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.

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?

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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It’s Not Too Late for Dogs Cannoli, Lucilla, and Varinia at Texas A&M

Thanks to our unrelenting campaign and supporters like you, Lucilla, Varinia, and Cheddar have been adopted. Take action now for the remaining 25 dogs in Texas A&M University’s lab.

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As Taiji Slaughter Closes, How Many Dolphins Were Killed or Kidnapped?

This is what money spent on “swim with dolphins” attractions funds.

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A Seaside Sanctuary Is in the Works! SeaWorld, Time’s Up

Plans for a seaside sanctuary off the coast of Nova Scotia are in the works, and PETA is telling SeaWorld’s CEO, “Time’s up.”

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Audience Screams As Lynx Claws Russian Circus Trainer’s Head and Neck

The lynx appeared terrified as a circus trainer forcefully yanked on the leash, causing the animal and the perch that he or she was balancing on to crash to the ground.

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