London's Battersea Power Station, which featured on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals, is to be turned into a residential/industrial complex that will house stores, offices and luxury housing. The Malaysian developers funding the demolition of the fabled building on the banks of the Thames are planning to rebuild the power station's iconic smokestack towers, even painting them the same colour as the originals.
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters performed at a star-studded charity gala over the weekend (30-31Aug14) to promote chemical-free landscape gardening. The rocker topped the line-up at the family picnic and concert in East Hampton, New York on Saturday (30Aug14) to raise funds and awareness for the Perfect Earth Project, which campaigns for toxin-free garden maintenance.
According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Rufus Wainwright, singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, British folk star Teddy Thompson and experimental artist Laurie Anderson also provided entertainment as guests dined on picnic food and petted animals from a nearby wildlife reserve.
Guests at the event included Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart and B-52s singer Fred Schneider.
Britney Spears has spent more than $30,000 (£17,647) on her two dogs over the last year, according to court documents.
The Toxic star paid $8,212 (£4,831) for a Yorkshire Terrier and $5,568 (£3,275) for a white Maltese last year (13), and she went on to splash out $1,585 (£932) on clothes for her pampered pooches.
Court documents filed as part of Spears' conservatorship case, and obtained by TMZ.com, also show she spent another $5,205 (£3,062) on care for the dogs, as well as other expenses such as food, bringing the total expenditure on the animals to more than $30,000.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been given a very special wedding present - a pair of rescued chinchillas.
The couple wed in secret in France at the weekend (23Aug14) and now activists at PETA have honoured the animal-loving pair by naming two newly-free pets after them. Brad and Angelina are up for adoption at PETA's Virginia headquarters after the organisation's leaders closed down one of the largest chinchilla ranches in California.
Announcing the furry wedding gift, PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange tells WENN, "Among Brad's and Angelina's kind acts are their animal rescues, as well as making their wardrobes fur-free, so naming two of PETA's rescued chinchillas in their honour seems an apt wedding present. "We can all follow this couple's great example, and help chinchillas like Brad and Angelina, by refusing to wear any real animal fur."
The pets are two of more than 400 chinchillas rescued from Valley View Chinchilla Ranch, where animals deemed not suitable as pets were electrocuted and skinned so their pelts could be made into bedspreads, coats and scarves. PETA bosses have sent the newlyweds a letter alerting them to their wedding present.
Canadian singer Grimes is following in the footsteps of Pamela Anderson by refusing to participate in the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge because the researchers benefiting from the awareness and cash boost carry out tests on animals. The former Baywatch star urged celebrities to investigate the charity's research practices in a message on Facebook.com earlier this week (ends24Aug14).
She wrote, "I can't bring myself to do your Ice bucket challenge. I enjoy a good dare - It's always good to bring awareness - in fun, creative ways. I don't want to take away from that...
"I thought Instead I'd challenge ALS to stop Animal testing...Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn't only cruel - it's a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures..."
Grimes has joined Anderson in her boycott, but has vowed to donate to The Malala Fund, which "empowers girls through education
to achieve their potential and be agents of positive change in their communities," instead.
On her website, she writes, "I would like to say that I don't feel great about wasting water in this california (sic) drought, but i will donate money.
"However I will not donate money to this foundation because of their record of testing on animals, but I will donate money to the Malala fund because education is the key to ending almost every issue that faces humanity and our world today..."
ALS Association bosses have confirmed they sponsor testing on mice and worms.
The Seekers singer Judith Durham has taken aim at a leading Australian tax consultancy for using a performing elephant in a TV advertisement. The Georgy Girl hitmaker was horrified to discover bosses of H&R Block had commissioned a commercial featuring a Thai elephant specially painted to blend in with a background wall.
Durham has now written to the company's managing director Brodie Dixon urging him to pull the ad, insisting many of the beasts used for filming are ill-treated.
In the note, sent via People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Australian star writes, "I am dismayed to learn from my friends at PETA Australia that a new H&R Block commercial includes a scene with an elephant. I feel certain that it was a lack of understanding that led to this ill-conceived decision, and I hope that after learning more about how elephants suffer when used as non-consenting 'actors', you'll pull the ad without delay... Whatever reassurances you may have been given, no reputable sanctuary would hire out elephants as trained performers.
