PETA’s Top Blog Posts of 2013

Published by Alisa Mullins.

As Sally Field would say, “You like us! You really like us!” PETA’s blog garnered more than 4.5 million views in 2013, and our blog posts were also “liked,” shared, and tweeted thousands of times. After tallying the views, we compiled a list of the top 13 most popular blog posts of 2013 (some of which might surprise you):

1. I Didn’t Know Animals Could Do That!

More than 155,000 people do now, after reading our blog post about a colorful PETA infographic that highlights fascinating animal facts. For example, did you know that crows use tools, pigs can play soccer, and rats give each other a helping, er, paw? Read on  to find out more.

2. Lawsuit Reveals Never-Before-Seen Pictures of Dead Animals From ‘Luck’ and ‘The Hobbit’

Haven’t seen The Desolation of Smaug yet? You won’t want to after reading about how many animals died during the production of The Hobbit trilogy.

Mark’s Shadow, killed on the set of Luck, according to the lawsuit

3. How 550,386 Stickpins Got People to Stop Wearing Fur

Those stickpins—part of a fascinating traveling art installation put together by top ad agency Ogilvy & Mather—struck a chord with more than 84,000 blog readers.

Fur Hurts Art Installation

4. PETA Reminds StarCraft Players That Zerglings Have Feelings, Too

As a nongamer, I have no idea what StarCraft is, but StarCrafters certainly know what PETA is: More than 79,000 of them “swarmed” to our blog calling for Zergling rights.

Starcraft Zerglings

5. Why Are These People Crying?

One of the most popular blog posts this year was actually originally published last year, yet it continues to rack up tens of thousands of views. Read it, and you’ll find out why.

Why are these people crying?© Serg Alexander/Eyeworks Production

6. Bill Maher Calls Out UW-Madison’s Cruel Experiments on Cats—Literally

When Bill Maher speaks, people listen—and they also read our blog post about how he blasted the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s cruel experiments on cats.

UW Madison Cat

7. Top Five Reasons to Stop Animal Testing

Can you name all five? Read the blog post to find out how many you got right.

Cute Rat

8. Why Is PETA Giving Away Fur Coats?

Wha…? I imagine that’s what most people reading that headline thought, but don’t worry—it was for a good cause. Two good causes, actually.

Detroit Fur  Event

9. Animals Skinned Alive for Faux ‘UGGs’

You’d think that with the word “faux,” UGG knock-offs would be cruelty-free. You would be wrong. Dead wrong.

10. Hunter Ditches Dog but Wants Collar Back

When two PETA staffers found a cute beagle running loose, they naturally called the phone number on his collar. Little did they know that the fancy collar was worth more to its owner than the dog wearing it. Spoiler alert: All ends happily.

Beagle Looking Over Desk

11. ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ Exposes the American Humane Association

Warning: Animals were harmed in these TV and film productions that the AHA supposedly “monitored.”

Luck Horse

12. Topless Mermaid Makes a Splash in Seattle—Cops Carry Her Out

The “catch of the day” at Seattle’s Pike Place fish market had something important to say about her finned friends.

Police Carrying Mermaid Protestor

13. Joan Jett Hits SeaWorld With a Cease-and-Desist Order

Joan Jett loves rock ‘n’ roll—but she doesn’t love SeaWorld’s use of her song to promote orca abuse.

Captive Orca

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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