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FREE Leaflets for Moviegoers About Mistreatment of Dog on Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

FREE Leaflets for Moviegoers About Mistreatment of Dog on Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

By now, you may have seen the shocking video from the set of the upcoming film A Dog’s Purpose in which an animal handler appears to force a terrified German shepherd–type dog into the waters of an intensely swirling pool. Amid the controversy, the film’s Los Angeles premiere was canceled, and while this was a positive development, it isn’t enough. The apparent on-set incident, which is hard to watch, may come as an unwelcome surprise to unsuspecting moviegoers who care about dogs.

Birds & Animals Unlimited (BAU)—the company that, according to a facility manager, supplied the dogs used in the film—was the subject of a recent PETA investigation, which uncovered chronic neglect at a facility operated by BAU. Watch the video here.

Join us in informing the public about the mistreatment that was documented on the set of A Dog’s Purpose—and help spread the message never to buy a ticket to a movie that uses live animals—by handing out leaflets to those who plan on seeing the film. Together, we can spread the word that animals aren’t “actors” and that they often suffer both on and off camera when used for entertainment.

Please fill out the form below (for U.S. and Canada residents only) and we’ll send you a free stack of leaflets to hand out to folks outside your local theater. (Be sure to check the show times so that you reach people before they purchase a ticket!)

Note: If you need your leaflets immediately, you can download and print a black and white version or a color version

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By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us. By submitting this form, you are also signing up for PETA’s Action Team.

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October 14 Is PETA’s ‘Give a Dairy-Free Latte’ Day!

October 14 Is PETA’s ‘Give a Dairy-Free Latte’ Day!

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Share These Loveable Images for Valentine’s Day!

Share These Loveable Images for Valentine’s Day!

On Valentine’s Day, while the romance might be saved for your boo, everyone deserves a sweet gesture. But if you didn’t pick up vegan chocolates, buy your bestie a card, or send Mom flowers, relax! We’ve got you covered. PETA has made it easier than ever to get festive and spread the love this year with these adorable shareable images. Plus, they are free, have zero calories, and won’t give you a champagne headache.

Just click on one of the images below and share it on a friend’s Twitter or Facebook page—or post on your own Instagram and tag a bunch of your sweeties. It’s a double whammy: showing that you’re thinking of both friends and animals.

1. Wool is cruelly obtained, but ewe are sweet! Sheep feel hope, joy, pain, and fear, just as humans do—and they’re not ours to use for clothing or profit.

2. Orcas whaley love the ocean! Where should orcas, bottlenose dolphins, seals, manta rays, and other marine animals live? In their natural habitat, of course. No one wants to be in a tiny tank on Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year.

3. You’ve cat to be kitten me! Just one unspayed female and her kittens can lead to the births of 370,000 cats in seven years. So have a heart: Spay or neuter your animal companions.

You can save the day by sharing one of these thoughtful messages with friends—they might start thinking about what they can do to make the day a little sweeter for animals. And check out the PETACatalog if you want to order these to use at a later time.

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FREE Leaflets for Moviegoers About Alleged Cruelty on Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

FREE Leaflets for Moviegoers About Alleged Cruelty on Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

By now, you may have seen the shocking video from the set of the upcoming film A Dog’s Purpose in which an animal handler appears to force a terrified German shepherd–type dog into the waters of an intensely swirling pool. Now, amid the controversy, the film’s Los Angeles premiere has been canceled, and while this is a positive development, it isn’t enough. The apparent on-set incident, which is hard to watch, may come as an unwelcome surprise to unsuspecting moviegoers who care about dogs.

Birds & Animals Unlimited (BAU)—the company that, according to a facility manager, supplied the dogs used in the film—was the subject of a recent PETA investigation, which uncovered chronic neglect at a facility operated by BAU. Watch the video here.

Join us in informing the public about the abuse that was documented on the set of A Dog’s Purpose—and help spread the message never to buy a ticket to a movie that uses live animals—by handing out leaflets to those who plan on seeing the film. Together, we can spread the word that animals aren’t “actors” and that they often suffer both on and off camera when used for entertainment.

Please fill out the form below (for U.S. and Canada residents only) and we’ll send you a free stack of leaflets to hand out to folks outside your local theater. (Be sure to check the show times so that you reach people before they purchase a ticket!)

All fields in bold are mandatory.

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us. By submitting this form, you are also signing up for PETA’s Action Team.

Want other ways to help animals?

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Get Your Free Restaurant Comment Cards!

Get Your Free Restaurant Comment Cards!

