• nina-k just posted Is Your School Animal-Friendly? on the peta2 blog.9 months ago

    ThumbnailWinter break was magical and wonderful and perfect, and how is it over already, right? Going back to school sucks, but with a new year and a brand-new semester, you have a purrfect opportunity to make this second […]

  • nina-k just posted Obama Sisters: Show Some Love for Turkeys! on the peta2 blog.10 months ago

    ThumbnailThere are about a zillion reasons why turkeys are awesome—but 45 MILLION of these sensitive, playful, intelligent birds are killed for food every holiday season.

    Each year, the president of the United States […]

  • nina-k just posted 20 Turkey Facts That’ll Blow Your Mind on the peta2 blog.11 months ago

    ThumbnailAh, Thankskilling Thanksgiving. Let’s take a moment to honor the beings who are forced to give their lives every single year just so that people across the country can gorge themselves on their flesh on this […]

  • nina-k just posted Are There BONES in Your Candy?! on the peta2 blog.11 months ago

    ThumbnailTrick or treat! Halloween is right around the corner, and there can be some creepy-ass stuff lurking in our precious sweet treats. Most of it is obvious, but one tricky li’l ingredient is gelatin. It’s found in […]

  • nina-k just posted The 8 Stages of Becoming an Activist on the peta2 blog.1 year ago

    Being an “activist” might sound like some really intense thing … but really it just means you’re fighting to change the WORLD. NBD, right? 😉 The truth is, anyone who gives a sh*t about how animals are being treated can become an animals rights activist!
    And no, we didn’t just wake up like this. Here’s how it tends to happen:
    1. Getting Emotional
    There’s gonna come a time in most people’s lives when they find something out about the world that makes them really angry, shocked, or disgusted—or all of the above. And you’ll feel like total crap about it. Seeing stuff like this will usually do the trick:
    Egg-Laying Hens Gif

    Chained dog pit bull 1

    angora gif

    Double Trouble experiment picture

    [media-credit text="Meet Your Meat" link="www.meetyourmeat.org" text_2="" link_2="" text_3="" link_3="" align="aligncenter" width="400"]pig 17 slaughter[/media-credit]

    Seeing how badly animals are treated every single day can def make you feel overwhelmed, sad, and kind of just like you want to forget that you ever learned about this stuff. :(
    2. Getting Schooled
    Once you leave your denial behind and you’re ready to confront the f*cked up reality of the world, you start doing some research. It freaking sucks to find out that animals are having their throats slit for burgers, being skinned alive for fur, and being abused in cruel experiments. The good news? You can help change that!
    Danny Leal in peta2 gif
    Which leads you to …
    3. Making Changes
    Big realization: YOUR choices directly affect what’s happening to animals. Every penny you spend is basically saying, “I support this product.” So you start dabbling in the world of vegan food
    … and soon discover that you can EASILY live without meat, eggs, and dairy products and that vegan food is THE BEST THING EVER!
    vegan food gif
    Can you believe that baking vegan cupcakes for your friends is actually a form of activism? When people realize how delicious vegan food can be, they’ll be more open to making a change themselves!
    cupcakes at hug a vegan day party
    You’ll start buying cruelty-free makeup instead of gross crap that’s tested on animals. Thankfully, there’s plenty to choose from. :)
    makeup with faces
    And in no time, you’ll be swapping out your leather and wool items for cruelty-free fashions instead. The skin and hair of abused animals in my wardrobe? Umm, no thanks.
    4. Speaking Out … Online
    Once you know that you have the power to make a difference for animals, you want to be VOCAL about it rather than keeping it to yourself! So you start sharing, re-tweeting, and re-gramming peta2’s posts like crazy. What’s Facebook for if not for speaking your mind?!
    … Well, duh, it’s also for sharing your drool-worthy vegan food photos! Being vegan does NOT mean iceberg lettuce salads, y’all. #veganfoodporn
    food instagram collage
    5. Reppin’ Your Cause
    Soon you’re so into spreading the good word about animal rights that you want to speak your mind without having to say ANYTHING. Perfect solution? A peta2 T-shirt (or five).
    Aaaand you might just go all-out crazy and decorate your locker.
    Locker with peta2 stickers.
    And, ya know, make DIY bracelets. What?! It’s #craftivism. :)
    vegan and free tilly bead bracelets
    6. Leaflets and Stickers: Game-Changers
    If you haven’t already, you’ll probably order a butt-load of awesome free materials from peta2 and very quickly become a leaflet and sticker ninja!
    You’ll be leaving leaflets wherever you possibly can …
    leafleting (If you do want to go the leaflet-under-windshield wiper route, make sure it’s legal in your city before you get going!)
    … and stickin’ those stickers ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE (with permission, of course)!
    peta2 stickers

