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Urge Chinese Retailer Meters/bonwe to Stop Selling Fur

Whether it’s for jacket trim, a full-length coat, or fluff on a shoe, animals are violently killed in the fur industry. That’s why PETA Asia is putting the pressure on Chinese retailer Meters/bonwe to end its use of fur trim on coats and jackets.

fur trimmed coats

Eyewitness investigators have documented horrific abuse of animals on fur farms in China—the country from which Meters/bonwe exclusively sources its fur. Animals on these farms are confined to filthy cages for their entire lives before they’re bludgeoned, anally electrocuted, gassed, or even skinned alive. One eyewitness captured video footage showing a raccoon dog—the same species killed for Meters/bonwe’s coats—who had been skinned alive muster the strength to lift his bloody head and look at the camera.

All fur comes from tortured animals: There are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms in China. Don’t let Meters/bonwe continue to profit from animal suffering. Help PETA Asia persuade this company to drop fur now.


Urge to End Bookings for Exploitative Elephant Camps

Online travel-booking company offers bookings for exploitative elephant camps, even after dozens of travel companies around the world have turned their backs on facilities that abuse animals for entertainment. Elephants who are used for rides and other interactions endure lives in which they’re controlled under the constant threat of violence and routinely kept chained.

Those who are used for rides are trained as babies in a process commonly called phajaan, or „the crush.“ During this process, still-nursing baby elephants are torn away from their mothers, kicking and screaming. They’re lassoed and bound with ropes, immobilized in wooden boxes, beaten mercilessly, and gouged with bullhooks, nail-studded sticks, or other weapons—sometimes for days on end.

These ritualized „training“ sessions leave the elephants badly injured and traumatized, and it’s been reported that up to half of the baby elephants who are subjected to this abuse don’t survive the process.

Those who do are forced to spend their lives in servitude, under the constant threat of punishment. They’re routinely beaten and often worked to the point of exhaustion, sometimes even to the point of death.

Public opposition to the use of animals for entertainment is stronger than it’s ever been, and dozens of businesses in the travel and hospitality industries—including TripAdvisor—have stopped selling elephant rides and pledged not to associate with camps that exploit elephants. This year, Expedia also announced that activities involving certain wild-animal interactions will no longer be bookable through its sites.

Continuing to allow exploitative camps to be listed on helps drive demand for an egregiously cruel industry that uses violence and domination to force elephants into subservience. Please urge to catch up to its competitors and stop booking visits to camps that exploit elephants.

Tell Venues That UniverSoul Circus Needs to Drop Its Cruel Animal Acts!

elephants at UniverSoul circus

Despite learning about UniverSoul Circus‘ long history of working with notorious animal exhibitors, some venues are still moving forward with plans to host the cruel circus, and we need your help to show them that the public doesn’t support circuses that use animals.

UniverSoul has worked for years with disgraced animal exploiters who have lengthy records of animal-welfare violations. A February inspection of the circus by Fulton County Animal Services in Georgia revealed many potentially serious issues, including the following:

  • Elephants Betty and Bo, exhibited by Larry Carden, had been given minimal hay, had no water, and were made to stand on concrete, despite having bruised feet.
  • During a performance, an officer noticed a „wet spot“ on Bo’s left hind ankle, which appeared to be masked by a gray powdered blood coagulant called „Wonder Dust.“ PETA obtained video footage of the inflamed, pink wound, and an expert suggested that it was potentially an abscess, a puncture, or a wound from a sharp, steel-tipped weapon called a bullhook.
  • One camel, named Larry, had a swollen ankle that needed to be drained and treated, and another, named Emmet, had a 3-inch-long laceration on his leg.
  • Several horses had chipped, cracked hooves that were „in bad shape.“
  • A zebra had a wound on the nose. Zebras have escaped from UniverSoul twice in recent years and run amok through the streets.

Universoul Elephant
A trainer hired by the UniverSoul Circus brandishes a bullhook.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus recently announced that it’s closing in May, citing the public’s changing attitude toward animal circuses. There’s no better time for venues to give audiences what they want by saying no to cruel animal acts. UniverSoul is phenomenal without animals—its human acts are among the best—and cruel animal acts only drag the show down. Please ask venues still planning to host this cruel circus to consider these facts carefully and at least require that scheduled performances go forward without animals.


