The Most Charges and Defendants in Any Case of Cruelty to Factory-Farmed Animals in the U.S.—Go Vegan for Turkeys’ Sake

Thanks to a PETA undercover investigation, former Plainville Farms workers might actually face repercussions for their abuse of turkeys.

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‘Labs Are Running Out of Monkeys to Kill’—and Other Outrageous Myths

Monkey experimenters are as opportunistic as they are cruel—and they’ve convinced mainstream reporters this time. Read the REAL story.

New PETA Asia Investigation: Wounded, Exhausted Horses Eat Garbage to Survive Hauling Tourists Around Pyramids

PETA Asia’s second exposé at Egypt’s top tourist sites found that workers forced horses to haul carriages packed with visitors in blistering heat without shade, food, or water. Read more and take action.

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BREAKING: PETA Reveals Malta-Based Airline Shipped Hundreds of Terrified Monkeys for Testing

AELF FlightService transports hundreds of endangered monkeys for deadly experiments and pockets the profits. Tell it to stop!

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Just Months After PETA’s Investigation Into Austin Aquarium, a Kinkajou Bites Another Guest

The USDA has issued Austin Aquarium a repeat critical citation after a kinkajou bit a boy’s hand so badly that he needed medical attention. See how you can help!

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PETA First Released Farm Cruelty Footage in 1984—Now, Heroes Are on Trial for Rescuing Dying Piglets

They filmed inside a Smithfield pig farm, exposing the industry that PETA’s been blowing the lid off of for decades. Now they’re on trial facing felonies.

Go Inside This Prison Where Babies Are Torn Away From Their Mothers, Tormented, and Killed

Cruelty, disease, meaningless experiments, a waste of taxpayer money, and violations of animal welfare laws: The University of Washington’s primate center has it all. Join thousands in calling for its closure.

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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.

Meet Guinness, a Monkey Prisoner in Elisabeth Murray’s NIH Laboratory

For over 12 years, Guinness has been held in solitary confinement inside a government laboratory. He is so distraught that he rips out his own hair.

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PETA Science Consortium International Celebrates 10 Years of Saving Animals

PETA Science Consortium International is celebrating 10 years of saving animals! Look back at its 10 biggest accomplishments to date.

Kindness Is Always in Season: Learn How to Celebrate a Canadian ‘ThanksVegan’

Prep your vegan menu and learn where to buy all your holiday favorites with PETA’s ultimate guide to hosting a Canadian “ThanksVegan.”

Breaking PETA Exposé: U.S. Army Wounds Dogs, Cats, and Others With YOUR Tax Dollars

What are dogs, cats, and other animals enduring in the U.S. Army’s “classified” weapon-wounding tests? We’re pushing for answers and calling for a ban.

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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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SeaWorld Forces Beluga Whales to Breed and Give Birth in Bathtubs

Dozens of beluga whales have died while imprisoned at SeaWorld parks, but you can help the 17 still stuck there.

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PETA Asia Races to Rescue Animals After Typhoon Noru Devastates the Philippines

PETA Asia’s rescue team is on the ground in the Philippines helping the survivors of Typhoon Noru. Learn how you can support their work and save animals’ lives.

Hear How Scientists Around the World Are Uniting to Save Animals

What is PETA Science Consortium International e.V., and what does it do for animals? Hear from the PETA scientists who are rewriting the rulebook for scientific research.

Addicted to Torment: When Will Texas A&M Release the Nine Healthy Dogs It No Longer Wants?

Pressure from PETA ended Texas A&M University’s canine MD breeding program in 2019. But then nine healthy dogs were sent to another lab instead of being released for adoption.

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Urban Outfitters Turns Animals into Fashion Victims. Speak Up!

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

Princess Was a Mother, Prisoner, and Victim of the WNPRC—See Her Story

This is the story of a princess whose life was anything but a fairy tale. She wasn’t born in a castle—she was born in a laboratory.

Cephalopods Are People, Too: Help Stop the World’s First Octopus Farm

Octopuses are not currently “farmed” animals, but there are plans for an octopus farm to open in Spain in 2023. This World Octopus Day, take action to help PETA stop this atrocity.

Students: Don’t Just Opt Out—End Animal Dissection at Your School

Every year, millions of animals are killed for classroom dissection. Order FREE stickers and leaflets to help us end it!

VIDEO: Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Fieldworker for PETA?

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.

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‘Cut Out Dissection’ Month: Help Raise the Bar for Science Education

Are you a science teacher, or do you work in a science education–related field? You could become a part of a growing movement pushing for education that’s animal-free, safer, and more cost-effective. Find out how to join.

Pass the Torch to Your Child With 7 Easy Actions to Help Animals

From making a vegan meal to fishing for trash, compassionate children who want to take action for animals can get started now with these easy, fun ideas from PETA Kids.

Can Compassion and Science Go Hand in Hand? Yes! 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.

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