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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. In 2020, PETA achieved these milestones: We persuaded Bayer, Bristol Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer to stop using the meaningless forced swim test, in which terrified animals paddle frantically in inescapable beakers of water to keep from drowning. To date, we’ve persuaded 14 companies—including seven of the top 10 pharmaceutical giants—to ban this test.• After working with PETA, Avon Products, Inc., stopped all tests on animals everywhere in the world, and Suave, Aussie, and Secret joined our list of companies and brands (now totaling more than 4,800) that don’t test on animals.• PETA is the largest member of the PETA International Science Consortium Ltd., which funded research resulting in the creation of an antitoxin produced without using animals that could be commercially developed to treat diphtheria. The Science Consortium also helped fund the development of EpiAlveolar—a first-of-its-kind, human cell–based model of the deepest part of the lungs—and led the development of an international guidance document on using non-animal methods for studying the effects of chemicals without forcing animals to inhale them. Among PETA’s other accomplishments in 2020 were helping to get critical provisions of North Carolina’s “ag-gag” law declared unconstitutional; persuading Dairy Queen, Denny’s, Mooyah, and other restaurant chains to add vegan options; and helping to get the sale of foie gras banned in New York City. PETA released a landmark investigation of the alpaca trade in Peru—the world’s top alpaca fleece producer—showing horrific abuse during shearing. We have since persuaded numerous companies—including UNIQLO (the world’s third-largest clothing retailer), Columbia Sportswear Company, Esprit, and Overstock.com—to ban alpaca. After hearing from PETA, NARS Cosmetics and Kugo—the parent company of RoyalShave, Pomades, and TheStache.com—banned badger hair. Following discussions with PETA, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Nordstrom, and Jil Sander confirmed that they’ve stopped using exotic skins—sparing countless alligators, crocodiles, ostriches, kangaroos, lizards, and snakes immense suffering. Following pressure from PETA, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission implemented rules to prevent horses from running while injured.• As a result of our pressure, SeaWorld will no longer make trainers surf on dolphins’ backs and stand on their faces. • As a result of a PETA lawsuit, Dade City’s Wild Things (DCWT)—a seedy Florida roadside zoo—was permanently banned from possessing endangered tigers. It subsequently shut down.• To date, PETA has freed 75 big cats and 73 bears from desolate roadside zoos or decrepit backyard cages. This year’s rescues include an ailing Asiatic black bear saved from life in a cramped cage at a Pennsylvania shooting range, a lion and two tigers from the Tri-State Zoo, and all the tigers remaining at DCWT. All are thriving at accredited, bucolic sanctuaries.• After decades of work by PETA, no more chimpanzees are being used in Hollywood films or television

 

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

168 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of PETA for 20 years. I am a vegan. I have learned so much from PETA of the suffering of animals that I now protest fur stores and circuses and take action to stop animal abuse.
PETA has educated so many people in the world to the suffering of animals. They work and dedicate their lives to stop the violence done to animals.
PETA is beyond excellent in their dedication to end the suffering of our fellow beings that we share the planet with.

Denise S.10

Donor

Rating: 5

They save lives. They are hyper focused on their mission and while many do not understand them and call them extremists, wellllllll, you have to be that to get attention. I have actually met Ingrid in Berlin, and getting chills saying this, it was like standing before a Saint, which she is. Their alerts we can sign to fight for animals rights are easy and fast. It takes 5 seconds to help animals. I have nothing but AWESOME to say about them and when I die, my money goes to them, that is how much I believe in them!

