Joan Jett’s first PETA print ad; honored with activist award Nov 4

“I am Joan Jett, and I am a Vegetarian.”

On November 4, Iggy Pop presented Joan with the Nanci Alexander Activist Award at a gala event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the vegan restaurant Sublime. The award is named after the restaurant’s owner, who also founded the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. At the event, Joan unveiled her first print ad for PETA.

The ad premiered on Billboard, and features Joan next to the blurb, “A meatless diet saves animals from suffering, combats environmental destruction and is better from my health.”

  • Read more about the event at peta.org HERE and HERE.
  • See pics from the event at peta.org HERE.
  • Read more and see more pics at blogs.browardpalmbeach.com HERE and HERE.
  • Read all of Joan’s articles at peta.org HERE.

Too bad there’s no video. I would have loved to hear Joan’s and Iggy’s speeches!

VIDEO: Joan Jett at the Long Beach Waterfront Warriors Holiday Party, Dec 11, 2011

Here’s a video from the Long Beach Waterfront Warriors Holiday Party earlier this month, featuring an interview with Joan:

Watch on YouTube

From the LBWW home page:

Long Beach, NY — December 12, 2011 –The Long Beach Waterfront Warriors with the help of the Allegria Hotel, Long Beach Catholic Regional School and the VFW Lt. John F. O’Grady Post 1384, held a “wrap party” at the hotel this past Sunday, December 11, loading up care packages to be shipped to soldiers for the holidays. Over 300 packages were filled with necessities for servicemen and women who are on duty overseas and recuperating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and at the V.A. Hospital in Northport.

Several wounded service men from Walter Reed were on hand to meet the hundreds of volunteers who were sorting and packing cartons. And, as a special surprise for the guys, the Allegria’s Entertainment Sales Manager Ingrid Dodd set up a visit from none other than rock & roll legend Joan Jett! The talented musician thanked the men for their service, had photos taken with them and handed out plenty of CD’s for them to take back home.

For three years now, the LBWW’s, with the help of volunteers and contributions, have invited wounded, ill and injured soldiers to Long Beach for a few days of relaxation along our beaches with fun activities, welcome parades and trips to New York City.

Read more on the LBWW’s home page here. If you’re interested in volunteering or donating to the Long Beach Waterfront Warriors, click HERE.

Limited edition famous vegetarian US postage stamps still available from PETA

Joan Jett is one of 20 famous vegetarians featured on real United States postage stamps, released in limited edition by PETA. Read more about it at shewired.com.

From shewired.com

Click here to purchase while they are still available!

(Note to those in the U.S.: These are 44 cent stamps, and postage is going up to 45 cents in January. But you probably won’t spend these, will you? 😉 )

Joan Jett petitions Norway to make seal import hearings public

Joan Jett is in Europe right now to play a few dates, starting tonight in Oslo, Norway. Yesterday, she delivered a letter on PETA’s behalf to Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre concerning Norway’s objections to the European Union’s ban on seal imports from Canada.

Animal rights activists are trying to end Canada’s barbaric seal-slaughtering practices, and they want the E.U.’s import bans to remain in force. The World Trade Organization has decided to grant a hearing for Canada and Norway to plead their case, and Joan’s letter urges the Norwegian government to make the hearings open to the public. People deserve to know where the goods they buy really come from. Here is Joan’s letter, from peta.org:

Dear Mr. Gahr Støre,

In the wake of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) decision to formally hear Norway and Canada’s case against the E.U.’s ban on seal imports, I urge you to please open up hearings to the public and make all submissions publicly available when they are filed.

Norway buys most seal pelts from Canada, then ships them for sale in countries that aren’t aware of the cruelty. Just one Norwegian company purchases close to 80 percent of the pelts. Norwegian citizens deserve to know that their government has provided significant financial assistance to this company for years, which indirectly helps prop up Canada’s cruel baby-seal slaughter. For a country so compassionate that it would ban fur from fashion shows, supporting Canada’s seal massacre just seems ridiculous.

Most people are horrified to learn that seals in Canada are bludgeoned and even skinned alive for their fur. Norwegians and kind people everywhere have the opportunity to weigh in on this issue by submitting comments to the WTO panel deciding the case, and I hope that they will join me in demanding that the government not allow Norway to be a partner in the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals on the planet, which has been condemned by world leaders such as President Barack Obama, Vladamir Putin, and the Dalai Lama. The Canadian government is hiding behind its native people, even though Inuit hunting accounts for only 3 percent of the seals slaughtered and the E.U. ban has an exception for indigenous people’s hunting, which protects such small-scale traditional practices. If Norway has nothing to hide, why not make the process public?

I—and my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and NOAH—hope to hear that you will do the right thing here. Thanks for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Joan Jett

Click HERE for a news video from Norway covering Joan’s presentation of the letter, which includes an interview with Joan.

Visit CanadaShame.com for more information about the seal slaughter and ways you can help.