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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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1 Linda74

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am not at all a supporter of this PeTA insanity. My question would be where is PeTA in the world when thousands of dogs and cats are consumed every year in China? I thought their mantra was we shouldn`t eat meat of any kind...dogs and cats are not meat? Where are they when dogs and treated horribly in insane ways by so many cultures around the world. Using them as sex toys is what I really mean especially in Europe. Where are they then? I guess dogs and cats are not animals to this org. and, therefore, do not need their protection. Until PeTA decides that all animals are worth saving, I will do my part to try to pull them and Ingrid down off their lofty peak of power. And, animal testing still goes on in US but this is using, once again, cats and dogs, as the subjects. There we go again...PeTA doesn`t care about this as they are not animals. Who died and told PeTA that they are the only ones who know what animals are.

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ScottV 05/07/2012

Thank you for your concern about dogs and cats. PETA is a leader in advocating for their rights, as well as promoting respect for all animals. In China, some 2 million dogs and cats are killed each year for their skins and flesh. PETA is working to end this abuse as noted at http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/chinese-fur-industry.aspx and you can help by making sure friends and family don’t buy fur. As noted at http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/dogs-in-laboratories.aspx some 75,000 dogs are used in U.S. laboratories every year. No organization is more effective in ending cruel animal tests and in promoting modern, non-animal methods. You can find lists of companies that do and don’t test on animals, as well as health charities that do and don’t fund cruel animal tests, and much more information at http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/caring-consumer.aspx It is a tragedy that consumers continue to buy cats and dogs from breeders and pet stores when so many wonderful animals are in shelters. PETA promotes spay-neuter and proper care, as well as solutions to the homeless animal problem, at http://www.peta.org/living/companion-animals/default.aspx Disgusting “crush” videos result in animal suffering and death. PETA affiliates have taken action leading to the arrest of those who produce such vile material; see http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/tags/crush+videos/default.aspx for more information. For a quick glimpse of remarkable progress, and at financial statements that show extremely efficient use of funds, see www.peta.org/annualreview

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Ingrid herself has quotes stating she would like to phaseout (terminate-end-eradicate) the owning of animals. That means eventually she does not want anyone to own pets or have "companion animals". She has given false numbers, and even encourages the bombing of universities and labs. The Vice President uses Medication- medication that had to be tested on animals to develop it. She says she isn't a hypocrite, because she may need to sacrifice a few animals so she can stay alive an help the rest. Peta has been very rude to me, very rude to others, lies and slanders companies, has lost almost every lawsuit they have attempted and condones comparing the abuse of women or Jews during the Holocaust to chickens. Peta uses all $30 million of it's donated money each year for it's employees and crazy campaigns, and not for helping animals. They do not rescue, they take in thousands, and kill around 97%. These numbers aren't false, these things aren't untrue. I can give links and documentation to all of them. Peta truly believes animals are better off dead than as pets, because no one is deserving of them. Peta is a bit nuts in my opinion, and I will never in my life donate to a company who is so rude, misinformed, with so many mindless cut-like followers who steal money and lie to the public or at least bypass the truth. It's wrong.

5 Nathan F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I think people who are so quick to jump on the PETA bandwagon need to take a step back and look at this group through less jaded eyes. It sounds like such a sure fire group of wonderful people, guys who are in it for the sake of the animals and their rights. But when you look at it from a different light, there's a lot more sinister stuff going on in here. They are in full support of the entire elimination of all pit bull species, for starters. Now, I do understand the enigma that surrounds this breed, but for a group that so vehemently supports animal rights, where is the reasoning behind trying to eliminate one? In fact, if one looks into it, there hasn't been a group this extreme and disconnected with reality and the issues that need to be addressed for a long time. They harass people for drinking milk, they compare people who eat chicken to murderers. To the people that are sending out so much money in favor of this group, I strongly suggest you actually look into all of what they are involved in and how your money you are giving to them is being used. This is not the same group their tear jerking commercials seem to indicate

