The Return of Ringling: How PETA Helped Shape the Circus’s Animal-Free Comeback

Forced out of the animal exploitation business, Ringling Bros. had two choices: reinvent itself or fold. And with one notable change, the company may just come out on (the big) top.

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Available Now! 17 Monkeys Changed a Cop’s Life Forever—Find Out How

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.


Cruelty Reigns at University of Minnesota: Rogue Surgeries, Amputations, Death

As the bodies continue to pile up in the laboratories of the University of Minnesota, PETA demands a criminal investigation.

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Acknowledge the hard work of someone you care about with a cute graduation e-card and support PETA’s life-changing campaigns.

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Big News: Burberry Bans Exotic Skins Following PETA Entities’ Campaigns!

Burberry has banned exotic skins following campaigns by PETA entities. Will Hermès, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton be next?


Happening Now: PETA Germany Builds Shelters Near Ukrainian Border for Animals in Quarantine

Humans and other animals fleeing Ukraine are debilitated, frightened, and in need of all the support they can get. Read on to learn what you can do to help save lives.

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.

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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Nick Nack’s Story: Caged, Cut Open, and Traumatized in an NIH Laboratory

Nick Nack has been imprisoned and experimented on for years in Elisabeth Murray’s NIH laboratory. He’s so distressed that he rips out his own hair.

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Taxpayer-Funded Museum Forced Aging Elephants Viola and Isa to Perform in Grueling Circus

A PETA investigator documented that at Circus World, elephants with apparent foot and joint issues were forced to perform tricks in shows.

URGENT: EGYPTAIR Now Shipping Hundreds More Monkeys to Their Deaths—Take Action

We need your help to make sure the airline knows people won’t stand for more monkeys being yanked from their families and used in painful, worthless experiments.

We Can’t Get Enough of These Latine-Owned Restaurants, Chosen by PETA Latino

Authentic flavors abound at these vegan-friendly Latine-owned restaurants. PETA Latino has found some of the best nationwide.


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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Abducted From Her Family: Meet Corky, the Longest-Held Captive Orca in the World

Today, Corky is locked inside one of SeaWorld’s tiny tanks, swimming in endless circles.

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Swap Chick-Hatching Projects With Kinder Lessons That Meet Academic Standards

Hatching chicks in classrooms isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. That’s why PETA’s TeachKind has put together humane and educational lessons that are sure to be a hit with young learners.

She Was Still Alive—Why You Can’t Walk Away From a Turtle Near a Road

Many turtles are severely injured or killed on roads every year. They can survive for weeks after their shell is crushed. If you see a turtle on or near a road—injured or not—here’s what to do!

Hear How James Cromwell Is Stirring Things Up at Starbucks

James Cromwell went viral after joining PETA’s sticky protest at Starbucks. Listen in to find out why the award-winning actor is spilling the beans about the coffee chain’s hypocrisy.

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Closed For Cruelty: Help PETA Urge Urban Outfitters to Go Animal-Free

In some of the country’s highest-ranked college towns, PETA placed bold ads reminding Urban Outfitters shoppers to make kinder purchases.

Victory! Big-Cat Cub-Petting Banned in Public Spaces in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Quintana Roo commissioners are leading the rest of the world by example by enacting laws that protect animals and keep abusive industries in check. Let’s persuade U.S. officials to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act next!

Find Us a Field Outreach Worker and We Could Pay You Up to $1,000

Introduce us to a friend and—if it’s a match—you could make money! PETA is paying up to $1,000 for qualified referrals, so get started today.


University of Washington Primate Center Piles Up Dozens of Monkey Deaths Even Before Experiments Begin

We knew it was bad. But documents recently obtained by PETA detail how truly nightmarish conditions are for monkeys imprisoned at the Washington National Primate Research Center.

A representation of primates at UW

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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PETA Kids Gives Outdated Nursery Rhymes Animal-Friendly Makeovers

Our attitude toward animals has greatly evolved since many nursery rhymes were written, but are you still singing about taking a sheep’s wool and cutting off mice’s tails with a carving knife?

2022 Kentucky Derby Winner ‘Rich Strike’ Punched in the Face; PETA Calls For Action

Expecting an immediate post-race interview puts unnecessary stress on the winning horse and puts jockeys, outriders, and others in danger. Here’s how PETA is taking action.

Calling All College Students: Get Paid to Lead the Charge Against Speciesism

Calling all college students: Want to make the world a better place for animals and get paid to do it? Apply to become a Students Opposing Speciesism campus rep today!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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