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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.

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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 31, 2010
Dolphins in tanks: Cruel confinement Removing dolphins from their natural habitat and communities to display them as attractions at theme parks and resort hotels is a reprehensible practice that has brought a great deal of trauma and tragedy to hundreds of these intelligent animals. It's time for a permanent ban on cruel dolphin displays.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 24, 2010
Don't turn your back on feral cats An estimated 70 million feral cats are roaming America's back yards and back streets. Feral cat colonies don't spring out of nowhere--they are the direct result of irresponsible people who abandon or allow their unaltered cats to roam outside.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 25, 2010
Protecting animals protects everyone Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals rarely stop there--many of them move on to their fellow humans. For everyone's safety, state lawmakers should consider establishing online registries for convicted animal abusers.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 26, 2011
What a horrific cruelty case can teach us Animal abusers are cowards who take their issues out on "easy victims"--and their targets often include their fellow humans. Reporting people who hurt animals doesn't only protect animals. It makes the entire community safer.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 22, 2009
4-H: Cruel to animals and kids What does it say about society's mindset when children are encouraged to participate in a program that ultimately means the death of an animal they've befriended and whose trust they actively courted? 4-H programs teach the wrong lessons about animals—and they should have no place in our schools.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 9, 2011
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 16, 2009
If chimpanzees could talk, what would they say? The U.S. is the only country in the world that continues large-scale use of chimpanzees in experiments. It's time to stop viewing our closest living relatives as little more than test tubes with fur.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 4, 2010
Stop carping: Fish farms are the real problem Half of the fish consumed worldwide now comes from fish farms. As the saga of the Asian carp shows, we'd be better off if we left fish off our plates.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 25, 2013
News flash: Vegetarians live longer than meat-eaters If you're searching for the Fountain of Youth, you may want to start by looking at what's on your plate. According to a new study, vegetarians live longer.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 26, 2010
Temple Grandin: Helping the animals we can't save While we at PETA would prefer that no animals be killed for food, we won't ignore the horrors of factory farms and slaughterhouses just because we wish that they didn't exist.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 18, 2010
Animal tests: A choice we can't live with Congress and the EPA are considering reforming the laws that regulate toxic chemicals. Any update of these laws must include measures to ensure that only the most modern, non-animal testing methods are used
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Animal tests are today's Tuskegee experiments History will look back on humans' violent exploitation of animals in laboratories as a grave moral misstep. High-tech, reliable, and relevant non-animal testing methods exist, and more are waiting to be developed, limited only by our ingenuity.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 28, 2009
Slaughterhouses: Where racehorses go to 'retire' Every year, hundreds of thoroughbreds from the U.S. are sold to stables in Japan. Many of these horses will eventually end up in Japanese slaughterhouses, where they will be killed, cut apart, and turned into dog food.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Exotic pets must be outlawed Thousands of people all over the country have been bitten, mauled and killed by exotic pets. Keeping tigers, monkeys, pythons and other dangerous animals in our homes is like lighting a fuse and pretending it won't go off.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 11, 2011
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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 20, 2011
Bullfighting: The end is in sight Spain's national television network recently banned bullfighting from the country's airwaves, deeming it harmful for children to watch. The only thing keeping the fights alive and the bulls dying are tourists. If you travel abroad, never patronize a bullfight.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 4, 2009
Zoos: Boredom behind bars We punish criminals in our society by taking away their freedom. Yet animals in zoos, who have committed no crimes, are also denied all of their most basic needs, including the opportunity to move about and roam freely, forage, explore, play, and socialize with other animals.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 22, 2009
Looking at the World Through a Fly's Eye What do chimpanzees, dolphins, crabs, and even flies have in common? They all have talents-and feelings-that humans are often completely unaware of. PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk makes the case for recognizing and embracing the bonds we share with animals-and acting on them.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 25, 2011
Declawing: Taking a hatchet to a cat's nail According to a new AP poll, 55 percent of cat guardians think it's OK to declaw cats. Perhaps they don't realize that declawing is a painful and permanently crippling procedure and that humane options exist.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 3, 2010
