• Celebrity Request Prompts Vegan Hot Dog Launch!

    After Aussie party-starter and animal advocate DJ Tigerlily sent a letter to Wally’s Hot Dogs requesting that it introduce a vegan version of its famous hot dog, the vendor has done just that, launching a limited-edition vegan hot dog named the “Vegan Wally”.
    The dish, which will debut at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, features a delicious vegan sausage by Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher topped with tasty non-dairy cheese – and the tempting snack is bound to have ev
  • ‘All Beings Bleed the Same’: New PETA Ads Challenge Speciesism

    In abattoirs, pigs and cows are hoisted upside down by their back legs and their throats are cut, even though they often haven’t been properly stunned. If you aren’t already repulsed by that fact, would it shock you if the victim were instead a dog? Shocking new PETA ads aim to challenge viewers to question why they love some animals but eat others.The “All Animals Bleed the Same” campaign was conceived by PETA Germany and advertising agency DDB Prague, working pro bono,
  • Breaking: China Greenlights New Non-Animal Cosmetics Tests

    After years of pushing from PETA US, the Chinese government has approved two more non-animal methods for testing cosmetics products in China.
    The two newly approved tests, the direct peptide reaction assay for skin sensitization and the short time exposure assay for eye irritation, will spare countless animals the agony of having substances dripped into their eyes and rubbed onto their skin.
    This major progress is thanks to the groundbreaking work of the expert scientists and regulatory special
  • Sheep Farming and the Wool Industry’s Damaging Environmental Impact

    The post Sheep Farming and the Wool Industry’s Damaging Environmental Impact appeared first on PETA Australia.
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  • Victory! VEGAN Choc Tops Premiere at Event Cinemas!

    The choc-top: it’s a classic Aussie cinema treat. Now, for the first-time ever in Australia, you can enjoy a vegan version of the ice cream at Event Cinemas!Everything from the crunchy cone, chocolate top and the velvety ice cream inside (available in  both chocolate and salted caramel) has been made vegan for movie lovers with a conscious who know the truth about cruelly obtained dairy products.
    The new menu item has been added to select stores after an online petition signed by hun
  • The New ‘Dumbo’ Film Is Worth the Tears

    The trailer alone made grown adults weep. And now that Disney’s live-action Dumbo has arrived in theatres, we’re sure there won’t be a dry eye in the house by the time the credits roll.
    But while an adorable, computer-generated elephant with big ears has audiences in tears, we need to remember that real elephants – and many other animals – continue to suffer around the world in the name of entertainment, including for movies and television shows.
    PETA US
  • Belgium Bans Ritual Slaughter. Should Australia Be Next?

    At the beginning of the year, a ban on ritual slaughter came into force in Belgium. It requires that small animals – including chickens and sheep – be electrically stunned before their throats are slit, which some, but not all, believe would contravene dietary laws of Islam and Judaism dictating that animals must be healthy at the time of their death.
    In his book Animals in Islam, BA Masri Al-Hafiz argues that stunning is lawful under Islamic law. In fact, today, most animals slaugh
  • Live Export Update: Why the Government’s June to August Ban Isn’t Enough

    The Australian government has proposed to allow live exports to continue in May and September this year, despite recommendations that shipping be banned then because of soaring temperatures.
    The proposal comes after almost a year of investigations and reviews of the industry following the release of video footage by Animals Australia, which shows the horrifying conditions endured by exported sheep – who, panting and heat-stricken, lay in piles of their own melting faeces and the decaying
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  • Victory! Johnson & Johnson Bans Near-Drowning Tests on Animals

    Huge news! After talks with PETA US, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has committed to not conducting or funding the forced swim test, in which mice or other small animals are dropped into beakers of water and swim frantically to keep from drowning.
    The company and one of its subsidiaries, Janssen, have published about using this cruel, useless test in recent years. This announcement signals an end to the suffering of animals in these misguided experiments.
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  • Sickening ‘Sperminator’ Machine Used to Inseminate Sheep Infuriates the Internet

