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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 experiment on, eat, wear, 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: in laboratories, on cruel dairy, egg, and meat farms, 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. PETA organizes campaigns to inform the public about, among other things, how animals are abused in the experimentation, food, clothing, and entertainment industries. Among other highlights in the last year, we persuaded more than a dozen international food and beverage conglomerates—including General Mills, Nissin Foods, and Sapporo Holdings—to stop testing on animals. Thanks to PETA, 22 countries have ended the use of live animals in trauma surgical training, following our donations of 119 TraumaMan simulators, worth nearly $3 million, since 2012. We demolished the mohair industry with an exposé showing extreme cruelty to angora goats and persuaded more than 320. Our evidence that gravely ill animals at PetSmart stores in two states were being deliberately denied veterinary care resulted in cruelty convictions for several store managers. We sterilized more than 11,600 companion animals and rescued many animals from the Hurricane Florence flooding. Our multipronged campaign paid off when Nosey—an arthritic elephant with many medical problems who was hauled around the country and forced to give rides—was seized by law enforcement and transferred to a beautiful sanctuary while legal cases proceed against her owners. We found new homes for 39 tigers, 10 bears, and four chimpanzees from miserable facilities. We exposed the violent beating deaths of hens at a Kroger egg supplier, and we shot more holes in the “free-range” myth by revealing terrible living conditions for hens at Nellie’s Free Range Eggs. After discussions with PETA, numerous major corporations—including Baskin-Robbins, Shake Shack, TGI Fridays, and White Castle—added vegan options to their menus. We persuaded more major airports to stop using inhumane glue traps.

 

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, PETA Global. 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.

 

Community Stories

158 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am unbelievably honored to have worked with PETA as an intern this past summer and now as a volunteer for demonstrations in my area! PETA is so supportive to all animal rights activists, no matter how experienced or novice! I did not have demonstration experience before PETA, and they helped me develop my voice and build up my drive to spread compassion. Every employee radiates kindness and is always willing to help. Molly and Cody of HR are the most understanding and genuine people I have met. Kearney helped me develop my own AR group in my community. Jose has helped provide me with materials and resources to hold demos and educate my community. Everyone here is proud of the work they do each and every day, and Ingrid Newkirk (PETA's President) is the most compassionate and selfless person. No matter the question, concern, or issue, a PETA employee is always there to answer and assist. PETA has done so much to help the animals, the environment, and everyone around them. I am thankful that I have the chance to be a part of the PETA community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a co-organizer for an animal rights group, PETA has been invaluable in our efforts to expose animal cruelty and educate the public! The PETA rep that I work with is knowledgeable and more than willing to assist with our campaigns.
PETA has a strong stance against animal cruelty & animal rights! Their mission coincides with my personal beliefs and the stance of the ARA groups I associate with. Thank you!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan and regular donor of PETA! The work they do is absolutely valuable to protect animals from not only outright animal cruelty, but unethical breading, medical experiments, fur trade, and many other worthy causes.
Only a few weeks ago, I adopted my dog from PETA. An employee fostered Jackson before I adopted him. The organization provided him with shots, the ID chip, and the necessary operation. Jackson, along with thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals, would be dead now if it were not for PETA.
As I often say, the world would be an even sadder place for animals if it were not for PETA’s work.

Eric M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

More than any other organization over the years, PETA has put animal rights on the map and in the public conscience, all under the indefatigable leadership of Ingrid Newkirk and her remarkable staff and army of volunteers. May your tribe increase!

As my late friend Margaret Wehinger would have said,

"I clutch your paw,"

Eric Mills, coordinator
ACTION FOR ANIMALS
Oakland

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a PETA supporter for many years. When initially deciding which animal welfare charities would be the best bets to support, PETA ended up being my first choice because they are always in the news. I just knew they were shaking things up and "ruffling a lot of feathers" out there so there had to be a lot of action and hard work being done, and not just a bunch of words and empty promises with nothing to back it up.
I live in North Dakota so imagine my surprise when one day I got an email asking if I would like to meet Ingrid Newkirk herself, in person, one on one!! She was passing through my city and had a free half hour and said she'd like to meet me!! She is a very busy person, gets thousand of emails a day, and deals with countless issues seven days a week...so for her to want to take the time for me like that was beyond impressive. She is a tireless and tenacious fighter for the well being of all animals and I've never worried that my financial support of them might be money not well utilized. To my mind, they are the most effective and efficient animal welfare charity there is, though there are many other good ones also, to be sure.
I could not do what they do. I could not bear to see the many horrific things that they see. I am proud to support the people of PETA out in the field fighting animal cruelty for me, because I could not do it. The world needs so many more people like that, and I am very thankful for them!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Among the worthy organizations committed to the welfare of animals, PETA is the one (or more exactly one of the two) I admire the most. PETA is dedicated to ending the unspeakable cruelty inflicted on innocent animals in laboratories, zoos, the food industry, entertainment, and all other venues where it is present. What is most impressive, however, is not merely the laudable aims, but rather the demonstrable success of PETA's unflagging campaign. A recent newsletter to PETA's members reported an astonishing accomplishment: a large number of the most prominent fashion-houses have foresworn the use of fur! A director of one of the houses explained its change of policy by the simple observation: "because it is the right thing to do." PETA's unrelenting effort over many years undoubtedly deserves most of the credit for this implementation of humane policy. --John Rothgeb, Caulfield, MO