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  • Southern Queens Park Association

VIDEO: Puppy Burned by Acid Is Rescued—Look at Her Now!

Written by Alisa Mullins | March 6, 2017

When PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk arrived in Mumbai for a visit to our affiliate PETA India, one of the first sights that greeted her was a terrified 4-month-old puppy who had sustained third-degree acid burns on her back and was being attacked by other dogs.

Newkirk immediately took the pup in her arms and rushed her to PETA India’s office, where a veterinarian treated her severe injuries.

The little dog recuperated in PETA India’s office, claiming a favorite spot on a large faux-leather armchair, where she was surrounded by doting staff. Although she was in pain for a while, she never lost her sweet disposition.

Now named Hershey, the rescued pup has recovered from her burns and is living at an animal sanctuary while she waits for the perfect adoptive family.

Hershey has made plenty of new friends, from the human caregivers she loves to shower with kisses to the canine pals she runs and wrestles with. She’s even developed a “reality TV” habit: She loves to watch videos of other dogs on YouTube! Here she is playing outdoors with some of her new friends:

Hershey was just one of millions of stray dogs and cats who struggle to survive on the streets of India. They scrounge for scraps, sleep in doorways and under bridges, and commonly suffer from mange and other contagious diseases. Many of them starve, are struck by vehicles, or are intentionally abused, as Hershey was. PETA India recently worked to expel medical students who tossed a stray puppy off a roof.

PETA India is addressing the root of the homeless-animal crisis by going into villages and spaying, neutering, and vaccinating community dogs and cats—as well as treating them with ivermectin, a heartworm preventive that also addresses parasites, such as mange mites. And they’re using high-profile celebrities to promote the adoption of desi, or native, street dogs.

What You Can Do

You can help save more animals like Hershey by supporting PETA India’s work to improve the lives of animals.

Neuigkeit zur Petition +++KLEINER ETAPPENSIEG+++ #Oktoberfest

Julia Maier


9. Feb. 2017 — Meine lieben Unterstützer/innen und Mitstreiter/innen,

am heutigen Tage erreichte mich ein Schreiben vom Kreisverwaltungsreferat München, dass uns allen einen kleinen Zwischenerfolg hinsichtlich der erstatteten Anzeigen mitteilt:

Wie ihr wisst, stellte PETA Deutschland e.V. aufgrund meiner Recherchen eine Anzeige/Meldung beim KVR München gegen die „Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG“, da diese ihre Kaltblüter während des Oktoberfestes in tierschutzwidriger Anbindehaltung hält. (Diese ist seit dem Jahre 2014 in Bayern offiziell verboten)

Aus dem Schreiben geht hervor:

„Wir sind (….) ,der Ansicht, dass es sich beim Oktoberfest um ein planbares Ereignis handelt und dass zukünftig eine bessere Aufstallungsform für die eingesetzten Pferde, wie z.B. die Einzelboxenhaltung, ermöglicht werden soll.“

„Daher werden wir die zuständigen Amtstierärzte des Städtischen Veterinäramts bei den verantwortlichen Personen darauf hinwirken, dass die „Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG“ bis zum nächsten Oktoberfest eine tierschutzgerechtere Aufstallungsform umsetzt (…)“.

Dies ist zumindest für die Kaltblüter der Augustiner Brauerei ein Zwischenerfolg auf dem Weg zum endgültigen Verbot der Fuhrwerke auf dem Oktoberfest selbst, für das ich mit euch an der Seite weiterkämpfe. Durch diese Meldung soll natürlich keine Flickschusterei betrieben und vom eigentlichen Ziel abgelenkt werden; dennoch konnte durch die Anzeige von PETA Deutschland e.V. erneut auf einen Missstand erfolgreich hingewiesen und abgewendet werden.

Bis bald an dieser Stelle,





It’s Over for Ringling Bros. Circus!

Breaking News

Dear Sylvia,

As of May 2017, the saddest show on Earth for wild animals will end. Thirty-six years of PETA protests and documenting animals who were beaten, left to die, and much more has reduced attendance to the point of no return. All other animal circuses, roadside zoos, and wild-animal exhibitors—including marine amusement parks like SeaWorld and the Miami Seaquarium—must take note. Society has changed, eyes have opened, and people know now who these animals are and that it is wrong to capture and exploit them.

