• 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • VICTORY! Burberry Bans Fur and Angora

    Cartwheels are happening at PETA HQ following the announcement that iconic British brand Burberry is joining Armani, Versace, Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, and others in banning fur from all its collections – and that it’s ditching angora, too.Embed from Getty Images
    This great news comes after over a decade of campaigning by PETA and our international affiliates against Burberry’s use of fur, including holding dozens of protests outside its stores in places like
  • Farm Dogs Dumped As Farmers in Drought Look to Cut Costs

    As farmers continue to look for ways of cutting costs during the drought, “man’s best friend” has become the latest victim, and rescue groups are desperately trying to cope with a wave of abandoned working dogs.As their name suggests, working dogs are forced to earn their keep and are usually trained to control other animals such as sheep or cattle.
    As drought-affected farmers “destock” – a euphemism for killing livestock or letting them starve – there
  • DJ Tigerlily Is a Natural Vegan Beauty in New PETA Ad

    She’s best known for her talent on the turntables, but now DJ Tigerlily is turning heads for a whole new reason.
    Wearing nothing but a crown made of vegetables, Dara Hayes – known as Tigerlily – poses for a PETA ad with the message “Go Natural. Go Vegan.”“The best thing about being vegan is the way that it makes you feel and the immense amount of energy and happiness that I get after every single meal,” she told PETA.Tigerlily was horrified to learn abo
  • Sickening CCTV Footage From an Australian Abattoir Leaked

    It was Paul McCartney who said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”Leaked CCTV footage showing the inner workings of Gathercole’s Carrum Downs abattoir in a south-eastern suburb of Melbourne demonstrates exactly what McCartney meant.
    The footage – believed to be recorded by the company’s own CCTV cameras in January 2018– shows gentle sheep being punched and roughly handled before their throats were slit while they were fully co
  • The Life of a ‘Winter Lamb’

    There’s an old saying that “where there’s livestock, there’s dead stock”.
    The Australian sheep and lamb industry will slaughter more than 30 million animals this year, but an additional 10 to 15 million lambs will die – shivering and hungry – in icy fields.Why do so many die?
    Many sheep on farms are forcibly impregnated so that they give birth during the winter months and their babiescan be weaned in the spring when the fields are the most fertile.
  • Live Exporter’s Licence Cancelled After Cruelty Exposed

    UPDATE: Australia’s largest export company – Emanuel Exports – has had its license permanently cancelled.After unthinkable cruelty was exposed on its ships, Perth-based livestock export company Emanuel Exports has had its licence suspended by the Australian government.
    Last month, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources sent a show-cause notice to the companyafter footage showed sheep crammed together on filthy, hot vessels, struggling to breathe and covered in
  • Animal Rahat: 15 Years of Groundbreaking Work for Animals

    Animal Rahat – a life-saving organisation that’s supported by PETA – was founded in 2003 in order to alleviate the misery endured by bullocks, donkeys, and other working animals in India. It has expanded to include community outreach programmes, to provide “community dogs” with medical care and sterilisation, and to conduct emergency rescues of countless animals caught in dire situations.
    There are thousands of reasons to celebrate Animal Rahat’s 15th anniver
  • Gorman to Ban the Sale of Mohair!

    Australian clothing brand Gorman is the latest major company to drop mohair, following PETA Asia’s exposé of cruelty in the industry.The cult-favourite – which has 34 stand-alone stores in Australia and two in New Zealand and has just opened its first US store in Los Angeles – joins more than 280 brands worldwide, including ASOS, Ralph Lauren, H&M, Zara, and Topshop, that have pledged not to sell the cruelly obtained material.Gorman’s compassionate business mo
  • India Bans Live-Animal Exports

    After appeals from animal rights activists, India’s Union Ministry of Shipping has announced that it has banned the export of animals for slaughter from all its seaports.
    “There were demands from the public to stop export of livestock for the purpose of slaughter,” Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya told The Indian Express. “There were many complaints and representations from jivdaya premis (those advocating compassion towards all living beings) and a
  • Care About the Ocean? Plastic Straws and Bags Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

    These days, awareness of plastic waste in our oceans is at an all-time high.
    All over social media, well-intentioned campaigns are taking aim at items such as single-use plastic straws and bags, which have been shown to pose a risk to aquatic animals like sea turtles. But if you care about keeping animals in the ocean safe, don’t just look to your drinking straw – look to your dinner plate.
    In fact, eating fish does far more harm to our oceans than sipping through a straw ever will.
  • A Live-Export Ship Is up for Sale, and PETA Wants to Turn It Into a Memorial

