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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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52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I find PETA sickening. I love their cause, but they just aren't doing it right. Most of the dogs they "rescue" have to be put down because they're unable to find them owners. They even attack video game franchises, such as Pokemon, believing that these franchises SUPPORT animal abuse. In the Pokemon games, it's about bonding and growing stronger with your Pokemon, not abusing them. In many of the games, the player opposes evil teams that misuse Pokemon! Children have common sense, they won't begin to pit animals to fight eachother just because some imaginary people from a video game do it. If a child does that, then it's the guardian's at fault, not the video game. Back on topic, PETA also opposes the use of testing products on animals. Yes, it would be nice to not risk the lives of living things to test products, but that isn't the world we live in. Sometimes, you just can't change how things go. What would we test items on? Rocks? Don't get me wrong, I love animals. I have two dogs that were rescued, but, I believe PETA is doing it all wrong.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

PETA and those who associate with it care more for the lives of animals then they do for people. From obsession to outright fanaticism. They oppose medical testing (which while not pretty, have created life saving medical practices), to outright violence from their supporters. Bombings, shootings, murders, break-ins, vandalism, etc. While the actual organisation may or may not do this, they have no problem with their supporters doing so. They are no better then terrorists. They are evil.

3 Johnny4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

this group started with goo intentions, but now kills to many animals and spends to much money on attacking children games

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

PETA has good intentions but simply does not understand the line between reality and fantasy. Human and nonhuman. Before going on please do understand that I respect animals, but I do not subjugate myself to obtaining this superficial notion of "freedom" and "rights" for them. PETA has had numerous outbreaks of violent and slanderous instances of assault of research institutions. In the recent incident with the game "Pokemon" PETA has offended a large fan base of Pokemon fans by publishing a parody of a pokemon game online. PETA fails to recognize that that this game, the philosophy of this phenomenon had originated in Japan. There is a large amount of both Buddhism and Shintoism incorporated into the series in which a world where Pokemon and humans live together in mutual relationship. PETA instead takes a spin on this game, claiming that pokemon trainers abuse their pokemon. They parallel pokemon trainers to real life animal abusers/captors. This perspective is highly wrong, instead I find that pokemon trainers tend to parallel regular pet owners instead. As a children's show, the series emphasizes kindness and understanding to creatures different from us.

7 Danny5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization will do anything to make their name known, but actually does very little to help animals other than "spread awareness". I will never donate to Peta ever again, my money is better spent going to WWF or another organization that actually does what they claim to do. People who donate to Peta are misinformed about the organization themselves. They euthanize thousand of domestic pets each year, and they try to make it look like a necessary evil, when in actuality, they don't even try adopting any of them out, they just claim that they are extreme cases and this is the only humane way of dealing with the issue. It goes without saying that killing animals for no reason other than limited funds to keep them alive is not humane whatsoever. You know what else is inhumane? Genocide of Pit bulls, which Peta proudly supports. Everyone who has come on here talking in a patronizing fashion to those of us who actually took the time to research this horrid organization need to shut their mouths. We have a voice and we are going to use it to spread the truth!

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ScottV 11/01/2012

If you want to support an organization that refuses to condemn trophy hunting or killing of elephants and whales, then WWF is certainly for you! See http://www.wickedwildlifefund.com/ If you want to see just a few examples of monumental change for animals that resulted from PETA efforts, see http://www.peta.org/about/victories/default.aspx

1 Abby B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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ScottV 11/01/2012

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.

4 James56

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

7 Muneakira Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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