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

I love People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA takes in the sickest of animals, so of course they must be euthanized. People who are offended by peta, are only upset that their world view is that of speciesism. Human rights didn't happen overnight and neither will animal rights. They don't want the right to vote, they want the right to be left alone. Thank you PETA for standing up for animals. If you are against PETA, please remember that you're not fighting PETA, you are fighting voiceless animals... The real victims.

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Thank you Abby! Many heartwarming rescue stories are at http://features.peta.org/petasaves/ And kind people like you help PETA make landmark progress for animals, as noted at www.peta.org/annualreview Someday we will create a world where every pup or kitten born already has a responsible home waiting for them, and no animals suffer for trivial human interests.

Rating: 1 stars  

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Peta claim to want equal rights for animals and yet are the biggest threat to animals possible, they kill 90+% of perfectly well animals that they take in. They are pretty much the biggest hypocrites ever, they refuse to believe in animal testing, yet their vice president is a diabetic which has to inject pig insulin to survive, and if it wasn't for this, she wouldn't have survived as long as she has, fact. (http://humanewatch.org/index.php/people/detail/mary_beth_sweetland/) They are the worst thing to happen to animals, and are a disgrace to the human race.

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This group PETA harass`s people they kill animals and are racist to people who do not speak english they are nazis

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From what I've experienced with PETA they're very much like the Nazis, they try to force their views onto others & when people don't except their views they go all crazy like they throw blood or paint on people or they burn a building down or something. PETA members/supporters also harass people just cause they don't support PETA, I personally have been harassed several times over the internet just cause I don't like PETA & these people who come to me just to harass me are normally completely brainwashed by PETA & can't even think of their own responses so they go copy something off the PETA website. PETA also spends their time & money not helping animals but attacking video games like Super Mario or Pokemon & making TV adds that ultimately get rejected, only a small percentage of their funds actually goes to the animals. And to continue on they have over a 95% kill rate & they try to pass it off like they needed to kill those animals & most of the animals they kill are either perfectly healthy or have easily curable diseases. So to sum it all up I consider PETA a terrorist organization that's no better than the Nazis

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Well I find them very offensive and abusive to those who don't fall in line with their propoganda. They have been known to commit terrorist like acts such as burning down labs, stealing private property (such as pets or other animals), spraying people either with blood, paint, or even flour to get their ridiculous message across. They violate individuals rights constantly and kill thousands of perfectly adoptable pets a year. They have no respect for others views or beliefs and are constantly issueing death threats as advice for those who don't get in line with their views. They have even slandered two beloved fictional franchises of Super Mario and Pokemon in their crazed pursuit of some imaginary animal liberation. So I think they are very awful and I know their members have verbally attacked many individuals on facebook for disagreeing with them on their views. So in other words I consider them nothing more then a Nazi like organization whose leader is a criminal.

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They have a 32 billion dollar budget, yet an 87% kill rate in their own "shelter". PETA has been caught several times taking animals under the premise these animals would find a "new home", they were then allegedly killed on the spot. Furthermore, they a large habit about using the 3-4 animals they don't kill as a fake positive message that they actually care. They've used their donation money to attack children's video games, stand in the way of other charities, and have donated money to convicted criminals. Do not donate to this organization, they do far more to hurt the cause of animal rights than actually help it.

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People choose not to see what PETA has done in the world, because they are so successful. They get things done BECAUSE they are so committed and controversial. They have improved the lives of small animals such as mice, by spreading word of the cruelty of glue traps. They have also saved animals such as Ben the Bear from a horrific roadside zoo. These are only a few of the miraculous cases. On a daily basis, PETA spays and neuters animals for FREE to help with animal homelessness and the overpopulation of dogs and cats. They are changing people's views of animals worldwide.

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This "not-for-profit" is one of the most, if not THE most, hypocritical organizations I have ever seen. They claim to be for animals, but seem to treat them as gods in the public, treating any human as a lesser being. Then, behind closed doors, they kill any animal that is sick, injured, or has the possibility of being a pet. They put down animals (many times incorrectly, causing a long painful death) as a "better" alternative to adoption. There are so many horror stories about this nfp that I am surprised the organization is allowed to exist anymore. And I'm sure they got their wish with their "attention-grabbing" games, they waste money they could be using to help animals, commissioning crappy advertisements and copyright violating games (their not-for-profit status does not help them, because it can only be satire if it's not defamation, so they have Nintendo, Game Freak, Team Meat, and Office Create's attention, as well as all their lawyer's attentions.) They are a mockery to people who actually care for animals.

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I had believed in PeTA's claims of helping animals in the past, and knew they were a bit extreme. Never before did I ever know that PeTA does little to no good in helping animals. They have a way of skewing reality to try and fit their own purpose, and are not what I want to see "helping" animals. Based off of their euthinization rates I'd have to say they lie more than anything else. Their recent abuses of video games, most popularly that of Mario and Poke'mon is anything but acceptable. The only facts that they have ever had right so far, is perhaps a basic outline of the entities in which they pursue recreation of. They are not what the people of my generation want to see, if anything they've only dug themselves a hole.

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PETA is an organisation, that, while based on good ideas, are extremists, attacking things likely to make no difference in the world instead of actually working to protect animals.

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