PETA's Vital Work

We believe that animals have an intrinsic worth of their own, quite apart from their utility to humans, and should not be treated as commodities. Therefore, PETA’s motto is “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.”

Animals are

Not Ours to Experiment on

Animals are not ours to experiment on

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PETA condemns the use of animals in laboratories, where they’re kept in barren cages, scared out of their wits, subjected to painful procedures, and denied any happiness or comfort. In 2021, we achieved these milestones:

We engaged celebrities James Cromwell, Casey Affleck, Edie Falco, and Evanna Lynch in our campaigns to expose cruel experiments on animals.

Animals are

Not Ours to Eat

Animals are not ours to eat

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PETA exposes what happens to the billions of sensitive animals who are abused and killed by the food industry every year, calls on authorities to hold abusers to account, and makes vegan eating easy and popular.

We drew massive media attention to the abuse of animals for food with the help of Casey Affleck, Alan Cumming, Enes Kanter, Carmella Rose, Courtney Stodden, Mena Suvari, Merissa Underwood (Miss Montana USA), and Heather Rae Young, among many others.

Animals are

Not Ours to Wear

Animals are not ours to wear

PETA pushes society to evolve past the use of materials derived from animals’ skin, fur, feathers, and hair, and never have more people been against wearing animals.

We thank Andrea Meza, Gillian Anderson, Anjelica Huston, Mike Ruiz, and Liz Turner, who, among others, helped us inform millions of people about the cruelty hiding in animal-derived materials.

Animals are

Not Ours to Use for Entertainment

Animals are not ours to use for entertainment

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PETA’s vigorous campaigns to end the suffering of animals used in the entertainment industry are winning landmark victories.

We thank Sofía Sisniega, Joaquin Phoenix, Liz Alexa, Sharna Burgess, Kate del Castillo, Ana María Polo, and Michelle Renaud, among others, for supporting our campaigns against the exploitation of animals for entertainment.

Animals are

Not Ours to Abuse in Any Other Way

Animals are not ours to abuse in any other way

Every year, PETA’s Emergency Response Team ensures that harmful policies are changed, abusers face legal consequences, and animals in danger are rushed to safety.

In 2021, we received more than 250 reports of cruelty every week from all over the U.S. and abroad. Victories included negotiating the surrender of multiple neglected elderly dogs in West Virginia, rescuing and fostering 16 rabbits in Seattle, and protecting wildlife by retrofitting spiked fencing, dismantling netting, and removing glue traps.

We enlisted the help of Ana Bárbara, William Valdés, Robby Anderson, Tricia Helfer, Dont’a Hightower, Leah Lewis, Cristin Milioti, Marco Antonio Regil, Daniel Suárez, Paulina Rubio, Chris Pérez, and Katee Sackhoff in our anti-cruelty campaigns.

Animal Rights:

The Next Generation

The next generation

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PETA’s youth division is the number one force galvanizing young people to reject the speciesist status quo and change the future for animals.

  • Students Opposing Speciesism (SOS) is a PETA-backed revolution led by Gen Z activists who are challenging human-supremacist norms. This year, SOS activists hosted a SeaWorld Day of Action, gathered virtually for an SOS activism retreat, launched a “Hers, Not Yours” campaign against the dairy industry, organized anti-speciesism banner drops and protests around the country, protested against Urban Outfitters brands’ sale of animal-derived materials, and started a campaign to get the entire University of California system to ban the sale of animal-derived foods in dining halls.
  • TeachKind—PETA’s humane education division—piloted a digital dissection program in the San Diego Unified School District, the second-largest school district in California. The district described using the digital dissection software as “a step towards more sustainable, humane science education.”
  • TeachKind held a virtual training for educators on our new social justice curriculum, Challenging Assumptions, which provides tips for integrating animal rights topics into the curriculum as a means of helping students challenge societal norms— like speciesism.
  • PETA Kids gave Hero to Animals Awards to five boys in Iowa who have helped more than 200 turtles cross a busy road. We also launched our PETA Kids Member Program. Children 12 and under can sign up and receive a free membership card and monthly e-mails about ways to help animals.
  • During National Dairy Month (June), PETA delivered 500 vegan ice cream snacks and copies of our “Guide to Going Vegan” to a school in Virginia. When we learned that a staff member provided students at a Bowling Green, Kentucky, school with meals from Chick-fil-A, we responded with a delivery of vegan chicken sandwiches. Our action received positive feedback from the principal, who wrote to us, “[The] kids actually really liked the vegan sandwich. Everything was great! Thanks again for reaching out and giving our students this experience.”