Jennifer O'Connor

Jennifer O'Connor

Jen lives with her bulldog, Bruce, who was rescued from a Pennsylvania puppy mill. She enjoys reading, happy hours, and hot weather and is learning how to speak Spanish.

Animal Companions

Here’s Why Buying Snakes—or Other Reptiles—Is a Big Mistake

Snakes are starved, confined, and neglected in the pet trade (which is fueled by customers), and these high-maintenance animals are not a good match for you.

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Tyson Managers Profiting From Workers’ Getting COVID-19?

As if slaughterhouses weren’t already inherently evil, Tyson just responded after management was caught betting money on how many workers would get COVID-19.

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PETA Exposes This Cage-Free ‘Chicken Disneyland’ as Hell for Hens

The only thing this egg farm has in common with Disneyland is the severe crowding. A PETA eyewitness video reveals that cage-free hens are still miserable.

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Lawsuit Prompts Delivery of Delicious Vegan Gift Baskets

Sham ham, soy cracklins, and other savory fare added to millions awarded in farm waste lawsuit.

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Racetrack Ignores Risks, and Horse Dies

Horses aren’t meant to run on “frozen tundra.”

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Crash-Prone Turkey Producer Pledges to Improve Accident-Response Plan

A North Carolina turkey producer promises to put measures in place to keep turkeys from suffering and dying slowly on the side of the road.

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The Suffering Is Over at the Hawthorn Corporation!

No more animals will live and die in misery at the Hawthorn Corporation.

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The Proof Is in the Numbers: Animal Circuses Are on the Way Out

Circuses that exploit animals are well on their way to the dustbin of history.

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Award-Winning Dogsledding Documentary Now on Prime Video

A new documentary shows how dogs who are forced to pull sleds live and die in abject misery.

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Shouldn’t Animal-Protection Laws Protect All Animals?


An arbitrary decision means that captive members of 12 threatened and endangered primate species don’t share the same protections as their wild cousins.

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Caring People Say ‘I Don’t’ to Renting Elephants for Weddings

Renting an elephant for your wedding is cruel and dangerous.

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Why We’re Glad McClelland’s Critters Is Kaput—and You Should Be, Too

After years of failing animals, another Alabama roadside zoo has shut down.

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Was This Orca Born Before World War I?

The orca matriarch known as Granny has died.

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Rare Double Fine for Dangerous Elephant Escape

Circuses that “share” animals also share liability when something goes wrong.

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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