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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals. PETA operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the fur trade, and in the entertainment industry. PETA also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other "pests," and the abuse of backyard dogs. PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and direct action.

Programs:   PETA receives complaints of cruelty to animals; works for the release of and obtains care for abused, neglected, and at-risk animals; investigates cruelty cases; gathers evidence of law violations; and takes action to ensure the enforcement of laws and regulations in an effort to protect the animals involved. Among other highlights of fiscal year 2009, we publicized the results of our undercover investigation into Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, where we documented workers beating and whipping elephants dozens of times in venues across the country. PETA’s undercover investigation showing workers kicking, beating, jabbing, and slamming piglets against the floor at an Iowa Hormel supplier resulted in 22 criminal charges, and our undercover footage of workers stomping, kicking, throwing, and inhumanely killing turkeys at Aviagen's factory farms in West Virginia resulted in 19 indictments for cruelty—the first time in U.S. history that factory-farm employees have faced felony cruelty-to-animals charges for abusing birds. We also aided in bringing many other animal abusers to justice, including a New York State Thoroughbred breeder accused of starving and neglecting 177 horses, and two Texas men charged with shooting and killing a dog.

We were victorious in a lawsuit to stop the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) from granting licenses to animal shelters that employ gas chambers, a cruel form of “euthanasia” used to kill cats and dogs, and were instrumental in having the Clay County Animal Control in Florida cited for performing an experiment in which a dog was left in a sweltering car to see if he would suffer from heatstroke. We worked with law enforcement officials to humanely euthanize a suffering “downed” cow; got help for 30 dogs who were being kept in mud-filled pens in South Carolina; and rescued a 140-year-old lobster who had been confined to a tank inside a New York City restaurant. We also operated our highly successful spay-and-neuter program, which makes surgeries available at little to no cost to disadvantaged animal guardians, preventing thousands of unwanted litters and providing relief to overburdened, government-run animal control offices and local animal shelters.

 

PETA conducts educational campaigns and publishes materials that are distributed to students, teachers, the general public, and supporters. Major publications include materials made available through our programs for younger children, high school and college students, and educators as well as publications such as factsheets, booklets, fliers, posters, and PETA’s magazine, Animal Times. Campaigns involve renowned celebrities, extensive media attention, interactive Web site features that reach millions of viewers, and public service announcements, which are typically placed for free in high-exposure outlets.

 

PETA organizes campaigns to inform the public about, among other things, how animals are abused in the food, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment industries. Among other events in fiscal year 2009, PETA pressured Bolivia to enact their first animal protection regulation against horrific military training exercises; convinced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discontinue testing a sweetener derived from stevia on rats; prompted the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to ban the use of anabolic steroids for all racehorses and "snapper" whips for harness racing;persuaded Zappos.com, JCPenney, and Urban Outfitters to go fur-free; persuaded the University of Connecticut Health Center, and a Florida medical conference to stop torturing and killing animals in outdated medical training e

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52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I always thought PETA was a knowledgeable, helpful organization that helped animals. In recent months, however, more and more information has been brought to my attention. Mainly, PETA`s publicity stunts are a cop-out way of trying to get attention. The recent ``Pokemon Black and Blue`` completely twists what it means to be a Pokemon trainer into something evil and portrays characters that any good fan would know to be ludicrous. Thumbs down, PETA, thumbs down.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

3 Johnny4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

7 Danny5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

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ScottV 11/01/2012

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

1 Abby B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA takes in the sickest of animals, so of course they must be euthanized. People who are offended by peta, are only upset that their world view is that of speciesism. Human rights didn't happen overnight and neither will animal rights. They don't want the right to vote, they want the right to be left alone. Thank you PETA for standing up for animals. If you are against PETA, please remember that you're not fighting PETA, you are fighting voiceless animals... The real victims.

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ScottV 11/01/2012

Thank you Abby! Many heartwarming rescue stories are at http://features.peta.org/petasaves/ And kind people like you help PETA make landmark progress for animals, as noted at www.peta.org/annualreview Someday we will create a world where every pup or kitten born already has a responsible home waiting for them, and no animals suffer for trivial human interests.

