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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

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51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for all that PETA have done with their campaigns. They do a great job of creating awareness about important issues & getting information out there to the public. I have made great use of PETA's list of cosmetics companies that do & do not test on animals, this has been so helpful in changing over to products that are 100% cruelty-free.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I thought PETA was supposed to help animals. Yet, when my dog had broken his leg and I couldn't find a vet in the area that would perform that type of surgery, PETA turned me away without helping my find any resources. Is it ethical to leave a dog with a broken leg in pain because you can't be bothered to help the owner find resources? I think not! Way to go PETA.

To the IDIOT who responded to my review. First of all, had you have read my review correctly you would have seen that I did not need financial assistance nor was I expecting PETA to fix anything. I called them looking for resources since as I stated no vet in the area would perform that type of surgery. PETA DID turn me away without giving me so much as a name, phone number, or website for resources so don't tell me that my review "rings untrue". It may be policy to give a list of resources but policy was not followed during my experience and therefore my review stands. I had a horrible experience with PETA and because of it I think much less of the organization.

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ScottV 04/08/2013

Your comment doesn't ring true since it would be against PETA policy to respond to this matter as you claim. At a minimum, you would have receieved a response similar to this one that was provided to a person in need recently: "I’m sure you’ll understand that we frequently get requests of this sort. Unfortunately, because PETA is a nonprofit organization that works to help as many animals as possible, we simply don’t have the means to provide financial assistance for every animal in need of costly veterinary care. However, some organizations do provide this sort of assistance. The following is a list of some such organizations. Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance: IMOM Inc., IMOM.org http://imom.org/ Help-A-Pet, help-a-pet.org http://help-a-pet.org/ The Pet Fund, thepetfund.com http://thepetfund.com/ Angels for Animals, angels4animals.org http://angels4animals.org/ Brown Dog Foundation, browndogfoundation.org/home http://www.browndogfoundation.org/home Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program, fveap.org http://fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/ Feline Outreach, felineoutreach.org http://felineoutreach.org/ Cats In Crisis, catsincrisis.org http://catsincrisis.org/ The Perseus Foundation (Cancer specific), PerseusFoundation.org http://theperseusfoundation.org/ Canine Cancer Awareness, caninecancerawareness.org http://caninecancerawareness.org/ Cody's Club (Radiation treatments), codysclub.bravehost.com/ http://codysclub.bravehost.com/ Diabetic Pets Fund, petdiabetes.net/fund/ http://www.petdiabetes.net/fund/ The Mosby Foundation, themosbyfoundation.org http://themosbyfoundation.org/ Magic Bullet Fund (Cancer Specific), themagicbulletfund.org http://themagicbulletfund.org/ The Binky Foundation, binkyfoundation.org http://binkyfoundation.org/ God's Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity, http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html Please also try asking your local humane society about programs in your area that may be able to help you. Also, ask your vet about the CareCredit program (http://www.carecredit.com/practices/veterinary/), which is like a credit card for vet bills that charges no interest so long as you make your payments on time and pay the card off within a set timeframe." But please consider this: caring for a dog adequately is incredibly expensive. They require food, routine vet care, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, flea and heartworm preventative (every month), not to mention toys and other things that will enrich their mental state. If you aren’t able to afford China’s first vet visit, how will you provide for her other needs? The bills are bound to pile up over the years (having a dog is a commitment of up to 15-20 years, depending on their lifespan). Additionally, you’ll be in trouble (and so will China) when she inevitably becomes sick or injured. Sadly, there is no such thing as free vet care. We hear from numerous people who are turned away from vets when they can’t afford the life-saving treatment their animals require. We hope that you did find support and didn't allow your dog to suffer without veterinary care. PETA does provide free and low-cost spay-neuter services in an area where the homeless animal problem is severe; see http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2013/04/02/month-for-the-record-books.aspx