SeaWorld: Empty the tanks More than 20 orcas have died in U.S. SeaWorld facilities since 1986--and none of them died of old age. As you make your summer vacation plans, please leave cruel marine mammal theme parks off the list.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 10, 2009
In a fog? It could be the fish None of us would dream of drinking water tainted by sewage, pesticides, heavy metals and other contaminants, yet we'll happily eat fish who are pulled from this toxic brew. A new study, which found mercury in every single fish tested from streams across the country, provides one more reason to leave fish off our plates.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 31, 2009
Saving the planet one meal at a time There is no such thing as a meat-eating environmentalist. Whether you do it for the planet, your own health, or for the sake of animals, you have the power to change the world, simply by changing what's on your plate.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 1, 2010
Has your meat been molested? PETA's undercover investigations of factory farms and slaughterhouses have revealed a shocking form of cruelty: the sexual abuse of animals by some workers at facilities where animals are bred, raised and slaughtered. The only way that anyone can be sure that they're not supporting these heinous acts is to go vegan.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 7, 2008
Life's no Disney movie for pet-store 'Rhinos' Rhino, the pint-size hamster sidekick in Disney's new movie, Bolt, is getting the big-screen star treatment, but his real-life cousins are all too often treated like trash. All those "Rhinos" you see for sale in pet shops come from massive breeding warehouses, where small animals live in deplorable conditions and routinely go without fresh food, clean water or veterinary care.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 11, 2009
For Kids' Health, Ronald McDonald and Joe Camel Deserve Bans The children who eat chicken nuggets and pepperoni pizza today will likely grow up to be the obese adults and heart patients of tomorrow. Encouraging kids to eat nutritious vegetarian foods instead will give them the fuel they need to be healthy and active now—and help protect them from many debilitating diseases as they grow older.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 25, 2010
Fall fashion's hottest trend: Faux fur This season, designers and retailers from Anna Sui to Uniqlo are selling faux-fur bags, faux-fur jackets and other faux-fur creations. For the sake of animals suffering in crowded wire-mesh cages on fur farms, this is one trend that we should all embrace.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 22, 2010
P&G Helps Animals in Oil Spills, Harms Animals in Laboratories P&G might be providing a new dawn to animals affected in oil spills, but not for the countless animals who are suffering and dying in their laboratories.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 16, 2009
No sure bet for thoroughbred horses While on-track breakdowns are dramatic, racehorses are much more likely to meet a different end. The horses who will be revered, praised and wagered on during this year's Triple Crown races may very well end up in a slaughterhouse.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 3, 2010
Tax dollars thrown away on pointless animal experiments Wasteful and cruel addiction experiments on animals are being conducted all over the country--and taxpayers are footing the bill for many of them. Federal tax dollars would be much better spent funding cash-strapped addiction treatment centers and studying drug addictions in humans in a clinical setting.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 12, 2011
Cruelty is never just a game Google's KG Dogfighting app trivializes the horrendous suffering that animals endure at the hands of dogfighters. The company should pull this ill-conceived app: There is no excuse for trying to pass off animal abuse as "entertainment."
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 16, 2011
Are we supporting violence in God's name? When we sit down to eat, we can support the misery and violence of factory farms and slaughterhouses or we can make choices that support mercy and compassion. The decision should be an easy one for us.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 7, 2009
Leading Alzheimer's researcher: Animal experiments will not help humans A recent Pew Research Center poll found that 43 percent of adults—and nearly 60 percent of those under 30—oppose the use of animals in experiments. A top Alzheimer's researcher explains why we would all be better off if animal experimenters stopped subjecting animals to painful and deadly experiments that are irrelevant to humans.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 21, 2011
For good bone health, break your dairy addiction People who consume cow's milk, cheese, meat and other animal products tend to lose calcium from their bones surprisingly fast--because animal protein leaches this important nutrient from the body. If you want to build strong bones, dumping dairy products is a good place to start.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 12, 2010
It's up to us to stop puppy mills Most puppies and kittens who are sold at pet stores come from mass-breeding facilities where animals are kept in tiny, feces-caked cages and are never given any love, attention or even a chance to roll in the grass. We can put puppy mills out of business by never buying animals from pet stores.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 14, 2012
Stop the dolphin slaughter--stay away from marine-mammal parks If you don't support the slaughter of dolphins in the wild, then don't buy a ticket to a marine theme park or "swim-with" program. These industries are inextricably linked.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 31, 2010
Downsize yourself in 2011: Go vegan Every year after the holidays, millions of people resolve to lose weight, only to see their resolve stall in the McDonald's drive-through weeks later. This year, keep your resolution--not with fad diets or "miracle weight-loss pills," but by making the switch to a healthy vegan lifestyle.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 17, 2011