4 James56

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Peta claim to want equal rights for animals and yet are the biggest threat to animals possible, they kill 90+% of perfectly well animals that they take in. They are pretty much the biggest hypocrites ever, they refuse to believe in animal testing, yet their vice president is a diabetic which has to inject pig insulin to survive, and if it wasn't for this, she wouldn't have survived as long as she has, fact. (http://humanewatch.org/index.php/people/detail/mary_beth_sweetland/) They are the worst thing to happen to animals, and are a disgrace to the human race.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

7 Muneakira Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

From what I've experienced with PETA they're very much like the Nazis, they try to force their views onto others & when people don't except their views they go all crazy like they throw blood or paint on people or they burn a building down or something. PETA members/supporters also harass people just cause they don't support PETA, I personally have been harassed several times over the internet just cause I don't like PETA & these people who come to me just to harass me are normally completely brainwashed by PETA & can't even think of their own responses so they go copy something off the PETA website. PETA also spends their time & money not helping animals but attacking video games like Super Mario or Pokemon & making TV adds that ultimately get rejected, only a small percentage of their funds actually goes to the animals. And to continue on they have over a 95% kill rate & they try to pass it off like they needed to kill those animals & most of the animals they kill are either perfectly healthy or have easily curable diseases. So to sum it all up I consider PETA a terrorist organization that's no better than the Nazis

12 Christopher21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Well I find them very offensive and abusive to those who don't fall in line with their propoganda. They have been known to commit terrorist like acts such as burning down labs, stealing private property (such as pets or other animals), spraying people either with blood, paint, or even flour to get their ridiculous message across. They violate individuals rights constantly and kill thousands of perfectly adoptable pets a year. They have no respect for others views or beliefs and are constantly issueing death threats as advice for those who don't get in line with their views. They have even slandered two beloved fictional franchises of Super Mario and Pokemon in their crazed pursuit of some imaginary animal liberation. So I think they are very awful and I know their members have verbally attacked many individuals on facebook for disagreeing with them on their views. So in other words I consider them nothing more then a Nazi like organization whose leader is a criminal.

5 Brendon B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They have a 32 billion dollar budget, yet an 87% kill rate in their own "shelter". PETA has been caught several times taking animals under the premise these animals would find a "new home", they were then allegedly killed on the spot. Furthermore, they a large habit about using the 3-4 animals they don't kill as a fake positive message that they actually care. They've used their donation money to attack children's video games, stand in the way of other charities, and have donated money to convicted criminals. Do not donate to this organization, they do far more to hurt the cause of animal rights than actually help it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

People choose not to see what PETA has done in the world, because they are so successful. They get things done BECAUSE they are so committed and controversial. They have improved the lives of small animals such as mice, by spreading word of the cruelty of glue traps. They have also saved animals such as Ben the Bear from a horrific roadside zoo. These are only a few of the miraculous cases. On a daily basis, PETA spays and neuters animals for FREE to help with animal homelessness and the overpopulation of dogs and cats. They are changing people's views of animals worldwide.

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Rating: 1

This "not-for-profit" is one of the most, if not THE most, hypocritical organizations I have ever seen. They claim to be for animals, but seem to treat them as gods in the public, treating any human as a lesser being. Then, behind closed doors, they kill any animal that is sick, injured, or has the possibility of being a pet. They put down animals (many times incorrectly, causing a long painful death) as a "better" alternative to adoption. There are so many horror stories about this nfp that I am surprised the organization is allowed to exist anymore. And I'm sure they got their wish with their "attention-grabbing" games, they waste money they could be using to help animals, commissioning crappy advertisements and copyright violating games (their not-for-profit status does not help them, because it can only be satire if it's not defamation, so they have Nintendo, Game Freak, Team Meat, and Office Create's attention, as well as all their lawyer's attentions.) They are a mockery to people who actually care for animals.

4 Darren V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I had believed in PeTA's claims of helping animals in the past, and knew they were a bit extreme. Never before did I ever know that PeTA does little to no good in helping animals. They have a way of skewing reality to try and fit their own purpose, and are not what I want to see "helping" animals. Based off of their euthinization rates I'd have to say they lie more than anything else. Their recent abuses of video games, most popularly that of Mario and Poke'mon is anything but acceptable. The only facts that they have ever had right so far, is perhaps a basic outline of the entities in which they pursue recreation of. They are not what the people of my generation want to see, if anything they've only dug themselves a hole.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

PETA is an organisation, that, while based on good ideas, are extremists, attacking things likely to make no difference in the world instead of actually working to protect animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is an organization based on deceit and lies. in actuality, they do next to nothing to actually helpl animals. They talk and talk and talk to get you to donate, then use all of your donations to pay for promotions, and garbage video games such as Pokemon Black and Blue. The facts are simple, about 1% of all donations actually go to the cause of helping animals while the rest is spent on promotional campains against everything from child video games to dissections. If you really want to help animals I suggest you donate to a much more credible organization, as well as volunteering at your local shelters. Stop feeding these egotistical maniacs and actually do something to make this a better place to live!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank goodness for PETA! Animals have the voice and protection they otherwise would not enjoy. PETA does immeasurable good for animals throughout the United States and the world. We are so blessed to have strong representation for those creatures unable to speak for themselves.