7 Anna42

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Peta is a truly awful organization. They're just a bunch of fear mongers, attempting to use bad scare tactics, and bashing pop culture because not many sane people honestly agree with their sh** ethics. Also, ethical is a stupid f***ing word to use in their name, due to ethics and morals differing from person to person, and not being set in stone. I ignored this insanity up until the organization bashed Pokémon, which didn't make any sense. Considering Pokémon is a series about love, friendship, pulling through hard times, winning against all odds, forming friendship with unlikely creatures, and becoming a master in your respective field. If you're going to bash this, then what's next? Sly Cooper? Jak and Daxter? Maybe even the Varren fighting rink in Mass Effect 2. But, really. If you're reading this and going "It's just pop culture, no need to get your frilly stockings in a twist over that" Well, kind sir and or madam, my frilly stockings are in a continued twist; because if you're willing to twist Pokémon like that, then what is safe? ....Claiming animals need to be treated like humans, god, the f***'s wrong with you? Animals don't have the brain capacity to operate like humans do,and if they do, they don't seem to be showing it, they'll just do what they've always done, kill each other. It's survival of the fittest, and this organization somehow believe that animals suddenly deserve special treatment, I'm not even sure why. Is it possible for PETA and it's followers to get off their high horses for one f***ing minute and realize this is a really redundant cause? If humanities ancestors refused to kill, cook, eat, or wear animals then we'd have been wiped out centuries ago. Seriously, PETA is like some bad joke gone wrong.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is the most disgusting "animal rights charity" i've ever seen. They kill more than they help, and they are a joke compared to real animal charities.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

PeTA does not deserve even one star. For all what they cry about, they directly support animal cruelty by supporting breed specific legislation. If you think that ripping dogs away from their families isn't abuse, think again. This causes untold suffering both mentally as well as physically through months (and often years) of impoundment if the dogs aren't just killed outright. If you want to support animal organizations, look elsewhere (and skip HSUS as well).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They have millions of dollars in budget. Yet, they spend it on lame campaigns and their stupid time making video game parodies on Mario, Poke' Mon, Cooking with Mama, etc. Also, they like to euthanize a majority of cats and dogs. I know they have a page of why they euthanize, and show severely ill animals, but of course they're not gonna mention the healthy animals that get put down. Oh, but they protest against kill shelters, but what gives them the right to kill off the animals then? PETA is a bunch of BS. Go spend time on actually helping animals instead of throwing money away with garbage campaigns and stupid parody flash games that butcher peoples childhood.

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ScottV 11/08/2012

What you call "kill" shelters PETA and the shelter community term "open admission" shelters because they accept all animals, unlike turn-away (so-called "no kill" shelters). PETA promotes open admission shelters. PETA runs three mobile spay-and-neuter clinics, serving low-income residents in Virginia and North Carolina. The clinics offer free and low-cost sterilization surgeries as well as other services, such as flea and tick treatments, vaccinations, and deworming. Since starting its first mobile clinic in 2001, PETA has sterilized more than 85,000 animals, including more than 11,000 in the 2011 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. Clearly, PETA is helping to reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats. PETA has also freed Ben the bear from his dismal conditions, brought about replacement of crude animal tests with modern non-animal methods, and otherwise made landmark changes that help animals, as noted at http://www.peta.org/about/victories/default.aspx

Dan_21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

PETA is a bunch of criminal hypocrites and there is no chance whatsoever that I'll ever support them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

PeTA has funded arsonists and has excecuted more animals then it has saved. Their kill ratio for animals they "take in" is approx. 90%.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Spending donated money to brainwash children into thinking that games with any kind of violence towards any kind of living thing [mostly animals] is wrong? I understand that they're trying to show that animal abuse is wrong, but seriously, they shouldn't be imposing on impressionable, young minds. At least wait until the kids grow up and learn to make their own decisions.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I always thought PETA was a knowledgeable, helpful organization that helped animals. In recent months, however, more and more information has been brought to my attention. Mainly, PETA`s publicity stunts are a cop-out way of trying to get attention. The recent ``Pokemon Black and Blue`` completely twists what it means to be a Pokemon trainer into something evil and portrays characters that any good fan would know to be ludicrous. Thumbs down, PETA, thumbs down.