PETA was founded in 1980 and is dedicated to establishing
and defending 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 educates policymakers and the public about animal abuse and
promotes kind treatment of animals. PETA is an international nonprofit
charitable organization based in Norfolk,
Virginia, with affiliates worldwide.
PETA believes that animals have rights and deserve to have
their best interests taken into consideration, regardless of whether they are
useful to humans. Like you, they are capable of suffering and have an interest
in leading their own lives.
The very heart of all of PETA's
actions is the idea that it is the right of all beings—human and nonhuman
alike—to be free from harm. Our world is plagued with many serious problems,
all of which deserve our attention. Cruelty to animals is one of them. We
believe that all people should try to stop animal abuse whenever and
wherever they can.
PETA has campaigned to establish a global society in which humans consider the
needs of what Henry Beston, noted American writer and naturalist of the mid-20th
century, so beautifully called "the other nations." We uphold
the rights of individual animals to be respected. For most, that means simply
leaving them alone.
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 clothing
trade, and in the entertainment
In today's world of virtually unlimited choices, animal
exploitation is simply unacceptable. We can eat better, educate ourselves
better, clothe ourselves better, and entertain ourselves better without
torturing and killing animals.
have the power
to spare animals excruciating pain by making
better choices about the food we eat, the things we buy, and the activities we
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.