Cam M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From undercover investigations to support of grass roots activism, PETA is a 10/10 non profit fighting against speciesism and animal exploitation. So many animals owe their lives to PETA's work and I know they will never stop fighting for equality!!

Donor

Rating: 5

It’s difficult to put to words the impact PETA’s life changing work has made on the lives of me - and my entire family. They changed our perspectives in ways we never thought possible and we are forever better for it. They are truly leaders of the future and take hold of today in ways that speak volumes for our environment, the lives of our children, and, of course, the betterment and hopes for a truly better future for animals.
The beauty of the work the organization does is that its deeply empathic efforts motivate millions to step in and stand up for animals. But without realizing it, as this is done, it directly betters the life of those standing up for others. ALL of those standing. I’m forever indebted to all PETA does for our nation as a whole, and, again, of course, the innocent animals. If you haven’t checked out PETA yet do so today and take one step forward with their organization. You’ll never look back. Here’s a video of the change PETA affected in the lives of my children and their superiors. https://www.facebook.com/645897927/posts/10157144655492928?sfns=mo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with PETA is an amazing experience. It is rewarding to help people make the transition to a vegan lifestyle and PETA always provides me with resources necessary to do so. The work PETA does is incredible and I’m so glad I can be a small part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and a Vegan Mentor for PETA and I have to say that this position is so rewarding and such a wonderful offering that PETA makes to all of humanity.

I have worked with Keith for almost two years now and he is such a beacon of light with everything he does. I feel I am part of a team of like minded individuals who are committed to helping people live their best life. I am also a professional in the wellness industry so this position with PETA is very close to my heart. I also am a vegan because cancer struck our lives when my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer a few years ago. He is cancer-free and we are all the better for it. We are healthier, wiser and happier as we now live a more mindful life.

My work with PETA allows me to come in contact with people from all over the globe who are wanting to do better, live better, be a human better, and respect the lives and rights of all living, breathing creatures. The relationships I have built with the mentees are so heart filling for me. To be able to help others begin their journey through 'veganhood' and maneuver all of the, sometimes tricky, terrain; gives me great joy.

I tell people I am a volunteer with PETA with great pride as I am happy to be a voice for others to hear when they are in need of support and guidance. I am happy to assist people from choosing alternative foods, to living in a meat-eating household, to navigating the nuisances of social settings as a vegan in a carnivorous world. Working alongside Keith Burgeson has helped me become a better person. He has guided me, while encouraging me, while confirming my abilities. His passion is evident in all of his work, and dedication to PETA. I hope to follow in his footsteps and do PETA proud.

I believe this organization is one of THE most important non-profits we have out there in the world. For the past 39 years PETA has committed themselves to caring for those without a voice; every living, breathing creature on this planet who deserves to roam free, swim freely, and live a free and protected life. Thank you PETA for all you do and here's to many more years together! I hope to be a part of them all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through volunteering with PETA I have been able to make a significant difference in the lives of people interested in a plant based diet. Not only do I have incredible resources that allow me to feel confident while volunteering and that I can get assistance while assisting, but it also makes me feel even better about my own way of life and that I am making a difference. There is consistently the right amount of contributions to make. If I am feeling overwhelmed, I can request to do less, and if I feel like doing more, more work is always available. Everyone with the organization has been great, and I highly recommend PETA!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is with great pleasure that I write a few words about my experience as a volunteer with PETA. I serve as a "vegan mentor" -- communicating with folks who are transitioning to eating vegan foods to provide support and information as needed. The person who organizes this work is very -- well, organized! And beyond that he is kind, responsive, understanding, and oh so supportive. He represents PETA in a very intelligent and exemplary way. I have been a member of PETA for perhaps 30 years. The vision and work of PETA is inspiring and critical for our society, so it is wonderful to have the experience of actually working with PETA in a such a practical way and to remain inspired while providing some of the nuts and bolts work of the organization. Thumbs up for PETA!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PETA has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. They helped foster the love i have for animals into a passion I feel everyday. They are the reason I went vegetarian and then vegan, I can't even begin to imagine the horrors these amazing individuals see on a daily basis. They do this job because its important, and if they don't do it , who will?