Thank you to everyone who has picked up a protest sign, passed out leaflets, written letters, shared videos, called legislators, spoken to family, and been part of this relentless pursuit of freedom for animals. This would not have happened without you.

With happiness and gratitude from Ingrid, Tracy, the Captive Animal Department, and all of us here at PETA.

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Neuigkeit zur Petition Bayerischer Landtag & Weitere Meldung an Veterinäramt #Oktoberfest

Julia Maier


11. Jan. 2017 — Meine lieben Mitstreiter/innen und Unterstützer/innen,

zunächst ein frohes, neues Jahr voll Tatkraft für all eure Projekte!

Wie versprochen werde ich mich natürlich weiterhin für das Verbot der Pferdefuhrwerke auf dem Oktoberfest einsetzen:

Unsere Petition befindet sich nun offiziell im Petitionsausschuss des bayerischen Landtages.
Zu unserem Anliegen wurde von dort aus eine Stellungnahme der Bayerischen Staatsregierung angefordert. Sobald diese vorliegt, wird der Ausschuss für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz
über die Eingabe auf Grundlage meiner eingesandten Unterlagen Beschluss fassen.
Die beiden tierschutzpolitischen Sprecher; Susann Biedefeld und Herbert Woerlein, werden außerdem auf der Fraktionsklausur in der kommenden Woche darüber beraten, wie weiter vorzugehen sein wird bzgl. offizieller Unterschriftenannahme.

Im Übrigen teile ich euch traurigerweise mit, dass zwischenzeitlich auch Folgendes dem Veterinäramt gemeldet wurde:
Augustiner Bräu in der Landsbergerstraße 19 stellt seine Kaltblüter zur Zeit des Oktoberfestes in den Stallungen im eigenen Brauereigebäude ein. Die Pferde stehen dort in tierschutzwidriger Anbindehaltung. Sie erhalten nach Beendigung Ihrer „Arbeit“ auf dem Oktoberfest keine Koppel, Paddock o.ä. zum Auslauf.
Dem nachfolgenden Link könnt ihr Fotos entnehmen, die die Boxen sowie den betonierten Brauereiinnenhof zeigen (Bei „Blick hinter die Kulissen“ klicken)

Ob ein Pferd sich auf einem betonierten Untergrund, mit Strick angebunden und mit spärlichem Licht wohlfühlt – hier bleibt keine Frage offen.
Somit liegt ein weiterer, schmerzender Beweis vor, dass die Pferde von der Wies´n alles andere als -Zitat- „…. die bestgepflegtesten Tiere auf der Welt“ sind. So langsam frage ich mich tatsächlich – What´s next?

Bis bald an dieser Stelle
und ich bitte euch darum, dieses Update sowie die Petition selbst weiterhin fleißig zu teilen! Jede Stimme bringt uns dem Ziel näher, diese Tierschinderei und die damit einhergehenden Leiden der Kaltblüter auf dem Oktoberfest zu beenden.






Tiger in Cage

Mike VI Is Dead: LSU Needs to Stop Exploiting Tigers

When Louisiana State University’s tiger mascot was diagnosed with terminal cancer, PETA urged the school to ensure that he would be the last tiger to endure a lifetime of exploitation and confinement at the university. Let’s renew the call for the school to do right by tigers.

A Woman's yearlong Vegan Journey

WATCH: Why This Woman Had a Change of Heart

Follow a young woman’s yearlong journey as she discovers a new sense of compassion for animals.

Workplace Giving

Your Generosity Can Go Even Further

Did you know that, on average, one in 10 companies matches employee donations? Workplace donations are very easy to make and can help PETA do even more for animals.

Crocodiles Cut Open for Bags

Crocodiles Cut Open, Skinned in Vietnam for Leather Bags

PETA’s video exposé reveals the suffering and agonizing deaths of crocodiles in Vietnam to make „luxury“ leather bags. Some of these farms have supplied skins to the company that owns Louis Vuitton.