wylderich

Donor

Rating: 5

As in other communities, Las Vegas has its share of animal neglect, abuse or cruelty. Those of us who are involved in the animal protection cause have relied upon PETA to assist us in a variety of ways.
When my volunteers encountered several cases of neglect, PETA helped us with dog houses and spay/neuter for the dog owners who didn't have the means but had the desire to do right by their animals. When we've had cruelty cases surface, PETA has been instrumental in working with us to raise public awareness and push for justice. When I personally provide humane education to school children, I'm able to acquire excellent family-friendly material to use in my presentations.
PETA has been among those organizations that I use as a go-to for a variety of resources not the least of which is to access the consult and advice of experts in every field of animal exploitation, be it factory farming, testing, exotic animals, etc. This helps me in my work so that I know what I'm talking about when providing public statements or working with officials to help create a more humane and compassionate community.
Their easy accessibility and turn-around time to respond has been so valuable to me, and I can directly see how it's benefited our community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with PETA for the past eight years, concerning a number of animal protection issues in Las Vegas where we've needed assistance. They come through with a caring staff and any available resources. They've been great about conducting follow up afterwards, as well. I have gotten to know many of their staff members around the country, and I cannot express how effective I feel they are. I will always be indebted to them for helping us with chained dogs, poisoned birds, animal neglect, captive wildlife, bad zoo's, and a host of other animal welfare issues. They are also a wonderful one-stop shop for obtaining information from experts and getting help with legislation to protect animals. I routinely order their materials for my humane education presentations, which have become popular. PETA is among my top favorite global animal welfare organizations and I am very happy to support them, as a donor, volunteer and collaborator in the cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PETAs most powerful influence in my life has been the Mentor program whereby I am able to lean on a network of ethical vegans to keep me on track and also to help other striving vegans in their journey as well. I have also appreciated their in depth and unrelenting work on behalf of animals, animal welfare, animal legislation, sustainability and worker ethics.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a vegan for 38 years. During this time, PETA has been an invaluable resource, not only for understanding how to be a healthy vegan, but also in supporting my animal rights activism. I have been to countless demonstrations where PETA provided signs and literature. They have the knowledge and the resources to help those of us in the general public working to end animal suffering. I have also become a Vegan Mentor and the weekly resources keep me informed so I can help others most effectively.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people who care about all beings and justice for the silent. I highly recommend this organization to complement the population's ethical needs. PETA puts the suffering of all ahead of themselves and pushes forward to make this world a more beautiful place for everything and everyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer for PETA Mentorship Program and a keen follower of their podcast and work. The work they do I’m amazed by. It’s on so many levels and reached so many animals from different backgrounds. Spreading awareness about issues all across the globe, helping people getting a better understanding on what’s going on and given them an opportunity to help. The environment, health of humans and animals thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer vegan mentor for PETA. The onboarding process was enjoyable, challenging in the best way possible, and very hands-on. PETA has expanded my conviction and excitement for the movement (of awareness) with an ever-expanding library of resources. If anyone is interested in animal-welfare or the vegan lifestyle, PETA is a website you want to bookmark/favorite/frequent. Stay well! Sending love!

Carrie Shaw M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with PETA since 1999 and they have ALWAYS far exceeded my expectations in their selflessness and tireless work on behalf of animals. What an AMAZING organization! I am a Vegan Mentor volunteer through PETA's Mentoring Network and all of the staff and volunteers I have encountered have been AWESOME! I donated my totaled car to PETA in 2015 and will continue to donate and contribute to this outstanding organization in any way I can for the rest of my life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer as a mentor for PETA and it's been an incredibly rewarding experience. I've learned so much while lending support to others. My supervisor, Keith has been a great support - always ready to share new ideas and encouragement. Volunteering has given me an opportunity to be a part of a very worthwhile community.

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 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!!

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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.

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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

4 vegangrrl1

Donor

Rating: 5

What I love about PETA is that they fight for all animals... not just the companion ones, or endangered ones, or popular ones... they lead the fight against speciesism and give a voice to all. I have attended a number of their events and fundraisers and am always struck by how kind, down-to-earth and genuine their people are; their speakers and presentations leave me proud to be a supporter and inspired to do more in my own life for animals every day. As many battles as there are still to fight, I can't imagine what this world would be like for animals if PETA hadn't been around the last 35 years doing such difficult work, and I'm hopeful for the future as PETA continues to lead the way for change. So thankful for PETA... love you guys!

