All posts tagged: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Oprah brings veganism mainstream

Hooray for Oprah!  I didn’t get to watch the entire episode today (shoveling snow with the rest of New England), but I did catch the last 15 minutes and what I saw made me so happy! I will admit it, I wrote Oprah off after she gave Kentucky Fried Chicken coupons to the masses in 2009, in turn causing more of a demand for those poor tortured chickens.   Today, she went back up a notch in my book.  Let’s face it, Oprah is one of the most influential celebrities alive today with approximately 23 million viewers inviting her into their living rooms each week.  If she supports going vegan for a week or 21 days, there is a good chance millions of people will at least try.  Peta and the Farm Sanctuary combined can’t get that kind of attention.  Beyond the results of the immediate reduced demand, I see the long term and feel hopeful that people will actually put some thought into just how many animal products they consume on a daily basis. The comments I …

where furry animal toys really come from

Someone please tell me the logic in skinning an animal to make toys for other animals to play with.  I can’t wrap my head around this and I know if you are reading this blog, you likely feel the same way I do. The other day, I received an email as part of PETA’s Skinned Alive campaign.  They were preaching to the choir.  Just a few months ago, my fellow animal-lovin’ friend Elinor called to my attention the grotesque fur-wearing “high fashion” models peppering the pages of  Allure Magazine. We both took it upon ourselves to post our disgust on their Facebook page and I wrote a letter to the magazine indicating their irresponsible and uncompassionate behavior has caused them to lose at least one reader.  When the first PETA note came through, like most people, I signed the petition and made the decision to move on and forget about it for both self preservation and truthfully (and shamefully) because I didn’t have a lot of time to think about the issue at that moment.  …