Cindy B.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What makes PETA an essential nonprofit? Recently, I was leading a discussion class at local senior centers. The topic was animal experimentation. We had read a brief passage from “An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine” (1865) by Claude Bernard, a French physiologist who was a proponent of vivisection. He argued that experimenting on animals was acceptable because the scientific knowledge gained justified any pain or suffering to the animal. The class members then had to vote on whether they agreed with Bernard. About two-thirds of the class voted in favor of animal experimentation and one-third against. We broke into smaller groups to compose an argument against our personal inclination and for the opposite position. This meant that two-thirds of the class was thinking of and presenting arguments against animal experimentation. As each group searched for moral, philosophical, and practical arguments, nearly every person referenced PETA. It was to PETA that class members turned to for persuasive arguments. PETA is the only nonprofit organization I know of that makes people both think philosophically and act practically. PETA has changed our behavior by accentuating our empathy, which carries over into a whole range of choices for us as individuals and for our society as whole. I listened to people talking about their vegetarianism, their love and respect for their companion animals, their concern for animals being hunted or poached in the wild, their abhorrence of animals used for entertainment, their anxiety about animal testing. PETA makes us think, changes the conversation, challenges the status quo—and that’s what makes it a game-changing and essential nonprofit in today’s world.





Volunteer

Rating: 5

PETA gives me all the information and resources I need to be a great vegan mentor!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So impressed at the outreach and support of this company to new vegetarians and vegans!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am really impressed with the work PETA does to help animals. They are really on the ground getting things done. They also have an amazing website with so many cruelty free resources.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I use the information from PETA all the time when I am talking with people about the treatment of animals and veganism. I believe the undercover investigations are absolutely essential to the end of factory farming and slaughter. I have met several of the staff over the years and am very impressed with their knowledge and dedication.

Carrie Shaw M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SUCH important work to end the suffering of billions of animals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have used Peta's website for years as a resource for all things vegan. It is one of the most comprehensive resources I have found. I recently began volunteering as a mentor and the staff there have been incredibly friendly and supportive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Compassionate people working for a great cause! Everybody has been welcoming, supportive and helpful in my affiliation with this organization.

Margarita F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I like that they're always willing to provide you with the needed tools, materials to get the desired job done, not like others organizations that I've had problem getting material for a campaign.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unlike many other animal protection charities, that limit their involvement to some core issues, PETA takes every issue that impacts animals seriously. This is the one organization that responds every, single time. Staff is knowledgeable and serious.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Peta is one of the best organizations out there
Active
Engaged on top of it
Educating the youth
Always in discovery about what is cutting edge way to help animals
I am glad that Peta exists
A needed addition to this miserable world full of gloom
Hare Krishna

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot possibly speak more highly of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). My husband and I have been involved with PETA and its activities from a donor perspective for many years and we are continually impressed and grateful for how PETA is always on the "front lines" for animals. While there are many wonderful animal rights organizations, PETA is the only one we are aware of that responds to such a multitude of diverse needs; from imprisoned orcas to bears held captive in roadside zoos to exploited elephants in India, abused farm animals and so much more, PETA is always there to lead the way in fighting for these animals' rights and freedoms and to light the way in creating massive positive change. PETA is led by the most ethical, passionate, dedicated animal rights activists we can imagine, and we are proud to play a small part in their successes.

Donor

Rating: 5

PETA has become the number one nonprofit to whom I send monies monthly. They work incessantly to relieve lifelong misery that animals endure. PETA conducts undercover videos and organizes member protests to publicize animal cruelty in all its forms. PETA asks members to e-mail, write letters, make phone calls, and utilize social media to contact businesses and corporations who are responsible for harm to animals. PETA encourages members to contact elected officials about inhumanity shown to living, feeling beings. They educate constantly about animal intelligence, normal animal nature, and the abuse meted out to millions of these sensitive beings. Alternatives are publicized by PETA to the use of millions of animals in labs and that these cruel experiments do not produce relatable results in humans. PETA promotes the use of human simulators for research and even purchases them for various institutions.

In my view, there needs to be something akin to a Nobel Prize given to Ingrid Newkirk, PETA's founder and president, who has dedicated her life to the humane treatment of animals.

CeCe P.

Donor

Rating: 5

PETA does for the animals what no other organization can do!! So grateful for their work. So glad be one of many supporting this group with our resources.