4 Jc__4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the pleasure to work as a volunteer for this organization, I'm proud of it, I met the most wonderful people working as a volunteer and I will keep working for them because I believe in their work, and thanks to them now I'm a proud vegan.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a monthly supporter of PETA for many, many years. I can always count on them to to do right by the animals when so many other organizations fail to do so. I am an AR activist and do a lot of vegan outreach and PETA is always there to donate literature to help me help the animals as well. LOVE YOU PETA!!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a child I knew about PETA's efforts to be a voice to all animals and this mission seem to resonate throughout my life. I am 50 now and have been a vegan for 30 yrs, because I am reminded by PETA's cause that animals are not ours to be used for food, clothing , sports and experiments. Their years of dedication of helping animals and educating humans has taught me that it does not take much to be kind to animals, PETA taught me to have Mercy and Compassion so I am proud to be vegan not because it was a choice but because it is the right thing to do. PETA has done amazing work to help all animals all over the world - so glad that they are a voice and speak for animals - I am glad that I heard that voice. Because of PETA, I now support many animal organizations and educate humans on why I am vegan.

2 Stewart D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I somehow got onto PETA's mailing list in the mid-1980's, and was horrified at the things I learned. I was previously unaware of much of the egregious abuse commonly inflicted upon animals, and that most of the cruelties are routine and legal. This information led me to bring my lifestyle in line with my ethical beliefs, and I will be forever grateful. I have now been a PETA member, volunteer, and vegan for almost 30 years. I am very proud of the time I spent advocating for animals alongside PETA. I have never been around such a great bunch of dedicated individuals, and I believe much of the reason is because of the example set by the co-founder and president, Ingrid Newkirk. Her incredible work ethic and integrity are undeniable and infectious. It became clear once I got to know Ms. Newkirk that what is important to her is the welfare of the animals, not the promotion of the organization or an increase to her bank account. She accepts only minimal compensation, which is is quite rare these days. So many non-profit executives seem much too interested in self-promotion and personal enrichment.

My only complaint about PETA is that I wish they would spend more time explaining the numerous ways they work on behalf animals. Many people know of the organization only because of some of the attention-getting antics. I totally support those antics and have often taken part; they are necessary to call attention to the plight of animals that would otherwise be ignored. But unknown to many are the number of scientists, PhD's, attorneys, and other dedicated professionals on staff who are working around the globe on so many levels to make the world a less cruel place for animals. Thanks to the work of PETA, many abusive practices that were once routine and commonplace have been relegated to the history books. The incredible accomplishments that have been achieved by PETA are even more remarkable in light of the fact that the organization is less than 40 years old. No group in the world has done more for animals than PETA.

2 ClaudineE

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been supportive of PETA for almost 30 years. It is the very best organization to help all animals at all time all over the world. They are the best ever. They have led many successful campaigns against cruelty to animals. Their compassion and wisdom are incredible. PETA is the best thing which has happened for all animals. I will always call them "PETA the Great"!

3 laurafrisk

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe that PETA is the greatest animal-rights organization in the world and they only have the animal's best interest at heart. I have been a PETA supporter for many, many years. Over those years I have found myself living more compassionately, less selfishly, and in general I have evolved into a kinder person. I have been able to, by my example, convince many friends and family members that animals are not ours to exploit. I have seen changes in many venues that used to abuse animals, because of PETA's tenacity, activism, and drive to do only what is best for the animals.

I have Ingrid Newkirk and her organization to thank for that. Because of PETA, many animals will sleep better tonight. And those that aren't, are waiting for PETA to come and help them. I wholeheartedly support PETA, for they are helping those who have no voice to help themselves, the animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a vegan and passionate animal rights activist. I support this organization because they defend the voiceless.

4 Max_3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before I got to know PETA, I had regarded their style as too militant for my tastes. So I went to my first PETA event reluctant to participate. By the end of the event (it was a cooking class) my attitude had changed completely. Not only do I see PETA as an avenue for activism that is compassionate towards humans and animals, but I have come to value the friend network that has spawned from being involved with the local chapter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with many animal rescue/rights group. But PETA seems to be the best. PETA offers all the support like literature (for free), advice and tips which is much needed for budding activists. Their youth outreach programs have reached thousands of students across the world; US, Canada, Mexico, India, China, Philippines, Australia - saving countless animal lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for almost a decade! PETA is the best!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organizations raises awareness of animal abuse. Newkirk ,the founder , is a dedicated voice for the voiceless . Using unorthodox methods to obtain the maximum publicity worldwide for farm animals, animals used in entertainment, and animals in labs. Super job spreading the word

