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Mimi Bekhechi

PETA Director of International Programmes

Mimi Bekhechi began working for PETA in 2007. As PETA UK's Director, Bekhechi is responsible for overseeing PETA UK's campaigns and marketing as well as its education and media departments. Bekhechi previously served as the organisation's operations manager and coordinated PETA UK's campaign work in her subsequent role as manager of special projects.

Crufts Continues To Be The 'Worst In Show' For Dogs

Imagine a show based on ruthless competition in which entirely unnatural physical features were prized above all else and incestuous relationships, allegations of poisoning rivals, and other unscrupulous behaviour abound. It sounds like a salacious soap opera, right? Except it's not. All of these things are part of the saddest reality show on TV: Crufts.
13/03/2017 13:56 GMT

How It Became Fashionable NOT To Wear Fur

The fashion industry is one of the most creative and influential industries in the world. It is about moving forward - and more than ever, it's defined by conscious consumers and innovative designers' cutting-edge, sustainable, and animal-friendly collections.
25/11/2016 08:57 GMT

No meat? No problem!

It was World Vegetarian Day on the 1st of October. More and more people are realising that they can save animals, improve their health and combat climate change simply by ditching meat, which is making vegetarianism more popular than ever, and that's a cause for celebration.
03/10/2016 12:10 BST

This Easter, Celebrate a 'Rebirth' of Your Own

Easter is a time for celebrating rebirth and new beginnings. But what if we could do more than celebrate for one day? What if we could each make one simple change that would help revitalise our planet? All we would have to do is leave fish off our plates.
24/03/2016 11:44 GMT

Horses Race to Their Deaths on Day One of the Cheltenham 'Festival'

People who want to pay tribute to all the horses who have suffered and died in racing should stay away from tracks and betting shops. Forget the finish line - this deadly industry is all about the bottom line, and the horses are little more than disposable commodities to be dispatched behind the tarpaulin.
16/03/2016 12:12 GMT

Abolishing Meat: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

As a society, we have fought against sexism, racism and bigotry. Today it's time for us to acknowledge another "-ism", one that's been around for a long time yet is still largely unrecognised: speciesism. Speciesism is the belief that all other animals are inferior to human beings and therefore humans are justified in exploiting them.
29/01/2016 21:37 GMT

15 Things All Vegans Know to Be True at Christmas

Every vegan knows there's more to the holidays than mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and high-street light displays. From meat-free centrepieces to faux-leather handbags, vegans have the holly-est, jolly-est Christmas around!
22/12/2015 15:53 GMT

Ten Reasons Why Animals Do Not Make Good Gifts

Animals can be a wonderful addition to a family - just not when they're gifted to an unsuspecting recipient during one of the most chaotic times of the year. The following are some reasons why...
16/12/2015 16:59 GMT

One Girl's Mission to Find Out Where Leather Comes From

Have you ever wondered where that leather belt or bag came from? Eight-year-old Rebecca did, and when her mother couldn't tell her for sure, she made a point of finding out. That's the premise of "Labels", a new PETA video created by Catsnake Studios.
12/11/2015 15:12 GMT

Meat's as Much of a Drag on our Health as Tobacco

Even if the government pushed for warning labels on meat and dairy products only half as hard as it pushes for plain-packaging on cigarettes, more people would realise that tobacco isn't the only cancer-causing thing you can put in your mouth - and hopefully take that warning to heart.
03/11/2015 12:00 GMT

Words Have the Power to Change Lives, Both Human and Animal - We Should Let Them

As people have come to recognise the power of words, we've worked hard to eliminate hate speech and the prejudices that usually accompany it, including sexism, racism and bigotry. It's high time that we also recognised the devastating effects of speciesism and worked to counteract it and the words that fuel it.
07/07/2015 09:25 BST

Unbearable Cruelty: 'The Island With Bear Grylls'

Had this violence taken place in the UK, the contestants would almost certainly be facing cruelty charges and, potentially, time in prison for the suffering they inflicted on these terrified animals.
22/05/2015 17:05 BST

Cruelty Charges Long Overdue for Foie Gras Farmers

A dying breed of self-proclaimed 'foodie' still shamelessly defends its obsession with this torture in a tin, no matter how many videos surface showing ducks and geese in abject misery. But the future for foie gras producers and aficionados is bleak. Even the French, a nation once synonymous with the cruel foodstuff, are turning their backs on foie gras.
29/03/2015 20:44 BST

Let's Weigh in on the Cruelty in Zoos

Zoos are based on the menageries of old and harken back to a time when Europeans used to pillage other continents and steal their treasures. Zookeepers today must recognise that their business model is dying and stop pretending that zoos make meaningful contributions to conservation.
07/01/2015 17:37 GMT

Are You Wearing Dog Skin?

Take a peek inside your wardrobe. Do you have any leather gloves or belts? Leather handbags or wallets? Unless you are a long-time vegan, you probably have something made of leather. If so, then now may be the time to bury that dead skin. As a new investigation has revealed, those leather accessories might have been made from man's best friend.
23/12/2014 18:16 GMT

There's No Such Thing as 'Ethical Fur'

The fur trade is one of the most violent and bloody industries on the planet, and the duplicitous 'Origin Assured' labelling programme is nothing more than a misleading marketing tactic to mask the true atrocities of the industry.
07/12/2014 23:38 GMT

Keep Cruelty Out of Christmas

From penguin parades and reindeer photo ops at Christmas light switch-ons to horse-drawn carriages and "living Nativity scenes" in churchyards complete with sheep and donkeys, a number of different animal species are exploited in seasonal displays.
25/11/2014 17:09 GMT

When It Comes to Exploiting Animals on Screen, We're Moving in the Right Direction

I was shocked last week to see a real chimpanzee in One Direction's new music video for <em>Steal My Girl</em>- shocked not only because the animal who was seen lovingly played with by band members Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik is known to have come from an entertainment-industry animal supplier with numerous citations to his name...
27/10/2014 17:44 GMT