PETA Undercover: Meth-Doped Horses Drop Dead on Underground Racetrack

From June 2021 through April 2022, a team of PETA operatives investigated unregulated Quarter Horse racing in Georgia, primarily at the largest Georgia “bush track,” Rancho El Centenario (south of Atlanta).

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Grave Danger for Pugs, Bulldogs, Boxers: Smash-Faced Dogs’ Tiny Airways Can Kill in Heat Wave

Amid record-breaking heat waves, breathing-impaired breeds—including pugs and French bulldogs—may struggle to survive.

Victory! PETA Persuades Hospital to Ban Staff From Mutilating Live Pigs

The hospital’s medevac staff had attended training sessions at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in which live pigs were mutilated. Now let’s get the school to end this cruelty.

‘Backyard Dogs’ Can’t Survive in This Heat

You can give a life-changing care package to a “backyard dog” and provide them with the necessities they need in order to survive this scorching-hot summer. Your gift today will be matched!

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PHOTOS: 25 Beagles Rescued From Envigo Get Some TLC at PETA

Months after PETA’s groundbreaking exposé, Envigo announced that its dog-breeding hellhole will shut down. But our work isn’t over yet…

Sirens, Shrapnel, and Saving Animals in Ukraine: Updates on PETA Germany’s Rescue Team

Staff from PETA Germany and other rescue teams risk their lives to get emaciated and injured animals out of the most dangerous areas in Ukraine. Read more to learn how you can support this vital work.

Free Lolita! Paulina Rubio Urges Miami Seaquarium to Release Lonely Orca Before It’s Too Late

August 8 marks the 52nd anniversary of Lolita’s abduction from her ocean home, so Paulina Rubio, PETA, and many others are asking The Dolphin Company to let her live out her golden years in a better place.

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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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Who Is Beamish? Meet a Monkey Used in Elisabeth Murray’s Laboratory

Beamish is a monkey born into laboratory experimentation. Sixteen years later, he’s still being experimented on, currently in Elisabeth Murray’s monkey fright lab.

Why Should Animals Have Rights?

To Mark Her 52nd Year in Captivity, PETA Passes the Mic to Lolita the Orca

“It’s been 52 years since I was captured—five decades of a living nightmare. Please help me—on my next anniversary, I should be in a sanctuary, not the world’s smallest orca tank.”

Start Your Morning Right With One of These Vegan Breakfast Sandwiches

You’re just a quick stop away from a warm, savory vegan breakfast sandwich. These chains are serving them up alongside your morning coffee.

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PETA to NIH: No More Tax Money to Lying Primate Center Director

The head of the Southwest National Primate Research Center, who tortures monkeys for a living, just got caught falsifying data on grant applications and in published work on his useless experiments.

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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VIDEO: Eyewitness Reveals Bloody Attack of an Orca at SeaWorld San Diego

A visitor who witnessed the bloody attack of an orca at SeaWorld San Diego alerted PETA to the horrific incident. Take action for orcas!

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Think You Have What It Takes to Be a PETA Fieldworker? We Want to Hear From You!

PETA’s field team staff are essential service providers—they’re our miracle workers. If you think you have the compassion and diligence to be on the front line, we want to hear from you.

Exclusive PETA Video: This Brazilian Star Will Persuade You to Ditch Wool in Under Two Minutes

Still think wool is “just a haircut” for sheep? Brazilian actor and activist Luisa Mell is here to dispel that dangerous myth in under two minutes by showing the world what sheep experience in the wool industry.

Billion-Dollar Breeding Industry Busted: How PETA’s Work Freed the Beagles

Envigo, a massive beagle breeder that supplied laboratories, will close its doors. Hear about PETA’s role from start to victory and learn how you can adopt one of the dogs freed from the facility’s cages.

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Urban Outfitters Desperately Needs a Humane Makeover. Speak Up!

Francesca Farago and other big names joined PETA at Urban Outfitters’ annual meeting to ask the company an important question.

Celebrate ‘International Cat Day’ by Ordering the Cat Guardian’s Bible Today

Do you speak cats’ language? Don’t worry—PETA President Ingrid Newkirk does, and she reveals the secrets her feline friends have shared with her over the years in her CATivating new book.

It’s Kids’ Time to Shine! Meet the 2022 ‘All-Star for Animals’ Winner and Runner-Up

Congratulations to PETA Kids’ 2022 All-Star for Animals winner and runner-up! Learn more about the ways these two vegan kids and other nominees are sharing their compassion for animals with the world.

PETA Primate Scientist Eviscerates Experimentation Industry’s Pathetic Secrecy Defense

Animals in University of Washington labs have died from starvation and strangulation. This powerful op-ed lays out why the school doesn’t get to hide the truth about its “oversight” committee.

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Baby, How You Feelin’? These Vegan Stars Are Feeling ‘Good as Hell’

Lizzo isn’t the only one feeling “good as hell” by being vegan. Check out which of your favorite stars have changed what’s on their plates!

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Caitlin Hawks: From Protesting With a ‘Tiger’ to Taking Down a ‘Tiger King’

Lifelong animal advocate Caitlin Hawks discusses how she went from joining PETA in elementary school to fighting for animal rights in the courtroom with us.

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!

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