Victory! Top Sponsors Cut Ties With the Hadi Shrine Circus After Hearing From PETA

Top sponsors have pulled their support of the Hadi Shrine Circus, which still uses elephants and other animals in its cruel acts.

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After Years of Protest, Is PETA Really Bailing Out UMass?

The University of Massachusetts–Amherst, home of marmoset tormentor Agnès Lacreuse, is looking for help redesigning its school seal. PETA was happy to oblige.

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Free Event: Join Us on the Front Lines in Ukraine as Rescuers Risk Everything to Save Animals

Meet the animals who need you now more than ever! You’ve been following PETA Germany’s daring rescue work in Ukraine—now we’re taking you as close to the fighting as anyone can get without a flak jacket.

Help a Cold, Neglected Dog This Winter

“Backyard dogs” left outside 24/7 will endure cold, miserable conditions this winter. Help PETA provide them with emergency care and shelter!

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You Won’t Believe What Monkey Importers Were Allowed to Get Away With

Thanks to PETA’s exposé revealing that lab-bound monkeys have been imported into the U.S. with deadly pathogens, the CDC has finally taken action. Now more needs to be done.

EMERGENCY Aid for Animals in Syria and Turkey via PETA’s Global Compassion Fund

PETA’s Global Compassion Fund is helping animals affected by the recent earthquake in Syria and Turkey.

PETA Science Group Funds Breakthrough Study That Will Expand Human Lung Slice Accessibility for Research

A new paper coauthored by PETA scientists is poised to revolutionize the field of inhalation research and reduce the number of animals used in toxicity tests.

Travel to Help Animals—Apply to Work for PETA Today!

Want a REAL job that makes a difference? Get new experiences, see new places, and make the most of your life—help animals as if it’s your job, because it would be, by applying to be PETA’s traveling campaigner today.

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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.

Science Suffers as NIH Funds Scofflaw Monkey Supplier for Dubious Tests

Monkeys escape regularly from Alpha Genesis, a supplier of laboratories nationwide, where they also often die due to neglect and incompetence. But NIH keeps giving it money anyway.

Why Should Animals Have Rights?

Join PETA’s Investigators on an Undercover Adventure to Help Animals

This husband-and-wife team have put themselves in perilous situations to reveal the abuse of horses, crocodiles, ostriches, and other animals to PETA. On February 28, you can learn how they do it.

Need a Hail Mary? Take a Page out of PETA’s Playbook for Your Vegan Super Bowl Snacks

Need some last-minute snacks for the Super Bowl? PETA’s got you covered with a list of easy vegan eats that will score a touchdown with your friends.

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Show Us the Money: Will This Agency Own Up to Its Overseas Wrongdoings?

Colombian officials move to dismantle the hellhole lab that PETA exposed. Is the National Institutes of Health still sending it checks?

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

How Many Dolphins Died at SeaWorld Parks in 2022?

We’re adding up the numbers: How many dolphins, whales, and other cetaceans died at SeaWorld parks in 2022, and how many were shipped overseas?

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How Did 11,548 Zebrafish Die in a Top-Tier School's Laboratory?

Staffers at University of Michigan laboratories are consistently negligent, and it’s killing animals. Help us pressure the school to crack down on rogue staffers.

Picasso Pufferfish, Married Swans—It’s an ‘Animalkind’ Valentine’s Day

Find out who would love Tinder and who would be the first to hit the dance floor in this glimpse into animals’ secret love lives from Ingrid Newkirk’s book “Animalkind.”

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‘Bigfoot’ Sighting in Salt Lake City? Why Animal Advocates Are Taking Action

A monstrous law proposed in Utah threatens to protect animal-abusing industries—get the facts here.

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PETA Urges Urban Outfitters Shoppers to Slip Into Something More Ethical

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!

What Does the Spin Doctor for the University of Washington’s Primate Center Really Do?

The University of Washington is looking for a new PR manager to put a happy face on its notorious primate center, a vile and inept monkey prison.

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PETA: Against All Prejudice—Watch the Video Now

Why must we confidently help end prejudice against ALL, from pigeons to pigs to pig-tailed macaques? Watch Ingrid Newkirk’s moving speech now to find out.

PETA Thwarts Experimenters’ Plans to Profit From Torture

Find out what was scrubbed from the scientific record after PETA and renowned bioethicist and “Animal Liberation” author Peter Singer took action.

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Black History Month: These Civil Rights Icons Will Inspire You

For these civil rights proponents, creating a just society includes justice for animals.

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

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!

Parents: Help Your Kind Kid Join This Free Membership Program

Do your kids want to take action for animals but need some encouragement? Help them sign up for our Kind Kid program! They’ll receive a free membership card and monthly ideas for ways to help animals.

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.

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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