PETA Asia’s 3rd Kopi Luwak Exposé: It’s Time to Cut the Crap—Are Civet Cats Going Insane for Your Coffee?

PETA Asia’s investigation reveals the suffering behind every cup of civet cat poop coffee, also known as “kopi luwak.”

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1,500 Animals Killed in Neuralink Experiments—What Is Wrong With Twitter CEO Elon Musk?

This isn’t science—it’s a cruel fiasco: the wrong size devices implanted in pigs’ heads, devices implanted on the wrong place on pigs’ spines, monkeys poisoned by the wrong glue.

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Go Fake for Bears’ Sake: PETA U.K. Takes Secretary of State for Defence to Court

PETA U.K. has devoted many years and thousands of dollars to developing and testing state-of-the-art faux bear fur for the King’s Guard’s caps, yet the Ministry of Defence refuses to honor the deal it made.

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Victory! Big Cat Public Safety Act Passes the Senate and Is Headed to President Biden’s Desk

After decades of hard work, the Big Cat Public Safety Act—championed by Carole and Howard Baskin of Big Cat Rescue and backed by PETA and our supporters—has passed the U.S. Senate.

Here’s How PETA’s Working to End Harvard’s Depraved Tests on Baby Monkeys

Torn away from their mothers, baby monkeys in this laboratory cling to cloth “surrogates.” Some have had their eyes sewn shut. Read what PETA’s doing to end this torment.

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PETA to COP15: Solve the Biodiversity Crisis, Stop the Monkey Importation Pipeline

As COP15 gets underway, PETA urges participants to consider ending the importation of monkeys to laboratories to help stem the biodiversity crisis unfolding worldwide.

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Put Your Tax Money to Better Use: Help Us Stop Elisabeth Murray!

Solitary confinement, constant thirst, infections, hair loss for more than a decade—this is life for monkeys in Elisabeth Murray’s lab.

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Shopping for the Holidays? ‘Fake Meats’ Makes It Easy to Get the Vegan Goods

Cut back on all the prep work of holiday entertaining by ordering these vegan staples and more online from PETA Business Friend Fake Meats.

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PETA Donates Simulators to Spare Animals and Train Surgeons in Iraq

This lifesaving technology spares animals and provides superior surgical training to aid human victims of traumatic injuries.

Trophy Hunter Who Murdered Wife Shares Trait With Other Killers: Cruelty to Animals

The FBI has identified cruelty to animals as a warning sign of more violence to come.

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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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SeaWorld Just Secretly Shipped 24 Dolphins to Abu Dhabi, Including Two Who Had Been ‘Rescued’

Learn the names and histories of the 24 dolphins SeaWorld just shipped thousands of miles across the globe.

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Progress! After Talks With PETA, Pakistan Launches the Country’s First Animal Rights Curriculum

The groundbreaking course will teach children how to take care of animals responsibly and will encourage the compassionate treatment of stray animals.

PETA Names Likely U.S.-Based Unindicted Coconspirators in DOJ Monkey-Smuggling Case

The DOJ just indicted alleged members of a smuggling ring that reportedly abducted endangered macaques and shipped them to U.S. labs. See which companies we believe were complicit.

Updates From Ukraine: PETA Germany Braves the ‘Impossible’ to Help Dog Trapped in Warzone

Thanks to PETA Germany and its partners, Bari's become part of a loving family alongside two other rescued dogs, ducks, and geese. Learn how you can support this work.

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Amid Some of the Biggest Shopping Days of the Year, PETA Pushes Urban Outfitters to Sell ONLY Vegan Fashion

PETA pushed for compassionate fashion during some of the busiest shopping days of the year. Here’s how YOU can help us urge Urban Outfitters to ditch cruelly obtained clothing.

Why Experiments on Animals Don’t Help Humans Who Struggle With Addiction

Ninety percent of people who need addiction treatment don’t receive it, but experimenters are getting paid to make monkeys binge drink and inject cocaine.

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Whether you’re shopping for a vegan gourmand or playing Santa for your dog, PETA’s catalog is a one-stop shop for all your humane holiday needs.

Foie Gras Is Banned at Buckingham Palace—Will Bearskin Caps Be Next?

If faux gras is fit for the king, surely faux-bearskin caps can be fit for the King’s Guard. Hear how PETA U.K. is taking urgently needed action for black bears.

Chained Dogs Need Your Help to Survive This Winter—Will You Take These Steps? 

Chains, pens, and low temperatures are a lethal cocktail for dogs living outdoors. If you encounter an animal left outside, here are six ways you can help—and even save their life.

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Parents: Count Down to Christmas With These 12 Ways to Help Animals

Looking for fun activities to fill winter break? Grab the glue stick and some construction paper and show your kids how to help animals have a holly jolly Christmas.

Harry Styles, Daisy Ridley, and Others Win 2022 PETA Libby Awards—See the Results Now

This year’s winners of PETA’s annual Libby Awards have been announced! Check out which brands, celebrities, and companies took top honors for their commitment to animals in 2022.

Beyond Animals for Better Science: 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