Are you looking for an easy way to let local restaurants know that you’d like more vegan options? Or a way to show your appreciation for those that already offer an abundance of plant-based menu items? You can do both with PETA’s free new restaurant comment cards.

Feedback is good for restaurants. Hearing from customers about what they want on the menu allows management to serve their clientele better—a win-win situation for you and the establishment! With these handy comment cards, you can let restaurant managers know what you think about their selection of vegan options. And as more vegan food is served at restaurants, more animals are saved—plain and simple.

Simply check one of the boxes and leave the card at the host table on your way out. If a restaurant doesn’t have a lot of vegan options, be polite but let the manager know that you’d be spending more money there if it did. And if a restaurant does have great vegan options, consider telling management just how much you appreciate it. That’s it! Easy activism.

Fill out the form below, and we’ll send you a free pack of 10 comment cards that you can leave at restaurants every time you go out to eat (for U.S and Canada residents only).

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By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us. By submitting this form, you are also signing up for PETA’s Action Team.

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11 Ways to Help Animals While You Shop

11 Ways to Help Animals While You Shop

Do you shop? Do you like helping animals? Well, thanks to these compassionate programs (and others on the PETA Mall website), you can do both at the same time! From your Amazon shopping cart to your credit card, here are 11 shockingly easy ways to help animals while you shop:

1. AmazonSmile

If you’re looking for a way to help animals from the comfort of your couch, check out AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases each time you shop. Log in to AmazonSmile with your normal Amazon log-in info, select PETA as your charity, and shop ’til you drop.

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2. PETA’s Amazon Wish List

Check out PETA’s Amazon wish list, which is full of items that we need to help animals. From leashes to treats, you pick the items that you want to donate and check out, then Amazon sends the gifts to PETA, where they’ll certainly be put to good use.

3. WebThriftStore

Get rid of some clutter and help animals at the same time. Round up the items that you’d like to donate, then list them here. (Don’t forget to select PETA as your charity!) And if you’re looking for deals, don’t forget to see what other people are listing.

4. eBay for Charity

With eBay for Charity, you can donate proceeds from your sales ranging from 10 to 100 percent. Simply select PETA as your charity and start selling for animals.

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5. PayPal Giving Fund

Is PayPal your trusted way of spending money online? We’ve got you covered. With PETA’s PayPal Giving Fund account, you can make sure that 100 percent of your donation supports animals.

6. PETA Visa

If you’re thinking about a new credit card, consider applying for a PETA Visa card! A percentage of all purchases goes toward our lifesaving work, and if you use the card within 90 days of approval, an additional $ 60 is donated.

7. Caring Cent

Help animals with every purchase! When you pay with a credit or debit card, Caring Cent will round up your purchase amount to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to PETA.

8. Humble Bundle

Like video games? Like helping animals? Now, you can enjoy both at the same time. Visit Humble Bundle, select PETA as your charity, and you’re good to go. Even better, you get to set your own price!

9. TisBest

TisBest allows you to buy gift cards for your friends and family (or even yourself) that can be spent on the charity of your choice—and PETA, of course, is an option.

10. Walk for a Dog

Download the WoofTrax “Walk for a Dog” application to your smartphone, and when choosing what cause to walk for, select PETA (listed as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). The next time that you and your canine companion go for a walk to your neighborhood shops, just click the “Start Walking for …” button and the app will keep track of the walk for you. Once you’re finished, it’ll donate to PETA for each step you took.

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11. PETA Checks

Choose from unique check designs created especially for PETA!

If you’re looking for a more direct way to help animals, consider becoming a PETA member!

For more ways to help animals:

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This New Year’s Resolution Will Help You and a Friend

This New Year’s Resolution Will Help You and a Friend

Written by Tiffany Rose

Every year, I make the same New Year’s resolutions: Go to the gym more often (no, the sauna doesn’t count), keep a gratitude journal, volunteer more often, lose the baby weight (guys, my son is 7), take a class, take a break from Facebook (or Myspace, depending on the year), and start meditating. While I’ll be making them all again this year, I’ve decided to add a new one that I’ll actually keep. In 2017, I resolve to help a friend (or three!) go vegan. A vegan lifestyle is second nature to me and probably to you, too, but some people still find it intimidating. Luckily, there are a lot of easy ways that we can help them make the change.

You probably have a friend or two who asks you questions about going vegan, and I’m betting that you can nudge them to give it a try. Let’s help them together!

Here are some ways that we can do it:

  1. Mail them PETA’s vegan starter kit. Your friends will be thrilled to receive this free, glossy, recipe-laden magazine instead of another credit card bill from the holidays. Just fill in their info, and we’ll handle the rest.

