• Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Why Kanye's St. Louis Tour Date Was Really Cancelled

    By Jay Stephens It's been almost two week since the truck carrying Kanye West's specialized tour equipment was in a mysterious accident, resulting in the postponement of many of the shows on the YEEZUS tour and the outright cancellation of its St. Louis date. There is still no new information regar ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Bros Wear Soldier, Osama bin Laden Halloween Costumes; Wash. U. Students Outraged

    A Halloween photo of three Washington University students dressed in military fatigues pointing Super Soakers at a student dressed as Osama bin Laden went viral Wednesday, sparking outrage over anti-Muslim sentiments on the Danforth campus. College officials called an emergency meeting Thursday mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Washington University Continues To Use Cats, Defends Practice, Sparks Outrage From PETA

    Last month, Daily RFT broke the news that Washington University and St. Louis Children's Hospital were discontinuing their controversial practice of using live cats in a joint pediatric advanced life support (PALS) course. Animal-rights activists locally and nationally celebrated the news -- after y ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    SIUE Backs Off Controversial Plan To Capture, Kill Canada Geese After Campus Backlash

    The geese that roam the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville can be aggressive and threatening -- and sometimes even attack humans. At least this is the case according to some campus officials, who announced yesterday morning in an e-mail to students a plan to gather up geese on campu ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Washington University Stops Using Live Cats in Training Class After Years of PETA Protests

    Washington University is permanently ending its controversial practice of using live cats in a medical training course. Since 2008, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been pressuring Washington University and St. Louis Children's Hospital to disband what PETA has labeled the "cat lab. ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    PETA Attacks Washington University's Use of Live Cats With "False Advertising" Complaint

    Last month, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released an "undercover video" inside one of Washington University's labs, which the group says reveals the school's mistreatment of live cats in one of its courses. Soon after, PETA made more of a splash with an announcement that The Price Is ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Bob Barker Writes to Washington University: I'll Pay You $75,000 to Stop Abusing Cats

    Bob Barker -- yes, Bob Barker -- is pressuring Washington University in St. Louis to end its controversial practice of using live cats in medical school training classes. "I love cats. I love all animals," the television host tells Daily RFT in a phone interview. "It's upsetting to me.... There's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Washington University: PETA Goes Undercover to Expose the "Cruel Cat Lab" (VIDEO)

    Is it necessary for Washington University to use live cats as part of a medical training program? That question was raised again last week when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released an "undercover video" that gives viewers a look inside the medical school's practice of intubating anes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    An Open Letter to Missouri Rep. Rory Ellinger, Re: Missouri State Dog

    Dear Representative Ellinger, First of all, congratulations on your victory in last week's primary! Yes, yes, we know you ran unopposed -- and will run unopposed again in November -- but a lot of people came out to vote for you and only you, which must be a real self-esteem booster. We're very happ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Medical Catfight: PETA Sinks Claws into Wash. U.'s Pediatrics Program

    There are a few skills every aspiring pediatrician needs to master. Some, such as remaining straight-faced while insisting that a shot won't hurt, are relatively easy to pick up. Others, like intubating an infant -- a notoriously difficult procedure that involves inserting a plastic tube into a baby ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Just How Many Tofu Boys Do We Need?

    gameculture.comPETA's take on Tofu Boy.​ Variety magazine recently published an article about the growth of Chinese animation, breaking the news that the Chinese animated feature film Tofu Boy is slated to hit U.S. theaters during the holidays in 2013. It's a retelling of Pinocchio set in mode ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    UniverSoul Tiger Papers Produced; County Closes Investigation

    St. Louis County has now seen proof that the tiger whose paw got stuck in his cage earlier this month has been checked out by a vet.​So much for that.The St. Louis County Health Department has closed its investigation into the health and welfare of a tiger associated with the UniverSoul Circus, wh ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Tiger Trouble: County Investigating PETA Complaint Over Circus at Jamestown Mall

    PETA's video shows a tiger with his paw trapped under the bars of his cage at the UniverSoul Circus.​ UPDATED at 4:45 p.m. with comments from UniverSoul Circus. Yesterday, the UniverSoul Circus opened a five-day run at the Jamestown Mall -- bringing its dancing dogs, amazing acrobats and terr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Ten Guilt-Free Eats for the Rapture

    Image via​You may already have heard the news that Judgment Day will take place this Saturday, May 21. If you're not Team Rapture, then you'll have until October 21 (at the latest) to suffer as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. Then, as the Lord said unto Matthew, "Blammo!" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Naked Women Invade the Loop!