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Don't just buy pink this month--eat green too A never-ending barrage of pink products hits the market every year around October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wearing pink is a good way to raise awareness about breast cancer, but eating a "green" vegan diet is an effective way to actually prevent and combat the disease.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 9, 2011
PETA plan would spare thousands of thoroughbreds from slaughter As the Kentucky Derby fast approaches, PETA is calling on the Jockey Club to adopt the group's new Thoroughbred 360 Lifecycle Fund, which would provide funds for the humane retirement of racehorses who are now sent to slaughter. More than 10,000 U.S. thoroughbred horses end up slaughtered for meat every year.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Jellyfish invasion a sign of trouble to come Jellyfish invasion a sign of trouble to come
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 30, 2009
Cruelty on the midway Big-cat photo ops, petting zoos, pony turnstiles and elephant and camel rides are staples on the state and county fair circuit. But for the animals used in these cruel displays, life is anything but fun and games.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 6, 2010
Dog trainer wanted: Control freaks need not apply Training a dog requires practice, patience and positive reinforcement. The "p" that doesn't belong is punishment.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 27, 2012
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 13, 2009
Oh, Canada: Stop the shameful seal slaughter As you read this, tens of thousands of seals are being clubbed and shot for their fur in Canada. Killing animals for something as selfish as fur can never be justified-but the very least that we can do is end the sickening spectacle of the seal slaughter once and for all.
(39 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 7, 2010
Get hooked on compassion--not fishing It's time to stop pretending that fishing is an acceptable pastime. Fish are intelligent animals who form complex social relationships, have impressive long-term memories, and use tools. And they feel pain, as all animals do.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 15, 2012
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).
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 19, 2011
Hoarders hurt animals Animal hoarders--once described as "collectors" whose good intentions had gone awry--are now recognized as individuals whose mental illness or compulsion can cause criminal behavior with horrific consequences. If you suspect animals are being neglected or abused by their caretakers, please contact local authorities.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 4, 2009
Cruelty in the classroom October is national "Cut Out Dissection" Month. There are far better ways to teach biology than by killing animals, damaging the environment, and giving students a lesson in insensitivity.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Animals don't make war--and shouldn't be treated as the enemy At 17 military bases across the country, medics are being forced to maim and kill goats and pigs in cruel and outdated trauma-training exercises. Our troops deserve the very best, so why is the military still stabbing, burning and shooting animals when it could be using the very latest equipment to train medics to save soldiers' lives?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 14, 2010
KFC's 'pink buckets' are a recipe for cancer Studies have long shown that eating meat--including chicken--can increase your cancer risk. So why is KFC peddling "Buckets for the Cure"?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 4, 2011
Foie gras a faux pas Foie gras production involves force-feeding ducks and geese until their livers balloon to the size of a small football. It's time to ban this epicurean atrocity.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 31, 2010
Modern tests spare animals from oil leak fallout The EPA is using efficient and effective non-animal testing methods to study the endocrine effects of chemical dispersants that could be used to clean up oil in the Gulf of Mexico. As this urgent situation highlights, we can no longer afford to rely on crude and cruel animal toxicity tests that date back to the 1930s and take years to provide answers.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 8, 2011
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 8, 2011
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 9, 2011
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 9, 2010
Food inspectors failing the public--and animals Animals on factory farms live mired in their own waste and are slaughtered on killing floors that are contaminated with feces, vomit and other bodily fluids. When government food inspectors--pressured by supervisors--turn a blind eye to these filthy conditions, it's little wonder that tainted meat enters the food supply.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 7, 2012
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 22, 2011
Why PETA is ready to go all the way for animals PETA's job is to make the animal rights message impossible to forget. That's why we're launching a PETA.xxx website this fall.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 3, 2011
Iditarod suffering begins even before the starting line More than half the dogs who start the Iditarod don't make it across the finish line, and 81 percent of those who do finish suffer lung damage, according to a report published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. It's time for this cruel event to end.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Antibiotic-free or not, meat should be off hospital menus Hospitals across the country are starting to buy only antibiotic-free meats in an effort to improve the quality of the food that they serve to patients. This begs the question, "Why are hospitals serving meat in the first place?"
