Victory! PETA and Coalition of Advocacy Groups Defeat Iowa ‘Ag-Gag’ Law in Court

For more than a century, the public has relied on undercover investigations to expose illegal and cruel practices on factory farms and in slaughterhouses.

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PETA Asia Races to Rescue Animals After Typhoon Noru Devastates the Philippines

PETA Asia’s rescue team is on the ground in the Philippines helping the survivors of Typhoon Noru. Learn how you can support their work and save animals’ lives.

Go Inside This Prison Where Babies Are Torn Away From Their Mothers, Tormented, and Killed

Cruelty, disease, meaningless experiments, a waste of taxpayer money, and violations of animal welfare laws: The University of Washington’s primate center has it all. Join thousands in calling for its closure.

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The Time to Prepare for a Disaster Is NOW—Don’t Wait

What would happen to your beloved animal companions if a natural or human-made disaster were to strike tomorrow? PETA’s laid out all the steps you need to be prepared.

Northwestern Experimenters Gone Rogue; Public Left With the Bill

Northwestern University fails both animals and taxpayers by violating minimum animal welfare guidelines in its laboratories. It’s time to shift to human-relevant methods.

Help Bring Starbucks’ Vegan Milk Surcharge to a Grinding Halt

Starbucks claims to care about sustainability, but its surcharge for drinks made with vegan milk says otherwise. Help PETA urge the company to do better this National Coffee Day!

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.

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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.

Caged, Cut Open, and Traumatized: Meet Nick Nack, a Monkey Imprisoned at NIH

Nick Nack has been imprisoned and experimented on for years in Elisabeth Murray’s NIH laboratory. He’s so distressed that he rips out his own hair.

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PETA Calls For a Strike on Sex With Meat-Eating Men

PETA is proposing a strike on sex with meat-eating men. Men’s diets cause 41% more greenhouse gases than women’s diets.

PETA Uncovers More Flights of Doomed Monkeys Landing in the U.S.

AELF FlightService continues to callously feed U.S. experimenters’ insatiable appetite for endangered monkeys to poison, cut open, and kill. Take action.

Planning a Canadian ‘ThanksVegan’ Is as Easy as (Vegan) Pumpkin Pie

Prep your vegan menu and learn where to buy all your holiday favorites with PETA’s ultimate guide to hosting a Canadian “ThanksVegan.”

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.

Urge Build-A-Bear to Stuff Its Cruel SeaWorld Partnership

Please urge Build-A-Bear to rethink its partnership with SeaWorld and stop endorsing this cruelty.

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Patricia Manterola and PETA Latino Are Making Waves to End Fishing

Patricia Manterola and PETA Latino aren’t letting the fishing industry off the hook for exploiting the ocean.

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Help Prevent Beagles and Other Animals From Suffering in Drug Tests! Support This Bill

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.

Know a Kind Teacher? TeachKind Has Free Resources on Instagram for Educators

TeachKind is led by former classroom teachers who create content for teaching compassion. See all the tips and resources you can use with your students this school season!

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Urban Outfitters Turns Animals into Fashion Victims. Speak Up!

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

First Beagles, Now Monkeys: PETA Calls On USDA to Investigate Envigo’s Unapproved Monkey Shipments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has apparently enabled illegal shipments of monkeys to vile Envigo, posing great risk to monkeys and the American public.

Pinky Cole and Her Children Are Thriving in the ‘Garden of Vegan’

Entrepreneur Pinky Cole—founder of the growing Slutty Vegan restaurant empire—joins PETA for her first official vegan photoshoot with both of her beautiful children.

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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.

VIDEO: Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Fieldworker for PETA?

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.

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Students: Don’t Just Opt Out—End Animal Dissection at Your School

Every year, millions of animals are killed for classroom dissection. Order FREE stickers and leaflets to help us end it!

Coloring With Kindness: Help Kids Share a Special Message About Cows

Use this free coloring page to help your little one show their friends just how special cows are and how to replace exploitative, animal-based foods with delicious vegan ones.

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