7 Pam_12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

PETA has no shelters and kills more animals than it saves! There is a move in Virginia where it is headquartered to have it declared a slaughterhouse, as it has killed more than 90% of the animals it has "rescued"! It's founder and CEO, Ingrid Newkirk has stated that no one should own pets and agrees with Wayne Pacelle of HSUS that she would not be upset if animals were to go extinct. Why would you give money to this organization?

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ScottV 08/07/2012

Thank you for your comments about PETA’s stance on animal companions and the breeding and pet trades. Please be assured PETA does not oppose kind people sharing their lives and homes with animal companions whom they love, treat well, and care for properly. We even have a Web site, http://www.PETA.org/issues/companion-animals/default.aspx, devoted to helping people become better guardians. However, we very much oppose the industry that supplies many animal companions. Breeding facilities, pet shops, and many kennels offer notoriously little comfort and care to the animals they buy and sell. Like all businesses, they are out to turn a profit, not to advance animal rights. By producing animals under highly unnatural conditions despite the fact that millions of cats and dogs are already languishing in animal shelters, breeders contribute to what has become an overwhelming overpopulation problem. Pet stores acquire their animals from puppy mills—breeding kennels, located mostly in the Midwest—which are notorious for continually breeding unhealthy, hard-to-socialize animals in cramped, crude, and filthy conditions. PETA encourages everyone with the time, money, and patience to properly care for an animal companion to adopt a sterilized cat or dog from a local animal shelter or rescue organization. Purebred rescue groups and shelters are the only responsible place to obtain a purebred dog (or any dog!). Millions of homeless, unwanted animals are euthanized every year for lack of the necessary resources to give them the comfortable lives that they deserve. As for the hard work that PETA is doing to help unwanted animals in Virginia and North Carolina and why we offer a euthanasia service, please 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 PETA is on the front lines in the battle against animal homelessness. Our field workers are on duty around the clock, and our emergency pager is always on. During hurricanes, snowstorms, heat waves, and cold snaps, we are out helping cats stuck in tree tops and drainage ditches, ducklings stranded in sewer pipes, and dogs left to die at the end of a chain—any animal who needs help, anytime and anywhere. Some of the animals we take in are lost companion animals—we eventually reunite them with grateful guardians, while others are taken to local agencies where they will have a chance to be adopted. PETA helps guardians keep their animal companions by offering counseling tips, helping to find animal-friendly housing, and assisting in providing humane care. We do not run a traditional adoption facility; PETA is a shelter of last resort—the vast majority of the animals we accept are taken in specifically for euthanasia. We take responsibility for the animals nobody wants—the sick, the scarred and broken, the elderly, the aggressive and unsocialized, and the perfectly healthy ones who are thrown away like last year’s fad toy. We do everything in our power to help these animals. We treat their injuries if we can, we feed them, we love them with all our hearts, and we give them a safe place to rest, if that’s what they need. Sometimes they need the comfort of being put out of their misery—a painless release from a world in which they were abused and unwanted. PETA is not alone in this work: 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 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. The answer lies in prevention. We must stop irresponsible guardians, backyard breeders, and puppy-millers who churn out litters without a thought as to where these helpless animals will go. 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 our first mobile clinic in 2001, we have sterilized more than 80,000 animals, including more than 11,000 in the 2011 fiscal year alone. You can help: Please go to https://secure.PETA.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2875 to send a letter to your state’s governor asking him or her to make spaying and neutering mandatory statewide. Not only do they save lives, mandatory spay-and-neuter laws also make good fiscal sense: Taxpayers pay approximately $2 billion to house, euthanize, and dispose of unwanted dogs, cats, and other animals in the U.S. each year. Finally, please know that 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 and animal shelters that provide humane euthanasia use the same method that a veterinarian uses when we take our own beloved dog or cat in to say our final goodbye. To compare humane euthanasia to what takes place in a “slaughterhouse” is absurd; please see Paul McCartney’s Glass Walls video at http://www.meat.org/ to see the usually-hidden cruelty that PETA is working to end. Thank you for all that you do to help animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known this charity for years. They have done great work, all around the world, investigating and working against the abuse of all animals. I get regular action alerts from them to participate in anti-cruelty campaigns, such as signing petitions and sending e-mails to companies and organizations that abuse animals. They have also been helpful to me personally when I've had issues and concerns about animals that needed help. I had kittens outside my house a number of years ago. I had no experience with trapping, spaying the mothers, etc. Someone at PETA spoke with me on the phone concerning taking care of the ferals. She was very helpful with her advise. Another time I called PETA about glue traps for mice being used in my building. The PETA contact got the name and telephone number of the building manager from me, then called them, asking them to remove the traps. The PETA contact followed through with them a couple of times, and also stayed in touch with me so I could let them know the outcome. My point is, they not only investigate cruelty worldwide for all animals, and campaign against animal cruelty worldwide, they also help people on a local level who need help and advise with a local problem. I don't know of any other org that does this.