Bill Maher’s New Rule for Latest NIH Director Could Be Just What the Doctor Ordered

Comedian Bill Maher partners with PETA to expose the National Institutes of Health’s annual $19 billion animal-killing machine.

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Chained Protesters Have a Life-or-Death Message for Liberty Media

Will Liberty Media stop supporting the deadly Iditarod race? Chained PETA supporters encased their feet in cement during the latest protest. Find out what you can do to help.

Federal Inspectors May Have Been Surprised by JKL’s Shipment—but They Never Expected This

JKL Secure Freight left more than 300 monkeys in crates on an airport tarmac for more than 90 minutes. And then things got even worse.

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Rescuers in Action: Watch Pregnant Horse Maria’s Jaw-Dropping Escape From Death

As bombs tore apart her home in Ukraine, a pregnant horse desperately attempted to escape an explosion. Watch as PETA-supported teams come to her rescue.

You Can Save Lives This Winter

“Backyard dogs” may not make it through the winter. Send an emergency care package today and help a dog survive winter’s worst.

How Did Another Monkey Escape From a UMass Lab?

PETA’s exposed all the reasons why Agnès Lacreuse’s lab should be investigated by the feds.


Yule Give Your Christmas Menu a Spruce-Up After Watching Tessa the Turkey’s Video

A young turkey’s cheery musical number is cut short in this shocking video.

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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.

NIH Has Been Fueling a Ring of Killers With Your Cash—You Can Help Stop It

For years, NIH has been letting you foot the bill for people who are in the business of killing in foreign lands. The CARGO Act can end this reign of terror.

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Happy Hanukkah! Celebrate With These 8 Animal-Friendly Holiday Tips

From guilt-free gelt to animal-free accessories, get into the Hanukkah spirit with PETA’s vegan holiday recipes and gift ideas.

PETA Awards $50,000 Grant to Benefit AIDS Research in Time for World AIDS Day

A $50,000 grant will fund a first-of-its-kind study into why decades of tests have failed to produce an HIV vaccine for humans, paving the way for research that will.

Animals Don’t Wage Wars, but They Suffer in Them

In her video address, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk appeals for an end to violence for all—including our fellow animals—based on understanding and empathy.

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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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50 Things SeaWorld Has Done Since Corky's Capture 50 Years Ago

In many cases, a 50th anniversary is cause for celebration. For Corky the orca, however, five decades of captivity is no reason to party.

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PETA Wins for Ferrets! Now Here’s What the Army Must Do—on the Double

Army-funded brain-damage testing on ferrets has ended at Wayne State University. Now PETA is urging the military to ban weapon-wounding tests on all animals.


PHOTOS: ‘Cow’ and ‘Butcher’ Hit COP28 With Warning to Flesh Peddlers Infiltrating Conference

World leaders got hit with wake-up calls from Stella McCartney and other animal advocates at COP28. Find out why.

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Will This Decision Cost Cornelius His Life? Here’s What You Can Do

We filed a motion requesting that a judge reconsider her decision, but she doubled down on her grievous error.

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If H&M Really Cares About Birds, Here’s What It Needs to Do 

Will H&M finally ditch down after PETA’s latest “bloody” stunt? Keep reading to see what we sent the company’s CEO.

3 Major Ways a Leading Agency Is Failing People With Mental Health Issues

America’s leading agency for research on mental disorders has spent decades wasting your money. Instead of finding cures, here’s what it’s funding instead.

Listen In: Cutting the Reins on a Christmas Tragedy

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening … to animal abuse? PETA Foundation Director Debbie Metzler shares how to be a dear friend to reindeer this season.

Did Your Pick Win a 2023 peta2 Libby Award? See the Results Now 

This year’s winners of peta2’s annual Libby Awards have been announced! Check out which brands, celebrities, and companies took top honors and how they’re helping animals.

PETA Calls On U.N. to Aid Starving, Suffering Animals in Gaza

The animals in Gaza who are displaced, starving, abandoned, or injured urgently need help. We have asked the U.N. to ensure that relief supplies reach animals in need.

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Have Your Elf a Merry Little Christmas With 16 ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Ideas From PETA Kids

Treat yo’ELF to some family-friendly fun and let your kids know that this compassionate character wants them to skip “naughty” and go straight to “nice” for each other and animals.

Your New Job Could Help Us Shut Down the Next ‘Tiger King’

We’ve rescued big cats from Tiger King hellholes, stopped circuses from exporting endangered animals for their shows, and more. Will you be a part of our next big victory?

Save Lives, Get Better Results: This Is 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