ACT NOW: Urge Your Members of Congress to Send 1,000 Monkeys to Sanctuary

Please urge your members of Congress to call for the release of 1,000 endangered monkeys to an already waiting, reputable sanctuary. There is no time to waste.

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How Will Foxes and Others Benefit From Hudson’s Bay’s Newly Banned Item?

After years of pressure from PETA and our supporters, Hudson’s Bay follows in Saks Fifth Avenue’s footsteps by confirming that it no longer sells this stolen item.

Cruelty Doesn’t Fly: Why Airline’s Change of Course Is Good News for Monkeys

Did we just get these deadly AirBridgeCargo flights canceled? Here’s who benefits and what you can do now.

Animals in Ukraine Need Your Help!

Teams supported by PETA’s Global Compassion Fund are working to rescue and care for animals affected by the war in Ukraine and elsewhere. Donate today to help animals in need.

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This Place Is ‘Not Safe for Humans or Animals’—but It’s NIH’s Reaction That Will Floor You

Colombian authorities took decisive action after we exposed the wretched treatment of monkeys by these experimenters. You’re going to be outraged when you find out what NIH has done.

A Fate Worse Than Death? Horrifying True Stories From Shelters With ‘No-Kill’ Policies

Dogs, cats, and other animals are suffering because of “no-kill” policies at animal shelters. See what changes need to be made now to start really saving lives—not pretending to on paper.

Sugar, Spice, and Nothing Nice: What Does PETA Have Against This MSG Maker?

Variety is the spice of life, so check out all the ways PETA is facing off against MSG manufacturer Ajinomoto’s horrifying tests on animals.

Ukraine Update: You’ll Never Guess Where Little Boni is Now

From orphans feeding homeless animals to a little dog getting a chance at a better life, you won’t want to miss these updates from PETA-supported rescuers in Ukraine. Here’s how your Global Compassion Fund support is making all of this possible!

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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.

Bestselling Author Jonathan Franzen Has an Important Message for You That Will Save Birds

Jonathan Franzen joined PETA to talk about the dangers of keeping these companion animals outdoors and a real-life incident that prompted a story in his novel Freedom.

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Celebrate a Vegan Ramadan With 9 Compassionate Recipes

Get ready to crave falafel hot dogs, lentil balls, fattoush, and more. Impress your friends with these vegan recipes from the Middle East, for all to enjoy.

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There’s Something Rotten at Red River Farm—Will You Dare to Sing Along?

Harry Potter actor and vegan Jessie Cave and a group of singing “animals” put on a show you’re not likely to forget.

Be at the Forefront of PETA’s Cutting-Edge Campaigns

Want a REAL job that makes a difference? Get new experiences, see new places, and make the most of your life—help animals as if it’s your job, because it would be, by applying to be PETA’s traveling campaigner today.

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.

The Medical Evidence That Nakai the Orca’s Life at SeaWorld Was Hell

After being kept in a barren tank for 21 years, Nakai died at SeaWorld without ever swimming in the ocean. His body tells us what life was really like there.

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Why Is This PETA Vice President Banned From NIH’s Campus?

The National Institutes of Health may soon face legal action from PETA after its latest stunt, but the public deserves to know about what’s going on in its laboratories.

Kate del Castillo Gets ‘Stabbed’ in the Back?! See PETA’s New Video to Find Out Why

Mexican actor and PETA Honorary Director Kate del Castillo, who is starring in a new video and ad, wants you to say “NO” to bullfights.

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Primate Expert Shares One Thing You Can Do to Save Lives Today

It’s a lose-lose-lose situation for the monkeys, taxpayers, and the importer. PETA primate scientist Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel shares how to help save 1,000 lives right now.

Now on Audible: ‘Free the Animals’ Special Edition

Urban Outfitters Turns Animals into Fashion Victims

Alpaca, wool, cashmere, mohair, leather, and down—all are produced with extreme violence and fear. Join the campaign to rid Urban Outfitters of these cruel materials!

Roll Call for Today’s Students: Change the World for Animals on a Brand-New Website

Are you a young person just starting your animal rights journey, or do you know someone who is? Don’t miss the new peta2 website, as it’ll guide you in all things vegan.

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These PETA Billboards Are Raising (S)hell for Sea Life in Baltimore

Ever since one billboard sparked a conversation, we’ve kept on bringing the heat to Baltimore.

Get Ready, Music City: PETA Scientists Are Heading to Nashville but Not With Guitars …

PETA scientists will present at the Society of Toxicology’s 62nd annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, from March 19 through 23. Here’s what’s on the agenda.

Viva la Mexico! See What the PETA Latino Team Did for 450+ Dogs and Cats

PETA Latino has had a tremendous impact on ending animal homelessness in Cancún. Here's how you can help.

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Tell Mexican Universities That the Near-Drowning Test Is Junk Science

Two Mexican universities cut off talks with PETA on banning the continued use of the cruel forced swim test. Now, let them hear from you!

These Tips Will Make Planning Your Kid’s Vegan Party a Piece of Cake

Do you want to throw your compassionate kiddo an extra-special birthday party? Follow these animal-friendly tips for the best vegan shindig in town.

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.

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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