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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3 people found this review helpful

As usual, PETA took the lead in throwing up the curtain on something most organizations pay little attention to: the cruel horse racing industry. Over a period of months, a PETA investigator worked at two of the most well-known racetracks in America: Churchill Downs in Louisville (home of the Kentucky Derby) and the Saratoga Race Course in New York. PETA's investigator worked for Steve Asmussen, who has won more races in the last decade than any other U.S. trainer.

The investigator documented that horses are given an aggressive, daily regimen of pain-masking drugs and treatments -- not for genuinely therapeutic purposes, but keep horses running when they should be resting or healing.

Horses in the racing industry are so routinely doped up that they have been labeled "chemical horses," and their feet, bones, and bodies are progressively destroyed as a result.

What makes this so important is that in general, the public pays no attention to the abuses going on in racing. If anything, people may note who wins one of the "big" races, i.e. the Kentucky Derby. But while the public yawns, horses are suffering and dying. Investigations like this one really do make people sit up and take notice, and very likely decide not to place a two-buck bet on a race.

If you care about horses, spread the word to those who still may think it's an innocuous pastime. Ask them not to attend the track or place a bet.

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Unlike the Humane Society of the United States, PETA does run an “animal shelter” at its headquarters. And PETA kills the vast majority of cats and dogs in its care at this shelter—about 90 percent, or 1,647 cats and dogs, in 2012 and about 30,000 animals since 1998.

PeTA does not save animals. They take your money and kill animals, and work to eliminate pet ownership and eating meat.

PeTA is not what it seems. Get the facts.

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As we always do each year, PETA has issued a news release about its annual intake, adoption, and euthanasia figures, hoping to engage the public in useful efforts to address the neglect and homelessness that are affecting companion animals across our nation. The situation for animals everywhere—not just in PETA’s “backyard”—is so serious that this year, we also released our statistics in a video detailing the whole story behind PETA’s companion-animal services and other work to prevent, alleviate, and end massive animal suffering (http://investigations.PETA.org/petas-rescue-team/). PETA promotes shelter adoptions and adopts out animals too, but does advocate that companion animals are lifetime commitments not disposable items as the "pet industry" treats them. Many of these anonymous anti-PETA postings are from an industry front group; see http://www.ConsumerDeception.com Please do get the facts; see http://features.peta.org/petasaves/

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Rating: 5 stars  

I don't always support PETA on every issue but I do support them as a whole. I'm so very happy they tried to stop the inhumane "Possum Drop" in North Carolina. The law and evidence were on their side but they lost the case because of corruption in the local courts. I also support Meatless-Mondays and their support of veganism.

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Repeatedly across the nation, PETA has terrorized animal shelters for euthanizing sick and unwanted pets. PETA takes in these animals and euthanizes 90% of them while denying their own continuous hypocrisy.

They use violence to get their way. They actively teach people and students in seminars how to make bombs to destroy the organizations they wish to target. As crazy as it sounds, it's unfortunately happening all the time with this organization. On top of all this, their hypocrisy takes the cake. You'll often see a higher up using an animal product that they actively condone the use of.

This organization is disgusting by any standard, and you have to be a fool to become one of their loud, annoying, obsessive sheep.

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Your post doesn't make sense, but consider the following: PETA is an activist organization working to educate the public about the horrors of animal suffering through totally peaceful means; we do not engage in activities in which anyone, human or other-than-human, is injured. PETA works very hard to stop cruelty to animals through pamphlets, billboards, letters, ads, articles, peaceful protests, humane education in schools, and colorful campaigns. We also operate three low-cost and no-cost mobile spay/neuter clinics, which have altered almost 88,000 animals since 2001. PETA has stated repeatedly that humane societies across the United States have the unfortunate and often thankless task of resolving problems created by an irresponsible society. Too many people continue to dismiss the need to spay and neuter their animal companions, and their negligence results in the births of millions of homeless and unwanted animals every year. Animal shelters open their doors to these “disposable” animals, acknowledging the problem that so many others do their best to ignore. It is very sad that many animals who end up in shelters never find homes, but we can hardly blame this tragic state of affairs on the shelters themselves. Unfortunately, euthanasia is sometimes the most humane option for animals born into a hostile world. It is administered by kind, courageous people who don’t want animals to suffer. See PETASaves.com for examples of how PETA helps animals.

