Breathtaking Photos from PETA and Its International Affiliates in 2014

 2014 was quite the year for animals, and here’s just a snippet of what PETA and its international affiliates accomplished.

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Ursala and Cubs

PETA and its friends moved 17 bears from miserable pits in Georgia to a beautiful Colorado sanctuary. A very pregnant bear, Ursula, gave birth after arriving at the sanctuary, and for the first time in her life she is able to raise her cubs.

 

I, Chicken

PETA’s “I, Chicken” experience couples cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) hardware—including wireless VR goggles, motion-capture cameras, and a powerful computer—with guidance from leading VR psychologists in order to immerse participants in a world where they can flap their wings, communicate with other chickens, take dust baths, and engage in other natural chicken behavior.

 

Air France James

Fitting his 6-foot-7-inch frame into a shipping crate, American Horror Story star James Cromwell led a spirited PETA protest at the Air France terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The protesters were demanding that Air France join every other major airline in the world by refusing to transport intelligent, social primates to laboratories, where they are tortured—sometimes for decades—before being killed.

 

Steve-O landed in hot water after releasing a video that showed him altering a San Diego highway sign to make it proclaim, “SeaWorld Sucks.” PETA contacted the star to make good on our promise to arrange to pay his reported $239 fine, and he accepted.

 

Sunder and Lakshmi eating together.

Sunder was being held captive by a rich and powerful politician who flouted both the law and government orders to free this imprisoned young elephant. Thanks to PETA India, he has a new life in India’s lush, tropical Bannerghatta Biological Park.

 

Spay-A-Thon

PETA hit a wonderful milestone in 2014―our 100,000th spay/neuter surgery. Then came World Spay Day and the debut of our newest mobile spay-and-neuter clinic. So we decided to celebrate—with a 24-hour spay-and-neuter marathon.

 

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The first-ever undercover investigation into the angora wool industry by PETA Asia showed screaming rabbits being tied down and having their fur ripped from their bodies. This exposure led to a ban on the sale of angora wool by dozens of international companies, including H&M, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Lands’ End, and others.

 

Pig and Pigletts

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A mother pig and her seven piglets, as along with two older siblings, were rescued from a dilapidated pen in a trailer park in North Carolina and are now living happily at the 400-acre Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Maryland.

 

Jim Morris

Vegan bodybuilder Jim Morris proved that you can be buff in your late 70s.

 

Jerry

The Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously to ban horse-drawn carriages, which are dangerous to both horses and humans.

 

Sam and Pam

Television titan Sam Simon joined Pamela Anderson and PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews to present the Canadian Sealers Association with a colossal million-dollar check, which the association can cash only if it facilitates a government buyout of the faltering commercial seal trade. Details of the offer can be seen in Simon’s letter.

 

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The story of the days-old Holstein calf who was discovered in an apparent kidnapper’s car in California earlier this month has a happy ending. PETA teamed up with Farm Sanctuary to pick the calf up from the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley and relocated her to Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres shelter in Acton.

 

Simulator

In a groundbreaking PETA victory more than three decades in the making, the U.S. military has agreed to replace the use of animals in six different areas of medical training with modern human-patient simulators. These advanced simulators will better prepare medical personnel to treat injured soldiers and will prevent countless animals from being cut into and having hard plastic tubes repeatedly forced down their throats, among other invasive and often deadly procedures.

 

In addition, PETA made a landmark donation of 66 state-of-the-art TraumaMan surgical simulators that completely replaced animal use in Advanced Trauma Life Support training programs throughout Bolivia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Dog HouseS

Dogs who are chained or penned 24/7 never get a holiday, and that’s why PETA’s dedicated fieldworkers and volunteers spent part of their Thanksgiving weekend delivering custom-built doghouses and straw to dogs who are forced to live outdoors, far from the companionship of their human families and the comfort of a home. A PETA doghouse helps prevent painful frostbitten ears and tails and even hypothermia.

 

Burned Monkeys

A week after PETA exposed noncompliant infectious-disease experiments on monkeys at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that caused animals massive suffering and endangered human health, Charles Rupprecht, the former chief of the CDC’s rabies program who led the experiments—and was banned from the CDC’s animal laboratories because of his poor record—was forced to resign from his position at Ross University, where he served as associate dean and head of oversight for experiments on animals.

 

HDC Demo with Fake Horse

Thanks to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, 220 horses currently being forced to navigate heavy carriages through Manhattan traffic will soon be retired.

 

Holly Berry

Virginia Beach SPCA

Less than a year ago, this sweet dog, Holly Berry, was kept continuously chained outdoors in a muddy backyard, unable to move more than a few feet in any direction. Thanks to PETA and the Virginia Beach SPCA (VBSPCA), she has since been rescued and adopted, and in October she took first place in the VBSPCA’s 5K race! Holly Berry loves to run and has been jogging with her adoptive dad almost every day in preparation for the big race.

 

NIH Monkey

PETA obtained documents, hundreds of photographs, and more than 500 hours of never-before-seen high-definition videos taken inside a National Institutes of Health facility. The materials gathered detail the ongoing psychological abuse of baby monkeys in disgustingly crude and archaic experiments that have cost more than $30 million just in the past seven years.

 

Rose Bowl Seaworld Protest

Tournament of Roses officials will probably think twice before allowing SeaWorld to take part in the Rose Parade again. That’s because 100 PETA supporters descended on the parade to educate attendees about the abusement park’s cruelty to orcas. Nineteen people were arrested for peacefully sitting down in front of the SeaWorld float.

 

Pig Slaughter

Remember back in 2013 when PETA learned that employees at a slaughterhouse in Mississippi—Southern Quality Meats, Inc. (SQM)—were jabbing and electro-shocking helpless mother pigs? Well, SQM closed in June!

 

China Southern

Following three years of campaigning by PETA and its international affiliates, China Southern Airlines announced to PETA that it has banned all shipments of primates to laboratories.

 

PETA and Animal Beta Project provided Texas authorities with evidence of a so-called “crush video” outfit producing videos of rabbits, chickens, and other animals who were being tortured. One participant was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and her alleged cohort will soon face trial.

 

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PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews married his longtime partner, production designer Jack Ryan, under the famed “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, flanked by maid of honor Pamela Anderson and “best man” Chrissie Hynde.

 

Vegan Fashion Pop Up

What do you get when you mix the hottest vegan fashions, cutting-edge designers, $1,000 in great giveaways, and a slew of sinfully delicious cupcakes? PETA’s first-ever Vegan Fashion Shop-Up, of course!

 

Dairy Farm

After PETA obtained eyewitness video footage of cows living in their waste at a dairy farm, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources cited the farm for six violations of state law. The agency corroborated PETA’s findings, reporting that “animal waste was observed [up] to 3 feet deep” in the areas where cows had to stand, eat, walk, and try to rest.

 

Minecraft

PETA launched an animal utopia on the popular Minecraft system.

 

Wool

Disturbing eyewitness investigations by PETA and its international affiliates—the first of their kind—revealed that workers threw, beat, stomped on, kicked, mutilated, and killed sheep as they sheared them in Australia, the world’s top wool exporter, and in the U.S.

 

Valediction

Leigh Vogal/PETA

When PETA patron Sam Simon heard the story of the racehorse Valediction, he stepped right up and said, “Let’s get him,” and so we did. As NBCNews.com reported, because of Sam’s compassionate action, Valediction will never suffer the fate of Nehro or Finesse, two horses who died at the racetrack.

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