Groundbreaking PETA Lawsuit Alleges NIH Unlawfully Funds Sepsis Experiments on Animals

PETA’s taking the National Institutes of Health to court over its continued funding of failed sepsis tests on animals.

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Your Fun Hurts: New Ad Campaign Shows Dark Side of Animal Circuses

PETA has partnered with award-winning ad agency Ogilvy’s Honduras Team for an in-your-face challenge to using animals in circuses.

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You Can’t Trust the Label! All 11 ‘Humane-Certified’ Factory Farms PETA Investigated Were Horrifically Cruel

How much more video footage of suffering animals will it take for the ASPCA, HSUS, and Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) to stop promoting sham “standards” for factory farms? Find out how you can help.

Sweet Relief, Thanks to PETA: North America’s Top Cocoa Processor Bans Animal Tests

Learn more about PETA’s vital role as leader of the effort to end crude and lethal tests on animals in the global food and beverage industry.

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Find Us a Licensed Veterinary Technician 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.

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19 Dogs Want to Capture People’s Hearts, Not Be Held Captive in Cages

Misguided efforts, dried-up funding, zero insight gained—why is Texas A&M University STILL holding dogs from its notorious canine muscular dystrophy laboratory prisoner?

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Leading Primatologist Calls On NIH to End 'Pointless' Monkey Fright Experiments

“The world has marched on and left unimaginative repetitive studies of no particular value, like Dr. Murray’s, behind in the dust.”

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The Season Has Changed, and so Can You—Take Our 3-Week Vegan Challenge

The time is now! PETA’s 3-Week Vegan Challenge will help you make a change to protect animals and the environment while improving your personal health.

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.

Publix and Walmart Are ‘Shelling’ Out for Forced Monkey Labor—Speak Up Now

In Thailand, terrified monkeys are chained, beaten, and forced to climb trees to pick coconuts. Opting for one of these animal-friendly brands could mean saving a life.

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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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Who Is Kshamenk? Meet the Loneliest Orca in South America

For 29 years, Kshamenk has been kept in a cramped tank at Argentina’s Mundo Marino, a seedy marine park. Learn more about the loneliest orca in South America.

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Larger-Than-Life ‘Monkey’ Turns Heads on UW Campus

Monkeys trapped in the University of Washington’s secretive underground laboratory can’t pay a visit to administrators to demand their freedom—but Dorothy can.

PETA’s 76th Bear Rescue Is in the Books—Dolly and Fox Family Are Finally at a Real Sanctuary

The sun’s set on Sunrise Side, the now-defunct roadside zoo where an injured bear was neglected and a lion bit off part of a visitor’s finger. If Oswald’s Bear Ranch were clued in, it’d fold, too.

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: 30 Latine Celebs Who’ve Teamed Up With PETA

To honor the important contributions of Latine people to the animal rights movement, PETA’s naming 30 celebs who are smashing speciesism for Hispanic Heritage Month.

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PETA to Urban Outfitters: A Killer Look Shouldn’t Kill Animals

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!

Victory! The European Parliament Votes YES to a Future Without Animal Experiments

History in the making: The European Parliament supports PETA’s call to end experiments on animals!

Make Someone’s Day—and Save Animals’ Lives: Give Vegan!

Never underestimate the lifesaving power of giving someone a vegan Beyond Guacamole Taco from Del Taco or a delicious, animal-free oat milk latte.

Help Mobilize 1 Million European Consumers to Keep Cosmetics Cruelty-Free in the EU

We need 1 million signatures from European citizens to help keep cosmetics cruelty-free in the EU. Learn how a change in law could affect the brands you use now, and share this with everyone you know.

Ride Along With PETA’s Field Team! We’ll Show You How to Help ‘Backyard Dogs’ in Your Community

Have you ever worried that a neighborhood dog is too thin or noticed that their water bowl is always empty? Helping dogs like this is important and doable, and this PETA video explains it all.

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‘Grande’ Injustice at Starbucks! Students Address the Vegan Milk Upcharge With Sit-Ins

Coffee and dairy-free cream, please! Hold the surcharge. The dairy industry exploits cows, and these students have had enough.

Want a Job That Can Change the World? Apply to Be a PETA Audio-Visual Producer!

From animal rescue videos to undercover investigative videos, PETA’s audio-visual team produces some of our most riveting, popular, and effective content. Join our team and use your skills to make a difference!

Go Behind the Scenes at PETA With Our New Podcast

The podcast takes listeners inside a group that’s impossible to ignore—the world’s most effective animal rights organization.

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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