  1. Plan a movie night. There are many informative and entertaining films about food and animals. Check out this list of our favorites and have your friends over for a movie night.
  1. Go shopping together. Arrange a time when you and your friends can go grocery shopping together, and introduce them to the many delicious vegan items on the shelves. Many people have no idea that there’s such a huge selection of plant-based options out there—show ’em!
  1. Have them over for dinner. Of course, it only makes sense to cook up some of the grub you just bought and let them taste the goodness for themselves. (Note: If you’re a disaster in the kitchen, don’t cook for them. It could ruin everything. Trust me—I know what I’m talking about. Instead, use an app to find nearby vegan-friendly restaurants.)

  1. Lead by example. Every time that we choose a vegan option at a restaurant, grocery store, party, or anywhere else, we’re helping ensure that vegan options remain plentiful. There’s no need to be pushy about it. In fact, please don’t be—it gives vegans a bad reputation, which doesn’t help animals. Simply let your compassionate behavior speak for itself.

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This is a New Year’s resolution that I can actually stick to. Lives are waiting to be saved, so I hope you’ll also resolve to help a friend go vegan. Now, please excuse me while I renew my gym membership, again.

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Tips on Taking the Best Photos at Demonstrations and Protests

Tips on Taking the Best Photos at Demonstrations and Protests

It’s crucial that you take high-quality photos during a demonstration. They can make the difference between having 20 people see your message and reaching 20,000. Captivating photos and video footage can help a local event garner attention all over the country. The best images tell a clear story, capture the essence of the event, and make viewers feel like they are part of the action.

Working with a PETA outreach coordinator, you can take your activism for animals to the next level. Check out the tips below to help you get some great images from your demo and learn how to send them to PETA. We may be able to promote your event to our millions of social media followers and website readers.

When taking photos, be sure that they will answer these questions:

What’s the issue?

Whether you’re protesting against a circus that abuses animals or a restaurant that serves foie gras, anyone who sees your photos should immediately grasp what the issue is and how it causes animals to suffer. Treat this as an opportunity to educate people who are unfamiliar with the type of cruelty that your demo aims to expose.

What’s the tone?

Whether the demo is silly and lighthearted, dramatic and serious, or downright sexy, your photos should elicit a clear emotion in viewers. If, for example, your event is meant to be shocking, then photos of smiling people probably aren’t your best bet.

What makes this event special?

Your photos should make viewers stop to take a closer look. People consume media very quickly these days, so give them a reason to pause as they scroll through their Facebook news feeds. Anyone can stand at the side of a road holding a sign, so try to focus on the more eye-catching elements of the demo. If a mascot is at your event, be sure to get some shots of that. Images of children, workers in uniform, and any animal companions who have come with their guardians also tend to stand out.

These are the shots that you should always get:

The Signage

Your message is, after all, what you are trying to convey through your pictures. The signs that you photograph shouldn’t feature too many words. Pick ones with succinct, straight-to-the-point, punchy messages. Make sure that your shots of them are clear and the words are legible.

The Peak of the Action

Have your camera ready both at the beginning of the event and at points when people are most active. Demos taking place in a busy area inevitably attract more attention, so be ready for the public to get involved in one way or another. Get some shots at times when the most activists are present so that people will know that your event was a big deal.

Demo at opening of Canada Goose flagship store

The Whole Scene

Photograph the “big picture” surrounding the demo. Are you protesting outside a storefront or corporate headquarters? If so, make sure that the logo of the targeted company is visible, perhaps on a window or awning above where the activists are standing—or maybe even on the side of a building. If you’re outside an animal-unfriendly event, try to get some photos in front of the entrance or near any promotional banners that the organizers have hung. People need to know where the protest is taking place, as that will help them understand why it’s happening.

Crowd Reactions

If you’re handing out food, show people eating it. If you’re playing a sad video, capture people crying. If you have head-turning visuals, photograph the surprise on the faces of passersby. When people see others reacting, it can help shape how they react.

Some Impactful, Close-Up Shots

Ask one person with a sign to take a few steps out from the bulk of the action. Individual stories sometimes have a greater impact than the “big picture.” The full scope of animal abuse can be hard for people to take in, so showing a close-up of one person in front of the crowd helps viewers place themselves in the shoes of that activist.

Here are some final tips:

Come prepared. If you know in advance where the demo will take place, you can scope out the location beforehand. Take some test shots the day before. Note where the sun falls. See how much foot traffic the area typically experiences. That way, you won’t have to figure out all the details on the fly.

