Hit the Brakes! Lily Tomlin and PETA Blast Ford for Funding Crash Tests on Animals

“I thought those bleak days were in the rearview mirror,” says the actor and Detroit native. Join her in taking action.

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Order Today: Gripping Real-Life Tales of the Boldest Animal Rescues in the U.S.

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.

What’s Next for Animal Rights? PETA’s Movers and Shakers Will Give You the Inside Scoop

Here’s your chance to hear how we’re using revolutionary and innovative strategies to achieve animal liberation—and get a sneak peek at some of the wild plans we have in the works. Register for free today!

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It’s the last week of the “Save Our Skin” Matching-Gift Challenge—will you help PETA prevent animals from being abused and killed for fashion before the June 30 deadline?

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Judge Thwarts Envigo’s Shady Attempt to Sell More Dogs—Help Us Take Action

It’s time for Envigo to accept the U.S. Department of Justice’s plan to adopt out every single surviving beagle and shut down this chronically cruel dog prison, as it told the court it would.

PETA to USDA: Investigate Horror Show at UNC-Chapel Hill Now!

The University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill’s flagrant violations of federal animal welfare laws should result in criminal charges, and PETA is asking for just that.

Toppling the Tiger Kings: PETA Target ‘Doc’ Antle Arrested by FBI

“Tiger King” villain Bhagavan “Doc” Antle is now facing charges for state wildlife trafficking, cruelty to animals, and money laundering.

Updates From Ukraine: PETA Germany Moves Mountains for Animals Amid Bombings and Hazardous Treks

Since the beginning of Russia’s war in Ukraine, PETA Germany has fed nearly 100,000 cats, dogs, and other animals. Learn how you can support this work.

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If Monkeys Believed in God, the Devil Would Look Like Elisabeth Murray

Federal documents reveal apparent violations of the law. It's time to shut down Elisabeth Murray's lab and retire the surviving monkeys to sanctuaries.

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You’ll Be the Star of Your Fourth of July BBQ With These Vegan Recipes

Independence Day should mean freedom for animals, too. This Fourth of July, invite your friends and family over to show them just how delicious vegan cookin’ can be.

Pants on Fire: Texas A&M Refuses to Keep Its Promise to Release Nine Dogs  

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.

Calling All All-Stars for Animals: It’s Kids’ Time to Shine!

Know a kid who respects animals and understands that they’re friends, not food? Nominate that person today—they could win a trophy, a prize pack, vegan cookies, and yearlong bragging rights.

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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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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.

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PETA Scientists Use Webinars to Help End Tests on Animals—Here’s How

Here’s how PETA scientists use webinars to promote the use of modern, non-animal test methods and reduce the reliance on experiments on animals.

All the Flare Without the Fireworks: Celebrate an Animal-Friendly Fourth of July

Explosions in the air can be upsetting to veterans, small children, and anyone else with a sensitivity to loud sounds—but they’re often deadly to dogs and cats.

Condemn NIH’s Appalling Decision to Bankroll WaNPRC’s Orgy of Violence

NIH spits on sound science, choosing instead to back the Washington National Primate Research Center with tens of millions in taxpayer dollars.

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

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

Huge News! U.S. House of Representatives Passes FDA Modernization Act

This means we’re one big step closer to ending the archaic requirement for tests on animals in drug development. Now, urge your senators to support this landmark bill.

Ready, Set, BID: Check Out the Innovative Items Available in PETA’s Virtual Auction

If you’ve been looking for a good reason to do some shopping, PETA’s virtual auction is the perfect excuse—and it supports our Science, Technology, and Innovation Fund.

Taking a Beach Vacation? Keep Summer Safe for Lobsters and Crabs

Crustaceans form friendships and nurture their families. But the way humans treat these sensitive individuals will pinch at your heartstrings—and make you switch to delicious vegan lobster rolls and crab cakes instead.

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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Why Is New York Paying $230 Million to Keep a Violent Industry Alive?

A million private businesses in New York survive without state handouts, but $230 million in casino profits goes to one industry filled with violence, drugs, and deaths.

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.

Make This Summer One to Remember: Get Active for Animals With SOS

Is getting active for animals on your summer to-do list? Speak out against speciesism and turn up the heat on animal abusers with these tips.

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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