PHOTOS: PETA Takes On Texas A&M, the NRA, Coca-Cola, and Others

Published by Danny Prater.

As the weather starts to heat up, PETA is bringing the fire. We’re keeping pressure on those who harm and exploit animals and heading out into communities across the country to spread awareness of the issues. Our eye-catching protests, cutting-edge technological experiences, and unwavering members set PETA apart, making us the largest and most effective animal rights organization in the world. Below, you can see some of what we’ve been up to recently and discover how you can join these inspiring activists the next time that animals in your local area need help.

PETA Members Stare Down the NRA

Holding signs proclaiming, “Stop Gun Violence,” these PETA members stood outside the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, demanding an end to the use of firearms against all living, feeling beings—including nonhuman animals.

peta members stare down the NRA

Our Handmaid’s Tale–Inspired Protest Links Speciesism and Sexism

Wearing cow masks and signature red capes from The Handmaid’s Tale, six impossible-to-ignore PETA supporters in Cambridge, Massachusetts—the setting of Margaret Atwood’s best-selling book and TV show—took a powerful stand for cows who suffer on dairy farms.

PETA's Handmaid's Tale protest included robed cows

We Crash Texas A&M’s Graduation

As veterinary medicine graduates attended Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) recent commencement ceremony, PETA held a nearby protest with signs proclaiming, “Dogs Are Suffering at TAMU.” The protesters called on the school to stop cruel muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments, for which dogs are deliberately bred to develop a crippling and painful form of canine MD that leaves them struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe.

PETA protesting at Texas A&M's graduation ceremony 2018

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Activists Show Their Stripes When UniverSoul Circus Comes to Town

In Richmond, Virginia, compassionate people—including PETA’s bodypainted “zebra”—lined up outside venues hosting UniverSoul Circus shows to protest the use of animals for entertainment.

peta protest in richmond VA against universoul circus

And when UniverSoul rolled into Charlotte, North Carolina, PETA’s bodypainted “tiger” was already there, informing the public about the ways in which animals suffer when used in circus shows. UniverSoul is known for having some of the best human talent around, and the circus needs to recognize the change in public opinion and eliminate animal acts immediately.

UniverSoul Circus protest in Charlotte, NC (2018)

You can help: Urge UniverSoul Circus to end all cruel animal acts.

Our International Campaign Against Cruelly Produced Ejiao Hits Vancouver

These Canadian activists took to a Vancouver market to inform the public about the ways in which donkeys are suffering and dying on Chinese farms before their skin is boiled down to make gelatin for ejiao—a traditional “medicine.”

PETA ejiao protest outside a market in Vancouver

Protesters Urge Jack Daniel’s to Send Its Iditarod Sponsorship Up in Smoke

With a giant, “flaming” bottle prop at their sides, these PETA supporters stood outside the Louisville, Kentucky, headquarters of the parent company of Jack Daniel’s to keep pressure on the distillery to end its sponsorship of the cruel and deadly Iditarod dog race.

peta jack daniels protest 2018

A ‘Dog Graveyard’ Haunts Coca-Cola’s Annual Meeting

Outside Coca-Cola’s annual meeting, PETA members—dressed in black—called on the company to end its sponsorship of the Iditarod by creating a somber memorial for some of the more than 150 dogs who have died during the race’s history. So far, more than 150,000 people have contacted the beverage company to demand an end to its sponsorship of the Iditarod. Join them.

PETA protests Coca Cola's sponsorship of the Iditarod

PETA’s Virtual Reality Experiences Open Eyes (and Minds)

In San Diego and San Antonio, our moving “I, Orca” virtual reality experience—in which participants can seemingly swim freely with other orcas and learn about the tragedy of a mother who lost her baby to SeaWorld—showed hundreds the suffering and anguish that animals trapped at SeaWorld parks feel.

in san diego, people use PETA's iOrca virtual reality experience

Community Outreach: Helping People Go Vegan and Learn About Animal Rights

PETA’s nationwide network of staffers and volunteers love heading out to events in their local communities to hand out free literature and inform the public about all things animal rights. Crowds funneled through PETA booths at events from coast to coast as people grabbed vegan starter kits, and got in line to pose with PETA mascot Chris P. Carrot.

PETA's booth at VegFestLA 2018


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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