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ScottV 04/06/2012

Nathan, Given that 8 million dogs and cats will enter shelters, and some 4 million will be euthanized, and that millions more die painfully on the streets, it is somewhat bizarre that you are concerned about the elimination of pit bulls (a breed, not a species) when they are among the highest percentage of homeless dogs. PETA does not believe that every pit bull should be euthanized; we do, however, staunchly advocate a ban on the breeding of pit bulls (in fact, breeding any dogs should be illegal—millions must be put to death in animal shelters every year because of the tragic overpopulation crisis). We have come to this conclusion because of the work that we do—and will continue to do—to protect, defend, and improve the lives of pit bulls who are still being victimized, including dogs like Rikus, who was cowering in his doghouse with a hole exposing muscle and bone in one of his arms and whose face was swollen to the size of a melon, and 31-pound Asia, who was chained by a 14-pound rusty chain in a barren yard without food—a skeleton with skin stretched over it, in terrible pain and barely able to move (please see http://www.PETA.org/about/learn-about-peta/community-animal-project.aspx for her story). As for dairy and chicken, PETA does ask consumers to look at the usually-hidden cruelty of the meat and dairy industries. See https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4051 for what one PETA undercover investigation revealed in 2012. Cruelty to animals is extreme!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PETA has been instrumental in helping people understand how we interact with animals, and that all of our actions have consequences, sometimes incredibly harmful. They've not only taught me how to eat a healthier diet, but also taught me little steps I can take to make the world a better place for humans and animals alike. Despite all the negative press, PETA really does save animals -- you can't argue with that.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PETA is such a tremendous asset in becoming more animal/environmentally friendly. Their resources have been so helpful, especially their vegetarian and vegan recipes as well as their cruelty free shopping guide. They provide me with informative facts that enable me to make more educated decisions that potentially and most of the times do affect animals. The staff in the Oakland office is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! Their annual half marathon event is awesome, great way to make others aware of current animal issues and great way to mingle with other PETA members. I LOVE PETA!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

PETA thinks that no people should have companion animals. Not only do they think that most cats & dogs should be killed in shelters, but they have their volunteers go out and do just that.
Remember the situation last year where several members picked up live cats & dogs in North Carolina and were caught stiuffing them into a dumpster after they killed them! (The shelter was told that PETA was interested in re-homing them.)

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ScottV 10/14/2011

PETA's position is often distorted. PETA is absolutely opposed to breeding. In U.S. shelters alone, up to 4 million dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens are euthanized each year, simply because there aren’t enough homes for them. Given the astounding number of healthy and loving but unwanted animals, we believe that breeding more animals merely to satisfy the desire for a particular behavioral or physical trait is absurd. We do, however, encourage those who have the desire, time, and patience to take good care of an animal to rescue homeless strays or adopt animals from a shelter. In fact, most PETA staff members live with animals who have been rescued from abuse or abandonment.For more information on PETA's spay-neuter services and advocacy for dogs and cats, please see PETA's Annual Review at peta.org/annualreview or on guidestar

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Rating: 1

PETA is one of several animal rights organizations that harasses my elderly mother-in-law with repeated fund-raising contacts. These organizations undoubtedly share names and addresses when they "smell blood in the water". They persist in contacting her for donations despite our repeated requests for them to stop.

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ScottV 10/14/2011

PETA immediately complies with all requests to limit contact, whether the request comes from a prospect or a member. Simply contact info@peta.org and provide all variations on name and address that should be removed from PETA lists, and PETA will quickly comply. It wouldn't make sense to send appeals to one who is not interested, and given PETA's efficient as well as effective use of funds (almost 85 cents of every dollar go right to livesaving programs) not something PETA would permit. We also give complainants the Direct Marketing Association info so they can request that they not get appeals from ANY source.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been involved with this organization for a very long time, starting when I was a teenager. I think it's especially great how they reach out to youth and give them ways to get involved that fit their lifestyle. Too many organizations that youth with take the same actions as adults do. I also like that they managed to keep me interested for a long time and over many different periods in my life (teenage, college student, young professional). That's no easy feat given my short attention span!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PETA’s impact is incredible. I choose to be involved with PETA because there is no other organization willing to go as far for animals. They keep their supporters involved and updated with their campaigns and are very helpful answer questions.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You may see PETA on TV or read about them in the news because of their attention getting tactic, but this organization does way more than just causing a public stir. They conduct tremendous undercover investigations that expose animal cruelty and also do a ton of work in their local community. They offer low cost and sometimes free spay and neutering services and provide doghouses to dogs in need. If you want to see results from your donations, this is the organization to donate to.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Way before I ever heard of PETA the summer after high school, I had just finished reading Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation. While it didn't make me go vegetarian, I was so shocked to learn the horrors of the food industry. The point definitely hit up when Eric Schlosser wrote something like, "There's s#%@ in the meat," in one chapter. Several weeks later after high school graduation, I found myself in San Francisco for Vans Warped Tour and in between shows, was cruising through different exhibit booths, meeting bands, getting signed posters etc etc. I happened to pass by a PETA booth, was handed a brochure and never thought about it. I kept all the concert goodies in a drawer for months before I cleaned out my desk to rediscover the brochure. I still remember the summer weekend afternoon as I read the pamphlet on animal abuses on factory farms. I would go vegetarian and later also be vegan as well as a PETA donor and volunteer. Honest to God, I wish organizations like PETA never existed. What kind of noble civilization needs an advocacy group to speak for animal abuse? Yet through grim unfortunate and deliberate greed, the suffering of animals great and small is sold and discounted for the sake of bloody profits. I wish there was no such thing as factory farming. Till that day comes, my dollars and time will go towards PETA to stand for the silent and miserable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For the past 13 years PETA has been a terrific resource to me. For 13 years I could count on PETA to make the most of my donations by pushing the animal rights into the public's consciousness and by pushing companies and others to stop exploiting animals.