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Joaquin Phoenix narrates a PETA investigative video exposing “Responsible Down”–certified farms and slaughterhouses.

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MIT Experimenter Goes Home, Leaves Monkey Restrained for 18 Hours

PETA is calling for the immediate termination of the MIT experimenter who left a monkey restrained for more than 18 hours.

More Than 2,000 Animals Rescued From Ukraine—Find Out How You Can Support PETA Germany’s Vital Work 

Learn how a team of PETA Germany rescuers whisked 200 animals out of a bomb-riddled city in the nick of time and how you can support this vital work.

Help a Cold, Neglected Dog This Winter

“Backyard dogs” left outside 24/7 will endure cold, miserable conditions this winter. Help PETA provide them with emergency care and shelter!

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We Did It! European ‘End Animal Testing’ Initiative Validated With 1.2 Million Signatures

Signed, sealed, and delivered! A total of 1.2 million people banded together to protect rabbits, rats, and others. Find out what’s next for the European citizens’ initiative to end tests on animals.

Join Us on the Front Lines in Ukraine as Rescuers Risk Everything to Save Animals

Meet the animals who need you now more than ever! You’ve been following PETA Germany’s daring rescue work in Ukraine—now we’re taking you as close to the fighting as anyone can get without a flak jacket in this free virtual event .

OHSU Gets Voles Drunk, Covers Up Videos, and Gets Caught by PETA

Years of legal wrangling by PETA finally untangled Oregon Health & Science University’s web of lies surrounding an experimenter’s “drunken infidelity” experiments on tiny voles.

Travel to Help Animals—Apply to Work for PETA Today!

Want a REAL job that makes a difference? Get new experiences, see new places, and make the most of your life—help animals as if it’s your job, because it would be, by applying to be PETA’s traveling campaigner today.

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Join PETA’s Action Team to hear about protests, events, and volunteer opportunities in your area. You’ll also get tips and ideas to help you advocate for animals.

Science Suffers as NIH Funds Scofflaw Monkey Supplier for Dubious Tests

Monkeys escape regularly from Alpha Genesis, a supplier of laboratories nationwide, where they also often die due to neglect and incompetence. But NIH keeps giving it money anyway.

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PETA: Against All Prejudice—Watch the Video Now

Why must we confidently help end prejudice against ALL, from pigeons to pigs to pig-tailed macaques? Watch Ingrid Newkirk’s moving speech now to find out.

For All Animals, Make Your ‘Veganuary’ Commitment a Lifelong One

If you go vegan in January, by the end of July, you’ll have saved roughly 100 animals’ lives. So hop to it: Start celebrating “Veganuary” for animals!

WATCH: Treated Like Lawn Decor and Security Systems—Meet the Animals PETA Helped

Every day and night, in all weather extremes, including hurricane conditions and nor’easters, PETA’s field team helps animals right when they need it the most.

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People

I am you, only different.

Human beings create temporary and arbitrary boundaries to exclude beings who aren’t like them. Human beings have justified wars, slavery, sexual violence, and military conquests through the mistaken belief that those who are “different” do not experience suffering and are not worthy of moral consideration.


Ethical

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

We are taught the Golden Rule as young children, and all major religions teach principles of nonviolence and kindness. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Ethical treatment—the Golden Rule—must be extended to all living beings: reptiles, mammals, fish, insects, birds, amphibians, and crustaceans.


Treatment

Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.

All beings desire freedom to live a natural life, according to their inherent desires and instincts. While the lives of all beings necessarily involve some amount of suffering, human beings must stop deliberately inflicting suffering on all beings for our own selfish desires. We lose nothing in replacing a cheeseburger with a veggie burger or a leather purse with a fabric one. But beings we exploit lose their lives just for our fleeting fancy.


Animals

We are all animals.

We believe all beings deserve liberty and respect not because they share the characteristics we admire in ourselves but because they are living beings. We share the same evolutionary origins, we inhabit the same Earth, and we are ruled by the same laws of nature. We are all the same.

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Just How Bad Is SeaWorld? The Death Toll Speaks for Itself

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PETA Files Criminal Complaint After Sick, Starving Dogs in Alabama Lab Denied Vet Care

A USDA inspection found that dogs at testing lab Blue Ridge Kennel were so thin that their ribs, backbone, and hip bones were visible. Why is this hellhole still in operation?

Young Animal Defenders Work Overtime to End Speciesism in 2023

Join Students Opposing Speciesism in making a difference for animals by taking action against oppression throughout January.

PETA to NIH: How Many HIV Vaccine Failures Before You Stop Killing Monkeys?

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has spent 38 years infecting and killing monkeys in an attempt to develop an effective HIV vaccine. It has failed.

Now on Audible: ‘Free the Animals’ Special Edition

PETA Urges Urban Outfitters Shoppers to Slip Into Something More Ethical

Alpaca, wool, cashmere, mohair, leather, and down—all are produced with extreme violence and fear. Join the campaign to rid Urban Outfitters of these cruel materials!

PETA Revelations Make Big Headlines: Poached, Diseased Monkeys Imported Into U.S.

Abducted, lab-bound monkeys are being trucked across the U.S. along with the deadly pathogens they carry. As The Guardian reports, one of the pathogens is classified as a bioterrorism agent. The feds must act.

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Whether you teach elementary, middle, or high school, you can order TeachKind’s free animal-friendly posters to brighten your classroom and a student’s day.

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Mouse Set on Fire During Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine

PETA calls out Baylor College of Medicine for chronic violations in its laboratories. Animals were left with gaping wounds after invasive surgeries, were denied pain relief, and more.

‘Unchain a Dog’ Month: Change a Dog’s Life With These Steps

Chains, pens, and low temperatures are a lethal cocktail for dogs living outdoors. If you encounter an animal left outside, here are ways you can help—and even save their life.

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Listen In as PETA Talks Birds: Here’s What You Can Do to Help Them

They mate, they forage, they fly—but keeping birds as “pets” results in huge negative consequences for them and the humans who care for them. PETA Vice President Christina Matthies shares what you can do to help parrots and other birds.

Parents: Help Your Kind Kid Join This Free Membership Program

Do your kids want to take action for animals but need some encouragement? Help them sign up for our Kind Kid program! They’ll receive a free membership card and monthly ideas for ways to help animals.

Save Lives, Get Better Results: PETA’s Plan to Update Laboratory Research

Our scientists have a plan to phase out animal tests and improve research for human health. See our Research Modernization Deal here.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind