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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

1 Aly V.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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?

Thomas16

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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

2 Nelson Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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

6 William J.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

They have offended me for the last time. I used to be ok with them now i am against them.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 1

PETA, they claim to be there for animals but in reality they harass inoccent bystanders only because they choose to live their lives differently from them. they also waste all their funds on propaganda and pitiful exuses for publicity stunts. they accuse video games like mario and pokemon for promoting animal abuse when in reality they do not. ironicly they kill more cats and dogs then anyone else each year. believe it or not their against having animals as pets, animals use to save lives and help others and even guard dogs. they try to make themselves sound so cute when giving reasons for their actions but it just makes me want to give each employee of peta a boot to the rear and it just shows that they don't think about the consequences of their words and actions before doing them. i personaly think it's about thime that this organisation should be brought to justice one way or another, they will learn that words and actions have a price, a painful price...

3

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Instead of finding homes for the adoptable dogs and cats in their care, PETA employees routinely kill most of them. Much of PETA's $32 million budget funds bizarre media events and celebrity stunts. The animals -- remember them? -- wind up dead.

3 Rappelz M.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

PETA has put to death, more than 10,000 dogs, cats, and other creatures they dub “companion animals” and, get this, raked in nearly $29 million in 2004 from people who thought PETA wouldn’t ever harm any animal. In the years noted, PETA killed 78.3% of the animals they received. The way they imply their message not only to adults, but kids is sickening, showing gore/blood content to small children, scaring them, pathetic way to get kids on your side Peta. Their most recent attack was attacking pokemon, thinking the game's intent is to enslave animals into the pokeballs and serve as their master. Obviously they did no research whatsoever, as pokemon teaches others to befriend them, not tame them like crazy caged animals. If you support PETA, go for a medical exam and get your brain checked. There are other similar organisations out there doing a much better job than PETA.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 1

PETA kills most of the animals they claim to love and want to protect. While screaming their heads off about the betterment of animal health and stopping animal abuse theyre doing nothing to help these poor animals! Of course except killing them which does nothing but spread the problem! Sure they may not have all the room in the world to take every single animal but killing the majority just to be able to get more through the door doesnt help anything. The SPCA and the Humane Soc follows in their footsteps and things arent looking too peachy these days. Most of my friends and family would NEVER adopt from these types anymore because of PETA and the millions of animals they slay every couple of months. Its heart breaking!

5 Janesh C.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I did not like how the spent all their money on making games and promoting; oh yeah and thanks for euthanizing 87% of your animals ~Vegeta