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 6, 2009
Pork for Dinner? In a Pig's Eye A new study provides more insight into the intelligence of pigs—and raises questions about the intelligence and thoughtfulness of the humans who eat them.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 19, 2009
Giving farmed-animal abusers their due Recent convictions in two separate cases have let the meat industry and its employees know that the courts won't tolerate animal abuse-and given the public yet another reason to go vegetarian.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 11, 2010
Greyhounds: Racing to the grave Officials in Florida recently discovered the bodies of 37 dead and decomposing dogs at a greyhound racing track. People who care about dogs should stay away from greyhound tracks and betting parlors until this ruthless industry is shut down.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 5, 2010
A fate worse than death Tilikum, the killer whale who attacked and killed SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, is now confined to a solid-sided concrete pool that measures just 36 feet long and 25 feet wide--barely bigger than his own body. It's time for SeaWorld to "Free Tilly."
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 30, 2009
How the 'Obama puppy' can help end animal homelessness It won't happen overnight, but if we vow always to do two simple things-adopt animals from shelters or rescue groups rather than buy them from breeders or pet shops and get our animals spayed or neutered-then together, yes, we can end animal homelessness once and for all.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 21, 2009
In hard times, make a real fashion statement: Don't wear fur Cruelty is never in style. But now more than ever, as more and more fashionistas are becoming "recessionistas," fur is as conspicuously out of place as a bailed-out banker's private jet.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 8, 2011
All bears in zoos are Knut Just weeks after the highly publicized death of Knut, the polar bear at the Berlin Zoo, another animal at the same zoo, a six-year-old elephant, has died. It's time to stop confining animals to cages for our entertainment.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 19, 2012
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 15, 2011
New dietary guidelines are 'fishy' The latest incarnation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which was recently released, includes a recommendation to eat more fish. Here's why you shouldn't.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 13, 2011
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 25, 2012
Time to ban foie gras Starting July 1, it will be illegal to sell foie gras in California. It should be illegal everywhere.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 31, 2010
Animal suffering in laboratories: A failure to care A new study shows that mice--like other animals--grimace when they are in pain. Yet mice and rats are still used and killed by the tens of millions in U.S. laboratories every year--denied even the minimal coverage of the only federal law offering any sort of protection to animals in laboratories.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 22, 2010
You can't be a meat-eating environmentalist Saving the planet starts with what you put on your plate. Celebrate Earth Day every day--and at every meal--by going vegan.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 17, 2011
Resolve to change a chained dog's life Cold weather means extra hardship for "backyard" dogs, who can suffer from frostbite, exposure and dehydration when water sources freeze. This January, "Unchain a Dog Month," PETA is encouraging people to allow their best friends inside, where they will be safest and happiest.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 18, 2011
Drivers, beware: Deer-car collisions increase during hunting season Hunters like to say that killing deer is the only way to prevent traffic collisions with them. So why are the opening day and opening Saturday of deer hunting season "two of the most dangerous days to drive"?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 10, 2011
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 25, 2009
New investigation reveals dairy's dark side From birth to death, animals on today's factory farms are treated like nothing more than machines. Cows on dairy farms are no exception—as PETA's latest undercover investigation reveals.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 7, 2010
SeaWorld: A world of suffering The death of the SeaWorld trainer following the attack by a killer whale is a tragedy that didn't have to happen. For years, PETA has been calling on SeaWorld to stop confining oceangoing mammals to an enclosure that to them is like a bathtub--and to stop forcing the animals to perform silly tricks over and over again.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 20, 2010
If dinner is still twitching, don't eat it Showing cruelty of gastronomical proportions, some restaurants are now chopping up and serving live octopuses, lobsters and other sea animals to their customers. But consuming live animals doesn't just push the boundaries of good taste: It's animal abuse.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 4, 2009
Declare dog Independence Day From Chesapeake Bay retrievers to Boston terriers to Alaskan malamutes, millions of dogs in the U.S. live their entire lives in chains. This Fourth of July, before we slice the watermelon and light the sparklers, let's make it a true Independence Day for everyone-by urging friends and neighbors to unchain their dogs.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 13, 2010
Give fur the cold shoulder Fashion guru Tim Gunn says, "Wearing fur is like wearing a big sign reading, 'I'm in favor of inflicting cruelty and pain on animals as a fashion statement.'" Surely the frigid temperatures haven't left you that frosty.
