People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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Location: 501 Front St Norfolk VA 23510 USA

Mission: 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.
Programs:   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  

2 people found this review helpful

I am so grateful for all that PETA have done with their campaigns. They do a great job of creating awareness about important issues & getting information out there to the public. I have made great use of PETA's list of cosmetics companies that do & do not test on animals, this has been so helpful in changing over to products that are 100% cruelty-free.

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5 people found this review helpful

I thought PETA was supposed to help animals. Yet, when my dog had broken his leg and I couldn't find a vet in the area that would perform that type of surgery, PETA turned me away without helping my find any resources. Is it ethical to leave a dog with a broken leg in pain because you can't be bothered to help the owner find resources? I think not! Way to go PETA.

To the IDIOT who responded to my review. First of all, had you have read my review correctly you would have seen that I did not need financial assistance nor was I expecting PETA to fix anything. I called them looking for resources since as I stated no vet in the area would perform that type of surgery. PETA DID turn me away without giving me so much as a name, phone number, or website for resources so don't tell me that my review "rings untrue". It may be policy to give a list of resources but policy was not followed during my experience and therefore my review stands. I had a horrible experience with PETA and because of it I think much less of the organization.

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Your comment doesn't ring true since it would be against PETA policy to respond to this matter as you claim. At a minimum, you would have receieved a response similar to this one that was provided to a person in need recently: "I’m sure you’ll understand that we frequently get requests of this sort. Unfortunately, because PETA is a nonprofit organization that works to help as many animals as possible, we simply don’t have the means to provide financial assistance for every animal in need of costly veterinary care. However, some organizations do provide this sort of assistance. The following is a list of some such organizations. Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance: IMOM Inc., IMOM.org http://imom.org/ Help-A-Pet, help-a-pet.org http://help-a-pet.org/ The Pet Fund, thepetfund.com http://thepetfund.com/ Angels for Animals, angels4animals.org http://angels4animals.org/ Brown Dog Foundation, browndogfoundation.org/home http://www.browndogfoundation.org/home Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program, fveap.org http://fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/ Feline Outreach, felineoutreach.org http://felineoutreach.org/ Cats In Crisis, catsincrisis.org http://catsincrisis.org/ The Perseus Foundation (Cancer specific), PerseusFoundation.org http://theperseusfoundation.org/ Canine Cancer Awareness, caninecancerawareness.org http://caninecancerawareness.org/ Cody's Club (Radiation treatments), codysclub.bravehost.com/ http://codysclub.bravehost.com/ Diabetic Pets Fund, petdiabetes.net/fund/ http://www.petdiabetes.net/fund/ The Mosby Foundation, themosbyfoundation.org http://themosbyfoundation.org/ Magic Bullet Fund (Cancer Specific), themagicbulletfund.org http://themagicbulletfund.org/ The Binky Foundation, binkyfoundation.org http://binkyfoundation.org/ God's Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity, http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html Please also try asking your local humane society about programs in your area that may be able to help you. Also, ask your vet about the CareCredit program (http://www.carecredit.com/practices/veterinary/), which is like a credit card for vet bills that charges no interest so long as you make your payments on time and pay the card off within a set timeframe." But please consider this: caring for a dog adequately is incredibly expensive. They require food, routine vet care, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, flea and heartworm preventative (every month), not to mention toys and other things that will enrich their mental state. If you aren’t able to afford China’s first vet visit, how will you provide for her other needs? The bills are bound to pile up over the years (having a dog is a commitment of up to 15-20 years, depending on their lifespan). Additionally, you’ll be in trouble (and so will China) when she inevitably becomes sick or injured. Sadly, there is no such thing as free vet care. We hear from numerous people who are turned away from vets when they can’t afford the life-saving treatment their animals require. We hope that you did find support and didn't allow your dog to suffer without veterinary care. PETA does provide free and low-cost spay-neuter services in an area where the homeless animal problem is severe; see http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2013/04/02/month-for-the-record-books.aspx

Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Repeatedly across the nation, PETA has terrorized animal shelters for euthanizing sick and unwanted pets. PETA takes in these animals and euthanizes 90% of them while denying their own continuous hypocrisy.

