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: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is honestly one of the greates organizations to bring awareness to animal rights. In the last two year I have learned more about animal rights then I have with any other organization. They have helped me become vegan, an animal rights activist and educated in everything that is animal rights. I love this organization and all the work they do for animals and I suggest everyone to do the same. Please, keep up the good work and keep saving lives.

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Life-changing

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PETA have made many people aware of cruelty to animals that does not always get publicity and that people are not aware of. Circus animals, which should be banned anyway, zoo animals and the poor hidden animal victims of the cosmetic industry. They give you the facts, pictures and stories and you can make up your own mind. Nothing they ask of you is unreasonable, all at your own pace and at what you can afford. Please support them in supporting the animals that need help so much.

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PETA does what others won't. They put aniamls first. If you want your money to do to helping animals then you want to donate to PETA. Just looked at what the PETA head makes. She only makes 37K. I've left PETA in my will.

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PETA is both an incredible and vital organization that I’ am truly grateful for becoming a part of. Not only are they one of the most resourceful animal rights organizations out there but does an excellent job of educating the general public on how to make more conscious decisions and bringing awareness about the harm being done to animals! They go above and beyond from research to undercover investigations, THANK YOU PETA!

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I first learned of PETA when I was around 8 years old and went vegetarian. At that time, PETA was really the only good resource out there. With PETA resources at my fingertips as I grew up, I have been able to grow into a full-fledged animal advocate involved in everything from leafleting to letter writing to protesting to fundraising and more! I am grateful to PETA for being the loudest voice out there for animals, and am proud to call myself a supporter.

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I have been volunteering for PETA for over two years. They are a great organization, and I have loved every minute. My favorite events have been the Ringling Brother's protests and participating in the Pride Parade. The monthly meetings on the 3rd Sunday in the Oakland office are always informative and fun...and a great chance to taste new vegan treats! Go PETA!

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Love them or hate them, they save animals & that is what is important. Every organization and person has different methods & we are not always going to agree with them.

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I've been volunteering with PETA for over 5 years. This includes demonstrations, letter writing campaigns, veg outreach, vegan food giveaways, festival tabling, running a Half Marathon to raise funds for PETA's Investigations and Rescue Fund and marching with the PETA Veg Contingent in the SF Pride Parade. While some people may not approve of PETA's tactics, they are incredibly effective. No other organization has been as successful in bringing out change as PETA has. It has been an honor to volunteer for PETA and I am also proud to be a PETA donor/supporter. Whenever I'm asked to volunteer at an event for PETA, I always say, without hesitation, "anything for PETA". I truly mean that. Angry Bird Costume? You got it! Lettuce Suit? No problem! Handing out Veg Starter Kits at a busy farmers' market? Count me in! I look forward to future volunteer opportunities with this incredible organization.

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I am appalled by PETA's policies and their methods.

PETA targets children for their campaigns, often ambushing them outside of schools with violent images that are not age-appropriate. They drive a wedge between children and their families with campaigns such as their "Mama kills" game and their "Daddy kills" comic book. This comic states that a father who fishes will torture the family dog. It is confusing and even utterly terrifying to a child.
http://features.peta.org/CookingMama/Index.asp
http://www.peta.org/features/your-daddy-kills-animals.aspx

In addition, PETA doesn't provide nutritional information to children who choose veganism after being traumatized by materials presented to them. Certain vitamins and amino acids can only be found in red meat. Reducing the amount of red meat consumed will have an profound positive effect on the environment, but total elimination of proteins, B12, Omega-3 EFAs and taurine can and does have deletorious effects including muscle wasting, mood and attention disorders, and cardiomyopathy. Attempts by the parents to supplement the child's diet are met with suspicion and only widen the rift.

PETA has many policies that are contradictory. While loudly protesting the annual Canadian slaughter of 70,000 harp seals or 1,400 whales every year, founder Ingrid Newkirk advocates killing up to 6M - millions! - of pets a year. PETA is actively fighting to enforce Pit Bull bans, to stop Trap-Neuter-Release of feral cats, and even has gone as far as equating No-Kill animal shelters with animal hoarders.

PETA's agenda is three-fold and very specific. First, they advocate saving homeless pets from what is supposedly a wretched existence in the wild. Then they advocate killing pets who find their way into shelters. And finally they state that pets should be "phased out" in order to return them to their wild state. The effect of this deadly trinity will be to eliminate any animals within human reach altogether.

I regret every hour I spent volunteering with PETA, every dime I donated, and every lost pet harmed in order to reserve funds for the ghoulish publicity stunts I funded. Those stunts cost 15% of PETA's budget and do little more than traumatize children and bringing in more donations.
http://www.examiner.com/pets-in-kansas-city/peta-targets-our-children-with-violent-images

Please, if you want to protect animals, volunteer or donate to a local no-kill shelter.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

discovering that euthanized pets are sold to rendering plant where they can be made into pet food. Platte Valley Pet Food Company is a prime example of this. http://www.macraesbluebook.com/search/product_company_list.cfm?prod_code=9011918

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Eliminate the gory publicity stunts, remove any member who has killed an animal themselves, and prevent damage to the health of the children who become involved with PETA. I would also remove any member who puts themselves in harm's way and any member who supports terrorism.

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Regarding the comic book, the point of this campaign is to help mothers realize that they should not be wearing fur if they are too ashamed to tell their children where it comes from. Who would want to wear something that involves horrific treatment of animals too gruesome to tell their own son or daughter? Many of us here at PETA are parents ourselves and agree that we should be concerned about what our kids are exposed to. Because the violence in the fur industry is so extreme, and because this leaflet exposes that violence, we are not distributing this leaflet to children under 13. Instead, we are giving the leaflets directly to their fur-wearing mothers. For information that PETA provides free to teachers, parents, and youth, please see TeachKind.org

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Once upon a time I had a great deal of respect for PETA. I now am appalled by their support of BSL and attempts to ban and annhilate pit bulls. Punish the deed, not the breed and hold the irresponsible, cruel and abusive owners accountable for what they do.

Eradicating a breed doesn't do anything. Those horrific individuals who abuse the bullies would then only find another breed to expolit. One would assume the folks at PETA would understand this.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their participation in backing BSL in my state and city.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Re=open thier minds. We are all opposed to animal cruelty. Holding the dog responsible for what a human does to it is not the correct way to stop it.

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Please see PETA's annual review at peta.org/annualreview or on Guidestar to note the number of free spay and neuter surgeries provided to pit bulls (which is key to helping this most abused of all breeds), as well as information on PETA's free doghouse program (many of the recipients are pit bulls) and anti-cruelty (including dogfighting) work.

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