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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 5 million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. PETA staffers have had their articles and opinion pieces published in everything from BUST magazine to The Wall Street Journal, and several staffers post pieces to OpEdNews.com using this account.
Zoos' dirty little secret
The public killing of the 18-month-old giraffe Marius at the Copenhagen Zoo should be a wake-up call: Zoos are businesses whose "merchandise" is living, feeling animals, and unwanted animals are routinely unloaded in unsavory ways.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013(1 comments)
There's no call for cruelty in Christmas
Santa belongs at the mall. Reindeer do not. Help make the holidays brighter for animals by refusing to patronize reindeer photo ops, horse-drawn carriage rides and "living" Nativity scenes.
"Saving" Animals at Any Cost Can Be a Dangerous Proposition
Making animal shelters "no-kill" is certainly a worthy goal. But halting euthanasia at shelters before reducing the number of animals who are born creates more problems than it solves and leaves many animals to suffer a fate far worse than a painless death.
A 'snip' in time saves felines
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month--the perfect time to save a life by adopting a cat from an animal shelter or reputable breed-rescue group. But if we want to one day celebrate "There Are No More Shelter Cats in Need of Adoption" Month, spaying and neutering are the keys.
Thursday, May 9, 2013(1 comments)
On Mother's Day, don't forget animal moms
Some of the best mothers in the world are found in the animal kingdom, yet few animal moms on today's farms are ever allowed to nurture their babies as nature intended. This Mother's Day, honor all mothers " with a vegan celebration.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Vegan is the 'new green' for Earth Day
Planting trees and cleaning up rivers won't mean much in the long run if we continue to trash the planet with our meat habit. To truly "go green," we must start with what's on our plates.
Crufts: Making dogs suffer for 'beauty'
Dog shows such as Westminster and Crufts put dogs at risk. Dog breeders routinely use inbreeding and genetic manipulation to achieve certain "desirable" traits, and as a result, as many as one in four purebred dogs is plagued with a serious genetic health problem.
Saturday, March 9, 2013(2 comments)
A mouse is not a man--or a tool
A new study has found that decades of burn, sepsis and trauma experiments on mice have led nowhere. It's time to switch to sophisticated human-focused research that will help people rather than waste resources and needlessly harm animals.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
In the year of the snake, shed your skins
Every year, millions of snakes, lizards, crocodiles and alligators are violently killed for their skins. You can help snakes and other reptiles in the Year of the Snake and beyond by not wearing them.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013(1 comments)
For chained dogs, it's a long, cold, lonely winter
Hidden out of sight in the backyard, many chained dogs go without proper food and water, shelter and veterinary care, and they suffer through all weather extremes. If there are chained dogs in your neighborhood, please encourage their guardians to take them inside, where they can be a part of the family.
Monday, January 28, 2013(1 comments)
Cherokee's Trail of Tears Continues
A recent PETA undercover investigation documented systemic neglect, deprivation, and abuse of bears at the Chief Saunooke Bear Park in Cherokee, North Carolina. Animal-friendly tourists should steer clear of such roadside zoos.
There is good reason to be optimistic about 2013
As we head into the new year, let's reflect upon some of the things that made 2012 memorable for animals--and remember that we can continue to push for progress by taking simple steps such as buying cruelty-free products, choosing meatless meals, and wearing animal-friendly fashions.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
'No-kill' is no solution to animal homelessness
Every caring person wants to end the need for euthanasia of homeless dogs and cats. But the only real and humane way for communities to become no-kill is to first become no-birth--by passing mandatory spay/neuter legislation and by outlawing the unregulated breeding and sale of animals by breeders, pet shops and puppy mills.
Friday, December 14, 2012(2 comments)
It doesn't take a wise man or woman to see that Christmas is anything but merry for animals used in live nativity displays. We can spread goodwill by keeping animals in our thoughts and prayers--not in our mangers.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
As autumn sets in, be nice to mice
If there's a mouse in your house, don't turn to poisons or glue traps. Keep rodents away with humane mouse-proofing techniques such as sealing up cracks in walls and storing food in chew-proof containers.
Thursday, October 18, 2012(2 comments)
Eat Vegan To Beat Breast Cancer--Doctor's Orders
Does the nation seem to have a pink tint to it these days? It's not your vision--it's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But when it comes to winning the war on breast cancer, eating "green"--in other words, eating vegan foods--is more effective than buying pink.
