MASSIVE VICTORY! Air France to Ground Shipments of Monkeys Following Mile-High PETA Campaign

Following a decade-long PETA campaign, Air France has announced that it will end its transport of monkeys to laboratories. This move deals another death blow to the miserable animal experimentation industry.

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Faded From the News but Still in the Thick of War: Do Not Forget Them

PETA Germany’s rescue team is helping dogs like Lucky survive the war in Ukraine and find loving new homes. Learn how you can support this vital work.

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All the Flare Without the Fireworks: Celebrate an Animal-Friendly Fourth of July

Explosions in the air can be upsetting to veterans, small children, and anyone else with a sensitivity to loud sounds—but they’re often deadly to dogs and cats. Here’s what you can do to help them stay safe.

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Judge DENIES Envigo’s Second Attempt to Sell Dogs—4,000 Beagles Appear to Be Bound for Adoption

PETA’s groundbreaking undercover investigation helped spark a historic domino effect of state and federal legislative and law-enforcement action that paved the way for these dogs’ independence and this dog prison’s closure.

VIDEO: FREE the Animals! Watch the Rescue Stories of Britches, Prince, and Others

Never-before-released footage and insight come directly from Ingrid Newkirk in a new video that highlights intense stories from the 30th anniversary edition of “Free the Animals.”

You’ll Be the Star of Your Fourth of July BBQ With These Vegan Recipes

Independence Day should mean freedom for animals, too. This Fourth of July, invite your friends and family over to show them just how delicious vegan cookin’ can be.

Too Hot for Spot: Change a Dog’s Life This Summer With 5 Action Steps

Do you know how to rescue a dog trapped in a hot car? As temperatures heat up, be sure you're ready to act if you see an animal in danger. Learn what to do.

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If Monkeys Believed in God, the Devil Would Look Like Elisabeth Murray

Federal documents reveal apparent violations of the law. It's time to shut down Elisabeth Murray's lab and retire the surviving monkeys to sanctuaries.

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Inside PETA’s Shareholder Activism for Birds Used for Down at RH Annual Meeting

PETA is rallying RH shareholders to demand transparency in how birds are treated and killed for the decorative pillows that the retailer sells.

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Hit the Brakes! Lily Tomlin and PETA Blast Ford for Funding Crash Tests on Animals

“I thought those bleak days were in the rearview mirror,” says the actor and Detroit native. Join her in taking action.

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Make a Career Out of Helping Neglected Animals—Apply to Be a PETA Fieldworker Today

PETA’s field team staff are essential service providers—they’re our miracle workers. If you think you have the compassion and diligence to be on the front line, we want to hear from you.

What PETA Stands For

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

Learn more about the cruelty of marine parks and discover ways to help animals.

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Huge Win! Pakistan Bans Live-Animal Surgeries for Veterinary Training After PETA Plea

Following a huge push from PETA and Pakistani activists, officials in Pakistan plan to roll out reforms that will spare animals cruel veterinary training procedures.

PETA Penned a Declaration of Independence for All Animals—Read It Here

All individuals are entitled to certain liberties as their birthright, whether they were born an orca, a macaque, a chicken, or a bat.

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Toppling the Tiger Kings: PETA Target ‘Doc’ Antle Arrested by FBI

“Tiger King” villain Bhagavan “Doc” Antle is now facing charges for state wildlife trafficking, cruelty to animals, and money laundering.

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PETA to Urban Outfitters: A Killer Look Shouldn’t Kill Animals

Francesca Farago and other big names joined PETA at Urban Outfitters’ annual meeting to ask the company an important question.

PETA to USDA: Investigate Horror Show at UNC-Chapel Hill Now!

The University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill’s flagrant violations of federal animal welfare laws should result in criminal charges, and PETA is asking for just that.

How Courtroom Crocodile Tears Almost Cost Tonka His Life

Tonka’s former owner claimed the chimpanzee was dead, but the details didn’t add up. Hear the action-packed story of PETA’s determination to find him before it was too late.

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PETA Scientists Use Webinars to Help End Tests on Animals—Here’s How

Here’s how PETA scientists use webinars to promote the use of modern, non-animal test methods and reduce the reliance on experiments on animals.

Taking a Beach Vacation? Keep Summer Safe for Lobsters and Crabs

Crustaceans form friendships and nurture their families. But the way humans treat these sensitive individuals will pinch at your heartstrings—and make you switch to delicious vegan lobster rolls and crab cakes instead.

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Calling All All-Stars for Animals: It’s Kids’ Time to Shine!

Know a kid who respects animals and understands that they’re friends, not food? Nominate that person today—they could win a trophy, a prize pack, vegan cookies, and yearlong bragging rights.

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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.

Make This Summer One to Remember: Get Active for Animals With SOS

Is getting active for animals on your summer to-do list? Speak out against speciesism and turn up the heat on animal abusers with these tips.

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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

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