    You’re practically guaranteed to have a purse or pocket full of peta2 goodies at all times. :)
    7. Getting LOUD
    When you’re ready, you attend your first protest, along with other rad animal rights activists, and you learn the power of “grassroots activism” and talking to people about important issues face to face!
    seaworld pasadena protest
    Soon enough, you might even lead your OWN demonstration (and remember, peta2 can help by hooking you up with signs, leaflets, stickers, and more)!
    Students having fun protesting Ringling Bros.
    Even just grabbing a friend and leafleting on the corner of a McCruelty for an hour can make a HUGE impact on the people you talk to.
    Leafleting at McDonald's
    And on those days when you’re too lazy to leave the couch, you know you can still make your voice heard by taking action via online action alerts, doing peta2 missions, signing petitions, and writing letters to companies who are doing cruel sh*t to animals!
    texting online activism

    Thank GODZILLA for the new peta2 iPhone app, which makes doin’ all this stuff sooo easy. Now you can flex your activism muscles while on a walk, at the store, in class (shhh), or wherever! :) Plus, it’s free—get it NOW.
    8. Changing the F*cking World for the Better
    With every act of activism—big or small—we’re helping to change this world for animals who are being used for food, entertainment, skins, and experiments. Whether it’s by ordering the tofu scramble instead of eggs at brunch or hosting a huge demo with all your friends at a fur store, being an activist means NEVER BEING SILENT about things that are WRONG.
    Ready to dive into being a kick-ass, full-fledged superstar animal rights activist?! YOU CAN DO IT! Join peta2’s Street Team:
    Join the peta2 Street Team and Get Free Stuff! button

  • nina-k just posted Are You Eating BABIES? on the peta2 blog.1 year ago

    Hey! How does a nice steamin’ plate of dead babies sound to you right now?

    dead baby dolls on a plate

    Hmmm, maybe shoved in a bun? Barbecued? Would that make it better? No, still gross?

    Well, did you know that many animals used for food are only babies when they’re slaughtered? Yep, babies are dying by the BILLIONS so that they can be used for meat. They’re routinely fed drugs and hormones to make them grow much larger and faster than they would naturally, and many are selectively bred to be abnormally large at a young age.
    When you eat meat, you’re actually eating the flesh of tortured babies who suffered and were killed before they ever had a chance to live. Face the facts:
    Average life span: 25 years

    Average age at which they’re slaughtered: Under 3 years

    [media-credit text="Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals" link="http://www.weanimals.org/copyright" text_2="" link_2="" text_3="" link_3="" align="aligncenter" width="591"]baby cows veal dairy[/media-credit]

    Baby cows are torn away from their moms within days, hours, or even minutes of being born. And soon after, they are subjected to all kinds of f*cked-up torture: They’re branded with burning-hot irons and dehorned, and the males have their testicles ripped out—all WITHOUT painkillers. Calves used for veal are confined to tiny, dark crates designed to prohibit exercise and normal muscle growth so that their flesh will remain tender. They’re then slaughtered when they are just a few months old.

