PETA Latino in Cancún: Spaying Like There’s No Mañana

In just one weekend, PETA Latino sterilized more than 200 animals. Learn how their efforts will help end the companion animal overpopulation crisis.

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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?

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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Victory! After Pressure From PETA, Navy Nixes Torture Tests on Sheep

After PETA urged the Navy to end useless decompression experiments that cause sheep crippling pain, they were stopped years early. Now let’s push the Navy to ban all such tests.

With YOUR Support, PETA Entities Rescue Over 2,000 Animals and Counting From War-Torn Ukraine 

Learn how a team of PETA Germany rescuers whisked 200 animals out of a bomb-riddled city in the nick of time and how you can support this vital work.

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.

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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Support Our Campaigns Locally

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.

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‘Stop Being Spellbound by Bad Science’: Why Siouxsie Sioux Is Taking the Mic for PETA

The British post-punk icon joins PETA in urging Ajinomoto to end horrifying animal experiments.

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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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Victory! NHL Drops Cruel Alligator All-Star Weekend Plans After Push From PETA

After hearing from PETA and over 37,000 supporters, the National Hockey League and the Florida Panthers confirmed scrapping plans to incorporate live alligators during All-Star Weekend.

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

Just How Bad Is SeaWorld? The Death Toll Speaks for Itself

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

How to Wear Vegan

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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Check Out These Black-Owned Restaurants Cooking Up Kindness Toward Animals

A new generation of Black leaders is raising awareness of animal suffering around the country—through the vegan food that they serve. Find a local restaurant to support today.

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‘PETA, a Love Story’ With Pamela Anderson

The new Netflix documentary about Pamela Anderson, “Pamela, a Love Story,” chronicles some of the biggest events of her life, including her influential work with PETA.

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Now on Audible: ‘Free the Animals’ Special Edition

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!

The Dress That Turned Heads Had a Head of Its Own—But Was It Vegan?

When the fashion world went crazy over a “lion’s head” on Kylie Jenner’s innovative dress, the media called PETA. So what’s the message behind the mane?

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.

Play PETA’s New Game, ‘Bad Logic Bingo,’ B-4 You Trust an Animal Experimenter

Grab your bingo cards and markers: Primate experimenters’ self-contradictory logic and flimsy excuses for torture are so predictable that we’re calling them out ourselves.

More Sponsors Drop the 2023 Iditarod: Help PETA Finish the Race

PETA sees the finish line as the 2023 Iditarod loses more sponsors. Help end the death race and save dogs used for sledding.

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Inspire Kindness in the Classroom—Help End Animal Dissection

Science education should be cutting-edge, so why are some classes still cutting open animals? If you’re a student, sign up to receive FREE stickers and leaflets to help us end dissection.

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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“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