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P.E.T.A’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals): Peaceful, But Very Public Revolution

From ignorant or intentional mistreatment, to deliberate and systematic abuse of domestic pets and circus animals, cosmetic testing and badger baiting to some of the world’s greatest species: polar bears, seals, and even dogs and cats in China being skinned alive for their coats. Animal cruelty and abuse is a worldwide epidemic of shocking proportion.  Luckily, the few are doing something to save our animals for future generations of the many. 

By Liam Bailey

Groups like P.E.T.A, (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) affecting a peaceful revolution in animal cruelty, from exposing the hidden trade of endangered species, their fur, ivory and other “commodities” from the far reaching corners, to publicizing totally unnecessary cruelty in some of the western world’s biggest fast food chains and other capitalist ventures.  Of late P.E.T.A has adopted a two-tong approach to fighting animal cruelty. 

Naming and shaming: announcing global cruelty atrocities and campaigns as loudly as possible by whatever means (media) possible, but mainly over the Internet.  Naming who, or what company is responsible, and backing up their claims by hard evidence, including if possible shocking video footage (shaming), or in the case of cats and dogs skinned alive in the Chinese fur trade, publicizing celebrity Heather Mills-McCartney’s support for the campaign in a television documentary.     

Alongside naming and shaming P.E.T.A, lobby parliament, governments and frequent many courts around the globe as both claimant and defendant in an attempt to make a real difference.  To re-use the Chinese dog and cat fur trade example, alongside the television documentary with shocking video evidence of appalling cruelty. P.E.T.A and Heather Mills-McCartney are currently lobbying politicians in Britain and Europe for a ban on real fur in Britain and throughout Europe if possible, or if not at least for all fur to be clearly labeled Real or Fake. 

This is only one of P.E.T.A’s noble and important missions, among the others are:  Publicizing K.F.C’s inhumane treatment of its chickens, i.e. their beaks ripped off while still alive.  Petitioning HRH Queen Elizabeth to stop using bear pelts to make headgear for the five guard’s regiments, and showing the world Covance’ appalling treatment of monkeys, after beating Covance in the courts when they tried to suppress the shocking truth.   

Part of the reason P.E.T.A’s naming and shaming campaigns work so well is the high level of publicity their campaigns get from their long list of celebrity supporters/members.  Including: Pink, Pamela Anderson, Heather-Mills McCartney and Traci Bingham to name but a few, and given the massive rise of the glossy magazine, celebrity backing for campaigns such as these can make as much difference as any of the other steps put together. 

For instance, you or I writing a letter to the queen asking her to stop using bear pelts wouldn’t get that much publicity, none probably.  But news getting out of a high profile celebrity writing the same letter will be doing the rounds of glossy magazines for months, if necessary years to come, and with declining support for maintaining the Royal family at an all time low the last thing they need is a pile of bad publicity, or a bunch of naked people.  Which is exactly what they got, increasing bad publicity against them further when as another P.E.T.A protest hundreds of activists stripped to their bare-skins to campaign against the use of bearskins by the Queen’s guard regiments. 

It is these excellently managed, always peaceful demonstrations that, by gaining support from animal loving celebrities make P.E.T.A’s peaceful revolution not only possible, but also extremely effective in helping to stop the most serious animal cruelty atrocities worldwide.

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About Liam Bailey

My name is Liam Bailey and I am a freelance journalist from the UK. My port-folio follows, with links to all my articles published on-line. All my published and un-published articles can be read on my War Pages and Better World blogs

In my best achievement yet Information Clearing House published my latest article on the Israel/Palestine conflict yesterday.

The Centre for Research on Globalization published my analysis article:

Is Attacking Iran a Viable Option?

It was also published on several other sites including:

Uruknet: Information from Occupied Iraq

Persian Journal

Canada Watch

My articles on the Israeli Palestinian conflict have also been published by: Arabic Media Internet Network:

Does U.S Support Prevent Israel From Committing to Peace?

Gaza: Shock and Awe 2006

IDF: Killing Peace; Keeping Misconceptions Alive and

Will the Israeli/Palestinian conflict ever end?

Does U.S Support Prevent Israel From Committing to Peace? Was also published by Desicritics

Gaza: Shock and Awe 2006 was also published by:

The Palestine Chronicle

The Palestinian Return Centre

Big City Portal Auckland New Zealand And Desicritics (Updated version-after ceasefire)

IDF: KIlling Peace; Keeping Misconceptions Alive was also published by:

The Palestine Chronicle and Desicritics

Will the Israeli/Palestinian conflict ever end was also published by:

Information Clearing House

The Palestine Chronicle

Garowe online (Somalia) and Desicritics

Some of the articles above were also published by OhmyNews International who have published 18 world affairs op-ed and analysis articles of mine on the front page. All of which can be read –among other things-- from my article list.

I am most proud of:

Somalia: UN Resolution Is a Mistake

Gaza: Shock and Awe 2006

Is Attacking Iran A Viable Option?


Are We Losing the War on Terror?

My articles on the conflict in Somalia have also been published by:

Garowe Online (Somalia)


and Two by Desicritics.

Two other articles published by OhmyNews and Desicritics are: Infant Feeding: Breast is Best And

The Day I Heard about John Lennon's Death

My OhmyNews article: Islamic Terror Rife in UK, was also published by Asian News Network: Naver.

The Washington Post’s Post Global blog editor has just made me part of the team as an advanced blogger. The first question I responded to was: If U.S dominance is over in the Middle East as some analysts say, what will replace it?

My response, the article: U.S: End of Middle East Domination-What Domination? was published on Global Post and has also been published by:

Garowe Online

AMIN and Desicritics

Previously I had six features on ethical and sustainable issues and a monthly news round-up accepted for publication by Lifescape Magazine

You can read my published Lifescape features and other ethically orientated articles including the above mentioned UNICEF piece at Better World

I also write fiction:

After my first year I had my first poem published followed by another 11 and three short stories since. Including my last Short-Story which I wrote on the request of Sageof Consciousness to appear as the featured Short Story Writer.

Currently necessity dictates that I work full time in a supermarket, but my heart is in my writing. You can commission articles. One off cover-letters for employers, which I am excellent at. Sales pitch for company brochures or a personalised poem for advertising campaigns or greeting cards. Anything you need written, I will write it well.

Samples can be provided on request. You can contact me by e-mail.