They use violence to get their way. They actively teach people and students in seminars how to make bombs to destroy the organizations they wish to target. As crazy as it sounds, it's unfortunately happening all the time with this organization. On top of all this, their hypocrisy takes the cake. You'll often see a higher up using an animal product that they actively condone the use of.

This organization is disgusting by any standard, and you have to be a fool to become one of their loud, annoying, obsessive sheep.

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Your post doesn't make sense, but consider the following: PETA is an activist organization working to educate the public about the horrors of animal suffering through totally peaceful means; we do not engage in activities in which anyone, human or other-than-human, is injured. PETA works very hard to stop cruelty to animals through pamphlets, billboards, letters, ads, articles, peaceful protests, humane education in schools, and colorful campaigns. We also operate three low-cost and no-cost mobile spay/neuter clinics, which have altered almost 88,000 animals since 2001. PETA has stated repeatedly that humane societies across the United States have the unfortunate and often thankless task of resolving problems created by an irresponsible society. Too many people continue to dismiss the need to spay and neuter their animal companions, and their negligence results in the births of millions of homeless and unwanted animals every year. Animal shelters open their doors to these “disposable” animals, acknowledging the problem that so many others do their best to ignore. It is very sad that many animals who end up in shelters never find homes, but we can hardly blame this tragic state of affairs on the shelters themselves. Unfortunately, euthanasia is sometimes the most humane option for animals born into a hostile world. It is administered by kind, courageous people who don’t want animals to suffer. See PETASaves.com for examples of how PETA helps animals.

Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Making fun of video games is a crime and PETA. WILL. PAY. FOR. IT.

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PETA, PETA INDIA, and other PETA orgs around the world continue to be the animals' best friend--
Look at their accomplishments, influencing airlines not to ship animals for research, shutting down so-called sanctuaries for animals that are found to be cruel, inhumane, and hideously run, spaying and neutering thousands of pets each year in poverty-stricken areas, along with a host of other accomplishments at a MACRO level, influencing how animals are treated (by leaving them alone and away from exploitation) on TV, MOVIES, etc. The list goes on. They are a major force and money donated to any of their orgs isn't wasted IMO.

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Euthanization is NOT the answer here, I have read many reviews in this section having to do with this controversial topic. I still fail to see why PETA considers this a solution. I currently lead one of the most followed anti-peta pages on facebook, and operate another website on the topic. I will not mention the pages names. PETA preaches fairness and freedom for animals, but has hundreds of thousands put down. They play it off as euthanization when, in fact, it is in cold blood. They tell the public that they do it only in extreme cases when the animal is sick, or when the animal is "unadoptable." The truth behind this is that PETA lies to save face. Many of the animals are put down because (and I am quoting a Peta Rep here) "[they] simply do not have the funds to keep so many animals alive and healthy." Many of the animals brought to PETA are even killed within 24 hours of them arriving at their shelter. In fact, in the year 2008 peta's adopt/kill ratio was about 2000:1. This is an awful organization, and I want to spread the word. Your money is in much better hands if you were to donate to WSPA.

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Your claims are without merit. It is true that PETA states that it does not have the funds to take all of the 4 million dogs and cats who will be euthanized this year (and next). That's why PETA is a leader in promoting spay-neuter and shelter adoptions at a national level, and providing spay-neuter surgeries in the indigent south. While PETA, local animal shelter professionals, and activists are frustrated that some 15,000 animals had to be euthanized in 2011 at the 10 animal shelters that are within 45 minutes of our headquarters, our united work has decreased that sad figure by more than 10,000 in the last 10 years. Since starting our first mobile clinic in 2001, PETA has sterilized more than 87,000 animals, including more than 9,200 in the 2012 fiscal year alone! One local animal shelter compared its intake of puppies to the same period in a previous year and reported that it took in 100 fewer puppies and attributed that decrease almost entirely to PETA’s spay-and-neuter program. Of course when guardians bring their unadoptable (often suffering) animals to PETA the humane thing to do is euthanize them (using the same method veterinarians use with our own beloved cats and dogs when we must say goodbye) immediately not hold them! For the facts on PETA's lifesaving work for animals, see PETASaves.com Finally, how odd that somebody who supposedly cares about animals puts their energies into two "anti-PETA websites." One wonders what your priorities really are.

