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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the pleasure to work as a volunteer for this organization, I'm proud of it, I met the most wonderful people working as a volunteer and I will keep working for them because I believe in their work, and thanks to them now I'm a proud vegan.

2 ClaudineE

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Parrot Lovers

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Mary J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Sydney3

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.

1 Filip O.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.

Jimmy C.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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