    [caption id="attachment_143979" align="aligncenter" width="270"]dehorning-burn A worker burns off a calf’s sensitive horn tissue (the tissue that would normally grow into horns).[/caption]
    Average life span: 10 to 15 years

    Average age at which they’re slaughtered: 6 months

    [media-credit text=" © Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals" link="" text_2="" link_2="" text_3="" link_3="" align="aligncenter" width="557"]Pigs on factory farm[/media-credit]

    Baby pigs on factory farms begin their lives nursing from mommas who are trapped in gestation crates. After a few weeks, they’re torn away to have their tails clipped off and the ends of their teeth cut off with pliers. The males are also castrated. As you may have guessed, this is all done without ANY painkillers. Living conditions are SO bad on many factory farms that some pigs die before they can be transported to slaughter. At the slaughterhouse, many pigs aren’t stunned correctly and therefore are still conscious when their throats are slit and when they reach the scalding tank, which is intended to soften their skin and remove their hair.

    pig 9 thumping
    Average life span: 10 to 15 years

    Average age at which they’re slaughtered: 7 weeks


    Chicks are hatched by the THOUSANDS in giant incubators. Days later, they are crammed into shipping crates and sent to factory farms. At 6 weeks old, 90 percent of broiler chickens on today’s factory farms are already so obese that they can’t walk. At the slaughterhouse, many chickens are still conscious when their throats are cut.

    19. chicken electrocuted
    Average life span: 10 years

    Average age at which they’re slaughtered: 6 months

    sad turkeys

    When baby turkeys are just a few weeks old, they’re confined with thousands of other birds to windowless sheds, where they’ll spend the rest of their miserable and short lives. Parts of their toes and beaks are cut off without painkillers, as are the flaps of skin under the males’ chins, called “snoods.” Many turkeys die when they are only a few weeks old from “starve-out,” a stress-induced condition that causes young birds to stop eating.
    Turkey on factory farm
    And just because you’re not eating babies, that doesn’t mean you’re not being a huge asshole to them. The dairy and egg industries are also directly responsible for the routine abuse and slaughter of animals, including babies.
    The Dairy Industry
    The milk you buy at the grocery store didn’t just appear there, darlings. It came from a mother cow, who produced that milk for one reason and one reason only: to feed her baby calf. But instead of drinking their mothers’ milk, calves are given an artificial formula, and HUMANS drink the milk that was meant for them. Pretty twisted when you really think about it, right? Cow’s milk drinkers = baby milk stealers.

    cows running after babies gif

    Once the baby calves are torn away from their moms, they face a fate way worse than artificial formula. Just like their mothers, the females will be hooked up to milk machines, shot up with antibiotics and hormones, and separated from baby after baby. The males? They are shipped off to feedlots to await slaughter or end up in veal crates, where they are confined in darkness before being killed at only a few months old.
    The Egg Industry
    In hatcheries, baby chicks are separated out shortly after birth. Females are sentenced to a life of misery on a factory farm, where they’ll lay eggs until their bodies are exhausted and their egg production drops. Then they’ll be slaughtered. When they’re still babies, a hot blade is used to cut off the tip of their sensitive beaks in a process called “debeaking”—which prevents them from pecking at each other out of stress.

    [media-credit text="Mercy for Animals" link="http://www.mercyforanimals.org/" text_2="" link_2="" text_3="" link_3="" align="aligncenter" width="360"]meet-your-meat-egg-hens-debeaking[/media-credit]
    Since males can’t lay eggs, they are simply tossed into trash bags to suffocate or thrown into high-speed grinders while they’re still alive. This happens to 100 million male chicks every year. Egg eaters = baby chick killers.

    [media-credit text="Mercy For Animals" link="www.mercyforanimals.org" text_2="" link_2="" text_3="" link_3="" align="aligncenter" width="480"]9. chick grinder hatchery[/media-credit] 


    No matter how you slice it, eating meat means eating babies. So quit that sh*t and go vegan already!
    meat and babies same thing
    If you want to do more to help ALL animals—babies and adults alike—check out peta2’s new iPhone and iPad app so that you can kick ass for animals on the go!

