PETA maintains a creed of nonviolence and does not advocate actions in which anyone, human or nonhuman, is injured. We are a legal activist organization that works to educate the public about the horrors of animal cruelty through peaceful, nonviolent means. No one has ever been killed through animal rights activity in the United States. To the contrary, when you take a body count, you'll find that it's the animal protectionists who have been harmed: Dian Fossey, Chico Mendez, George Adamson, and park rangers all over the world have been shot or beaten to death because of their work for animals.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.