Don't let the drought dry up your wallet--go vegan
Thanks to this summer's drought conditions, meat-eaters can expect to see a spike in prices in the coming months. If you're concerned about your grocery bills--or your health--now would be a good time to go vegan.
Thursday, August 16, 2012(1 comments)
A parked car is no place for kids or animals
No one--including kids, cats, dogs or any other living being--should ever be left alone in a car, especially in warm weather. Dogs trapped inside parked cars can succumb to heatstroke within minutes.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Consumers can convince companies to do the right thing
While some companies are selling animals out for a market share in China, where cruel and deadly animal tests are required by the government, consumers don't have to backslide with them. We can still choose to purchase products from the more than 1,300 companies that are committed to being cruelty-free.
Friday, June 15, 2012(1 comments)
Fight cancer with food
When it comes to beating cancer and other diseases, an ounce of prevention (switching to a healthy, humane vegan diet) is worth a pound of cure (surgery, radiation and chemotherapy).
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The drug days of summer horse racing
Thoroughbred I'll Have Another would seem to be in an exalted position as the Belmont Stakes approaches--but even horses at the top of the racing world are at constant risk. I'll Have Another's trainer, Doug O'Neill, has a long rap sheet of drugging violations, and his horses break down or show signs of injury at more than twice the national rate.
Friday, June 1, 2012(3 comments)
Zoos: Don't 'get the party started'
It's bad enough that animals in zoos are confined to small enclosures and prevented from doing most of the things that are natural and important to them. Now they are also being used as party props.
Friday, May 25, 2012(1 comments)
Time to ban foie gras
Starting July 1, it will be illegal to sell foie gras in California. It should be illegal everywhere.
Saturday, May 19, 2012(1 comments)
Pigeons: Racing to the death
A recently completed PETA investigation of pigeon racing spanning many states found rampant suffering, deaths of birds and illegal interstate gambling. This cruel "sport" is driven by money, but it's the pigeons who pay the ultimate price.
Friday, April 27, 2012(1 comments)
Spring: The saddest season for animal shelters
When the weather warms up, homeless kittens and puppies pour into animal shelters across the country. We need to stop overpopulation at its source--by spaying and neutering animals to prevent more unwanted animals from being born.
Dairy farm abuses hard to swallow
From birth to slaughter, cows on dairy farms are treated like milk machines, not living beings. If you don't want to cause animals undue suffering, perhaps it is time to switch to almond milk and soy cheese.
Thursday, March 8, 2012(1 comments)
The Iditarod: 1,150 miserable miles
USA Today columnist Jon Saraceno has called the Iditarod a "sick marathon " carried out on the backs of defenseless animals." People who care about dogs should condemn this cruel event.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Civil Rights Fopr Orcas?- PETA Takes Sea World To Court!
Last week, five captive orcas were represented in a U.S. federal court in a lawsuit filed against SeaWorld seeking to establish that the animals deserved protection under the Constitution's 13th Amendment, which prohibits slavery. There is no question that SeaWorld enslaves animals.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Federal snake ban lacks bite
A recent federal ban that stops imports and interstate commerce in four species of snakes doesn't go far enough. No one "needs" a pet python or anaconda. For the animals' sake--and ours--it's time to outlaw ownership of exotic pets.
Monday, January 30, 2012
The military abuse video you haven't heard about
In 2008, a scandalous video emerged of a U.S. marine throwing a puppy off a cliff. Now there is a video of a soldier repeatedly beating a sheep with a baseball bat. Whether the abuser is a military service member or a regular Joe, cruelty to animals must be taken seriously, for everyone's safety.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012(2 comments)
A resolution for cat people
When cats are allowed outside unattended, they may come back injured, or not come back at all. They can be exposed to fatal illnesses, hit by cars, attacked by dogs or abused by cruel people. Keep your cats safe this year--by keeping them inside.
Saturday, January 7, 2012(1 comments)
2011: A surprisingly good year for animals
In 2011, we saw bullhooks banned, elephant exhibits closed, animal testing halted, and fur given the cold shoulder. We can keep the momentum going by resolving to make animal-friendly choices in the coming year.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
They kill horses, don't they?
Congress recently paved the way for horses to be slaughtered for meat in the U.S. If eating horse flesh appalls you, so should the industries that provide the bodies.
