand dairy industry. But now that the farm is in Tom Welch’s hands, it’s producing a cruelty-free super-crop, hemp.
    What made the Welch family want to move away from an established dairy set-up? It was a combination of the bureaucracy involved in the mass industrialisation of dairy “products” and the questionable ethics of dairy farming. Tom Welch knows all too well the gruesome reality of an industr
  • It’s Easy to Ditch Down With Kathmandu’s Revolutionary New Jacket

    From hardcore outdoor adventurers to weekend warriors who just like to be snug when they camp, consumers from all walks of life have been increasingly vocal about wanting more animal-friendly options when it comes to insulating fabrics – including demanding alternatives to down.
    Another option has become available – Kathmandu launched a new down-free insulated men and women’s jacket called “The Lawrence”. Filled with a revolutionary material called ThermoPlume by P
  • PETA Condemns ‘Frankenscience’ Horror Show as Monkey Is Cloned for the First Time

    Experimenters in China have reportedly cloned two monkeys with the same technique that was used to create the cloned sheep Dolly. It’s believed that the macaques, Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, have survived for at least 40 to 50 days, but the rest of their lives will be filled with pain and misery and may even be cut short. They’ve no doubt endured immense suffering behind the scenes.Whether it involves mice, sheep, dogs, or monkeys, cloning is a form of Frankenscience that serves only t
  • Video Shows How Far Pigs Will Go to Protect Their Friends From Death

    If you had a chance to save a friend or family member from certain death, wouldn’t you take it?
    This appears to be the scenario in a video from Southwest China in which a pig charges two men who are moments away from apparently slaughtering another pig.In the video, two men can be seen holding down an obviously frightened pig they appear to be about to slaughter. As the helpless animal screams, another pig rushes the two men and continues charging them until the restrained animal is relea
  • Horses, Donkeys, Mules, and Camels are Suffering in Jordan

    Handlers repeatedly hit the animals with anything at hand—including hard-plastic pipes, ropes, metal chains, and whips—to keep the exhausted animals working.
    Visitors go to Petra to marvel at its ancient monuments and temples, yet the “Lost City” has a dark and ugly side. More than 1,300 horses, donkeys, mules, and camels are forced to carry tourists or pull carriages in the city every day, and they’re suffering terribly.
    Even when they’re simply too
  • Huge News: Norway Is Banning Fur Farming!

    Norway is introducing a total ban on fur farming, according to a statement released by the Norwegian animal rights organisation NOAH this weekend. The country is currently home to 300 fur farms, which breed and kill 700,000 minks and 110,000 foxes every year, so this is truly a massive victory for animals.
    © Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
    An exposé released by PETA UK in 2014 documented horrific conditions on fur farms in Norway and several other countries and featured foot
  • Zimbabwe’s Baby Elephants Stolen for Captivity

    Even as Africa’s elephant population dwindles, countries including the U.S., China, Mexico, and Cuba are still buying baby elephants who were captured in the wild, taken away from their mothers and herds, and sold into a lifetime of deprivation in roadside zoos and for elephant-ride attractions.
    Reportedly, on the same day last week that China banned the sale of ivory amidst global celebration, the country was quietly ushering in 31 baby elephants who had been captured in Z
  • Victory! Zimbabwe Stops Selling Baby Elephants for Captivity

    Update: Thanks to global outrage over Zimbabwe’s practice of capturing wild baby elephants and selling them internationally for use in circuses and elephant-ride tourist traps, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has banned the country’s live-elephant trade. The ban also applies to other endangered wild animals—including rhinoceroses, lions, and pangolins—and represents a complete reversal of the government’s previous position on the trade in exotic animals. PE
  • Shocking Video Shows Baby Elephants Being Captured for Captivity

    Even as Africa’s elephant population dwindles, countries including the U.S., China, Mexico, and Cuba are still buying baby elephants who were captured in the wild, taken away from their mothers and herds, and sold into a lifetime of deprivation in roadside zoos and for elephant-ride attractions.
    Reportedly, on the same day last week that China banned the sale of ivory amidst global celebration, the country was quietly ushering in 31 baby elephants who had been captured in Z
  • VICTORY: OMG, Domino’s Pizza Offers Vegan Cheese!

    Being vegan just got even easier, as Domino’s has launched a Vegan Avocado Veg pizza, Vegan Spicy Veg Trio pizza and a Vegan Margherita pizza using Follow Your Heart vegan cheese! You can now get them at almost 600 locations across Australia.
    PETA’s campaign encouraged nearly 10,000 people to write to Domino’s demanding vegan cheese – and your voices were heard loud and clear!The huge public response on this issue wasn’t at all surprising to us, as compassiona

Follow @Animals_News_AU on Twitter!