People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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PETA Has Issue With Woman Who Flushed Her Hamster

'This must have been a horrific, terrifying death'

(Newser) - Airlines that accept emotional support animals on flights usually have explicit instructions on which ones are OK and which aren't, but a miscommunication about Spirit Airlines' policy led to hubbub over a hamster. Belen Aldecosea, a 21-year-old college student who was heading home to Florida for surgery on her... More »

PETA on SeaWorld Polar Bear: 'She Gave Up'

Szenja, 21, died suddenly in San Diego, and PETA says it was from 'broken heart'

(Newser) - The only polar bear resident at SeaWorld San Diego died unexpectedly on Tuesday, and while the marine park says the death of 21-year-old Szenja will be investigated, PETA says it knows what killed her: a "broken heart." The animal rights activists objected strongly in February when SeaWorld separated... More »

Use of Actual Penguins at NHL Game Rankles PETA

They were 'terrorized,' says group, but zoo calls that nonsense

(Newser) - The zoo calls it an "enrichment experience" for penguins, but PETA thinks it amounts to "shy animals terrorized." Such is the controversy over the NHL's decision to put live penguins on the ice before a rare outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. In... More »

SeaWorld: Yes, Our Workers Spied as 'Animal Activists'

But company promises it's not going to do it anymore

(Newser) - SeaWorld has told "management to end the practice in which certain employees posed as animal rights activists," company CEO Joel Manby said Thursday morning, per the Orlando Sentinel . He told an earnings call that the practice was ostensibly "to maintain the safety and security of employees, customers... More »

NC Town to PETA: Fine, No Possum Drop

Brasstown organizer says he'll just drop roadkill instead

(Newser) - New York City drops the ball, but the small North Carolina town of Brasstown has rung in most of the last 20 years with a little something it likes to call the New Year's Eve Possum Drop. The AP describes it thusly: "The Brasstown event involves enclosing an... More »

PETA Slammed for Killing 2K Animals a Year

Animal rights activists say its shelter should go no-kill

(Newser) - PETA is usually the one accusing others of animal cruelty. Not anymore. Though the group is well known for loudly objecting to things like goldfish racing and backpacks made from fur , it is now drawing attention for a very different reason: its animal shelter kills around 2,000 dogs and... More »

McDonald's to Close for Morrissey's LA Concert

In a first, Staples Center will go vegetarian

(Newser) - Morrissey managed to convince the Staples Center to go meat-free, an achievement even Paul McCartney couldn't accomplish. At Morrissey's sold-out March 1 concert, the LA venue will only offer vegetarian food, for the first time ever. That means all the McDonald's outlets there will be closed, Billboard ... More »

PETA Irked by Real Wolves at Twilight After-Party

Three wolves were in 'really small cage,' witness says

(Newser) - This week's Bad Idea Award goes to the people behind the final Twilight movie premiere after-party, who apparently thought nothing could possibly go wrong if they featured caged wolves. (For those of you lucky enough to have no knowledge of Twilight, wolves feature heavily in the storyline.) "... More »

PETA Freaks Out Over 'Trollsen Twins' $17K Bag

Mary-Kate, Ashley 'trolls' for using fur, group says

(Newser) - PETA is irked by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's new designer backpack—and not because it costs nearly $17,000, although you have to admit that is irksome. No, the animal rights organization is upset because the luxury backpack is made with fur, E! reports. "If it looks like... More »

Fur Flies Over Artist's Dead Cat Helicopter

How he loved the birds, says owner

(Newser) - Me-ouch. Animal lovers are spitting mad about a Dutch artist's project turning his dead cat into a flying machine. Bart Jansen is presenting his pet, Orville—stuffed and morphed into a helicopter—at the ongoing KunstRai art fair in Amsterdam, reports CBS . The Orville-copter actually flies with the help... More »

PETA to Kim Kardashian: 'Get a Life'

Animal rights group slams her threat to sue flour-tosser

(Newser) - If you ever wondered what it would take to make PETA look like a rational, down-to-Earth organization that's not given to stunts whatsoever , well, the answer is as simple as it is predictable: Kim Kardashian . The animal rights group, almost as known for ill-advised naked antics as Kardashian herself,... More »

Report: PETA Kills 95% of Pets It Takes In

84% put down within 24 hours at Virginia headquarters: documents

(Newser) - PETA's controversial campaigns for animal rights dominate headlines—but behind the scenes, the picture is quite different, according to newly released documents. Last year, the organization killed more than 95% of the pets in its charge at its Norfolk, Va., headquarters, the Daily Caller reports. Documents released by the... More »

PETA Launching Porn Site

Yes, it's real, spokesperson confirms

(Newser) - Buried in a Reuters article from last week is this priceless little nugget: PETA is planning a porn site. In advance of launching the .xxx Internet domain in December, ICM Registry is accepting applications from brand owners who want to protect their brands from being used in a .xxx URL... More »

PETA: Go Vegan, Mars!

Animal rights organization lobbies SpaceX founder

(Newser) - If PETA has taught us nothing else, it is that we have completely messed up our own planet with our insistence on wearing fur, eating meat, and racing goldfish . But there's a light at the end of the tunnel: Mars. The animal rights organization is lobbying for the planet... More »

PETA Contest Prize? Free Vasectomy

An inspired way to bring awareness to the neutering issue

(Newser) - This has got to be one of PETA’s weirdest stunts yet: The animal rights group is staging a contest related to its spay/neuter campaign, and the lucky winner will get … a free vasectomy. To enter, you just get your cat or dog spayed or neutered, then submit an... More »

PETA to LiLo: We'll Pay for Rehab If...

...she becomes a vegan. Or $20K of rehab, at least

(Newser) - If Lindsay Lohan really wants her stint in rehab to be sponsored , all she has to do is give up her addiction ... to meat and cheese. Headline-grabbing PETA has reached out to the star, offering to pitch in $10,000 if she goes vegan for the rest of her stay—... More »

Bush-Era FBI Put Liberal Activists on Terror List

PETA, Greenpeace, others unfairly targeted

(Newser) - The FBI investigated and monitored a variety of liberal activist groups without proper cause during the Bush Administration, the Justice Department concluded today. Though the Inspector General cleared the FBI of the most serious allegation against it—that it targeted the groups based on how they exercised their First Amendment... More »

Ringling Trainer's Photos Fuel Abuse Charges

Qualms about baby elephant treatment leads trainer to PETA

(Newser) - The posthumous confessions of a former Ringling Bros. elephant wrangler have given PETA new ammunition in its ongoing fight against the nation’s biggest circus, which it accuses of animal cruelty. Sammy Haddock, who appears to have been seeking absolution, documented what he attested is brutish behavior towards baby elephants... More »

Worst. Blog. Name. Ever.

The PETA Files are raising some eyebrows

(Newser) - The fine, no doubt well-intentioned people at PETA have a new blog, notes Chris Matyszczyk of CNET, and they evidently didn’t put too much thought into the name. It’s called (drum roll please): The PETA Files. At least, let’s assume they didn’t put much thought into... More »

PETA Launches Curious Attack on the Overweight

(Newser) - PETA has rolled out a new ad campaign that does not sit well with the more portly among us, the Huffington Post reports. A billboard in Jacksonville, Fla., features a cartoon of an overweight woman in a bikini with the message: “Save the whales, Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian.... More »

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