    Diana BenantiHolly Kersten and Lauren Quillo stumping for PETA in the Loop. ​Nothing says animal rights like a couple of naked chicks standing on a street corner, right? Two St. Louis lovelies bared arms, legs and backsides for PETA in the Delmar Loop yesterday, hoping to educate passersby on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Nudie Foodies Bring Food Fetishism Mainstream for Japan Tsunami Relief​Food and sex keep colliding all over the place, often in the name of doing good. The Loop had a couple of naked ladies promoting veganism for PETA yesterday. Elsewhere, food bloggers are losing their clothes to aid Japan. The Nudie Foodies are 18 "cover model-caliber ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Florissant Woman Honored for Saving Dog's Life

    PETA loves Donna Oelze!​Donna Oelze might have good reason to be sick and tired of dogs. She works as a groomer, after all, and (take it from this dog owner!) not every pup is delighted to get his hair cut or his toenails clipped.But when Oelze saw a dog walk into the traffic on I-270 and get stru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Breast Milk Ice Cream & Six Other Grown-Up Foods Made From Breast Milk

    Ewww, gross! Ice cream made from breast milk! Oh, wait ... maybe that's not so bad. We're mammals. Cows are mammals. The milk's screened to hospital standards. And it's free-range! As long as Mum gets out of the house on occasion. "How can anybody possibly say this is disgusting? If it's good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    The Daily Show Investigates Missouri's Anti-Puppy-Mill Propaganda

    Then again, Olivia Munn has also "bared it all" for PETA.​Sure, a majority of Missourians last week voted in favor of tougher state regulations for puppy mills. But those voters clearly had no idea what they were voting for as evident in the following: A) Missouri legislators announced this week t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Elephants Stroll The City, Humane Officials Jog Along

    He'd really rather not dance in a costume, thanks.​Check out Todd C. Frankel's really terrific article in today's Post-Dispatch about an unusual alliance here in St. Louis between animal control and the ever-controversial PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The group, which advocate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Ten Animal Parts You Probably Didn't Know Were Food

    Photo from bbc dig it​After watching Anthony "No Reservations" Bourdain dine on warthog anus (yes, warthog anus), it seemed potentially instructive to search the web for other implausible anatomical snacks.It was.So, to honor Mr. Bourdain's adventurous palate, here's a compilation of the top eight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Lady Gaga's Meat Dress Draws Scorn of PETA, Butchers

    Screenshot:​Fact: Intermittently interesting pop megastar Lady Gaga wore a dress made out of meat at MTV's Orgy of Irrelevance Video Music Awards. The blogosphere observed, snarked and was prepared to move on. Shockingly, not everyone wanted to let the matter drop.First, we have P ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010
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    February 2, 2010

    Imagine If You Will a Robotic Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day

    For the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, every day is Groundhog Day. This of course means that every day is a new day to summon yet another spasm of outrage and cite a further example of man's inhumanity -- to animals. On this particular Groundhog Day, PETA has outdone them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Vegans Who Aren't Morrissey Also Love the Pageant

    Todd Owyoung​Morrissey's concert rider bans meat from whatever venue he happens to be playing that night, due to his staunch vegan status. (When he played the Pageant last year, the hot dog cart even had to take the night off!) We're not sure if that has anything to do with the following item, ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009
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    December 29, 2009

    Atheist Organization Promises to Take Care of Your Pet Post-Rapture He didn't make it that time. But He'll be here. Eventually.​To Unreal, the Rapture seems like a very selfish thing. Sure, you get saved (Unreal is pretty sure we will not be in that number), but what about the sinners you left behind? What about your pets for God's sak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    2009 in Review: January

    ​​When Gut Check learned that the Chocolate Oreo Milkshake at Baskin Robbins had been named the worst food in America, checking in at 2,600 calories and 263 grams of sugar...well, we just had to try it! The grim results and the rest of the month in review after the jump.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Video: Happy Thanksgiving from PETA

    ​ ​Via Huffington Post, which reports that NBC won't air a Thanksgiving-themed ad from PETA. Frankly, I think that's outrageous. Who the hell is offended by rainbows?