Laura Vandervoort

Actor Laura Vandervoort Can’t Stop Shaking After Being Locked Inside Freezer

Laura gets a small taste of what it’s like to be a dog chained outside in freezing temperatures. For her, the painful experience is over—but for many dogs left outside, this is their life 24/7.


It’s a Happy New Year for Animals in Croatia

The year has just begun, but we’ve already got something to celebrate: Croatia’s complete ban on fur farming has gone into effect. Read the news, then take action for animals killed for their fur in other countries.

Rabbit in Lab

Avon, We Won’t Buy Your Products Until You Stop Paying for Cruel Tests on Animals

You let Avon know that you won’t buy while animals die. Share the alert now in order to encourage others to speak up for animals tormented in laboratories just so that Avon can sell its products in China.

Vegan Meal Plans

Attention: PETA Is Giving Away Free Vegan Meal Plans

Jump-start your healthy, compassionate lifestyle in the new year for free with this.

Connor the Chimpanzee

Tell American Greetings to Pull All Chimpanzee Cards From Shelves

American Greetings has agreed to stop selling cards featuring the chimpanzee Connor. Yet despite knowing that these products hinder efforts to protect endangered apes, the company plans to continue selling cards that feature other chimpanzees.

Tilikum, SeaWorld’s Most Exploited Orca, Has Died


Action Alert

Dear Sylvia,

Tilikum—the ‘star’ of Blackfish, the damning documentary about SeaWorld’s miserable practice of ripping orca babies from their ocean families and then breeding them in captivity—is dead following decades of exploitation in the marine-mammal abusement industry.

Tilikum died without ever again knowing freedom, along with 11 of his children who died prematurely before him and leaving 10 more who will continue to suffer in tiny concrete tanks.

PETA is calling on SeaWorld to do the right thing and move the remaining orcas to coastal sanctuaries, where they could enjoy a more natural life, and on caring people to shun facilities that enslave animals for our “entertainment.”

Thank you for your compassion for animals.


John Di Leonardo Siganture
John Di Leonardo
Animals in Entertainment Campaigner
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Neuigkeit zur Petition: Circus Krone startet erneut Gegenpetition

Holger Friedrich


29. Dez. 2016 — Liebe Unterstützerinnen und Unterstützer,

und wieder versucht Circus Krone das drohende Wildtierverbot im Zirkus abzuwenden.

Warum Circus Krone das in Form einer neuen Petition versucht, ist derzeit nicht schlüssig. Die Frage steht im Raum, was aus der alten Onlinepetition aus diesem Jahr geworden ist, welche von mehr als 30 TSD Menschen unterschrieben wurde. Es wäre mehr als unseriös, wenn am Ende beide Petitionen zusammengerechnet werden würden und so ein völlig verzerrtes Bild entstehen würde. Erst einmal gehe ich aber natürlich davon aus, dass Circus Krone keinen derartigen Deal plant. Ich werde es beobachten……

Alle bisherigen unabhängigen Meinungsumfragen kamen zu dem klaren Ergebnis, dass eine große Mehrheit in der Bevölkerung Wildtiere imZirkus ablehnt, so aktuell in diesem Jahr durch infratest dimap. Diesen Umstand völlig ignorierend, sagt die Circus Krone Sprecherin Susanne Matzenau:“ Wir geben der schweigenden Mehrheit eine Stimme“. Sehr geehrte Frau Matzenau, eine Mehrheit/die Wirklichkeit sieht anders aus. Selbstverständlich müssen Sie als Pressesprecherin den Circus Krone positiv darstellen, aber auch die Fakten sollten Sie nicht vollständig ignorieren.

Noch ist die Petition winzig und unbedeutend. Dennoch müssen wir sie im Fokus behalten und dürfen sie nicht unterschätzen. Abgesehen davon dürfen wir nicht vergessen, dass Circus Krone über beste Verbindungen zur CDU/CSU verfügt und diese auch nutzen wird.

Aber auch wir können noch viel, viel mehr. Daher meine erneute Bitte an euch: Leitet unsere Petition an so viele Menschen wie möglich weiter. Viele weitere Menschen werden unsere Petition gerne unterstützen. Jetzt ist es an uns, diese Menschen von unserer Petition in Kenntnis zu setzen. Für eure weitere Unterstützung danke ich euch!!!

Herzliche Grüße

Holger Friedrich