BREAKING: Races Suspended at Churchill Downs Amid Investigation; PETA Pushes Racetracks to Do Better

After 12 deaths during the Triple Crown season, Churchill Downs is being investigated. But is it enough? Here’s what PETA has urged horse racing authorities to do immediately.

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U.S. Government’s Confidential Informant Captures Damning Evidence

Just a few chilling minutes caught on hidden camera could mean a long prison sentence for an accused Cambodian official.

PETA Pride: These Queer Vegan Celebs Are Loud for Animals

Which of your favorite LGBTQ+ celebs are also all about animal rights? Check out PETA’s list of famous queer vegans as we continue to celebrate #Pride Month!

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Killed for Their Skin—Please Help!

Animals are being mercilessly killed for their skin, feathers, and fur—help PETA transform the clothing industry and put an end to the suffering. Give today and your gift will be matched.



Is NIH Funding Criminals?

PETA’s investigation into a disgusting lab led to the largest animal rescue in Colombia’s history. Find out what happened to NIH-bankrolled experimenters next.

What Rescue Teams Just Achieved in Ukraine Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Don’t miss what over 3 million pounds of food, seven transport vehicles, and your support for teams funded by PETA’s Global Compassion Fund did for desperate animals in Ukraine.

Dying for Cures: Are Abducted Monkeys Skewing Scientific Research?

If scientists really used reason and logic, they’d acknowledge the evidence proving why using abducted monkeys is killing their chances of finding cures.

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The Book That Launched PETA Returns—Here’s How YOU Can Get a Copy

Almost 50 years after Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation was published, the author welcomes readers to revisit the philosophical bombshell that changed the animal rights conversation forever.

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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.

How Would Elisabeth Murray Feel in Beamish the Monkey’s Shoes?

NIH tried to keep PETA—and you—from learning about Beamish, a monkey imprisoned in the National Institutes of Health’s Maryland laboratory.

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8 Celebs Watched What the Wool Industry Does to Animals—Here’s How It Went

Watching celebrities react to undercover footage from the wool industry may have you taking a second look at clothing labels.

This Crooked Company’s Latest Move Could Have Literally Made You Sick

Why does JKL Secure Freight think it’s above the law? PETA’s move proves that we’re watching this monkey transporter.

Say Goodbye to Dairy: Vegan Swaps for Your Favorite Cheeses

PETA's list of tasty vegan cheeses will satisfy all your needs, from pizza to Parmesan to cream cheese.

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What PETA Stands For


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.


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.


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.


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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PETA's Beauty Without Bunnies program is the ultimate resource for conscientious shoppers, making the quest for cruelty-free products as easy as pie.

Know Someone Who’s Thinking of Visiting SeaWorld? This Will Make Them Say ‘No Tanks’

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

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Terry Hurtado Gómez Becomes First Politician Outside U.S. to Win ‘Courage in Leadership’ Award—Here’s Why

A Colombian city council member has won PETA’s Courage in Leadership Award. It’s the first time that this prestigious honor has gone to a politician outside the U.S.

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What Do Animal Hoarding, Roadside Zoos, and Puppy Mills Have in Common?

How do animal hoarders compare with roadside zoos and puppy mills? PETA spotlights their speciesist similarities and what you can do to help their victims.

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Join PETA in Telling Urban Outfitters: Cruel Clothing Must Go!

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!

You Won’t Be Able to Stomach What One Probiotics Company Is Doing to Animals

A PETA supporter revealed the truth about GenMont Biotech, including why the company’s experiments are unsound and its claims are questionable.

What Are Shelters With ‘No-Kill’ Policies Trying to Hide? You’ll Have to See to Believe It

Dogs, cats, and other animals are suffering because of “no-kill” policies at animal shelters. See what changes need to be made now to start really saving lives—not pretending to on paper.

Hear Why the Triple Crown Has Been Dubbed the ‘Cripple Crown’ This Year

A dozen horses have died at Churchill Downs during the 2023 Triple Crown season. Hear the latest before the final race.

Heat Kills! Chained Dogs Need Help—Will You Take These 6 Steps?

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

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Forget SeaWorld—Visit These Places During Summer Break Instead

After nine months of homework, tests, and study sessions, you deserve to treat yourself to some summer fun. But there’s one place you should never go.


Want to Help Stop Tests on Animals? Find Out How

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

Fun in the Sun: 50+ Animal-Friendly Activities for Children 

Are you prepping summer activities for your young ones? Don’t sweat it—PETA Kids has your back with over 50 projects to get your family moving, thinking, and practicing compassion.  

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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