Before You Buy a Down Jacket, Take a Trip With PETA Asia to See How Such Items Are Made

A PETA Asia investigation reveals ducks’ agonizing deaths to make Responsible Down Standard–certified down for suppliers of GAP Inc., Guess, H&M, and others.

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Monkey Tormentor Margaret Livingstone ‘Can’t Imagine Having More Fun’

Harvard experimenter Margaret Livingstone says she “can’t imagine having more fun” than ripping baby monkeys away from their mothers and sewing their eyelids shut.

BIB Dog Winning 2022 National Dog Show’s ‘Best in Show’ Is Nothing to Celebrate

A French bulldog’s win in the 2022 National Dog Show is nothing to celebrate. Here’s why it’s nothing short of cruel to breed—or buy—dogs like Winston.

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HellNo Fresh: Descend in Anger on HelloFresh Until It Stops Supporting Forced Monkey Labor

Despite claims to the contrary, monkeys are still being captured, chained, caged, and forced to pick coconuts to fill cans of Thai coconut milk stocked on grocery store shelves. Help stop this!

PETA Parody Shows Why This ‘Science’ Is No Laughing Matter

Disturbed at the thought of beloved Disney characters drowning? Then take action for the sensitive mice and rats who are suffering right now in laboratories. Here’s how.

The World’s in Flux, but You Needn’t Be—Join Us and Save Animals

Do you want to wake up each morning knowing your work is so meaningful that it will save lives? Work for animal rights and you’ll be up before your morning alarm.

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Breaking! Federal Indictments of Alleged Monkey Smugglers Follow PETA’s Warnings

PETA has been telling the feds that monkey importation needs to end. Now the DOJ has indicted alleged members of a smuggling ring that reportedly abducted endangered long-tailed macaques and shipped them to U.S. labs.

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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.

Put Your Tax Money to Better Use: Help Us Stop Elisabeth Murray!

Solitary confinement, constant thirst, infections, hair loss for more than a decade—this is life for monkeys in Elisabeth Murray’s lab.

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‘Fall’ in Love With These Vegan Pumpkin Spice–Flavored Products

It's that time for pumpkin everything. These pumpkin spice products are all the rage and all vegan! Spoiler alert: Vegan pumpkin spice lattes are included.

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PETA Calls Out American Humane’s Bogus Labels in Exposé Video

Warning: When you see an American Humane label—such as the “No Animals Were Harmed” film credit—viewer discretion is advised.

Pass the Tofurky! PETA’s New Holiday Ad Will Have You Swearing Off Turkey Dinners

See what Toby the turkey’s mother does to save him from becoming someone’s dinner in PETA’s heartwarming new ad.

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

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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Keep Urban Outfitters on the Hook for Using Leather, Wool, and Down

Join Students Opposing Speciesism in using hanger tags to show Urban Outfitters the true cost of animal-derived clothing.

Monkey Smuggling? How We’re Exposing Experimenters’ Coveted Secret

After months of warnings from PETA, officials are taking action. Hear from a top primate scientist to find out how, and learn why two macaque species need your help today.

‘Ellie on the Shelf’ Brings Tidings of Comfort and Joy to Families This Holiday

This holiday season, help your family spread peace on Earth to all animals with PETA’s “Ellie on the Shelf.” Are you up to the “tusk”?

Now on Audible: ‘Free the Animals’ Special Edition

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.

Now in Ukraine: Over 1,800 Animals Saved—Find Out How You Can Support PETA Entities’ Vital Work

PETA Germany and its partners are committed to feeding 6,500 animals every day and will move mountains to bring them food as long as it is needed. Learn how you can support this work.

If You’re Cold, They’re Cold—Watch PETA’s ‘God of War Ragnarök’ Viral TikTok

Yes, all dogs deserve loving homes and warm couches, even if they’re 60 feet tall. Will Santa Monica Studio add a “PETA mode” to God of War Ragnarök and help animals like Garm?

Sen. Booker Urges Secretary Becerra to Investigate $13 Million NIH Grant for Monkey Lab

The senator describes the Washington National Primate Research Center as a “deeply troubled facility.” See the photos that prove it.

Chained Dogs Need Your Help to Survive This Winter—Will You Take These Steps? 

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

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PETA Scientist Tackles Bias Toward Experiments on Animals

PETA is helping to organize workshops, publish reports, and build tools to help researchers who use superior, non-animal methods to boost their work.

Shopping Clothing Sales for Your Kids? Avoid These Pitfalls

Shop ’til you drop and make your kids’ closets a winter wonderland with PETA Kids’ guide.

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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“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