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501 Front St Norfolk VA 23510 USA

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals. PETA operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the fur trade, and in the entertainment industry. PETA also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other "pests," and the abuse of backyard dogs. PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and direct action.

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  PETA receives complaints of cruelty to animals; works for the release of and obtains care for abused, neglected, and at-risk animals; investigates cruelty cases; gathers evidence of law violations; and takes action to ensure the enforcement of laws and regulations in an effort to protect the animals involved. Among other highlights of fiscal year 2009, we publicized the results of our undercover investigation into Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, where we documented workers beating and whipping elephants dozens of times in venues across the country. PETA’s undercover investigation showing workers kicking, beating, jabbing, and slamming piglets against the floor at an Iowa Hormel supplier resulted in 22 criminal charges, and our undercover footage of workers stomping, kicking, throwing, and inhumanely killing turkeys at Aviagen's factory farms in West Virginia resulted in 19 indictments for cruelty—the first time in U.S. history that factory-farm employees have faced felony cruelty-to-animals charges for abusing birds. We also aided in bringing many other animal abusers to justice, including a New York State Thoroughbred breeder accused of starving and neglecting 177 horses, and two Texas men charged with shooting and killing a dog.

We were victorious in a lawsuit to stop the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) from granting licenses to animal shelters that employ gas chambers, a cruel form of “euthanasia” used to kill cats and dogs, and were instrumental in having the Clay County Animal Control in Florida cited for performing an experiment in which a dog was left in a sweltering car to see if he would suffer from heatstroke. We worked with law enforcement officials to humanely euthanize a suffering “downed” cow; got help for 30 dogs who were being kept in mud-filled pens in South Carolina; and rescued a 140-year-old lobster who had been confined to a tank inside a New York City restaurant. We also operated our highly successful spay-and-neuter program, which makes surgeries available at little to no cost to disadvantaged animal guardians, preventing thousands of unwanted litters and providing relief to overburdened, government-run animal control offices and local animal shelters.

 

PETA conducts educational campaigns and publishes materials that are distributed to students, teachers, the general public, and supporters. Major publications include materials made available through our programs for younger children, high school and college students, and educators as well as publications such as factsheets, booklets, fliers, posters, and PETA’s magazine, Animal Times. Campaigns involve renowned celebrities, extensive media attention, interactive Web site features that reach millions of viewers, and public service announcements, which are typically placed for free in high-exposure outlets.

 

PETA organizes campaigns to inform the public about, among other things, how animals are abused in the food, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment industries. Among other events in fiscal year 2009, PETA pressured Bolivia to enact their first animal protection regulation against horrific military training exercises; convinced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discontinue testing a sweetener derived from stevia on rats; prompted the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to ban the use of anabolic steroids for all racehorses and "snapper" whips for harness racing;persuaded Zappos.com, JCPenney, and Urban Outfitters to go fur-free; persuaded the University of Connecticut Health Center, and a Florida medical conference to stop torturing and killing animals in outdated medical training e

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been associated with PETA for the past eight years, concerning a number of animal protection issues in Las Vegas where we've needed assistance. They come through with a caring staff and any available resources. They've been great about conducting follow up afterwards, as well. I have gotten to know many of their staff members around the country, and I cannot express how effective I feel they are. I will always be indebted to them for helping us with chained dogs, poisoned birds, animal neglect, captive wildlife, bad zoo's, and a host of other animal welfare issues. They are also a wonderful one-stop shop for obtaining information from experts and getting help with legislation to protect animals. I routinely order their materials for my humane education presentations, which have become popular. PETA is among my top favorite global animal welfare organizations and I am very happy to support them, as a donor, volunteer and collaborator in the cause.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I somehow got onto PETA's mailing list in the mid-1980's, and was horrified at the things I learned. I was previously unaware of much of the egregious abuse commonly inflicted upon animals, and that most of the cruelties are routine and legal. This information led me to bring my lifestyle in line with my ethical beliefs, and I will be forever grateful. I have now been a PETA member, volunteer, and vegan for almost 30 years. I am very proud of the time I spent advocating for animals alongside PETA. I have never been around such a great bunch of dedicated individuals, and I believe much of the reason is because of the example set by the co-founder and president, Ingrid Newkirk. Her incredible work ethic and integrity are undeniable and infectious. It became clear once I got to know Ms. Newkirk that what is important to her is the welfare of the animals, not the promotion of the organization or an increase to her bank account. She accepts only minimal compensation, which is is quite rare these days. So many non-profit executives seem much too interested in self-promotion and personal enrichment.

