Mimi Bekhechi
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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

This Easter, Celebrate a 'Rebirth' of Your Own

(6) Comments | Posted 24 March 2016 | (10:32)

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.

Although...

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

(4) Comments | Posted 16 March 2016 | (16:12)

Three horses, Pont Alexandre, The Govaness and Rezorbi, have already died in the opening hours of the Cheltenham Festival, and more are sure to follow. How many horses must perish before horse-racing is put out to pasture once and for all? More than 400 horses die in racing in the...

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Abolishing Meat: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

(32) Comments | Posted 29 January 2016 | (23:00)

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...

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15 Things All Vegans Know to Be True at Christmas

(5) Comments | Posted 22 December 2015 | (13:16)

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!

1. We celebrate peace and goodwill for all. Most turkeys raised for their flesh spend most of their lives packed...

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Ten Reasons Why Animals Do Not Make Good Gifts

(11) Comments | Posted 16 December 2015 | (23:00)

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:

1. They can't simply be "re-gifted". An embarrassing reindeer sweater from Aunt Edna, a useless...

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

(1) Comments | Posted 11 November 2015 | (16:04)

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.

Without showing blood, guts or any...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 2 November 2015 | (16:09)

"Warning: Consumption of this product increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, and strokes."

I'm referring to meat. Last Monday, The World Health Organisation's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer published a report ranking processed meats as group 1 carcinogens. Bacon, ham and sausages now rank alongside cigarettes...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (14:32)

As a writer, I have a fascination with and appreciation for the English language. It's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, but it's equally true that a word can be worth a thousand pictures. Words are powerful. Think about the weight behind simple phrases such as "I...

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Unbearable Cruelty: 'The Island With Bear Grylls'

(29) Comments | Posted 23 May 2015 | (00:00)

As part of the Channel 4 reality show The Island With Bear Grylls, contestants were filmed creeping up on a sleeping pig and plunging a knife into the animal's neck. The pig could be heard screaming in pain and terror. In a previous episode of the show, contestants tracked down...

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Cruelty Charges Long Overdue for Foie Gras Farmers

(12) Comments | Posted 30 March 2015 | (00:00)

Last month, a judge struck down California's ban on the sale of foie gras. Focusing on a technicality, he ruled that foie gras is an "ingredient" and therefore covered by the US Poultry Products Inspection Act, which state law cannot override. Fortunately, California's attorney general has appealed the ruling. If...

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Let's Weigh in on the Cruelty in Zoos

(33) Comments | Posted 7 January 2015 | (23:00)

People don't often contemplate how a particular tradition got started, but we should certainly think about it when it's time for tradition to make way for progress. The annual zoo "weigh-in" is a great place to start.

Many zoos use this gimmick to attract visitors and garner...

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Are You Wearing Dog Skin?

(2) Comments | Posted 23 December 2014 | (23:00)

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,...

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There's No Such Thing as 'Ethical Fur'

(95) Comments | Posted 7 December 2014 | (23:00)

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...

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Keep Cruelty Out of Christmas

(7) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (23:00)

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...

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

(7) Comments | Posted 27 October 2014 | (23:00)

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...

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See the World, Just Not SeaWorld

(1) Comments | Posted 7 August 2014 | (17:39)

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...

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Let's Honour All War Veterans

(2) Comments | Posted 4 August 2014 | (10:29)

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...

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

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

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,...

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Cruelty Still Flies With Air France

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

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...

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We Must Resolve to Get Animals Out of Laboratories

(7) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (10:33)

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...

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