Donor

Rating: 5

PETA is the most effective, efficient, and principled animal organization I have seen

Sarah S.10

Donor

Rating: 5

People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals is transparent, honest and communicates with its members and donors equally. If you read their annual report, you will see that over 80 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to help save animals. Co founded by a woman, for over 38 years this organization has a dedicated mission to making this world a better place for all. I highly recommend going to https://www.peta.org/and see for yourself their amazing work. Download the app so you can save animals with just a touch of a button. PETA makes it easy to be kind : )

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Peta is always willing to help any animal in need. And they will always help you immediately!
One of their employees jumped into a canal to save a duck that was entangled in netting.
Their volunteers rescued a pigeon that was hanging upside down at the top of a tree, having had his leg caught in the branch.
They told a young schoolgirl to "follow her heart "when she didn't want to dissect a frog. She cried and her teacher gave the frog. The frog was later released in a beautiful country stream where he lived happily ever after! They are the most compassionate people on the planet. And they deserve credit for saving many many lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff at PETA and founder Ingrid Newkirk are the most courageous people I've ever met. No animal is too small or too large to protect! They are available 24/7 to help the animals and will never let them down or the people who reach out for help. They are strong and determined and work with great professionalism. I've received calls from PETA asking for help in my city, to: rescue a pigeon stuck high in a tree and a mouse stuck in a glue trap. The list goes on. Not only are they strong in the USA but around the world. They've rescued animals who've fallen into deep wells in India, street dogs who've had no one there to protect them. Right now, they are rescuing animals from the floods in Louisiana. Their motto says it all - "animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment or abuse in any way." I've never been more proud to support such an exceptional organization. They have my deepest respect and admiration. May they go on forever until not one animal is suffering. Thank you, PETA!!

6 Beth188

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

My problem with PETA involves the local work they do rounding up and euthanizing stray pets. They are responsible for the killing of thousands of dogs and cats either directly in the back of vans or by delivering these pets to local high kill shelters. Most recently there have been stories of these animals being killed and loaded into dumpsters. They also are against TNR for feral cat colonies. They seem to prefer to kill dogs and cats without blinking an eye as if to say it's better to be dead than rehomed or taken to a reputable rescue. They certainly have the money to start their own no kill shelters and low cost spay programs. I acknowledge that they do some good work, but I won't give them another dime of my money!

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ScottV 01/23/2017

PETA fieldworkers in Virginia and North Carolina are working hard to abate animal overpopulation, neglect, and homelessness. PETA has spent more than $2 million a year on this 24/7 work and our lifesaving mobile spay/neuter clinics, preventing the births of thousands upon thousands of dogs and cats. Detailed information, with heartbreaking case studies and heartwarming rescue stories, can be found at http://investigations.peta.org/petas-rescue-team/ and http://features.peta.org/petasaves/. It might surprise you to know that PETA's mobile veterinary clinics spayed or neutered more than 570 feral cats last year. Some of the most misleading information spread about PETA is the work of the deceitfully named “Center for Consumer Freedom” (CCF), a front group for animal exploiters; see http://www.ConsumerDeception.com

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Donor

Rating: 5

PETA's persistent, intelligent, courageous work on behalf of animals has been and continues to be of benefit to human animals as well. The awareness raised by their undercover work and collaboration with media and others has helped raise the health of humans, while saving and improving the lives of so many innocent, precious animals.
We learn about the benefits of being vegan, which in turn helps make a more compassionate planet for all.

4 Hilary14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Five years ago, I was an uninformed animal lover who wanted to help animals in need. I knew of PETA through its campaign ads but didn't know much about its inner workings, or how PETA compared to other animal rights/welfare organizations. I was in graduate school at Stanford University and ended up writing a 100 page thesis titled "Ingrid Newkirk and Her Critics." (Newkirk is the co-founder and President of PETA.) After thorough evaluation, I found PETA to be by far the most effective animal rights group. It has helped persuade more people around the world to treat animals with compassion than any other organization. I know I do the most good for suffering animals when I donate to PETA.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a PETA member for over 25 years. It was thanks to PETA that I went vegan two decades ago, after reading the heartbreaking story of the "downed cow" in a PETA magazine. I have taken more stray cats and dogs than I can count on both hands to PETA's low-cost spay-neuter clinic over the years--it is an invaluable resource to the community that has prevented an incalculable amount of suffering. I have also called PETA's 24-hour emergency hotline several times, a service that no other national animal-protection organization offers, at least not to my knowledge. They will help any animal, large or small--they once helped me with a rat who'd been hit by a car and a pigeon who'd been poisoned. These are animals that very few people care about, but PETA does.

4 William101

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been greatly impressed with the commitment and success that the
People at PETA have exhibited over a long period of time. These are clearly people
are dedicated to helping the helpless in our world and we are proud to be
contributing members of this organization.
Bill and Pat Muraoka