"Since the commercial was filmed in Bangkok, you may be shocked to learn that Thailand is the world's largest promoter of elephant camps in which the barbaric Phaajaan ritual is used to break baby elephants' spirits... In these facilities, still-nursing baby elephants are dragged from their mothers, bound with ropes and steel cables and immobilised in wooden cages. They are beaten mercilessly for days while deprived of food, water and sleep...
"I hope you are as appalled by this information as we all should be and act upon it by immediately pulling H&R Block's new advertisement."
Actress Pamela Anderson is urging officials in India to push ahead with plans to ban animal-tested cosmetics as pressure groups lobby against the proposal. The country's Ministry of Health & Family Welfare wants to amend the law to include a ban on the importation and sale of make-up and beauty products that have been tested on animals.
Now former Baywatch star Anderson has thrown her support behind the proposal and has written a letter to India's Health Minister Harsh Vardhan urging him not to back down.
In the note, sent via People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, she writes, "Please resist special interests and 'dinosaur' companies who still test in crude and cruel ways and do the right, kind thing. Please pass the proposed ban on the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals without delay.
"The European Union and Israel have already banned the marketing and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients were tested on animals, and more than 1,400 companies around the world have also banned all animal tests in favour of modern, non-animal and human-relevant test methods. They no longer drip substances into rabbits' eyes, smear them onto guinea pigs' abraded skin, spray them into dogs' and monkeys' faces, and force them down animals' throats, the thought of which makes me sick."
Jackass star Steve-O is facing a police investigation after confessing he was responsible for a SeaWorld freeway sign prank that upset theme park bosses.
The TV personality, who is a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), posted a video on YouTube.com on Wednesday (20Aug14) showing him defacing a billboard in San Diego, California Steve-O changed the sign to read 'Sea World Sucks' as a protest against the way killer whales are treated at the popular aquatic tourist attraction.
In the footage, which he titled Breaking the Law, the prankster says, "I'm putting my foot down for (whale) Shamu. If doing that was wrong, I don't want to be right! Screw you, SeaWorld!"
However, Steve-O may be facing legal troubles following his public confession. A representative for the California Highway Patrol has confirmed an investigation has been launched, telling Los Angeles news station KTLA the highway patrol was given "a case of alleged vandalism for investigation and possible prosecution in connection with the incident".
A statement from the California Department of Transportation adds, "We consider defacing public property at a cost to state taxpayers an unlawful act and a dangerous distraction for motorists. Not figured into the equation is the danger to highway workers and the inconvenience to motorists."
A spokesperson for the department adds the sign cost more than $7,000 (£4,118) to be replaced.
The celebrity backlash against the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has begun with Pamela Anderson urging the stars tipping freezing water over their heads to research the charity they are helping. Some of the world's biggest names, including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Ben Affleck, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears have doused themselves with icy water and posted the footage on social media as part of the new charity phenomenon, aimed at raising money and awareness for the ALS Association, which is attempting to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease.
But Anderson won't be joining them until the organisation stops funding animal testing.
In a message on Facebook.com, she writes, "I can't bring myself to do your Ice bucket challenge. I enjoy a good dare - It's always good to bring awareness - in fun, creative ways. I don't want to take away from that...
"I thought Instead I'd challenge ALS to stop Animal testing...Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn't only cruel - it's a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures."
She continues, "Please, help scientists make real progress toward treating and curing human diseases by visiting HumaneSeal.org to find and support charities that never harm animals and which pour their time and resources into advanced, promising, human-relevant cures."
Meanwhile, Pink's husband Carey Hart has also taken aim at the stars tipping water over themselves and then not donating to the cause.
In a message on Instagram.com, he writes, "I went the contribution route. I figure ALS would rather have my money than see me wet..."
On Twitter.com, he adds, "It's extremely creepy and annoying how obsessed people are w/ (with) this ice bucket challenge. The purpose is 2 raise money for an awful disease."
Rapper Ice T has also taken to Twitter.com in recent days in an attempt to shame the stars who appear to be using the Ice Bucket Challenge to promote themselves and not the charity.
And stars like actor Zachary Quinto are refusing to take the challenge because it sends the wrong message about the ongoing drought in California.
He says, "In light of the staggering drought in California and the desperate need for clean drinking water in developing countries I opt for donating directly to project ALS in lieu of an ice bucket challenge."