  • nina-k is discussing Hey everyone!! on the boards1 year ago

    Woo hoo! Hey Casey! :)

  • nina-k just posted A Nightmare for Dolphins on the peta2 blog.1 year ago

    Thumbnail Dolphins are highly intelligent, sensitive animals—and they’re being captured and killed by the hundreds.
    Photo: William Warby | CC by 2.0
    If you’ve seen The Cove, then you know about Japan’s annual dolphin […]

  • nina-k is discussing Crohn's Disease on the boards1 year ago

    Hi @sarrie! I actually have a good friend who has Crohn’s disease, and she has been a vegetarian since she was just a little girl and is doing well. By maintaining a healthy, plant-based diet that’s tailored to her needs, your friend can definitely choose to ditch meat. She should talk to her doctor or nutritionist and let them know that she’d…[Read more]

  • Hi @Cannablissfully – this sounds like a really terrible situation. Can you please e-mail our Cruelty Investigations Department at CIDinfo@peta.org with the details of what’s going on and how these dogs are being treated? They’ll be able to look into this further. Thanks!

    <3 Nina from peta2

  • nina-k just posted 2013: An Awesome Year for Animals! on the peta2 blog.1 year ago

    ThumbnailWell, folks, here we are! It’s New Year’s Eve once again. It’s been a pretty fab year overall, don’t you think? It’s also been a year full of really exciting victories for animals—all thanks to you awesome peeps […]

  • nina-k just posted A Little Boy’s Birthday Wish for Orcas on the peta2 blog.1 year ago

    ThumbnailA lot of kids spend the days leading up to their birthday wishing for the newest toy or video game. But there’s one little guy who is using his birthday to SAVE LIVES.
    Meet Cash:

    Cash is a 5-year-old […]

  • nina-k just posted HIDE YOUR KIDS: Attack of the Pigeons! on the peta2 blog.1 year ago

    ThumbnailPigeons love to fly, hang around outside, and sneak the occasional sandwich crust or French fry. These peaceful birds don’t bother us at all. Even still, some foolish peeps seem to think that it’s hilarious to […]

  • nina-k just posted Meet the Bunnies Who Need You to Ditch Angora on the peta2 blog.1 year ago

    ThumbnailBunnies: They’re the cutest.

    But the angora fur industry is nothing but ugly.

    Angora fur is used to make sweaters, scarves, winter hats, and other clothing and accessories. […]

  • nina-k just posted 9 Turkey Truths ‘Free Birds’ Didn’t Tell You on the peta2 blog.1 year ago

    ThumbnailIf you’ve seen Free Birds, then you already know that it’s a cute new kids’ movie that tells the story of two turkeys who travel back in time to the very first Thanksgiving in order to get turkeys OFF the […]

  • nina-k just posted 11 Things I Wish I’d Known About Being Vegan on the peta2 blog.1 year ago

    ThumbnailWhen I took the plunge into vegan life, I did it for one reason, and one reason only: Because I knew NO animal should ever suffer just so I could frivolously eat something. I didn’t know sh*t about what was vegan […]

  • nina-k just posted VICTORY! Smithsonian Ditches Live-Animal Lessons on the peta2 blog.1 year ago

    ThumbnailWoo-hoo! After more than a year of discussion with PETA, the Smithsonian Institution’s Science Education Center is officially ditching an awful lesson plan that asked hundreds of elementary school teachers to use […]

  • nina-k just posted 6 Ways to Spice Up Your Hot Cocoa on the peta2 blog.1 year ago

    ThumbnailAre you tired of your boring old regular hot cocoa? Doubtful—hot cocoa is just so good! But if you want to jazz things up just a little bit, we’ve got some super-easy but delicious ways to do just that.

    These […]

  • nina-k just posted Victory! Elephants Find Freedom at Sanctuary on the peta2 blog.1 year ago

    ThumbnailToka, Thika, and Iringa—three elephants from the Toronto Zoo—have finally arrived at their new home at the gorgeous Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary in sunny California. Two years ago, the […]

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