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New pro-animal research billboard hits Portland

FRB Rat Billboard

If you thought the battle over animal research had taken a ceasefire in Portland, think again. The city is one of six in the United States targeted in a new billboard campaign by The Foundation for Biomedical Research. The billboards from the the pro-animal research group show a smiling child next to a lab rat and asks, “Who would you rather see live?” Part of its ResearchSaves campaign, FBR ...   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 NATHAN GILLES

Animal Rights Activists Share Naked Truth at Pioneer Square

"There's nothing sexier than wearing your own skin," says Meggan Anderson (pictured above in the middle), who used her topless torso spray painted like a cat's skin to draw attention the cruelty animals suffer for their furs. Anderson and others from national animal rights group PETA, which is based in Virginia, came to Pioneer Courthouse Square and held protest signs over their chests this ...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Jacob Pierce

City Hall: New Horse-Drawn Carriage Rules Say "No" to Hot Days, Not Cold Days

The City Council this morning approved new rules governing the business of horse-drawn carriages in Portland, about a year and a half after a horse died downtown while pulling a newlywed couple in a carriage near Central Library. Temperatures that day were in the 90s. And while the proposed regulations [PDF] are extensive—prohibiting everything from the licensure of carriage drivers with ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

PETA: Using Fake Blood to Make You Feel Awkward Since 1980

Members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals descended upon Portland city streets today to demonstrate against wearing fur. Using PETA's trademark fake blood (keeping a gallon jug full of the stuff nearby) and other press grabbers from its arsenal, two ladies dressed in fur coats laid on top of other coats while keeping their high-heeled feet near a giant steel animal trap. (In ...   More
Friday, January 9, 2009 Sarah Jennings

Just When You Might Be Respecting PETA...

...they go and do something like this. As a vegan, I feel I have ample room to consider what's fair —and unfair— criticism of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' tactics to spotlight animal abuses and atrocities. Naked chicks wearing lettuce, for example: who can argue that doesn't give eating salad a whole new meaning? But seriously, PETA, it's when you treat meat-eating ...   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 Sarah Jennings

Vegetarian And A Portland Baseball Fan? Good News For You

The media-hungry folks at People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals often strike out on the "scorecard of good taste" when it comes to their appetite for attention. But here's at least a single's worth of news: Portland's PGE Park ranks third in PETA's lineup of America's top-10 vegetarian-friendly minor league ballparks. Turns out PGE Park scores well for its offerings of Gardenburgers, ...   More
Thursday, June 4, 2009 HANK STERN

PETA Saddles Up For Another Portland Battle

Whoa, Nelly! PETA wants Mayor Sam Adams today to ban "cruel, dangerous horse-drawn carriages" in Portland. The traditional image of weddings and Central Park has lost some of its romanticism since a horse dropped dead Aug.1 while pulling Portland newlyweds around downtown. Balatour, the 23-year-old horse, reportedly died from a heart attack in the 90 plus degree heat. PETA voices concern in ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 Allison Ferre

Why Feminist PETA Protesters Got Kicked out of Powell's

PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk book-signing at Powell's last night was no amen chorus. About 15 angry women showed up to protest a PETA ad campaign they say oppresses women by depicting them in demeaning roles that exploit their bodies. A recent PETA ad depicting a heavy-set woman at the beach with the caption: “Save The Whales, Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian” sparked the protest, ...   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Anvi Bui

Oregon Elephants + Car Wash = Angry PETA

The (Roseburg) News-Review has an interesting tale to tell this week. [youtube][/youtube] PETA, no stranger to tackling high-profile targets campaigns nor to Oregon, is ticked at the Wildlife Safari's use of elephants to wash cars. The Roseburg paper reports that PETA considers the apparently popular spring and summer attraction at the wildlife ...   More
Thursday, October 29, 2009 HANK STERN

PETA Vs. Al Gore!! Coming To Portland!!!

Veep, or veg? Just ahead of Al Gore's stop this week in Portland, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has challenged the former vice president to back his green talk by giving up meat. At Gore's book discussion Wednesday night at Keller Auditorium, PETA warns that the former vice president will be faced down by a "nearly naked 'Mother Earth' " and PETA supporters holding signs that ...   More
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 JAMES PITKIN


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