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Worthy research

In his interview with Liz Pelly (" PETA on Primates ," Back Talk, August 5), PETA's Justin Goodman mixes up a stew of half-truths and misstatements and then slops the results all over biomedical research with animals.
Letters to the Boston editors, September 9, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 09, 2011

PETA on primates

We spoke with Justin Goodman, associate director of PETA's laboratory investigations, about the use of primates for experimentation in schools and labs around Boston, the US, and the world.
The animal-rights organization's case against the labs
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 05, 2011

Moronic PETA activists strip naked, clown about a serious issue

I'm no fan of animal cruelty. Which is why I hate PETA. They're unduly cruel and ridiculous to their fellow animals (the human kind) in...
By Jeff Inglis  |  May 24, 2011

Photos: Myopia Sled Dog Races

Dog teams test their speeds at the Myopia Sled Dog races at Appleton Farms in Ipswitch on January 15, 2011.
Myopia Sled Dog Races | Appleton Farms, Ipswitch | January 15, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 28, 2011

Mush it real good

A thousand frozen dogsled fanatics line the track's edge as approaching yaps signal a start to the races.
Dog Days Dept.
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  January 21, 2011

Photos: PETA Fashion Week protest [vaguely NSFW]

PETA members protest fur as fashion at Copley Square on September 30, 2010, as a response to Boston Fashion Week.
PETA Fashion Week protest in Copley Square | September 30, 2010
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  October 08, 2010

PETA's 'Girls Gone Wild' descend upon Copley Square.

PETA's 'Girls Gone Wild' descend upon Copley Square.

Parading three naked young girls painted to look like animals hunted and tortured for their fur isn't the craziest thing PETA has ever done by...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  October 01, 2010
Lions and Tigers and Bare...Oh My!: PETA's "Girls Gone Wild" in Copley Square

Lions and Tigers and Bare...Oh My!: PETA's "Girls Gone Wild" in Copley Square

Thursday was an awfully blustery day to be buck naked out in Copley Square. I couldn't help thinking about all the places that pesky wind...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  October 01, 2010

Naked Boston

Every year, Ol' Man Winter cruelly turns Bostonians' bodies into shriveled, cracked sacks of atrophied muscle and lumpy goo — not exactly fodder for Playmate of the Month.
Spring has finally arrived! So take off all your clothes with these seven ways to celebrate nudity in greater Boston.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  March 19, 2010
Groundhog Judgment Day: PETA demands a robot Punxsutawney Phil

Groundhog Judgment Day: PETA demands a robot Punxsutawney Phil

 What happens if Hognet becomes self-aware this TuesdayIn the spirit of the season, PETA have momentarily put aside their paint-slinging and nudity-exploiting, opting to set...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  February 01, 2010
PODCAST: Happy Thanksgiving from Alicia Silverstone: Don't eat meat!

PODCAST: Happy Thanksgiving from Alicia Silverstone: Don't eat meat!

 It would be hard to imagine a pair of books about vegetarianism that are quite so different as Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals (which we...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 26, 2009


Stuck in his Throat

Growing up in Sudbury, David Bertolino’s upbringing was strictly G-rated.
Suburban, family-oriented David Bertolino has a dream: to stage a play about  Deep Throat , one of the most controversial films of all time
By JON HART  |  October 30, 2009

Monkey Business

Craig Cook remembers when friends tried to draw him out of a deep depression — by offering to get him a monkey.
Boston's an academic city, even for capuchins who attend Brighton's Monkey College, where they are trained to be live-in lifesavers for the disabled
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 23, 2009

Crossword: ''Tune in, drop out''

Who needs high school?
Who needs high school?
By MATT JONES  |  September 11, 2009

Review: The Cove

There's something at stake here, and it's not just the conscience of Ric O'Barry, who as the former dolphin trainer for the 1960s television show Flipper feels responsible for the planet's porpoise fetish.
Secret dolphin slaughter revealed
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 07, 2009

Amnesty International liberates City Hall

Old-school Jamaica Plain and Cambridge hippies had better step up their game.
The kids are all right
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 01, 2009


The whiff of art

The stench came from the rotting corpse — well, it appeared to be a corpse — of a woman who'd been laid out on a metal table like an exhumed murder victim awaiting a coroner's examination.
Heide Hatry, Misaki Kawai, Andrew Mowbray, and William Pope.L
By GREG COOK  |  March 03, 2009

The Big Hurt: Who charted?

In order to serve you better, I'll be taking an occasional look at the charts and giving a brief rundown of the week in pop.
Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 12, 2009

Green around the gills

Spotting environmentalists used to be easy.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 02, 2008

Here comes trouble

There’s nothing like a brouhaha to make art feel relevant. And the Boston art scene has just been blessed by two.
Street art pisses off neighbors, meat pisses off PETA
By GREG COOK  |  July 15, 2008

Bright lights of America

Once, I was even called a New York Yankees fan.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 30, 2008

PETA’s Dan Mathews says all animals are equal

With its boldest gambit yet — offering $1 million to the person who can create “commercially viable” fake meat — PETA continues to push boundaries in its fight for animal rights.
By KATE MAYHEW  |  April 23, 2008

Were they just bluffing?

The world is full of aggrieved groups: the Kurds, PETA, Boston firefighters. But you probably wouldn’t think to put poker players on the list.
Online-poker players ante up, then fold
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 20, 2008

Everything is coming up bacon

Pigs are noble creatures, selflessly giving of their delectable flesh — and we need as many of them as we can get.
That intoxicating smell, the siren-call sizzle — looks like pop culture has gone hog wild
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 22, 2008

The big hurt: Hello, goodbye

I should probably explain that this is not the same David Thorpe who recently resigned from a different local newspaper where he wrote a beloved weekly column very, very much like this one.
And a warm hello to STP, Britney, and Lily Allen
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 20, 2008


Cruella de Vil shows her softer, dog-loving side

It may come as a surprise that Glenn Close is a dog lover, given her history of playing characters who wouldn’t win any awards from PETA.
Venue watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 14, 2007

The witching hour

WICKED is a very different witch hunt from the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel on which it is based.
Wicked , plus The Atheist , A Streetcar Named Desire , Zanna, Don’t!
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 18, 2007

The taste of sanctimony

Both the Maine Animal Coalition’s recent Vegetarian Food Festival and Mike White’s new film Year of the Dog explore the idea that the confinement and killing of animals is the great moral shame of our time.
Animal-rights activists flavor their philosophy with purity in Year of the Dog and a vegetarian food fest
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 09, 2007

Fresh meat

Thanks for the interesting article, but I disagree with your stance on the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) contest.
Letters to the Boston editor