Thursday, December 8, 2011(1 comments)
Season's eatings: How to avoid the holiday spread
The average person consumes an extra 600 calories per day between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Stick with good-for-you meat- and dairy-free holiday treats, and you won't need to ask Santa for a bigger belt.
The meat industry endangers motorists and animals alike
Every year, scenes of slaughter play out along our highways and rural roads as trucks carrying farmed animals to their fate overturn. The meat industry must act to prevent these wrecks--for the sake of both animals and motorists alike.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Fall's Hottest Trend? Hint: It's Not Fur
While some designers' fall collections look as if they were conceived in a taxidermist's basement, designers who still use real fur are out of touch with today's fashion-forward consumers.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
'Pinkwashing' has me seeing red
Does the nation seem to have a pink tint to it these days? It's not your vision--it's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But when it comes to winning the war on breast cancer, eating "green" is more effective than buying pink.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
This October, 'fall' for a dog from a shelter
October is "Adopt a Shelter Dog" Month, and if you're ready to commit to caring for a canine companion, there is no better place to find your new best friend than a shelter or rescue group.
Saturday, October 8, 2011(1 comments)
Racing young horses at reckless speeds needs to stop
Thoroughbred auction companies recklessly endanger--and even kill--very young, inexperienced horses by forcing them to sprint at top speeds in shows for potential buyers. This abusive practice needs to stop.
Can your dog or cat count on you if disaster strikes?
Whether you live in a hurricane zone, near a fault line, in Tornado Alley or somewhere in between, disasters can strike anytime and anywhere. Help keep your loved ones safe by making emergency plans now to protect all the members of your family--including your animals.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
This Labor Day, remember animal shelters' unsung heroes
This Labor Day weekend, please give a thought to the brave people who pour their hearts and souls into helping animals at open-admission shelters. We can all make shelter workers' lives a little bit easier by having our animal companions spayed and neutered and always adopting homeless animals, rather than buying animals from breeders or pet stores.
Friday, August 19, 2011(1 comments)
These tourist traps are the pits
If you're on the road this summer and pass a roadside zoo, please keep on driving. These cruel operations stay in business only because people patronize them.
Thursday, August 11, 2011(5 comments)
Shocking: These collars hurt dogs
A man in Wales--where the use of shock collars is illegal--was recently fined for putting a shock collar on his collie. These cruel devices should be banned in the U.S. too.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011(1 comments)
Squash your carbon footprint: Go vegan
According to a new report, if every American stopped eating meat and cheese for one day a week, it would be the same as if we collectively drove 91 billion fewer miles a year. Imagine the result if we all went vegan.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Why aren't there more felony indictments for lab animal abusers?
In July, a grand jury indicted four individuals who worked at Professional Laboratory and Research Services on 14 felony cruelty-to-animals charges. This should be a trend: If someone hits, kicks, throws or neglects animals, it should be a crime, wherever it happens.
Thursday, July 21, 2011(1 comments)
Canines and hot cars: a deadly combination
During warm weather, even dogs who are left in a car in the shade can quickly succumb to heatstroke, and many animals suffer horrifying deaths after being left in a car unattended. Please keep your dog safe--leave him at home.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Jellyfish--swimmers' new BFFs?
Research shows that jellyfish, lobsters and other sea animals are far more complex than we ever imagined. Perhaps it's time to leave these animals off our plates.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
America the meatless--we're one step closer
More than any other city in the U.S., Aspen, Colo., has embraced Meatless Mondays. For our own health and the health of the planet, the rest of us should follow Aspen's lead.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Lions and tigers and E. coli
Some state and county fair organizers continue to fall back on stale old midway displays such as tiger cub photo booths, pig races and petting zoos. For the sake of the animals as well as children--who are put in harm's way by such displays--parents should avoid cruel animal attractions.
Friday, June 17, 2011(2 comments)
Fight cancer with your fork
According to the World Health Organization, up to 40 percent of all cancers are preventable. Eliminating animal products from our diets and replacing them with wholesome vegetarian foods will help protect our health rather than harm it.
Friday, June 10, 2011(2 comments)
Adopt, don't shop, for your four-legged friend
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, and it's the perfect time to save a life by adopting a cat (or two) from an animal shelter or reputable breed-rescue group. Whether you have your heart set on a regal Persian or a sassy tabby, animal shelters are overflowing with cats of every stripe.