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Euthanization is NOT the answer here, I have read many reviews in this section having to do with this controversial topic. I still fail to see why PETA considers this a solution. I currently lead one of the most followed anti-peta pages on facebook, and operate another website on the topic. I will not mention the pages names. PETA preaches fairness and freedom for animals, but has hundreds of thousands put down. They play it off as euthanization when, in fact, it is in cold blood. They tell the public that they do it only in extreme cases when the animal is sick, or when the animal is "unadoptable." The truth behind this is that PETA lies to save face. Many of the animals are put down because (and I am quoting a Peta Rep here) "[they] simply do not have the funds to keep so many animals alive and healthy." Many of the animals brought to PETA are even killed within 24 hours of them arriving at their shelter. In fact, in the year 2008 peta's adopt/kill ratio was about 2000:1. This is an awful organization, and I want to spread the word. Your money is in much better hands if you were to donate to WSPA.

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Your claims are without merit. It is true that PETA states that it does not have the funds to take all of the 4 million dogs and cats who will be euthanized this year (and next). That's why PETA is a leader in promoting spay-neuter and shelter adoptions at a national level, and providing spay-neuter surgeries in the indigent south. While PETA, local animal shelter professionals, and activists are frustrated that some 15,000 animals had to be euthanized in 2011 at the 10 animal shelters that are within 45 minutes of our headquarters, our united work has decreased that sad figure by more than 10,000 in the last 10 years. Since starting our first mobile clinic in 2001, PETA has sterilized more than 87,000 animals, including more than 9,200 in the 2012 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. Of course when guardians bring their unadoptable (often suffering) animals to PETA the humane thing to do is euthanize them (using the same method veterinarians use with our own beloved cats and dogs when we must say goodbye) immediately not hold them! For the facts on PETA's lifesaving work for animals, see PETASaves.com Finally, how odd that somebody who supposedly cares about animals puts their energies into two "anti-PETA websites." One wonders what your priorities really are.

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Well with the experience I have had with PETA I can say that this organization in really all together a scam for the masses they claim to help animals but on the other hand they kill well over 90% of the animals they rescue. Not only does PETA Kill animals but it come and attacks all the games that we grew up with as children and attacks them from Mario, Cooking Mama, and Pokemon they call these evil games. This is something I can not stand for

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PeTA killed over 95% of the healthy adoptable animals taken into custody for the purpose of adoption last year. They have the highest kill rate in the entire nation. PeTA supports BSL and pit bull extermination. They support the extinction of cats and dogs and they fight against programs that would end the killing and the abuse in shelters. They support domestic terrorism and have given funds to know terrorist organizations. PeTA has been caught staging videos and evidence. They have been caught stealing animals and lying to pet owners, shelter workers, and veterinarian practices to get animals under false pretenses with the claim of finding them new homes, only to turn around and killed them in that very persons parkinglot and dump the bodies in a store dumpster illegaly. They are anything but ethical. They are a disgrace to the animal rights movement. Their own founder, Ingrid Newkirk has even stated that PeTA does not advocate for an animals right to life. The right to life is the single most basic and important of rights. Without the right to live, all other rights are meaningless. PeTA is NOT an animal rights organization by definition. They noting but a money scam.

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I have worked in the animal welfare field for seveteen years. PETA has a very low reputation among animal advocates. Rather than respecting the "rights" of animals to live and enjoy a life free from pain and suffering, PETA endorses killing companion animals, calling it "humane". They advocate a vegan diet for animals such as cats, which are obligate carnivores. PETA doesn't believe people should be allowed to "enslave" cats and dogs. Their agenda is extreme and it reflects poorly on others in the animal welfare field. The worst offense is that they continue to take money from unsuspecting donors who believe they are helping animals.

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PETA has been instrumental to my education as an animal activist. When I first began to realize about the importance of eating a vegetarian diet and trying to find ways to live a cruelty life, PETA was there for me providing information and support. Their presence has been a Godsend not only for me but to the the entire animal kingdom who rests better because of their existence in the world.

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Although PETA's intentions may be good, I feel that their abrasive techniques of raising awareness actually do more harm than good to those of us working in the animal welfare world. I've had people ask me if I'm one of those "crazy PETA people" because that is all they know of animal welfare. It's my opinion that PETA not only alienates the general public by its forceful, guilt-ridden tactics, but it also polarizes people in animal welfare when we should all be working together.

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

I am a VA resident and therefore am acutely aware of PETA's presence.

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

Reduce the level of guilt-ridden, accusitory, over zealous informational, action, and ad campaigning.

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