Chrissy Matthies

Chrissy Matthies

Chrissy has been with PETA or the PETA Foundation as a volunteer, employee, or cheerleader since 1996. She holds the informal record of adopting the most companion animals from PETA, including two rescued Pekin ducks, Quackers and Crackers. She has a master's degree in the humanities and is in love with writing. Her work has been published in USA Today, The Washington Post, the Austin American-Statesman, The Free Lance-Star, The St. Petersburg Times, and many other newspapers. When Chrissy's not blogging, she's stalking her cats and dogs, determined to catch every spotted belly and toe curl on camera.

PETA Helps Swedish Organization Save Animals From Chemical Tests

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With PETA’s help, a Swedish science organization is moving Sweden away from animal testing.

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How a House Can Change a Life—PETA’s Doghouse Program in Action

Whether it’s Christmas, New Year’s Day, or a Saturday when the temperatures have dipped below freezing, PETA staffers and volunteers are outside delivering dry, fluffy straw bedding and warm wooden doghouses to “backyard dogs” who are forced to spend the holidays—and every day in between—outside and alone. In 2013, we delivered 340 doghouses and 2,500 chew… Read more »

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Apparently Confining Bears in Pits Isn’t Cruel Enough for Roadside Zoo

PETA sends an urgent complaint to the USDA after receiving heartbreaking photos of a white tiger imprisoned at the notorious Cherokee Bear Zoo.

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Hoppy Holidays for Rabbits! More Than a Dozen Retailers Ban Angora Wool

PETA Asia’s exposé of Chinese angora farms has already made a long list of retailers ban the bunny hair. And the momentum is showing no signs of slowing.

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Update: Cherokee Tribal Elders Won’t Stop Until Grizzlies Are Free

Two Cherokee tribal elders make an important move to help free bears imprisoned in “concrete graves.”

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Update: Victory! Animals Saved from Cruel Military Medical Drills in Poland

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In response to a PETA campaign, Polish armed forces stop killing animals in favor of simulation technology that can help save soldiers’ lives.

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Photos of the Day: Cutest, Saddest Protest Ever

A sea of “sheep” and “cows” expose the horrors behind Australia’s live-export trade.

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Top 5 Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums 2013

You’ve waited patiently all year, and we’ve delivered. Find out which NFL stadiums crossed the goal line and made it onto PETA’s coveted “Top Five” list.

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PETA Wins International Award for Exposing Gruesome Tests on Animals

PETA wins a prestigious prize from cruelty-free company LUSH for work in helping to end the abuse of animals in labs.

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Why Your Pillow Could Mean Misery for Animals—Watch Now

In 60 seconds, the secret behind goose-down pillows and jackets is revealed. Find out how to be sure you’re not sleeping with or wearing a product of misery.

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The Biggest Threat to Homeless Animals Today: The Betrayal of ‘No-Kill’ Sheltering

Watch as PETA President Ingrid Newkirk exposes the deadly consequences for animals of so-called “no-kill” policies and what you can do to stop them.

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Victory! Smithsonian Wipes Cruel Lesson Plans From Curriculum

PETA supporters have helped convince the Smithsonian to scratch cruel live-animal lesson plans from its elementary school curriculum.

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‘Orcas’ Rain on SeaWorld’s Parade

PETA “orcas” brave cold water and crowds to protest SeaWorld’s blatant attempt to use big bucks to polish its tarnished image.

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Screaming ‘Orca’ Fated for SeaWorld Urges Public to Watch ‘Blackfish’

Crying “orca” destined for SeaWorld stops San Diego traffic and breaks hearts.

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Victory! Los Angeles Bans Cruel Bullhooks

The Los Angeles City Council sends a strong message to elephant abusers, leaving circuses scrambling and elefriends celebrating.

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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