Why should we worry about animals when there are so many problems involving humans?

There are very serious problems in the world that deserve our attention; but these issues do not diminish the urgency of our cause or any other. Fortunately, PETA’s pro-animal activities have great power to better the human condition as well.

As vegetarians, we advocate eating lower on the food chain, which not only would save 9 billion animals from slaughter each year, but also would save humans from a diet known to cause heart disease, cancer, and obesity. Instead of feeding grain to livestock, a plant-based diet makes 16 times more grain available to hungry people. Eliminating intensive factory farming of animals would save precious water and topsoil; in addition, without the ozone-damaging nitrates resulting from billions of pounds of manure, our air would be cleaner and we would take a giant step toward fighting global warming. In this way, animals, humans, and the environment are interconnected—we all stand to gain by not harming animals.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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