    After hearing that the disgraced live-export operator Wellard Ships is selling the MV Ocean Drover, a ship used to transport live animals, PETA has written to the company with a suggestion for how it could instead put the vessel to good use to help animals: remove it from the market and turn it into a memorial to all the animals who suffered and died on board.Animals Australia’s latest heartbreaking exposé of the live-export trade shows the horrifying conditions endured by sheep se
  • VICTORY! NZ Designer Annah Stretton Drops Fur

    It’s been a big year so far for the fashion industry’s commitment to compassion.Following pressure from PETA, Annah Stretton has confirmed that she no longer uses fur in any of her products.
    More than 7,000 PETA supporters wrote to the New Zealand designer urging her to renounce possum fur, and in 2016, PETA activists took the message straight to the designer’s doorstep when they staged a protest outside her Christchurch store and declared, “Compassion Is Always in Fashi
  • 5 Times P!nk Was LOUD for Animals

    Rock icon Pink never hesitates to speak up for animals.She’s been a PETA US supporter for more than 15 years, using her name and fame to raise awareness of the abuse animals endure in the skins industry and writing letters to persuade governments, company executives, and even royalty to stop using animals for entertainment.
    Here are some of Pink’s most memorable campaigns for animals over the years:Wool Awareness
    Before there was widespread awareness of the horrendous suffering endu
  • The NSW Government Has Made an OBSCENE Donation to a Greyhound Race

    Historic events, they say, always occur twice: “Once as tragedy, and again as farce.”The tragedy happened in 2016, when the New South Wales government backed out of its principled pledge to ban the vile greyhound-racing industry. Its original decision followed an investigation that found the widespread use of live piglets, possums, and rabbits to “blood” greyhounds. It also revealed that these highly social and sensitive dogs are sentenced to life in cramped cages or ken
  • Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood Speaks Out for New Mums

    Australian actor Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood knows how strong the bond is between mother and child. The A Place to Call Home star and her newborn, Lucia, posed for PETA to raise awareness of families who are ripped apart by the dairy industry.Just like human mothers, cows carry their babies for approximately nine months. But their birth is no happy occasion. At less than a day old, calves on dairy farms are torn away from their mothers to be shot in the head, bludgeoned to death, or prepared
  • Australia’s Drought: If You Can’t Feed Them, Don’t Breed Them

    The front page of The Sunday Telegraph showed a photograph of a farmer holding a young lamb, making a plea for help in the midst of Australia’s drought. It includes this headline: “Les Jones has to shoot his 1200 starving sheep and bury them in a mass grave. He’s not alone….”Farmers are complaining that the big dry means that they have to kill animals prematurely and for no money. There’s no denying that millions of sheep bred into Australia’s woo
  • Here’s Why PETA Wants to Hang a Pro-Vegan ‘Fish Stinks’ Banner From Tasmania Council Buildings

    After hearing the Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association’s (TSGA) fishy claims of strong council support for its notice of intent to the Environment Protection Authority to build a temporary “mort holding facility” at the Aquaculture Hub just outside Strahan, PETA has written to Mayor Phil Vickers to offer to pay a fee to hang a banner reading, “Fish Stinks. Go Vegan,” on the outside of council buildings.While a giant dead-fish graveyard would create quite a s
  • Why Vegan Fashion Is Always the More Sustainable Option

    We’re in the midst of a fashion revolution. Australians are increasingly concerned with how their clothes are made, and the market is responding. More designers and retailers are putting policies in place to eliminate cruelly produced fur, mohair, angora, wool, down, leather, and silk from garments, saving millions of animals from suffering and being barbarically slaughtered. Now, the questions are, what will the clothes of the future be made of, and what impact will they have on the envi
  • Why Is New Zealand Going in the Wrong Direction on Animal Testing?

    New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries has released its latest report on the number of animals being used for experiments. It’s not good news.
    In 2016, animal experimenters in New Zealand used more than a quarter of a million animals– a 13 per cent jump from the previous year.Yet it’s estimated that this figure represents only around half of all animals suffering in the nation’s facilities. Many more spend their short lives inside a small plastic container i
  • WATCH: Natalie Portman Wants Everyone to Treat Animals With Kindness

    Natalie Portman, who won an Oscar for her role in Black Swan, stars in a new PETA video spotlighting the legacy of maverick animal advocate Isaac Bashevis Singer, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature 40 years ago.“Isaac Singer grew up in the same part of Poland as my family,” says Portman in the video. “And like them, he fled the horrors of the Holocaust. But the cruelties he witnessed made Singer one of the most powerful writers of the 20thcentury.”
    Isaac Bashevis Sing
  • Mass Greyhound Grave Uncovered in Western Sydney

