Is Petco Deceiving Customers With ‘Humane’ Certification? PETA Claps Back

Dead fish on store shelves, animals cannibalized and frozen to death—this is what earns American Humane’s stamp of approval? PETA calls out this apparent consumer deception.

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It’s the One Book Joaquin Phoenix Wants You to Read This Spring

Order the newly expanded special edition of “Free the Animals”—with thrilling real-life backstories of the most daring animal rescues in U.S. history.


URGENT: EGYPTAIR Now Shipping Hundreds More Monkeys to Their Deaths—Take Action

We need your help to make sure the airline knows people won’t stand for more monkeys being yanked from their families and used in painful, worthless experiments.

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PETA Germany Volunteers Brave Destruction and Chaos in Ukraine to Reunite Animals With Their Families

Humans and other animals fleeing Ukraine are debilitated, frightened, and in need of all the support they can get. Read on to learn what you can do to help save lives.

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.

Video: James Cromwell Superglued to Starbucks Counter in PETA Stir-Up

“Succession” star James Cromwell superglued his hand to a Starbucks café counter, joining PETA’s campaign to pressure the coffee chain to stop charging customers extra for vegan milks.

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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Sam Smith the Monkey Is Trapped in an NIH Lab Right Now—This Is His Story

Circling, rocking, ripping out his own hair—Sam Smith the monkey is suffering in an NIH laboratory. Take action to help him today.

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WATCH: PETA and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA Call For Animal Rights Revolution

Face it: Inside every body there is a person. Watch Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA narrate a powerful PETA video and find out how you can help end speciesism.

The Reward for the Racehorse Who Won This Year’s Kentucky Derby? A Strike in the Face

What happened to Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike is outrageous, but even worse, the outrider hasn’t been punished yet! Here’s what PETA is doing.

These Vegan Seafood Brands Are Saving Ocean Life, One Product at a Time

Next time you’re craving a taste of the sea, try one of these vegan seafood brands. You’ll save ocean animals’ lives and work toward a healthier planet.

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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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SeaWorld: Give Ariel the Dolphin the Happily Ever After She Deserves

As we begin our second month in confinement, Ariel the dolphin will begin her 28th year of it. Tell SeaWorld to stop subjecting animals to bleak, lonely lives in cramped tanks.

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University of Washington Primate Center Piles Up Dozens of Monkey Deaths Even Before Experiments Begin

We knew it was bad. But documents recently obtained by PETA detail how truly nightmarish conditions are for monkeys imprisoned at the Washington National Primate Research Center.

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This Industry Is Trying to Pull the Wool Over Consumers’ Eyes—See for Yourself

How much do you know about the lives—and the deaths—of sheep used for clothing? PETA Australia’s new site sets the record straight.

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How PETA Scientists Promote Animal-Free Testing Methods Through Awards

PETA scientists regularly award promising researchers with the tools they need to replace tests on animals with modern, kinder methods.

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Closed For Cruelty: Help PETA Urge Urban Outfitters to Go Animal-Free

In some of the country’s highest-ranked college towns, PETA placed bold ads reminding Urban Outfitters shoppers to make kinder purchases.

Monkey Strangled in UC-Berkeley Lab, Prompting PETA to Push for Investigation

PETA recently uncovered violations of federal animal welfare laws at UC-Berkeley. Find out how you can help monkeys.

Find Us a Field Outreach Worker and We Could Pay You Up to $1,000

Introduce us to a friend and—if it’s a match—you could make money! PETA is paying up to $1,000 for qualified referrals, so get started today.


Encourage Your Kids to Stick Up for Animals—Here’s How

Do you have children ages 12 or younger? Help them join a community of kind kids taking action for animals with new activities every month.

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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Shark Hung From School Rafters Prompts PETA Push for Empathy Lessons

A group of high school students reportedly hung a dead shark from the rafters of their high school as an alleged “senior prank.” PETA’s urging empathy lessons.

Race Handler Caught on Camera Crossing the Line—Hear What PETA’s Doing

If this is how Greg Blasi treats horses on national TV, how does he behave when no one is looking? PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo shares what you need to know about the 2022 Kentucky Derby.

Calling All College Students: Get Paid to Lead the Charge Against Speciesism

Calling all college students: 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!

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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