SHARE More Sharing        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) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 3, 2009
The season's best look: faux fur Most people wouldn't dream of wearing a coat made from the skins of 120 dead minks, but what about fur trim? Even a little bit of fur adds up to a lot of suffering for rabbits and other animals on fur farms.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 8, 2009
Humans are responsible for swine flu Factory farms are breeding grounds for life-threatening conditions, including swine flu, avian flu, E. coli infection and others. If we don't want pigs, chickens and cows to be our downfall-either through animalborne illnesses or through heart disease or cancer-it's time to reevaluate the way we eat.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 6, 2012
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 18, 2011
Why I won't watch Westminster A Scottish deerhound won this year's Westminster Dog Show--and we can only guess how many people who watched the televised event decided that they absolutely must have a dog exactly like "Hickory." You're better off turning off the TV--and adopting a mutt from your local animal shelter.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 19, 2010
Racing dogs to death Dogs die every year in Alaska's grueling Iditarod race. It's time to relegate the Iditarod to the history books.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 8, 2012
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 29, 2009
Is there an upside to the capsizing economy? According to food writer Giles Coren, using foie gras is "a lazy way for a half-competent chef to make his food seem flash." If there's one bright spot in the current recession, it's that foodies are beginning to give up this cruel and selfish indulgence.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 14, 2009
Don't get squeezed on your next flight With the news that airline passengers with "extra baggage" may have to pay for two seats, here's a simple way for frequent flyers to shed pounds and avoid paying extra airfare: Go vegetarian.
SHARE More Sharing        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) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 19, 2011
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 13, 2010
NASA's cruel monkey experiments should be grounded For many people, NASA represents cutting-edge science and grandiose achievements such as sending a human to the moon. Unfortunately, future NASA projects are not so inspiring: The agency plans to irradiate squirrel monkeys and force them to endure years of laboratory experiments to measure the inevitable devastation that the radiation causes to their brains and bodies.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 31, 2011
Why I 'pied' a government official During Canada's annual seal slaughter, tens of thousands of baby seals are shot or bludgeoned with clubs, hooked in the eye or cheek and skinned, sometimes while the animals are still conscious. It's time for Canada to end this cruel and senseless spectacle.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Exotic 'pets': suffering for sale Every year, countless people succumb to the temptation to purchase "exotic" animals such as monkeys, pythons, macaws-even tigers, lions and bears-to keep as "pets." All too often, they-and the animals-pay with their lives.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 22, 2009
Tormenting turkeys: Not in the holiday spirit On Thanksgiving, millions of Americans will gather around dead turkeys to give thanks for the blessings in their lives. Turkeys, of course, have nothing to be thankful for
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 24, 2011
This Thanksgiving, meet a turkey named Fern Thanksgiving is murder on turkeys. If people got a chance to know these interesting and personable birds, they'd balk at baking and eating their wings, legs and breasts.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 8, 2009
If you love your cat, keep her inside Across the country every day, companion animals are stolen for experimentation, used for target practice or bait for dogfighting and worse after being left outside alone for “just a few minutes.” Keep your feline (and canine) friends safe by keeping them indoors.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 29, 2010
Time to ban barbaric tools of the circus trade Animal handlers in circuses use whips, sharp metal bullhooks, electric shock prods and other devices to force elephants to perform. These barbaric devices can turn animals into ticking time bombs--as a recent incident at a Shrine-sponsored circus shows.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 21, 2011
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 26, 2009
The saddest show on Earth Earlier this year, PETA went undercover at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and captured Ringling workers on video as they beat and whipped elephants dozens of times. The abuse extended from Birmingham, Alabama, to Providence, Rhode Island―Ringling's venues changed, but the beatings did not.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 19, 2009
This Christmas, just say 'No' to that doggie in the window Animals who are given as holiday gifts are often discarded or given away yet again when the holiday season is over. Well-intentioned holiday shoppers who might be thinking about giving a kitten, puppy, or other animal as a gift should cross animals off their shopping lists.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 10, 2010
