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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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  • 1. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
    By Nellie Onwonga
  • 2. History of PETA
    1980
    Founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pachecho
    Norfolk, Virginia
    Established and defended the rights of animals
    Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President
  • 3. History of PETA
    PETA’s first case:
    Silver Spring monkeys case:
    resulted in the first arrest and criminal conviction of an animal experimenter in the U.S. on charges of cruelty to animals
    the first confiscation of abused lab animals
    the first Supreme Court victory for animals in laboratories.
  • 4. Mission of PETA
    PETA believes that all animals deserve the most basic rights regardless of whether they are cute or useful to humans.
    PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.
  • 5. Main areas of focus
    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
    in the entertainment industry
    PETA also works on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other "pests," and the abuse of backyard dogs.
  • 6. PETA Membership
    Over 2 million members and supporters all over the world
    About 200 employees
    Raises over $30 million a year from members and supporters
  • 7. Membership services/benefits
    Members receive a free year's subscription to the magazine, Animal Times, which provides the latest news, vegetarian recipes, and tips on how to stop animal suffering in the community
    Members receive quarterly newsletters
    Members receive invitations to special PETA events
  • 8. Policy Stance: Spaying and Neutering
    Reason: to save cats and dogs from all the suffering and death that their overpopulation causes
    surgeries that can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused, or be euthanized in animal shelters for lack of a home
    PETA encourages volunteers
    to help citizens make spay
    and neuter services a reality
    for their animals and their
    communities.
  • 9. Policy Stance: Animals used for Fur
    PETA’s “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaign and the “Ink, not Mink” campaign
    These campaigns involve advertisements featuring celebrities disapproving the use of animal fur/skin