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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

Community Stories

142 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!!

5 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

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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!