    Animal advocates – and, generally, anyone with even a sliver of moral fibre – were recently outraged by a video depicting how sheep raised for their wool are artificially inseminated in a machine dubbed the “Sperminator”. (Seriously, that’s its name.)In the video, sheep can be seen stuffed inside a mechanical rotating trap before they’re dumped onto a rack and bound upside down to it. They’re then rolled off like packages on a moving dolly.
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  • Three Horses Died This Weekend on Australian Racetracks

    Three horses have died on Australian racetracks in just one weekend.
    At a race in Tamworth, a horse named Son of a Dun collapsed on the course, causing another four horses and riders behind him to fall. One other horse died, and four of the injured jockeys were hospitalised.
    Why did Son of a Dun collapse? It’s believed the 3-year-old gelding suffered a heart attack mid race.
    Within the same 24 hours, a mare named Payroll was injured and died at Flemington, the home of the Melbourne Cup.Th
  • Why Real Feminists Should Stop Eating Eggs and Dairy

    The feminist movement has never been more alive in Australia. We’re working to put more women in office and in corner offices. We’re fighting for equal pay, tax-free feminine hygiene products, an end to sexual harassment, funding for women’s sports, and streets safe enough for us to walk alone. Around the world, we’re working to end sex trafficking, slavery, genital mutilation, and “honour killings”. People rail against sexism in all its many forms – ex
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  • Wellington Zoo Just Killed Some of Its Captive Baboons

    Four baboons – Habib, Osiris, Les, and Rafiki – have been killed at Wellington Zoo.The facility’s chief executive said the exhibit had become “untenable” for the primates, who had become aggressive with one another “after a breakdown in their social structure”.
    Unfortunately, these animals are hardly the first who’ve been killed by their captors or the only ones forced to live with incompatible cagemates, with no means of escape.
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  • 5 Reasons Why Polar Bears Do Not Belong in Australia

    It’s not hard to see why humans are fascinated by polar bears. These large, charismatic mammals are a symbol of the Arctic, one of Earth’s most untouched environments.
    Because people are so interested in polar bears, the Gold Coast amusement park Sea World keeps a number of them on display to entertain paying customers. But these animals will never be happy in Australia. Here’s why:1. They need space to roam.
    In the wild, polar bears spend most of their day travelling. They rou
  • Did PETA Really Say That About Steve Irwin?

    Google recently commemorated the late Steve Irwin with one of its doodles. The company described its tribute as a celebration of “the legendary Australian wildlife advocate & TV personality whose bravery & passion opened the eyes of millions to the wonders of wildlife”.
    PETA’s American affiliate tweeted about the drawing, sparking conversation about “conservation” all over the globe:#SteveIrwin was killed while harassing a ray; he dangled his baby
  • Update: Law Banning Animal Testing for Cosmetics in Australia Finalised

    Parliament has passed the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017, an important step towards ending cruel animal tests for cosmetics in Australia.After being passed in the Senate last week – with 11 amendments made in consultation with Humane Society International to ensure worrying loopholes were closed and all chemicals were included in the ban – the legislation was again passed by the House of Representatives on Monday, finally making its approval official.The Bill includes measures
  • Herbal Essences Goes Cruelty-Free!

    Procter & Gamble’s iconic Herbal Essences brand has been added to the PETA US list of companies that never test on animals anywhere in the world! Watch for the cruelty-free bunny logo on some Herbal Essences packaging soon.“[PETA US’s] cruelty-free credential and logo provide consumers with the assurance they are looking for as they choose their shampoos and conditioners. We’re proud to have passed [the group’s] stringent verification process to join their
  • Table Tennis Donkey Gelatine Sponsorship Will Not Be Renewed

    In good news for donkeys, Table Tennis Australia (TTA) has confirmed to PETA that it will not renew the sponsorship of the Australian Donkey Industry Association, which expires in April.The association is a lobby group that promotes the cruel ejiao trade, an industry that is rapidly expanding. Ejiao, made from donkey gelatine, is baselessly marketed around the world as a traditional medicine and cure for everything from poor blood circulation and cancer to acne.
    A PETA eyewitness exposé
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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