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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 »

A Dog's Purpose Premiere Canceled After Cruelty Outcry

Producer says he's horrified by video of terrified dog

(Newser) - The Hollywood premiere of A Dog's Purpose was canceled Thursday evening after the event was overshadowed by a disturbing video of a dog apparently being mistreated during filming . Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment said that because the investigation is ongoing, they decided to "cancel this weekend's premiere... More »

Disturbing Video of Scared Dog on Movie Set Investigated

'A Dog's Purpose' handler seen forcing dog into water

(Newser) - The American Humane Association has launched an investigation and PETA is calling for a boycott over disturbing footage of a dog on the set of A Dog's Purpose. In a video released by TMZ, an apparently terrified German shepherd struggles as a handler forces it into churning water, the... More »

PETA: Geese Routinely Plucked Alive for Down

Practice happens on Chinese farms

(Newser) - The goose down used in bedding often is a byproduct of the food industry, with the feathers collected after an animal has been slaughtered. However, a PETA investigation finds the practice of plucking feathers from the bodies of live birds is still prevalent, CBS Money Watch reports. PETA workers last... More »

Life of Pi Tiger's Owner Hit With Cruelty Charges

After PETA released video of Michael Hackenberger allegedly whipping tiger

(Newser) - The self-proclaimed oldest zoo in North America has provided animals to films starring names like Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, but perhaps no Bowmanville Zoo animal has entered the spotlight like its Bengal tiger, which starred in the Oscar-winning Life of Pi. Now the Canadian zoo finds itself thrust 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 »

Jane Birkin Wants Her Name Off Hermes Bag

The crocodile version, specifically

(Newser) - The Birkin is a bag so longed after it had a whole Sex and the City plotline written about it. Now—drama!—the celeb whom the bag was named after wants that name off of one such bag in particular. In a statement to AFP , Jane Birkin explains that... More »

Animal Rights 'Activist' Was SeaWorld Spy: PETA

He was part of 'espionage campaign' for years, group says

(Newser) - An "activist" who joined anti-SeaWorld protests and made inflammatory postings online calling for the tanks to be drained and the theme park burned to the ground was on the SeaWorld payroll all along, PETA says. The group says activist "Thomas Jones," who has attended many animal rights... More »

PETA Alleges 'Monkeygate' at Fla. Breeding Farm

Animal abuses subject of PETA investigation

(Newser) - A disturbing PETA undercover video at Florida monkey breeding farm Primate Products shows macaques being grabbed by their tails, crowded into small cages, and clearly under stress. The monkeys at the Hendry County farm are imported from other countries and sent to clients such as the National Institutes of Health... More »

PETA Video Denied in Sheep-Abuse Case

Australian shearers win case that turns on 'verbal cruelty'

(Newser) - Shearing sheep is one thing, activists say—and shearing them while shouting or attacking the animals is quite another. That was PETA's argument against Australian sheep shearers last year when the group revealed video shot by an undercover operative, ABC News Australia reports. But the Royal Society for the... More »

Feds to Zoo: Stop Using Cattle Dogs on Elephants

Pittsburgh zoo ordered to stop stressing animals

(Newser) - Using dogs bred to herd cattle to control elephants hasn't worked out so well at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, according to federal authorities. The Department of Agriculture has ordered the zoo to stop using cattle dogs in ways that cause "behavioral stress" to its African elephants,... More »

Palin to PETA: 'Chill, at Least Trig Didn't Eat the Dog'

Like that Barack Obama did

(Newser) - Sarah Palin and PETA, both entities more than a little fond of picking fights, have found each other at last and don't appear to be letting go: The latest salvo in the squabble over Palin's photo of son Trig standing on the family dog in order to help... More »

Palin Angers Animal Rights Groups With Trig Photo

Post shows her son standing on family dog

(Newser) - A new Facebook post by Sarah Palin has raised the ire of animal rights groups because it shows 6-year-old Trig Palin standing on the family dog, reports Politico . Palin was making the case that her son, who has Down syndrome, had provided a lesson in determination and ingenuity. Her post:... 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 Asks Sheriff to Feed Alleged Cannibal Vegan Diet

But don't expect it to happen

(Newser) - PETA thinks it's got the perfect diet for a man accused of murder and cannibalism—a vegan one. As USA Today reports, the animal-rights group has caused a fuss with its letter to the acting sheriff of Indiana's Clark County suggesting the meat- and dairy-free meal plan for... More »

Google Maps Car May Have Killed a Dog: PETA

Organization calls on company to donate $1K to neutering group

(Newser) - Animal-rights activists are calling on Google to donate cash to help animals—because, they say, it looks like a Street View car killed a dog. PETA has posted a pair of photos on a blog that show a dog running, then lying, on a street in Chile, the San Francisco ... More »

PETA Slams Kim Kardashian on Dolphin Swim

Animal rights group blasts star for violating captive creatures' personal space

(Newser) - Some people believe Kim Kardashian is a menace to the thinking public, but PETA has stronger words for the reality-TV star: The animal rights group is calling her downright "dangerous" and "intrusive" to animals after Kim K posted an Instagram video of her cruising around on captive dolphins... More »

PETA Demands Turkey Memorial; Utah: Uh, No

UDOT scotches request to honor hundreds of turkeys who died in tractor-trailer accident

(Newser) - A week and a half ago, a tractor-trailer plunged into a reservoir in Utah, killing more than 700 of the 720 souls aboard. Those souls were turkeys, and as such PETA wasted no time in requesting that the Utah Department of Transportation put up a roadside memorial to commemorate "... More »

PETA: FBI Investigated Us for Anthrax Plot

Details of 1997 investigation released

(Newser) - Not your everyday revelation: In 1997 the FBI investigated PETA over claims that the animal rights group was planning an anthrax attack on a facility near Washington, DC. The tidbit comes compliments of PETA itself, which obtained the FBI records this year through a FOIA request and passed them along... More »

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