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9 APK62

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PETA has a bad reputation when it comes to rumors, such as their animal shelter, but you have to consider that they are involved with rescues involving animals in the greatest form of neglect and cruelty. The animals that they can save they do, but most of the animals they rescue from horrible cruelty cases are simply too far gone, and it's better to alleviate the pain, than have an animal endure it just for the small possibility survival. They do great work with getting petitions going, unearthing cruelty to animals, and getting the job done. Although they are international, meaning the money you donate will also go to the people working there, it will also go to helping animals and fighting cruelty!

5 conserve

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PETA is not scared to be out there and expose, protest and draw attention to abusers. As a continual supporter, I receive their Animal Times magazine. This is very informative and showcases what they are working on, wins, works in progress, etc. Their goal is to end ALL animal abuse, whatever it might take. How can you not support this. Thanks PETA.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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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ScottV 03/20/2014

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/

1 Mary.C

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

6 Julieta

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a very good organization. They help a lot of animals through education, media, outreach and lobbying. I support them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

PETA's courting of celebrities and their more flamboyant publicity stunts are not my style, but I can't blame them for that if they think that these efforts have political value. Such advertising methods certainly have a long history in our culture. I believe the organization has done a great deal of good, and I can't think of any real harm that they've done. They don't overpay their executives, who could certainly make more elsewhere. I will continue to support them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

PETA is a pretty bad charity. For some reason, they like to use the "scare" method of getting you involved. They make it difficult for anyone who tries to make a difference in this field. They at least deserve a major chunk of credit for bringing this issue to light, but they go about it the wrong way.

But, you know what? Screw them for preaching how important these animals are with ads like "You wouldn't eat your dog, why eat a turkey?" and then going around and killing off all these other animals. You know what, PETA? I was going to be more civil about this, but I don't see how putting effort and funds into making an attack on apparent "virtual animal cruelty" while you don't fund properly. Pretty much everyone know who PETA is; there's really not a need to preach anymore when they don't even care for the dogs they take in. I recently saw an interview on CBS with PETA involved and their reasons are sorry assed excuses: "We take in a lot of animals that are sick, aggressive or old that just can't be adopted out." But, really? My dog was aggressive, and just plain nasty when we adopted him, but with a bit of work, he's the best dog ever. He's loyal and all that. Who won't adopt old animals? I know hundreds of people that would! I've adopted a twelve year old dog who PETA would've put down just because she's old. She's the sweetest dog and I can't bear to stand that this spoof of a charity just puts dogs down because they're old. And if they're sick, here's a crazy idea, take them to the vet! Seriously, they have enough money to DO the work, they just find the problems in everyone else. FOR PETA, A TASTE OF YOUR OWN MEDICINE: "You wouldn't kill your grandmother, why kill older animals?"

If you're looking for a trustworthy charity for animals, try AWI or Farm Sanctuary. There, you actually help the animals rather than splattering paint on peoples' clothes.

And I'm sorry if I come off too harsh, but I'm holding back a lot more. This charity's a lemon. Go somewhere else with your money. If you would like more information on where I get these facts, just type in "PETA PROS & CONS" or "PETA KILLS ANIMALS". You're sure to find more than enough information.