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PETA is lambasted by people who are emotionally involved with animals. And, that's okay, but reality must become a factor somewhere. The number of stray dogs and cats in the U.S. is next to impossible to know, but according to The National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy (NCPPSP) there are around 7 million cats alone. Most of the animals taken into shelters are pets that have either gotten lost without means of identification or been abandoned by their owners. More stats are available in many places.

Here's my point: What else can PETA do but euthanize them if no one will take responsibility? Let them starve, be torn to pieces by other animals, freeze to death, beaten to death by human beings? Euthanasia is humane. Truth is, owners who abandon their pets or allow them to wander without means of identification are the ones euthanizing these animals. To blame PETA is to shift responsibility to salve guilty consciences. No organization can do better.

So, give PETA a break and join its fight to help animals instead of criticizing it for doing a job others do not want to do, i.e. take care of their pets.

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I used to donate a lot of money to PETA until I found out that they were using it for their new building in California. They were wasting money in very superficial Hollywood kind of stuff instead of really helping animals. They are a joke when it comes to really helping animals. They feed from donations of people with good hearts. We, donors, should have our eyes wide open when it comes to PETA.

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Bob Barker has generously donated $2.5 million to help us purchase this building, which will serve as the location for PETA’s marketing, campaigns, and youth campaigns departments. To learn more, please visit our blogs at http://www.PETA.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2010/03/10/Bob-Barker-Come-On-Down-to-PETAs-Los-Angeles-Office.aspx and http://prime.PETA.org/2010/03/growth-of-petas-programs-made-possible-by-bob-barker. As you know, PETA works hard to grab the media’s attention through colorful campaigns and celebrity involvement. By moving key staff members to Los Angeles, the country’s media epicenter, PETA will be even more successful in focusing the spotlight on our work to help animals. We will be more effective in cultivating in-person relationships with our celebrity supporters, many of whom are generous donors, and we will be able to attract more media attention than ever before. Having staff based in Los Angeles will actually cut costs, as we will no longer have to cover our staff members’ travel to and accommodation in Los Angeles. PETA strives to use its funds in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible, and in our most recently completed fiscal year (2010), nearly 85 percent of our operating expenses went directly to our programs fighting animal exploitation. We expended only 13.67 percent on fundraising efforts that drive our operations and 1.43 percent on management and general operations. Please visit http://features.PETA.org/AnnualReview/ to view our most recent annual review and read more about our finances, as well as some of the many victories that we’ve achieved with the support of our more than 3 million members and supporters worldwide.

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6 people found this review helpful

Peta is a truly awful organization. They're just a bunch of fear mongers, attempting to use bad scare tactics, and bashing pop culture because not many sane people honestly agree with their sh** ethics. Also, ethical is a stupid f***ing word to use in their name, due to ethics and morals differing from person to person, and not being set in stone. I ignored this insanity up until the organization bashed Pokémon, which didn't make any sense. Considering Pokémon is a series about love, friendship, pulling through hard times, winning against all odds, forming friendship with unlikely creatures, and becoming a master in your respective field. If you're going to bash this, then what's next? Sly Cooper? Jak and Daxter? Maybe even the Varren fighting rink in Mass Effect 2. But, really. If you're reading this and going "It's just pop culture, no need to get your frilly stockings in a twist over that" Well, kind sir and or madam, my frilly stockings are in a continued twist; because if you're willing to twist Pokémon like that, then what is safe? ....Claiming animals need to be treated like humans, god, the f***'s wrong with you? Animals don't have the brain capacity to operate like humans do,and if they do, they don't seem to be showing it, they'll just do what they've always done, kill each other. It's survival of the fittest, and this organization somehow believe that animals suddenly deserve special treatment, I'm not even sure why. Is it possible for PETA and it's followers to get off their high horses for one f***ing minute and realize this is a really redundant cause? If humanities ancestors refused to kill, cook, eat, or wear animals then we'd have been wiped out centuries ago. Seriously, PETA is like some bad joke gone wrong.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Long time volunteer for PETA. They do God's work in human form! God bless all the volunteers.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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2010

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