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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with 6.5 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.
(1 comments) Thursday, February 27, 2014 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.
(1 comments) Tuesday, December 17, 2013 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.
(2 comments) Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Would you give your right arm (or leg) for a steak?
Studies have shown that eating a low-fat, high-fiber, plant-based diet can help control--and even prevent--diabetes. This November, National Diabetes Month, is the perfect time to go vegan.
(1 comments) Saturday, September 7, 2013 "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.
(1 comments) Thursday, June 6, 2013 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.
(1 comments) Thursday, May 9, 2013 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.
(6 comments) Friday, April 19, 2013 Think your animals are safe in your backyard? Think again
Every day, countless animals are used for target practice, stolen for experimentation, used as bait for dogfighting and worse after being left outside alone for "just a few minutes." Protect your animals: Keep them indoors.
(1 comments) Sunday, March 10, 2013 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.
(2 comments) Saturday, March 9, 2013 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.
(1 comments) Tuesday, February 5, 2013 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.
(1 comments) Monday, January 28, 2013 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.
Saturday, January 5, 2013 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.
(2 comments) Friday, December 14, 2012 Not-so-merry mangers
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.
(2 comments) Thursday, October 18, 2012 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.