Mimi Bekhechi
GET UPDATES FROM Mimi Bekhechi
 
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.

Entries by Mimi Bekhechi

There's No Such Thing as 'Ethical Fur'

(95) Comments | Posted 8 December 2014 | (00:00)

The majority of the British public - that's 95% of us - refuse to wear real fur. Among the few heartless people who casually sling a dead animal across their shoulders, some claim that they only wear 'ethically' or 'humanely' sourced fur.

You might be wondering how on Earth...

Read Post

Keep Cruelty Out of Christmas

(7) Comments | Posted 26 November 2014 | (00:00)

What do penguins have to do with Christmas? The answer, of course, is absolutely nothing. Yet in an effort to attract shoppers by any means, one shopping centre in Doncaster is planning a "real-life penguin parade" at the end of the month as part of a season of...

Read Post

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

(7) Comments | Posted 28 October 2014 | (00:00)

I was shocked last week to see a real chimpanzee in One Direction's new music video for Steal My Girl - 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...

Read Post

See the World, Just Not SeaWorld

(1) Comments | Posted 7 August 2014 | (18:39)

The United States is still a go-to destination for many British families setting off on holiday this August - and with good reason. Unforgettable sights such as the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls make for lifetime memories. But one destination that kind families should never put on their itinerary is...

Read Post

Let's Honour All War Veterans

(2) Comments | Posted 4 August 2014 | (11:29)

Growing up in Belgium I was regularly reminded of the sacrifices made and lives lost during World War I - which began 100 years ago - and I am grateful that they are being remembered and honoured this week. Millions were killed and maimed in this conflict. Among...

Read Post

World Trade Organisation's Decision Gets Seal of Approval From Peta (and Seals)

(5) Comments | Posted 27 May 2014 | (10:09)

Some weeks make you especially proud to be an animal rights advocate. Last week was one of them.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has upheld a ruling that allows the European Union to ban seal fur imports on moral grounds.

Canada fought desperately to have the ban repealed,...

Read Post

Cruelty Still Flies With Air France

(5) Comments | Posted 24 May 2014 | (01:00)

The skies are getting friendlier for our fellow primates, now that all major airlines but one have banned shipments of monkeys destined for laboratories in the EU, the US and elsewhere. As a result, owners of primate prisons everywhere are finding it increasingly difficult to fill their ghastly...

Read Post

We Must Resolve to Get Animals Out of Laboratories

(7) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (11:33)

This time next year, we'll be in the midst of election frenzy. Politicians from all sides will be making promises. Last time, the coalition pledged to reduce the number of animals used in experiments, but the latest Home Office figures show that more animals are being used in...

Read Post

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day: Go Vegan

(1) Comments | Posted 21 April 2014 | (20:16)

We've long been aware of many of the simple steps that we can take to make our lives greener, such as recycling and switching to energy-saving light bulbs. Indeed, when it comes to the environment, many activists advocate the three Rs - recycling, reusing and reducing. But while these actions...

Read Post

Crufts: Worst in Show

(6) Comments | Posted 10 March 2014 | (09:27)

Last weekend saw the latest instalment of the annual parade of miserable genetic freaks known as 'Crufts'. Dogs are smart, complex animals - not bonsai trees to be contorted into shapes that please us. Beneath the coiffed exterior of many of the dogs paraded around Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre lies...

Read Post

Auf Weidersehn, Pet Kingdom: Good Riddance

(2) Comments | Posted 24 January 2014 | (14:16)

Harrods' Pet Kingdom will shut its doors for the last time at the end of the month, ending nearly 100 years of shameful animal exploitation, and here at PETA, we couldn't be happier to hear it. In its time, Harrods has flogged every species of animal for the right price....

Read Post

This Holiday Season, Don't Buy Into Cruelty

(9) Comments | Posted 23 December 2013 | (13:29)

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, you've no doubt made your lists and are busy checking them twice. While many shoppers go for bargains and convenience, I urge caring consumers to make sure that they're also spending their hard-earned cash with compassion in mind - by looking beyond...

Read Post

A Response to Princess Anne - You Can't Help Horses by Eating Them

(106) Comments | Posted 18 November 2013 | (00:00)

Compassionate people were taken aback - to say the least - by Princess Anne's extraordinary pronouncement on Thursday that horses' welfare could be improved by eating them. What should we expect next from the Royals? Will the Queen suggest we eat corgi sandwiches?

The Princess Royal's argument,...

Read Post

When It Comes to Fur, Choose Compassion

(17) Comments | Posted 19 October 2013 | (01:00)

In a recent opinion piece for Huffington Post, disgraced former MP Mark Oaten attempts to justify the unjustifiable - the cruel killing of animals for their fur - by calling the decision to purchase fur a "personal choice". Some things, of course, are a matter of choice -...

Read Post

Iran Is Repeating the Wasteful and Deadly Cold War-Era Space Experiments on Animals

(74) Comments | Posted 18 September 2013 | (01:00)

On October 18 1963, the French government launched a rocket from Algeria 120 miles above the Earth. Inside was a cat named Félicette, who had her skull cut open and electrodes implanted to measure her brain activity. She fell back to Earth in a capsule...

Read Post

Real Men Don't Wear Real Fur

(134) Comments | Posted 26 August 2013 | (01:00)

In a recent opinion piece for Huffington Post UK, former MP Mark Oaten tries to make a case for men wearing fur. Of course, as the head of the International Fur Trade Federation, that's to be expected - but gents, beware. Besides the risk of looking like Liberace,...

Read Post

Time for Gordon Ramsay to Swear Off the 'F' Word - Foie Gras

(40) Comments | Posted 11 May 2013 | (01:00)

A new PETA US investigation of Hudson Valley Foie Gras - a Sullivan County, New York, farm that supplies the Gordon Ramsay-licensed restaurant at The London NYC hotel - has revealed abysmal factory-farm conditions at America's self-styled "premier producers of foie gras".

PETA US' investigator documented that prior to...

Read Post

Let's Honour World Day for Animals in Laboratories - By Making It One of the Last

(22) Comments | Posted 23 April 2013 | (10:58)

What a difference a year makes. Last year on this day, World Day for Animals in Laboratories, animal advocates were lamenting the possibility that the European Union would delay its monumental ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics indefinitely. But this year, we have reason to...

Read Post

Why an Earth Day Menu Shouldn't Include Meat

(59) Comments | Posted 22 April 2013 | (01:00)

This Earth Day, 22 April, many environmentalists will be advocating the three R's - recycling, reusing and reducing. While these actions are important and worthwhile, we would be better off focusing on a different letter: V for vegan. When you see a vegan logo on something, it means...

Read Post

Saying 'Neigh' to Meat Should Go Beyond Horses

(88) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (00:00)

Shock and outrage continue to grow, as every day seems to bring revelations of horsemeat being discovered in a new food product. And rightly so: Horses are smart, sensitive animals who deserve far better than to meet their end with a bolt gun - an often slow and agonising death...

Read Post