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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Order Today: Gripping Real-Life Tales of the Boldest Animal Rescues in the U.S.

Get your hands on the revised and expanded 30th anniversary edition of “Free the Animals”—a thrilling animal rights classic with a new foreword by activist and award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix.

What’s Next for Animal Rights? PETA’s Movers and Shakers Will Give You the Inside Scoop

Here’s your chance to hear how we’re using revolutionary and innovative strategies to achieve animal liberation—and get a sneak peek at some of the wild plans we have in the works. Register for free today!

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Matching-Gift Offer: Exploited Animals Need Your Help

Will you make a gift, which will be matched, to help protect animals who are abused and killed for their skin and fur?

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Judge Thwarts Envigo’s Shady Attempt to Sell More Dogs—Help Us Take Action

Months after PETA’s groundbreaking exposé, Envigo announced that its dog-breeding hellhole will shut down. But our work isn’t over yet…

PETA Roasts Starbucks for Vegan Milk Surcharge—Here’s What We’ve Been Brewing

PETA’s ordering a “double shot” and calling for Starbucks to drop the extra charge for vegan milk, helping both animals and the planet. See how you can urge the chain to make the change.

Updates From Ukraine: PETA Germany Moves Mountains for Animals Amid Bombings and Hazardous Treks

Since the beginning of Russia’s war in Ukraine, PETA Germany has fed nearly 100,000 cats, dogs, and other animals. Learn how you can support this work.

Pants on Fire: Texas A&M Refuses to Keep Its Promise to Release Nine Dogs  

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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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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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.

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.

Know a Compassionate Kid? Nominate Them to Win Awesome Prizes!

Nominate a kid who goes above and beyond for animals. A fabulous prize pack, delicious vegan cookies, and even more awards await the contest winner!

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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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Would You Vacation at a Prison? Why People Are Saying ‘No Tanks’ to SeaWorld

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

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Condemn NIH’s Appalling Decision to Bankroll WaNPRC’s Orgy of Violence

NIH spits on sound science, choosing instead to back the Washington National Primate Research Center with tens of millions in taxpayer dollars.

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Which Hot New Vegan Goods Will Make It Into ‘Ethically by PETA’? Find Out!

Get your paws on more than $100 worth of the greatest vegan finds—from brands in fitness, food, fashion, and more—while supporting PETA’s revolutionary work for animals.

Huge News! U.S. House of Representatives Passes FDA Modernization Act

This means we’re one big step closer to ending the archaic requirement for tests on animals in drug development. Now, urge your senators to support this landmark bill.

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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.

Ready, Set, BID: Check Out the Innovative Items Available in PETA’s Virtual Auction

If you’ve been looking for a good reason to do some shopping, PETA’s virtual auction is the perfect excuse—and it supports our Science, Technology, and Innovation Fund.

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.

Why Is New York Paying $230 Million to Keep a Violent Industry Alive?

A million private businesses in New York survive without state handouts, but $230 million in casino profits goes to one industry filled with violence, drugs, and deaths.

Heat Kills: If You Spot a Chained Dog, Don’t Walk Away—Take Action!

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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Let’s Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Animal Advocates Helping Us End Speciesism

We’re here, we’re queer, and we help animals—PETA honors trailblazing LGBTQIA+ animal rights advocates all over the world.

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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