If you know there will be children present, be sure to bring something (a pen and paper or your cell phone) with which to record the contact information of their parents or legal guardians. If you provide PETA with their e-mail addresses, we can follow up by sending forms to request consent for using photos of their children.

If professional photographers show up, pay attention to what they do. You might not be a pro, but that doesn’t mean your shots can’t be just as powerful as those taken by someone working for a news wire or local TV station. If you’re unsure where to start, take inspiration from what the experts photograph. Just be sure to remain respectful. Remember: They’re there to get more eyes on the demo, too.

Then, send your photos to us.

If you’re already working on your demo with a PETA outreach coordinator, just e-mail your photos to your contact with a clear subject line and a one- or two-sentence explanation of the event for reference.

If you’re unsure which coordinator to contact, you can consult our handy map.

Never stop fighting for animals. There are plenty of other ways you can help animals through activism. Learn more now:

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Vote for PETA in the 15th Annual Veggie Awards!

Vote for PETA in the 15th Annual Veggie Awards!

Our supporters know that we’re great at what we do—and now we can let the whole vegan world know. PETA is on the ballot twice in 2016’s VegNews Veggie Awards!

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This year, PETA has been nominated for Favorite Nonprofit Organization and Favorite App (feel free to write us in as your favorite website, too!). The winners of each category will be featured in the November/December 2016 Edition of VegNews Magazine.

Aside from giving kudos to your favorite vegan products, people, and places, you’re also automatically entered to win a number of great prizes when you vote. VegNews is giving away a $ 250 shopping spree at Vegan Essentials, a vegan cheese party pack from Miyoko’s Kitchen, a year’s supply of So Delicious ice cream, and—to the grand prize winner—the world’s most powerful food processor (probably), a Vitamix blender. In addition, every week in August, VegNews will choose one winner to receive a beauty box from 100% Pure.

We’re honored to be mentioned alongside great companies such as Follow Your Heart and Beyond Meat, but all this greatness in one place means the competition sets a high bar! Please go and vote for PETA now. In case you’re not familiar with how remarkable we are and why we should win, allow us to reintroduce ourselves.

Your Favorite Nonprofit Organization

Dog Gets a Kiss at PETA's Mobile Clinic

PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 5 million members and supporters worldwide. Our social media reach is vast, meaning more folks around the globe are engaged in the animal rights movement through us than any other source. For over 35 years, we’ve achieved groundbreaking success and unprecedented victories. From cockroaches to primates, no animal’s suffering goes unnoticed.

Your Favorite App for Animals

PETA’s life-changing iPhone app revolutionized how people can help animals. The easy-to-use app lets users take action with one click to help win essential victories for living beings. In less than a minute, you can ask retailers to stop selling animals’ skins, tell the circus to get out of your town, and even demand that the U.S. Department of Agriculture pay attention. Did we mention that it’s free?

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Leavelets: Don’t Leave Home Without Them

Leavelets: Don’t Leave Home Without Them

Written by Tiffany Rose

When I was 18 years old, I stumbled across an issue of PETA’s Animal Times in my doctor’s office, and my life—and the lives of approximately 2,600 animals—would never be the same. The information in that magazine landed in the right hands at the right time, and I never ate meat again. (Did you know that by going vegan you save more than 100 animals a year?!) Now, I never go anywhere without some leaflets or brochures in my purse. Just think: Other people could be sitting in their doctor’s office right now, looking for something to read, and pick up the vegan starter kit that I left there yesterday. Leaving leaflets—or leaveleting, as I call it—is an effortless way to spread information about showing compassion toward animals.

Here are some of my favorite places to do this:

1. The Doctor’s Office

Waiting rooms need more nutritional information handy. This is a prime place to leave a couple of vegan starter kits. Order some here, and keep them in your car so that you’re prepared.

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2. The Laundromat

Don’t take your clean clothes home without leaving a couple copies of the Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide to inform people which cleaning products do and do not test on animals.

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3. With the Mail

My envelopes are never without a sticker on the outside, and the inside always has something educational included. Wrap your energy and water bills in PETA’s “How to Save the Planet” leaflet so that these companies know saving energy isn’t just about choosing the right lightbulb.

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4. The Gym

People are there to get healthy, right? Let them know that while exercising is great, ditching animal-derived foods is the best thing that they can do for their bodies.

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5. Nail Salon

Put some of PETA’s “Fashion Forward” leaflets inside the magazines you thumb through while waiting for your pedi to dry, because there’s nothing fashionable about the skin of a dead animal.

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There you have it: my top five favorite places to leavelet. But don’t stop there—the possibilities are endless! If you’re ready to start leaveleting and need materials, order below (for U.S and Canada residents only)!

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