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ScottV 04/16/2013

PETA's creative ads counter massive industry advertising that promotes consumption of flesh from animals raised in cruel factory farms. PETA is simply asking that people think about the roles their eating habits play. We can all help reduce the amount of pain and suffering in this world by going vegetarian. Please visit http://www.PETA.org/issues/Animals-Used-For-Food/default.aspx for a free vegetarian starter kit for yourself or a friend. Clearly, you don't volunteer with a local open-admission shelter. Millions of homeless animals are euthanized in animal shelters and veterinary offices across America because of simple math: too many animals, not enough suitable homes. As many as 8 million animals flood U.S. animal shelters annually, and half of them must be euthanized. Even if those 8 million animals could be placed with loving families, there would be 8 million more the next year and the year after that. To read about what PETA is doing to help unwanted animals in their own backyard and why they must euthanize some animals, please go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ingrid-newkirk/euthanasia-we-wont-run-fr_b_3036311.html, and visit the following links: • http://www.PETA.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2012/02/20/a-gentle-hand-for-the-toughest-cases.aspx • http://www.PETA.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2012/02/17/meet-some-of-the-animals-peta-helped-in-2011.aspx • http://www.PETA.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2012/02/16/pepper-s-story-justice-for-a-forgotten-victim.aspx • http://www.PETA.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2011/02/03/an-open-door-for-animals-in-need.aspx • http://www.PETA.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2011/02/01/the-stories-behind-the-statistics.aspx • http://www.PETA.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2010/02/11/will-you-nip-just-one-birthing-machine-in-the-bud.aspx •http://www.PETA.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2010/02/12/placing-the-blame-where-it-belongs.aspx As for the websites you cite, a lot of the misleading and outright false rumors that are spread concerning our efforts are the work of the deceitfully named “Center for Consumer Freedom” (CCF), a front group for Philip Morris, Outback Steakhouse, KFC, cattle ranchers, and other animal exploiters who kill millions of animals every year—not out of compassion, but out of greed. To learn more about CCF—whose website USA Today said should be renamed “FatforProfit.com”—please see the following websites: • http://www.ConsumerDeception.com • http://www.citizensforethics.org/legal-filings/entry/irs-complaint-against-center-for-consumer-freedom-tax-exempt • http://prospect.org/article/bermans-battle • http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/18/us/politics/18berman.html?adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=1310490040-rGzoElznpxXMPZtmzw6L2g • http://bermanexposed.org/facts#consumerfreedom

6 Mary166

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PETA is a multi-national animal rights organization focusing on the four main areas of animal exploitation where animals endure prolonged, abject suffering: the food industry, the clothing industry, biomedical research, and entertainment. They also recognize that animals are suffering in their own back yard, and they fund a small, dedicated staff of workers who get out and do something about it, every day of the week.

PETA's Community Animal Project workers get out and deliver food, shelter, warm bedding, and light-weight tie outs to animals in need. They provide transportation to and from veterinarian appointments for sick or injured owned animals, and PETA pays the fees. PETA owns and operates three mobile spay and neuter clinics that offer free and low-cost spay and neuter services to animals in their region. PETA has spayed and neutered almost 88,000 animals so far. PETA’s CAP program helps animals who have good homes, stay in those homes. They do more than anyone else in their community to keep animals from entering shelters in the first place.

And yes. PETA provides no-cost, veterinarian-supervised humane medical euthanasia to any animal in their community who requires it for a current crisis of illness, injury, or emotional devastation. This service is available to animals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, nights, weekends, and holidays. Every animal should have access to euthanasia when they are suffering, regardless of their owner's ability to pay. Because of PETA, animals in the greater Norfolk community do.

PETA isn't a traditional "shelter," so they limit their intake to animals who require medical euthanasia because they are suffering, and to adoptable animals who have nowhere else to go. PETA either finds homes for the adoptable animals they receive, or transfers them to a high-traffic, high-adoption facility in their community (I confirmed this, actually. They transfer adoptable animals to the Virginia Beach SPCA. I was able to verify this with the Virginia Beach SPCA).

I contacted the Virginia State Veterinarian to ask about PETA's practices. He stated during our interview that to the best of his recollection, his office has never received a complaint from anyone who has actually used PETA's services that PETA misrepresents themselves in any way. He also stated that the state does not have a problem with PETA limiting the scope of their services to mainly animals who require euthanasia.

Now, it's pretty easy to view these matters from the comfort of our computers and make judgments about things we know nothing about, but there is absolutely zero indication that the people who contact PETA to euthanize their animals are not acting in those animals' best interests. The fact that they are each required by law to sign a legal release stating that PETA may immediately euthanize their animal, not least of which.

http://www.whypetaeuthanizes.com/index.html

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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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