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Powers-that-be Prohibit PETA Protest Pachyderm

    blog.peta.orgProtest statue, "Ella Phantzperil"​PETA does not clown around about hatin' on circuses. Earlier this year, they did an uncover investigation on Ringling Brothers and posted some elephant-beating footage on the aptly named Web site,, the big top is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Don't Stalk George Clooney. EAT HIM.

    OK. We here at Gut Check International Headquarters are as guilty as anyone of obsessing over George Clooney's presence in our fair city. However, today brings news that makes even us blanch. PETA wants to sell tofu that tastes like the actor.Yeah. You read that right.From the always reputable E! (v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    PETA Supporters Bare Beliefs Downtown

    Those familiar with animal rights organization PETA know the group puts out risque advertisements in order to draw attention to their cause. It's not often though, that they take to the streets of the Gateway City.After the jump, two PETA protests spotted today at 9th and Olive streets downtown.

  • News

    February 4, 2009
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    June 30, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.30

    The FDA continues to seek the source of the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes -- though some wonder if tomatoes really are the culprit. (Washington Post) An in-depth look at how nations hoarding food is worsening the food crisis. (New York Times) Remember the outbreak of botulism in chili-dog sauce ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 5.22

    As expected, President Bush vetoed the farm bill. However, the bill passed both the House and the Senate with enough votes to override a veto. (AP) Even record crop production won't bring down food costs, according to a new UN report. (Guardian) Last week's immigration raid on an Iowa slaughterhou ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008
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    April 21, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 4.21

    Today's food crisis update: The rise in food costs could imperil several years' worth of anti-poverty efforts. (Los Angeles Times) PETA offers a $1 million prize for developing fake meat. (New York Times) A in-depth look at the controversy over eating meat and dairy from cloned animals. (Guardian) ... More >>

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    December 31, 2007

    Press Release of the Day

    Yeah, we've been, uh, up to other stuff during this holiday time. Here's a press release to tide you over till 2008: From: Subject: PETA's Edgy New 'Sex Talk' Ad Hits the Airwaves in St. Louis Date: December 31, 2007 3:27:20 PM CST After being rejected by all TV network affilia ... More >>

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    September 21, 2007

    Daily Web Crawl

    Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE www.macleans.caPhotoshop: the only justice in this world.Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath chats with Paul Friswold about everything -- from Mississippi Nights to David Beckham. Ian visits Frazer's Restaurant and Lounge for ... More >>

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    August 21, 2007

    Cold Comfort

    Who hasn't visited the Saint Louis Zoo on a hot summer afternoon and felt a little sorry for the polar bears? Make that polar bear. Hope's the only one left. Churchill and Penny died in 2005. A local whistle blower tipped the animal-activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of ... More >>

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    January 31, 2007
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    April 26, 2006

    Fish Sick

    Unreal always cleans our plate, but now we're a little nervous about fish. Oh, and hot dogs. Plus -- the cops don't like it when you fake a carjacking. Who knew?

  • Music

    November 23, 2005

    Most Precious Blood

    Saturday, November 26; The Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

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    December 22, 2004

    Hot Air

    Unreal sees what all the inflatable fuss is about, learns why kitties are bad presents and talks to a man who loves hotties-but-smarties; plus, the second installment of Local Blog o' the Week!

  • Dining

    November 3, 2004

    Bone Appétit

    Villa Farotto makes it OK to love meat

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    November 26, 2003


    Week of November 26, 2003

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    November 19, 2003

    Hot and Bothered

    Fight off the November chill with this extra-sizzlin' edition of Unreal (once we put our clothes back on, we'll check in with the Sanford-Brown Indians, pick up a few local papers and have our groceries bagged by inmates)

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    July 30, 2003

    Suits & Thugs & Rock & Roll

    Cockfighting, prescription-drug abuse and other pursuits that tiptoe over the line of legality; plus, we give a shout-out to Plaza Frontenac

  • Film

    June 25, 2003

    Dead to Rights

    Stripped of pretentious excess, Danny Boyle gets his mojo back in 28 Days Later

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    January 27, 1999
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