After it was claimed Taco Bell’s meat was only 35% beef, the fast food giant found an unlikely ally in PETA.
As we previously reported, a class action lawsuit has been filed in a California claiming that Taco Bell’s seasoned beef is comprised of mostly “non meat substances” that wouldn’t measure up to USDA standards to be called beef.
“The other 65 percent is made up of oats, yeast, soybeans, corn starch, and various seasonings, all of which make the meat leaner and, dare we assume, less disgusting,” writes PETA’s Michelle Sherrow. “Since Taco Bell’s ‘beef’ is already mostly vegan, why not go all the way? “One hundred percent cruelty-free” has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?”
What do you think? Should Taco Bell follow PETA’s advice and begin making vegetarian tacos?
Longtime PETA advocate and former “Golden Girl” Rue McClanahan sadly passed away yesterday after suffering a stroke two days before.
Betty White, the lone surviving member of the “Golden Girls,” made a statement this afternoon, saying, “Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasured our relationship. It hurts more than I even thought it would, if that’s possible.”
Rue had supported PETA for years, at one time telling Larry King, “I think they do it exactly the way it should be done. They do it through the courts. They do it legally and they make a lot of changes in the way animals are suffering. I really admire them. I’ve been with them for years and I just — they — I can’t say enough wonderful things about how they operate.”
Recently rehabbed jackass Steve-O, is sending a good message to school kids (other than how to electrocute his nuts). He’s campaigning for PETA, speaking out about the 6 million animals who are killed annually for dissection.
Steve-O aims to empower kids to fight for the rights of the animals, and also send the message to educators that there all alternatives to dissection. There are other ways kids can learn about the anatomy of animals without having to cut them open – like virtual dissection on computers.
Karina Smirnoff is naked, everybody! Yes, the newly single Dancing with the Stars cast member admits that she wore furs as a child growing up in the Ukraine, but after seeing a video of a seal being clubbed for it’s skin, has abandoned the idea of sacrificing animals in the name of fashion.
“I did wear fur, especially when I was growing up in the Ukraine,” Smirnoff admits in an exclusive PETA interview. “But there are ways of being warm and being fashionable without being cruel.”
Smirnoff joins a growing list of celebrities who have dropped their drawers for PETA including Pamela Anderson, Alicia Silverstone, Khloe Kardashian, Eva Mendes, and Charlize Theron.
PETA is at it again with their weird antics. This time, Pamela Anderson stars in a rather weird and cheesy PSA which stars the former Baywatch hottie as a hot airport security guard who strips travelers of their cruel carry on items—fur, leather, and all animal skins.
Watch PETA’s new “Cruelty Doesn’t Fly” video above, which has been too racy to be run by the CNN Airport Network.
When she’s not being pulling out the claws on The Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Frankel is taking off her clothes for PETA.
For the shoot, Frankel got naked against the backdrop of the New York City skyline for PETA’s infamous “I’d Rather Be Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign.
When asked by TV Guide why she became involved with PETA, Frankel said: “I’m a huge animal lover, so it’s been a very organic process. I’m not on the top of any soapbox, but I think this is just a really interesting thing, and they came to me. They [noticed] that I’d gotten a lot of exposure lately—pun intended; because that’s nothing like the exposure I’m getting today. I guess they trust that I’ll be able to carry the message.”
The good people over at PETA sure know how to get attention. And although they usually use a female naked celebrity to entice us, now they’ve got a little something for the ladies.
Owain Yeoman, who stars in the TV show The Mentalist, is showing off his abs and pecs in a new PETA ad campaign.
“As someone who felt they were a confirmed meat-eater, I guess ultimately if I can do it, then anyone can, you know?” Yeoman said. “It’s a really easy choice to make. And it’s a humane choice to make.”
The Welsh actor made his film debut as Lysander in the film Troy. He is married to Lucy Davis, who starred in the Ricky Gervais’ British version of The Office. Like her husband, Davis has also posed for PETA.
PETA wants Tiger Woods to bare all in the name of humanity to animals. The over-the-top animal rights organization is hoping the golfing superstar will go nude on behalf of tigers.
PETA says on their website, “Considering that Tiger Woods’ life is essentially a media circus, we hope that the superstar golfer can relate to the plight of his namesakes in the circus. That’s why we’ve written a letter to Tiger asking him to tee up for one of our ever-popular naked tiger demos. We’re hoping that Mr. Woods will show his true stripes by stripping down to his skivvies and painting his body with orange and black stripes.”
PETA has produced successful marketing campagins using naked celebrities to draw attention to animal cruelty. Alicia Silverstone, Amanda Beard and Klohe Kardashian are among those who have shed their threads for animal rights.
Move over Olsen twins, there’s a new person for PETA to hate. Even though the Olsen twins were on PETA’s list of worst dressed celebrities, they took second place, followed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kanye West and Elizabeth Hurley.
PETA says, “The masses have spoken! PETA’s Worst-Dressed Celebrities of 2009 have been selected, and this year’s biggest fur offender—by a mile—is Madonna!” They add, “When you see Madonna in fur, you realize why nobody has copied her style since 1984.”
About Gyllenhall, PETA snarks, “Maggot has gone from being lost in her brother’s shadow to being lost inside some really ugly fur coats.”
With all the faux fur out there it is redonkulous that celebrities, whom many look to for fashion sense, promote cruelty for the sake of image.
Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have launched a bizarre marketing campaign to re-brand fish as “sea kittens,” which is a term that the organization hopes will increase awareness and actually make the scaly vertebrates more adorable to those who would eat them.
“A lot of people don’t realize that fish are capable of feeling fear and pain, that they develop relationships with each other, and even show affection by gently rubbing against one another,” says Ashley Byrne, PETA’s sea kitten campaign co-ordinator. “Knowing that the fish sticks in the school cafeteria are really made out of tortured sea kittens makes most kids want to lose their lunch.”
Tortured sea kittens?! I’m all for the ethical treatment of animals, but I also love me some sushi, so I’m more into the idea of making the practices of harvesting ocean life for food more sustainable.