Mimi Bekhechi
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Mimi Bekhechi began working for PETA in 2007. As PETA UK's Associate 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.

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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day: Go Vegan

(1) Comments | Posted 21 April 2014 | (19:16)

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...

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Crufts: Worst in Show

(6) Comments | Posted 10 March 2014 | (08:27)

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...

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Auf Weidersehn, Pet Kingdom: Good Riddance

(2) Comments | Posted 24 January 2014 | (13:16)

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....

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This Holiday Season, Don't Buy Into Cruelty

(9) Comments | Posted 23 December 2013 | (12:29)

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...

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

(110) Comments | Posted 17 November 2013 | (23:00)

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,...

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When It Comes to Fur, Choose Compassion

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

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 -...

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

(75) Comments | Posted 18 September 2013 | (00:00)

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...

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Real Men Don't Wear Real Fur

(135) Comments | Posted 26 August 2013 | (00:00)

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,...

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

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

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...

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

(22) Comments | Posted 23 April 2013 | (09:58)

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...

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Why an Earth Day Menu Shouldn't Include Meat

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

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...

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Saying 'Neigh' to Meat Should Go Beyond Horses

(88) Comments | Posted 12 February 2013 | (23:00)

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...

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PETA's Top 10 Reasons to Give Up Meat This World Vegetarian Day, 1 October

(3) Comments | Posted 1 October 2012 | (09:12)

Gone are the days when vegetarians were served up lumpy lentil stews and dull-as-dishwater veggie dahls. Veggie faux meats such as bacon and sausages - along with an ever-expanding variety of fresh fruit and veggies - mean the vegetarian diet has taken the world by storm.

With World Vegetarian Day...

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Draining the Planet's Resources: Go Vegan for World Water Week

(24) Comments | Posted 29 August 2012 | (00:00)

In recent weeks, we've been inundated by news of the rising price of chicken, eggs, pork and animal-based foods caused by the worst drought seen in the United States in decades. The lack of rain has damaged or destroyed many of the wheat, corn and soya bean crops that are...

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Meat Is the Biggest Waste of Water

(131) Comments | Posted 17 April 2012 | (00:00)

The regional hosepipe ban has become an annual event almost as regular as Easter itself. But while millions of Britons all over southern England will be understandably peeved over being unable to water gardens and hose down patios over the coming weeks, it is important and timely to remind ourselves...

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Killer Whales - Liberty and Justice for All

(14) Comments | Posted 7 February 2012 | (23:00)

In a precedent-setting case, PETA US, three marine-mammal experts and two former orca trainers are suing SeaWorld on behalf of five orcas who were taken from their home by force, locked up, put to work and never allowed to leave. The case intends to prove that these orcas...

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Cruelty to Animals Should Concern Us All

(6) Comments | Posted 17 November 2011 | (22:00)

Grainy security-camera footage showing a young man repeatedly swinging a black cat named Mowgli by the tail has sparked outrage across the country - and for good reason. Not only was this act extremely cruel and terrifying for the cat, who reportedly arrived home disoriented and traumatised, it could also...

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The Imperative to Go Vegan as the Population Hits Seven Billion

(54) Comments | Posted 28 October 2011 | (00:00)

The UN expects that the world population will reach seven billion on 31 October, and experts predict that there will be at least nine billion humans on the planet by 2050. Global meat consumption is projected to double by 2050, too - a frightening prospect, considering the factory-farming nightmare required...

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