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

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

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

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

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

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?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

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

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?

Some

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?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 1 stars  

This Orignization sucks. Critizing gamers and brainwashing kids into believing games are hurting animals. WTF

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Peta's morals are messed up. This organization claims to be for helping animals, but it obviously doesn't do that. Over half of its budget goes to ads and smear campaigns against other organizations, instead of actually helping animals. When they get their hands on animals, over 90% of them are killed by PETA. How about you stop attacking people and being gross, and start actually helping animals?

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 1 stars  

peta goes beyond animal loving. when it comes to throwing blood on people and blocking the entrance to peoples work places....... i mean cmon people get real. if u wanna do something go tie yourself to the side of a cow thats about to get processed and leave people alone that are just trying to work and earn money for a living. you just make yourselfs look like idiots messing with people that are just trying to make a living.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 1 stars  

Instead of saving animals they spend your donated money on p*rn and attacking kids video game franchises.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1998

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Noble cause, but I don't like how they go about it all the time. Not impressed.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful?