Is PETA extremist? Learn more about our mission

What’s so extreme about People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) US, the world’s largest animal rights organization? Perhaps our size and success in campaigning for animals.

PETA Entities have over 9 million members and supporters worldwide and operate on the simple principle that animals are not ours to experiment with, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or otherwise abuse. PETA USA educates policy makers and the public about animal abuse and encourages the treatment of animals with kindness – there’s nothing extreme about that.

PETA invited members of Congress, their staffs and the public to celebrate 25 years of vegan progress with a giant vegetarian barbecue in Washington, D.C.

PETA is working to dismantle specist systems that support the belief that all other animal species are inferior to humans. Many people who derive pleasure or profit from animal exploitation feel threatened by our animal protection work and, since they cannot justify their own actions, they spread false and misleading information about us in a sad attempt to discredit our work or paint PETA. as an extremist.

PETA is an advocacy organization that educates the public about the horrors of animal suffering through entirely peaceful means – unlike our adversaries, we do not commit acts of violence against anyone, human or non-human. We strive to end cruelty to animals through news gathering and investigative reporting, brochures, billboards, letters, advertisements, articles, peaceful protests, litigation, humane education in schools and provocative campaigns.

Joe's Stone Crab feels pinched by live dismemberment

In Miami, Joe’s Stone Crab protesters urged diners to keep the animals off their plates after a PETA video showed workers ripping the claws out of live crabs for the restaurant’s supplier. act at PETA.org/Crabs.

PETA Opposes Extremely Cruel and Unnecessary Animal Experiments

Right now, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, monkeys, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked up in desolate cages in labs across the United States. They waste away in pain, suffer from loneliness and yearn to be free from experimentation. Instead, all they can do is sit back and wait for the next terrifying and painful procedure. After enduring a lifetime of pain, frustration and fear, almost all will be killed.

PETA is at the forefront of ending this abuse. Our dedicated team of scientists and other staff work full time to expose the cruelty and scientific failures of animal experimentation to ensure their imminent end.

UMass Marmoset protest with Casey Affleck

PETA works with members of Congress at replace the use of animals in laboratorieslaunches hard-hitting eyewitness talks and public campaigns that have been pivotal in shifting public opinion against animal testing, and persuades big business, government agencies and universities to abandon testing on animals in favor of modern, efficient and animal-free methods.

PETA has a problem with the extreme impact of using animals for food

Is PETA extreme to point out that more than 29 million cows suffer and die in Meat and dairy industries each year? Or for noting that in the United States only, approximately 9 billion chickens are killed for their flesh and 305 million hens are used for their eggs each year? Did you know that more fish are killed each year for food than all other animals combined, because tens of billions of fish and shellfish are slaughtered each year?

Raising animals for food requires massive amounts of resources. Two-thirds of all farmland in the United States is used to raise animals for food or to grow grain to feed them. Chickens, pigs, cows and other animals are the nation’s top water consumers: a single pig consumes 21 gallons of drinking water a day, while a cow on a dairy farm drinks up to 50 gallons per day. Farms produce billions of pounds of manure a day, which ends up in lakes, rivers and even drinking water.

A bubble bath on the sidewalk?  It's PETA's protest for World Water Day!

In West Palm Beach, Florida, a PETA supporter informed passers-by about the amount of water used to produce steaks and slices of cheese, and said the solution was to go vegan.

There is no nutritional need for humans to eat an animal product. All of our dietary needs, even in infants and children, are best met on a meatless diet. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics notes that eating plant-based foods reduces the risk of many chronic degenerative diseases and conditions, including heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. .

PETA thinks that if you become a vegetarian for animals, the environment or your health, you have the power to change the world, simply by changing what’s on your plate.

PETA exposes the suffering of animals used for clothing

Every year, billions of animals suffer and die for clothing and accessories. Cows and other animals are killed and skinned to make leather, birds are restrained while handfuls of feathers are plucked from their sensitive skin, and small animals like minks and foxes are caged for life before to be killed for their fur. Sheep are often beaten and mutilated by workers who steal their wool and skin to make sheep. Sounds pretty extreme, right?

caged mink on fur farms could cause the next global pandemic

Thankfully, wearing animal-derived materials is on its way to becoming a thing of the past, thanks to PETA.

Our dedicated supporters spoke out against the systemic cruelty inherent in the leather, oldest boy, down, cashmere, exotic-skins, mohairand fur trades. Investigations by PETA US and other PETA entities in these industries have repeatedly revealed widespread and relentless animal abuse. Our ads and protests against these bloody industries are famous for shocking audiences, turning heads and triggering action. We also work with companies behind the scenes to convince the biggest names in fashion to Ditch clothing and accessories made from animals.

At 21st century, vegan fashion is booming. Clothing and accessories made from hemp, bamboo, Tencel, organic cotton and other animal-free materials are now commonplace. They can also be made from innovative and sustainable materials such as cork, mushrooms, pineapple leaves, apple peels, other fruit waste or recycled plastics.

With so many different materials to choose from, no one has an excuse to hurt or kill animals for clothing.

End the exploitation of animals for entertainment

PETA US is committed to removing animals from the entertainment industry.

Our dedicated staff members work full time to expose and end animal abuse in the entertainment industry, and their work pays off.

In addition to completing the cruelty of the circusPETA does the following:

PETA’s Work for Dogs, Cats, and Other Animals Injured in the Pet Trade

PETA and our millions of members and supporters around the world know that our animal companions are members of the family – they are unique, feeling individuals with their own personalities, wants and needs. That’s why we take a multi-faceted approach to helping animals frequently victimized by the pet trade, working behind the scenes with businesses and law enforcement to make the world a better place for animals every day.

PETA’s hard-hitting campaigns and revealing investigations reaching tens of millions of people each year, revealing that dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, fish and other pets need the help and support of compassionate and caring humans like you. Our ads, articles and bold protests have opened eyes to the horrors animals endure in farms, pet stores and squalid backyards, and the public can’t help but notice.

These actions have helped prevent the birth of hundreds of thousands of animals in a world already full to bursting with unwanted and homeless animals.

PETA’s campaign and hard work to end cruel dog shackling has seen community after community restrict or prohibit the practice. And our compelling celebrity announcements informed millions people about the pet homelessness crisis and how we can work together to end it.

Elena Delle Donne PETA Publicity

Brian Cox in PETA commercial


Animal abusers are terrified of extreme progress made by PETA, and they try every trick in the book to undermine our work. It’s a measure of our effectiveness that they feel so threatened by our accomplishments, which only inspires us to work even harder for the animals. We will always vigorously defend animals and do everything possible to end speciesism.

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