People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Rating: 2.88 stars   112 reviews

Issues: Animals

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: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I think PETA has there stuff together. They keep you updated on all their work and progress with a detailed annual report. some might find there tactics extreme but sometimes you need to push the envelope to direct attention to these causes.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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This is the most disgusting "animal rights charity" i've ever seen. They kill more than they help, and they are a joke compared to real animal charities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

PETA does the most to help ALL animals around the world!

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

PeTA does not deserve even one star. For all what they cry about, they directly support animal cruelty by supporting breed specific legislation. If you think that ripping dogs away from their families isn't abuse, think again. This causes untold suffering both mentally as well as physically through months (and often years) of impoundment if the dogs aren't just killed outright. If you want to support animal organizations, look elsewhere (and skip HSUS as well).

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They say they take in animals to save them but last year they killed 95% of the animals they were trying to save. Why, because it's cheaper. The CEO admits she wants to end anyone having a pet and says no one should have an animal including a service animal. The funny thing is that Ingrids assistant is diabetic and takes insulin which was developed with animals. They lie to gullible celebrities to get them to endorse them so they can collect money to let Ingrid have a luxury apt, boat and jet transportation. they don't care about animals, only their own wallets

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They have millions of dollars in budget. Yet, they spend it on lame campaigns and their stupid time making video game parodies on Mario, Poke' Mon, Cooking with Mama, etc. Also, they like to euthanize a majority of cats and dogs. I know they have a page of why they euthanize, and show severely ill animals, but of course they're not gonna mention the healthy animals that get put down. Oh, but they protest against kill shelters, but what gives them the right to kill off the animals then? PETA is a bunch of BS. Go spend time on actually helping animals instead of throwing money away with garbage campaigns and stupid parody flash games that butcher peoples childhood.

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What you call "kill" shelters PETA and the shelter community term "open admission" shelters because they accept all animals, unlike turn-away (so-called "no kill" shelters). PETA promotes open admission shelters. PETA runs three mobile spay-and-neuter clinics, serving low-income residents in Virginia and North Carolina. The clinics offer free and low-cost sterilization surgeries as well as other services, such as flea and tick treatments, vaccinations, and deworming. Since starting its first mobile clinic in 2001, PETA has sterilized more than 85,000 animals, including more than 11,000 in the 2011 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. Clearly, PETA is helping to reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats. PETA has also freed Ben the bear from his dismal conditions, brought about replacement of crude animal tests with modern non-animal methods, and otherwise made landmark changes that help animals, as noted at http://www.peta.org/about/victories/default.aspx

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I hate all of you. You guys are hypocrites. You make horrible games that have VIOLENCE IN THEM. And yet your message is to promote non-violence? Like seriously?! How horrible can you get? You guys make me sick to my stomach. Pokemon is the last straw. YOU ONLY DID YOUR RESEARCH ON THE LAST GAME. and barely any from that specific game too. If you morons ever did any of your research, you would find that 1.) a pokemon professor loves pokemon and wants to find ways to help them 2.) Ash has loved that Pikachu HIS ENTIRE LIFE. The moment he first got it, the Pikachu didn't like him...and yet he still loved and cared for him. PIKACHU caused him harm by electrocuting him in a bunch of episodes, and then they learn to love each other. Ash doesn't think of him as a tool, he thinks of Pikachu as an equal human being. 3.) Cheren loves Pokemon too. He learns throughout the game that Pokemon are supposed to be loved. HE LEARNS THAT. HE IS YOUR RIVAL, HE WILL BE STUPID. and why the hell would you make everything so bloody? IT IS A CHILDREN'S' GAME. GET OVER YOURSELF. DELETE THOSE GAMES or STOP MAKING THEM. I can give you reasons as to why you should do that as well. 1.) they suck. 2.) These games that you make out to be so bad, ARE NOT ACTUALLY BAD 3.) they're so stupid. I hate all of you and all that you have become. If you're for ethical treatment of animals and want all animals to find a nice home, give them more than a week to find one! or send them to a shelter where people will actually buy them. Nobody likes you PETA. Learn that. Gamers want to release you from existence. STOP THE MADNESS.

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Rating: 1 stars  

It's just awful how PETA simply copies games such as Mario Bros and Pokémon. I'm not a huge fan of those, but they should sue their ass for that.

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PETA is a bunch of criminal hypocrites and there is no chance whatsoever that I'll ever support them.

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Rating: 1 stars  

PeTA has funded arsonists and has excecuted more animals then it has saved. Their kill ratio for animals they "take in" is approx. 90%.

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