My only complaint about PETA is that I wish they would spend more time explaining the numerous ways they work on behalf animals. Many people know of the organization only because of some of the attention-getting antics. I totally support those antics and have often taken part; they are necessary to call attention to the plight of animals that would otherwise be ignored. But unknown to many are the number of scientists, PhD's, attorneys, and other dedicated professionals on staff who are working around the globe on so many levels to make the world a less cruel place for animals. Thanks to the work of PETA, many abusive practices that were once routine and commonplace have been relegated to the history books. The incredible accomplishments that have been achieved by PETA are even more remarkable in light of the fact that the organization is less than 40 years old. No group in the world has done more for animals than PETA.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff at PETA and founder Ingrid Newkirk are the most courageous people I've ever met. No animal is too small or too large to protect! They are available 24/7 to help the animals and will never let them down or the people who reach out for help. They are strong and determined and work with great professionalism. I've received calls from PETA asking for help in my city, to: rescue a pigeon stuck high in a tree and a mouse stuck in a glue trap. The list goes on. Not only are they strong in the USA but around the world. They've rescued animals who've fallen into deep wells in India, street dogs who've had no one there to protect them. Right now, they are rescuing animals from the floods in Louisiana. Their motto says it all - "animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment or abuse in any way." I've never been more proud to support such an exceptional organization. They have my deepest respect and admiration. May they go on forever until not one animal is suffering. Thank you, PETA!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been supportive of PETA for almost 30 years. It is the very best organization to help all animals at all time all over the world. They are the best ever. They have led many successful campaigns against cruelty to animals. Their compassion and wisdom are incredible. PETA is the best thing which has happened for all animals. I will always call them "PETA the Great"!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I believe that PETA is the greatest animal-rights organization in the world and they only have the animal's best interest at heart. I have been a PETA supporter for many, many years. Over those years I have found myself living more compassionately, less selfishly, and in general I have evolved into a kinder person. I have been able to, by my example, convince many friends and family members that animals are not ours to exploit. I have seen changes in many venues that used to abuse animals, because of PETA's tenacity, activism, and drive to do only what is best for the animals.

I have Ingrid Newkirk and her organization to thank for that. Because of PETA, many animals will sleep better tonight. And those that aren't, are waiting for PETA to come and help them. I wholeheartedly support PETA, for they are helping those who have no voice to help themselves, the animals.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a vegan and passionate animal rights activist. I support this organization because they defend the voiceless.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Before I got to know PETA, I had regarded their style as too militant for my tastes. So I went to my first PETA event reluctant to participate. By the end of the event (it was a cooking class) my attitude had changed completely. Not only do I see PETA as an avenue for activism that is compassionate towards humans and animals, but I have come to value the friend network that has spawned from being involved with the local chapter.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I've been volunteering with many animal rescue/rights group. But PETA seems to be the best. PETA offers all the support like literature (for free), advice and tips which is much needed for budding activists. Their youth outreach programs have reached thousands of students across the world; US, Canada, Mexico, India, China, Philippines, Australia - saving countless animal lives.

 
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I've been a volunteer for almost a decade! PETA is the best!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would ask PETA to recruit a Corporate Outreach Advisor, who could work with corporates asking them to make animal-friendly policy. For instance, make policy like "We don't serve meat, eggs & dairy at our cafeteria", "We don't give out leather gifts for our employees", etc.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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This organizations raises awareness of animal abuse. Newkirk ,the founder , is a dedicated voice for the voiceless . Using unorthodox methods to obtain the maximum publicity worldwide for farm animals, animals used in entertainment, and animals in labs. Super job spreading the word

 
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9 people found this review helpful

PETA has a bad reputation when it comes to rumors, such as their animal shelter, but you have to consider that they are involved with rescues involving animals in the greatest form of neglect and cruelty. The animals that they can save they do, but most of the animals they rescue from horrible cruelty cases are simply too far gone, and it's better to alleviate the pain, than have an animal endure it just for the small possibility survival. They do great work with getting petitions going, unearthing cruelty to animals, and getting the job done. Although they are international, meaning the money you donate will also go to the people working there, it will also go to helping animals and fighting cruelty!

 
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