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SHARE: 6 Videos to Show Nonvegans

SHARE: 6 Videos to Show Nonvegans

Written by Tiffany Rose

We all have friends like this. Heck, maybe you’ve even been one. It’s hard to imagine it now, but there was a time when even I was one. No, I’m not talking about being a Nickelback fan. I’m referring to those pals who claim, “I could never go vegan,” and proceed to rattle off all the reasons why. Rather than rolling your eyes and pretending to yawn, you can share with them these six videos that’ll debunk some of the common excuses that people give for not going vegan.

Lights, camera, action:

1. For Friends Who Say,It’s Too Hard’

No, running a marathon is hard (or so I hear). Keeping dead body parts off your plate isn’t. Challenge your friends to watch “Glass Walls” and then ask them whether it’s too hard to order the veggie burger instead of the baby back ribs.

2. For Friends Who Say,I Could Never Give Up Cheese’

Ugh! This one is so tired. I usually say, “Sure you can. There was a time when you loved your mother’s breast milk, and you gave that up whether you wanted to or not.” While they’re still speechless, hit play on “The Dairy Industry in 60 Seconds Flat.”

3. For Friends Who Say,Vegans Don’t Get Enough Protein

Tell that to Barny du Plessis, Mr. Universe 2014, who happens to be vegan. Looks to me like he’s getting plenty. The same goes for Germany’s Patrik Baboumian, one of the strongest men in the world, who’s also vegan. Share this “Foods That Pack a Protein Punch” infographic, which lists many plant foods and their protein content.

4. For Friends Who Say, ‘I Only Eat Humane Meat

Your pals might as well be reporting a unicorn sighting—it’d be about as convincing. Wish them luck finding those one-horned beings—because like “humane meat,” they’re just a myth. Share “Humane Meat: Taste the Happy!” with them for the real deal.

5. For Friends Who Say,Why Should I Care About Animals When People Are Starving?’

Remind them that there’s plenty of room in these big brains of ours to be concerned about more than one issue. I care about my human family, my dog and cats, women’s rights, my bank account, climate change, and much more. For an overview of the domino effect of eating vegan, check out “The Ethics of Diet.” But for the whole enchilada—an in-depth look at animal agriculture and its effects on the planet—encourage your friends to watch Cowspiracy on Netflix.

6. For the Friends Who Say, ‘I’m Lazy

OK, no one has outright admitted this to me, but we know that this is what’s really going on. And hey—I can sympathize. I’m lazy, too. You know what else I am? Vegan. Some people might find it daunting to change the way that they’ve been eating for most of their lives, so if they need to do it in steps, that’s cool. As long as they keep on steppin’, they’ll get there eventually. Share this video, which shows how one woman made the transition gradually. I bet they’ll be inspired, not intimated.

If you have any feedback about how these PETA videos have impacted someone you know after you shared them, we’d love to hear about it!

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SHARE: Spring Clean With a Conscience

SHARE: Spring Clean With a Conscience

Written by Tiffany Rose

Spring is here, and while there are flowers blooming, ducklings following their mothers, and vegan BBQs on the horizon, it’s also time for the tradition of spring cleaning—ugh.

If you’re like me, cleaning isn’t exactly your idea of fun, but considering that the end result is a house I’d actually feel comfortable entertaining in, I can get a bit excited about the whole process—especially because I know that I’ll be doing it the right way: compassionately.

Given the number of cruelty-free options out there, it’s hard to believe that every year, hundreds of thousands of animals are exploited in archaic and deadly tests for consumer products around the world. Living beings are isolated in barren cages, chemicals are smeared into their eyes or onto their skin, or they’re forced to inhale or swallow massive quantities of harsh substances—among many other barbaric tests—before they’re eventually killed.

We know that these tests are cruel and that superior methods exist—which is why 2,400 companies (and counting) have made the compassionate decision to be cruelty-free.

Here’s the exciting part: As consumers, we get to vote with our dollars. Don’t want animals to be tortured for cleaning products? Don’t buy the ones that use animal tests! Choose cruelty-free products like those listed below, or check to see whether your favorite cleaning-supply companies test on animals.

And don’t stop there: Right click to download this image and upload it to other social media sites to share with friends and family so that they, too, can clean up the compassionate way. Sometimes, all people need is a little nudge in the right direction.

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Canada Goose: ‘Urine’ Trouble

Canada Goose: ‘Urine’ Trouble

Looking for a new way to help coyotes trapped and killed for companies like Canada Goose? If so, urine luck! PETA has a golden call to action for you—to combat trapping and save lives, around the next trap that you find, apply a natural coyote repellent: human urine.

Take a trip to the great outdoors this Saturday and look out for snares and steel traps, both of which painfully immobilize coyotes. Some animals—particularly mothers with young in the nest, burrow, or den—will even resort to trying to chew off their own limbs in order to free themselves. When the trapper returns, those who are still alive will be shot, beaten, or stomped to death. So relieve yourself liberally on and around any traps that you see. Coyotes have an acute sense of smell and are repelled by the scent of humans.

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Be sure to take extra bottles of water and drink up! You can also collect urine in containers and take them with you. We hope you’ll help coyotes by leaving your mark around these cruel traps.

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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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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!)

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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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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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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!

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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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