    RSPCA inspectors in New South Wales have uncovered the bodies of nine dead greyhounds buried on the property of registered racing trainer in Western Sydney.
    Another 12 dogs who were found starving and sick and were seized from the property. The trainer is being investigated for serious cruelty to animals offences.
    “These greyhounds were bred for and then discarded by the racing industry,” the RSPCA said in a statement.This is not the first time the greyhound racing industry has been
  • Vegan Footy Players You Need to Know About

    As more people become aware that eating meat, eggs, and dairy “products” causes cruelty to animals as well as health and environmental hazards, we’re seeing an increase in the number of athletes who are fuelling up on plants. You’ve probably already heard about some of the many vegan cricketers, bodybuilders, tennis players, and track stars, but now, we’re turning our attention to plant-powered stars on the footy field. No matter which code you follow – rugby
  • Israeli Government Supports Bill to End Live Imports From Australia

    While the Australian Parliament and Senate sit on two billswith the potential to end the cruel live-sheep trade, the Israeli government has given its support to a bill that would phase out the importation of live animals from Australia and Europe for slaughter.
    Last year, Australia exported 88,000 live sheep to Israel, and this year, 30,676animals have already been forced to make this gruelling journey, even though Australia’s largest sheep exporter, Emanuel Exports, had its licence suspe
  • VIDEO: Woman Learns the Hard Way—Don’t Hand-Feed Sharks

    A shark grabbed hold of a woman’s finger while she was attempting to hand-feed the fish from the back of a yacht in Western Australia. Video footage of the incident quickly went viral:Shocking video shows a shark biting the finger of a woman that attempted to feed it in Western Australia, dragging her into the water. She escaped with a fracture and a torn ligament. https://t.co/EWT1bFltDZ pic.twitter.com/C3cK488F2Q
    — ABC News (@ABC) July 2, 2018ABC News and other outlets described t
  • Stop the Bloody Bullfights – Activists Descend on Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls Event

    Today, more than 100 activists marched to the beat of drums towards the Plaza Consistorial in Pamplona, Spain, holding signs proclaiming, “Stop the Bloody Bullfights.” The supporters of PETA affiliates and Spanish animal-protection group AnimaNaturalis – half of whom were “runners” and half of whom were “bulls” – shot blood-red flares into the sky to call for an end to the city’s yearly torment and killing of bulls at the San Fermín f
  • Do Tourists Know That This Is What Happens After the Pamplona Bull Run?

    Powerful photos taken by activists from the Spanish group Tras los Muros tell the distressing story of what happens to bulls at the annual San Fermín festival in Pamplona, Spain, each July. Aussies account for the biggest proportion of foreign runners at the cruel event. The revellers who chase animals through the city’s streets in the morning may not understand how the festival ends for those same animals.
    These photographs bring the full horror to light.
  • How to Request ‘Dominion’ on Netflix

    Did you go vegan after watching Earthlings? Or maybe it was after viewing Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, or What the Health. It’s hard to overstate the importance of documentaries in the vegan movement. Now, a new Australian documentary titled Dominion is set to change the hearts, minds, and food choices of millions of caring people all over the world.
    Dominion (2018): Official Trailer from Aussie Farms on Vimeo.Directed by Chris Delforce and coproduced by Earthlings director Sh
  • WATCH: Mena Suvari Blasts Cruel Down Industry

    The post WATCH: Mena Suvari Blasts Cruel Down Industry appeared first on PETA Australia.
  • Man Who Bashed Penguins to Death Avoids Jail, Fined Just $82

    People in Tasmania and throughout Australia are rightly outraged at the light sentence handed out in the case of a man who was convicted in the Burnie Magistrates Court of beating at least six fairy penguins to death with a stick on Sulphur Creek beach.
    The Magistrate described this as a “callous act” on an “easy target”.
    “The fractures to their head were consistent with blunt force trauma … the attack continued for at least several minutes.”
  • Live Exporter’s Licence Suspended After Cruelty Exposed

    After unthinkable cruelty was exposed on its ships, Perth-based livestock export company Emanuel Exports has had its licence suspended by the Australian government.
    Last month, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources sent a show-cause notice to the companyafter footage showed sheep crammed together on filthy, hot vessels, struggling to breathe and covered in their own excrement.This suspension is great news for animals suffering at the hands of the live-export industry and hopefully w
  • Live Exporter Suspended After Cruelty Exposed

    After unthinkable cruelty was exposed on its ships, Australia’s biggest sheep exporter Emanuel Exports has had its licence suspended, banning it from sending animals overseas for slaughter.
    Last month, the Agriculture Department sent a show-cause notice to the company, following footage showing sheep crammed together on filthy, hot vessels, struggling to breathe and covered in their own excrement.This suspension is great news for animals suffering at the hands of this industry and hopeful
  • 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

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