A proven method of 'girth control' The USDA's new dietary guidelines recommend a shift toward a "more plant-based" diet. Going vegan is the easiest, healthiest way for Americans to fight the "battle of the bulge."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 23, 2012
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 28, 2009
Meet your meat The animals on our plates were once inquisitive individuals who valued their lives, solved problems, formed friendships and experienced fear and pain-just as we do. Just ask Molly the cow.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 12, 2007
FDA Chief Should Step Down in Wake of Pet-Food Scandal
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Change everything for a chained dog January is "Unchain a Dog" Month. If you know someone with an outside dog, please urge the dog's guardian to bring his or her forgotten companion indoors to be with the rest of the family.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Iditarod Deaths Stain Race's Reputation Iditarod race is deadly to dogs
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 22, 2011
This Easter, choose eggs that are green, not mean On a typical egg farm, hens are crammed together in wire cages so small that they can't even stretch a single wing. This Easter, please choose plastic or wooden eggs for your celebration--they're just as fun for kids, and they don't harm hens.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 28, 2011
Dear Mr. President: Remember the elephants While Britain recently retired its last remaining "circus elephant," Ringling and other circuses in the U.S. continue to subject elephants to a lifetime of abuse. People who care about animals should stay away from the big top.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Is Westminster promoting doggie defects? The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and other dog shows are little more than overblown beauty pageants. But as trivial as dog shows may seem, they have serious repercussions, including the promotion of dangerous and unhealthy breeding standards that result in one out of four dogs being born with physical problems ranging from allergies to epilepsy.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 10, 2010
All bets are off: Steer clear of horse racing Every day in the U.S., three horses, on average, suffer catastrophic injuries while racing and must be euthanized. People who care about horses for horses' sake should steer clear of the upcoming Preakness and Belmont stakes.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The land of the free? Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The time has come to recognize that all oppression, prejudice, violence and cruelty are wrong and must be rejected, regardless of race, regardless of sexual orientation—and regardless of species.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 17, 2010
BP should face cruelty charges According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, almost two-thirds of Americans believe that the federal government should pursue criminal charges against BP. Cruelty to animals should be included on the list of charges that BP faces.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 4, 2010
This Easter, stick with chocolate bunnies Most rabbits who are purchased as Easter presents for kids end up dead or abandoned before their first birthday. Weeks after Easter, when "bunny fever" has subsided, many people consign now-unwanted bunnies to outdoor hutches, dump them at animal shelters or simply set them free outdoors--where they will starve or be killed by predators.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 1, 2012
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 16, 2012
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 6, 2012
Save a bundle and a bunny this Easter If your kids are begging for a bunny this Easter, stick to the kind found in toy stores--not pet stores.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 22, 2010
Not your grandmother's state fair "Green" state and county fairs--featuring everything from vegetable oil-powered cars to organic food vendors--are sprouting up all over the country. We should embrace these eco- and animal-friendly innovations and send tired animal displays, such as elephant rides, tiger photo booths and petting zoos, packing.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 18, 2008
In the New Year, let's resolve to be a little kinder toward our finned and furry friends It's time to say "out with the old and in with the new"-habits, that is. The New Year is the perfect time to make a resolution to be kinder toward our four-legged and finned friends.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 12, 2009
If activists are silenced, who speaks for the animals? Animal advocates who engage in nonviolent protests and civil disobedience are sitting in jail cells, while people who wake up every morning and go to jobs in which they torment and kill animals in laboratories continue to enjoy their freedom, paychecks, social lives and families. This should give every American pause.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 16, 2013
In 2013, let's remember: Kindness is not a finite commodity Compassion is not something that gets used up and must be doled out sparingly. Standing up for the defenseless of all species helps make the world a kinder place for us all.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 16, 2010
Help animals weather a wicked hurricane season Animals aren't any better equipped to survive natural disasters than humans are. Making emergency plans now can help all the members of our families weather the storm.

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