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Movies & Vegan Fashion Shows: PETA opens Silver Lake events center to support its mission

By BARRY LANK

SILVER LAKE — Neighbors may have noticed that a new PETA storefront popped up last fall at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way at the site of the old Silverlake Furniture store. It’s called the PETA Empathy Center. But what is it exactly?

The animal rights group, which now owns that building and has covered it with bold graphic designs, says the Empathy Center is being used specifically for community events, such as upcoming movie screenings of “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Secret Life of Pets.”  It’s also hosted a vegan runway fashion show and panel discussion and, last October, the organization hosted Naked Ambition, an exhibit and retrospective of its ads featuring nude celebrities.

The new empathy center is located about two blocks away from its West Coast headquarters, The Bob Barker Center, in Echo Park.

“Many of our guests live right in the neighborhood, and we’ve been able to connect with a lot of people who care about animal-protection issues,” said Katie Arth, media assistant manager at PETA. “Some people have popped in for coffee when that has been on offer.”

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14 comments

  1. I’ve gone by the building and the murals rock! So glad PETA has more space to hold cruelty-free events and spread their message of animal rights.

  2. Nice way to get the message of compassion out and reach out to neighbors at the same time. I’d visit if I were closer! 🙂

  3. This is so cool. I support any organization that is trying to spread a message of empathy.

  4. This is a great idea and I look forward to seeing more events being offered there. I would especially like to see vegan food tastings–everyone loves free food!

  5. What a great idea. Here;s hoping that PETA opens another center on the East Coast.

  6. Has anyone noticed that the same group of people always comes out to comment on every PETA related article on any blog? Lucy P, Kim Marie, Amy Donovan, Craig Shapiro…

    • Exactly. Guess who?!

      PETA is to animal rights as Scientology is to religion. I guess their intentions are good, but man are they out of step with society.

  7. Where is the parking for the events?

  8. This is so great to have as another resource to spread information about the rights of animals since they can not speak for themselves. With the new administration, it has gotten tougher for us to speak for them. In addition to saving animals from being tortured for food, it is important work in terms of the environment as a plant based diet uses far less water and resources to produce and the environment needs even more protection with our new government as well. I love how they are reaching out to the next generation by showing kids movies as they are our future leaders and policy makers.

  9. What a great concept! I’m already vegan, but I’m curious to see the center and I hope others will be, too. We need more empanthy in this world.

  10. It’s a shame this property couldn’t have been something useful.

  11. What a delightful surprise. Yes!

  12. This is fantastic. I love what PETA does and this has to be good for surrounding residential property values.

  13. that money could have gone to direct services not LAND BANKING!
    When the directors take a pay decrease I will believe and support PETA. TILL THAN CHALE CON PETA!

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