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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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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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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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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I thought PETA was supposed to help animals. Yet, when my dog had broken his leg and I couldn't find a vet in the area that would perform that type of surgery, PETA turned me away without helping my find any resources. Is it ethical to leave a dog with a broken leg in pain because you can't be bothered to help the owner find resources? I think not! Way to go PETA.
To the IDIOT who responded to my review. First of all, had you have read my review correctly you would have seen that I did not need financial assistance nor was I expecting PETA to fix anything. I called them looking for resources since as I stated no vet in the area would perform that type of surgery. PETA DID turn me away without giving me so much as a name, phone number, or website for resources so don't tell me that my review "rings untrue". It may be policy to give a list of resources but policy was not followed during my experience and therefore my review stands. I had a horrible experience with PETA and because of it I think much less of the organization.
Your comment doesn't ring true since it would be against PETA policy to respond to this matter as you claim. At a minimum, you would have receieved a response similar to this one that was provided to a person in need recently: "I’m sure you’ll understand that we frequently get requests of this sort. Unfortunately, because PETA is a nonprofit organization that works to help as many animals as possible, we simply don’t have the means to provide financial assistance for every animal in need of costly veterinary care. However, some organizations do provide this sort of assistance. The following is a list of some such organizations. Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance: IMOM Inc., IMOM.org http://imom.org/ Help-A-Pet, help-a-pet.org http://help-a-pet.org/ The Pet Fund, thepetfund.com http://thepetfund.com/ Angels for Animals, angels4animals.org http://angels4animals.org/ Brown Dog Foundation, browndogfoundation.org/home http://www.browndogfoundation.org/home Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program, fveap.org http://fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/ Feline Outreach, felineoutreach.org http://felineoutreach.org/ Cats In Crisis, catsincrisis.org http://catsincrisis.org/ The Perseus Foundation (Cancer specific), PerseusFoundation.org http://theperseusfoundation.org/ Canine Cancer Awareness, caninecancerawareness.org http://caninecancerawareness.org/ Cody's Club (Radiation treatments), codysclub.bravehost.com/ http://codysclub.bravehost.com/ Diabetic Pets Fund, petdiabetes.net/fund/ http://www.petdiabetes.net/fund/ The Mosby Foundation, themosbyfoundation.org http://themosbyfoundation.org/ Magic Bullet Fund (Cancer Specific), themagicbulletfund.org http://themagicbulletfund.org/ The Binky Foundation, binkyfoundation.org http://binkyfoundation.org/ God's Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity, http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html Please also try asking your local humane society about programs in your area that may be able to help you. Also, ask your vet about the CareCredit program (http://www.carecredit.com/practices/veterinary/), which is like a credit card for vet bills that charges no interest so long as you make your payments on time and pay the card off within a set timeframe." But please consider this: caring for a dog adequately is incredibly expensive. They require food, routine vet care, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, flea and heartworm preventative (every month), not to mention toys and other things that will enrich their mental state. If you aren’t able to afford China’s first vet visit, how will you provide for her other needs? The bills are bound to pile up over the years (having a dog is a commitment of up to 15-20 years, depending on their lifespan). Additionally, you’ll be in trouble (and so will China) when she inevitably becomes sick or injured. Sadly, there is no such thing as free vet care. We hear from numerous people who are turned away from vets when they can’t afford the life-saving treatment their animals require. We hope that you did find support and didn't allow your dog to suffer without veterinary care. PETA does provide free and low-cost spay-neuter services in an area where the homeless animal problem is severe; see http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2013/04/02/month-for-the-record-books.aspx
Peta is a truly awful organization. They're just a bunch of fear mongers, attempting to use bad scare tactics, and bashing pop culture because not many sane people honestly agree with their sh** ethics. Also, ethical is a stupid f***ing word to use in their name, due to ethics and morals differing from person to person, and not being set in stone. I ignored this insanity up until the organization bashed Pokémon, which didn't make any sense. Considering Pokémon is a series about love, friendship, pulling through hard times, winning against all odds, forming friendship with unlikely creatures, and becoming a master in your respective field. If you're going to bash this, then what's next? Sly Cooper? Jak and Daxter? Maybe even the Varren fighting rink in Mass Effect 2. But, really. If you're reading this and going "It's just pop culture, no need to get your frilly stockings in a twist over that" Well, kind sir and or madam, my frilly stockings are in a continued twist; because if you're willing to twist Pokémon like that, then what is safe? ....Claiming animals need to be treated like humans, god, the f***'s wrong with you? Animals don't have the brain capacity to operate like humans do,and if they do, they don't seem to be showing it, they'll just do what they've always done, kill each other. It's survival of the fittest, and this organization somehow believe that animals suddenly deserve special treatment, I'm not even sure why. Is it possible for PETA and it's followers to get off their high horses for one f***ing minute and realize this is a really redundant cause? If humanities ancestors refused to kill, cook, eat, or wear animals then we'd have been wiped out centuries ago. Seriously, PETA is like some bad joke gone wrong.
This is the most disgusting "animal rights charity" i've ever seen. They kill more than they help, and they are a joke compared to real animal charities.
PeTA does not deserve even one star. For all what they cry about, they directly support animal cruelty by supporting breed specific legislation. If you think that ripping dogs away from their families isn't abuse, think again. This causes untold suffering both mentally as well as physically through months (and often years) of impoundment if the dogs aren't just killed outright. If you want to support animal organizations, look elsewhere (and skip HSUS as well).
They have millions of dollars in budget. Yet, they spend it on lame campaigns and their stupid time making video game parodies on Mario, Poke' Mon, Cooking with Mama, etc. Also, they like to euthanize a majority of cats and dogs. I know they have a page of why they euthanize, and show severely ill animals, but of course they're not gonna mention the healthy animals that get put down. Oh, but they protest against kill shelters, but what gives them the right to kill off the animals then? PETA is a bunch of BS. Go spend time on actually helping animals instead of throwing money away with garbage campaigns and stupid parody flash games that butcher peoples childhood.
What you call "kill" shelters PETA and the shelter community term "open admission" shelters because they accept all animals, unlike turn-away (so-called "no kill" shelters). PETA promotes open admission shelters. PETA runs three mobile spay-and-neuter clinics, serving low-income residents in Virginia and North Carolina. The clinics offer free and low-cost sterilization surgeries as well as other services, such as flea and tick treatments, vaccinations, and deworming. Since starting its first mobile clinic in 2001, PETA has sterilized more than 85,000 animals, including more than 11,000 in the 2011 fiscal year alone. One local animal shelter compared its intake of puppies to the same period in a previous year and reported that it took in 100 fewer puppies and attributed that decrease almost entirely to PETA’s spay-and-neuter program. Clearly, PETA is helping to reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats. PETA has also freed Ben the bear from his dismal conditions, brought about replacement of crude animal tests with modern non-animal methods, and otherwise made landmark changes that help animals, as noted at http://www.peta.org/about/victories/default.aspx
PETA is a bunch of criminal hypocrites and there is no chance whatsoever that I'll ever support them.
PeTA has funded arsonists and has excecuted more animals then it has saved. Their kill ratio for animals they "take in" is approx. 90%.
Spending donated money to brainwash children into thinking that games with any kind of violence towards any kind of living thing [mostly animals] is wrong? I understand that they're trying to show that animal abuse is wrong, but seriously, they shouldn't be imposing on impressionable, young minds. At least wait until the kids grow up and learn to make their own decisions.