Michelle Kretzer

Michelle Kretzer

Michelle first learned about the cruelty of factory farming while pursuing a degree in journalism at the University of Kentucky. She signed up for an agriculture course as an elective simply because it filled a hole in her schedule. That class, chosen by chance, precipitated her "aha" moment: She immediately stopped eating animals and started learning everything she could about animal rights. When not writing for PETA, she enjoys traveling, listening to The Beatles, spending time on the water near her home in Florida, and doting on her guinea pigs, Duke and Bogart, who were rescued during one of PETA's PetSmart investigations, and her dog, Capone, whom PETA rescued from a chain.

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Loretta Lynn Was a PETA Chain-Breaker

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Loretta Lynn was never big on being bound. And she wouldn’t let animals be bound, either.

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You Don’t Have to Wait for ‘Hocus Pocus 2’—Binx Is Ready to Meet You

Binx is willing to travel (even to Salem) to find his perfect match. And he’s ready to protect his adoptive family from the Sanderson sisters—or just foil balls and yarn.

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‘The Witcher’ Is Monstrous to Animals—Here’s How

While Geralt is hunting monsters, he should go after the dealers who rent out animals to be used in shows like “The Witcher.”

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22 Celebrity Quotes That Will Help You Go Vegan in 2022

Need some vegan inspiration or know someone who does? Take it from Lizzo, Joaquin Phoenix, Billie Eilish, and many others who are living their best vegan lives.

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Brindle Beauty Ready to Find ‘the One’—Must Love Giving Chin Scratches

Tired of ghosting and games? Ready to find a real relationship? Misha is, too.

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Fireworks Shortage Presents the Perfect Opportunity for Change

Explosions in the air can be upsetting to veterans, small children, and anyone else with a sensitivity to loud sounds—but they’re often deadly to dogs and cats.

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We Did It! Canada Goose Ditches Fur After Massive PETA Campaign

PETA supporters, WE DID IT. After a loud, nonstop, years-long PETA campaign, Canada Goose is ending its use of fur!

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Kate del Castillo to SeaWorld: Stop Sexually Abusing Dolphins

Imagine being immobilized and forcibly impregnated. That’s the reality for female dolphins at SeaWorld, so Kate del Castillo is calling the company out.

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The Results Are In! The Winners of PETA’s 2020 Oscat Awards Are …

Every year, PETA honors the actors, directors, writers, and others who advocate for animals through film. Here are the winners of the fourth annual Oscats!

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This Magic Bean Is Ready to Be Planted in Your Lap

Even if your name isn’t Jack, today may be your lucky day, because this enchanting little fellow is looking for a place to put down roots.

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Why Is NPR Glossing Over Animal Abuse?

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A nonprofit media organization “founded on a mission to create a more informed public” shouldn’t be routinely leaving information about cruelty to animals out of its coverage.

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Breakthrough! PETA Science Group Saves Animals With New 3-D Lung Model

As animals are commonly used and killed in inhalation tests, the exciting development of this 3-D lung model has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives.

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Texas A&M Can’t Hide As PETA’s Dog Lab Ads Take Over Austin

For the next month, everywhere you look in Austin, you’ll see one of PETA’s ads telling Texas A&M to shut its dog lab down now.

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A COVID-19 Silver Lining: Unexpected Benefits for Animals

To help Americans cope with fear and anxiety over COVID-19, PETA is offering something to smile about: Fewer animals are being abused for entertainment.

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Were Baby Chickens’ Legs Cut Off for Your Easter Eggs?

“If the speed of the knives is incorrectly adjusted, it is not uncommon to see chicks just with their legs cut but still alive.”

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