PETA's Lifesaving Work

PETA's uncompromising stand on animal rights is what sets us apart and makes us so effective at fighting cruelty to animals. Through undercover investigations, animal rescue, demonstrations, youth outreach, and much more, we speak up for animals and uphold our mission:


Animals are not ours to eat

Animals are not ours to eat

PETA exposes the secrets guarded desperately by factory farmers—namely, that if they treated dogs the way they treat farmed animals, they would make Michael Vick look like St. Francis of Assisi.

PETA's undercover investigations revealed abuses and won the following victories:

  • On foie gras farms owned by Palmex, Inc., and Hudson Valley Foie Gras, ducks have steel tubes shoved down their throats and are force-fed huge amounts of grain until the birds' livers swell to up to 10 times their normal size. This year's additions to the list of companies that stopped serving foie gras as a result of PETA's efforts include American Airlines, Royal Caribbean Cruises' Celebrity Cruises, and Wendy's restaurants in Japan.
  • Live lobsters and crabs are ripped apart limb from limb at Linda Bean's Maine Lobster slaughterhouse. PETA is the only group that has ever gone undercover to expose the slaughter process for lobsters and crabs.

Animals are not ours to wear

Animals are not ours to wear

PETA envisions and works toward a day when only cruelty-free materials are used in the fashion industry instead of skin, wool, and feathers ripped from animals' bodies. Here are some examples of our achievements in the past year:

  • Coleman, one of the world's leading outdoor gear manufacturers, agreed never to use down again in its sleeping bags or jackets, and Sports Authority announced that its private-label products are down-free.

Animals are not ours to experiment on

Animals are not ours to wear

No one else combines scientific expertise with media savvy, grassroots activism, and mastery of social media as effectively as PETA does to replace the use of animals in laboratories. Here are some examples of our achievements in the past year:

  • Air Canada, United Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines all stopped shipping monkeys for use in experiments. Because of our efforts less than a handful of airlines still do so, and there has been a 40 percent drop in the number of monkeys imported for use in U.S. laboratories over the last five years.
  • In conjunction with PETA India, the use of animals in cosmetics testing was banned.
  • After years of campaigning, the state of Connecticut and the Baltimore school district passed dissection-choice policies that will allow students to use modern methods—such as virtual dissection software, a better teaching tool—instead of animals.

Animals are not ours to use for entertainment

Animals are not ours to use for entertainment

PETA is the foremost advocate for animals who are forced to perform in television shows, advertisements, movies, marine parks, and circuses as well as those who are condemned to lifelong captivity in zoos. Here are some examples of our achievements in the past year:

  • The Hershey Company, Pizza Factory, and Great Clips pulled their commercials featuring primates, and all three companies have promised never to use great apes in future ads.
  • We helped with the passage of ordinances that ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in Los Angeles, Calif., and Hallandale Beach, Fla.
  • Our list of advertising agencies that have pledged not to use great apes in advertising expanded to include 30 of the top 50 agencies in the U.S.

Animals are not ours to Abuse in Any Other Way

Animals are not ours to abuse in any other way

PETA's cruelty caseworkers are on call 24 hours a day to ensure that animal abusers are brought to justice and that their animal victims are rushed to safety. This year, PETA also rescued and found loving homes for numerous neglected, abandoned, or homeless dogs, cats, and other animals. Here are some examples of our achievements in the past year:

  • PETA's undercover investigation of Global Captive Breeders, LLC (GCB)—an animal breeder and dealer in Lake Elsinore, Calif.—led to the largest-ever seizure of animals in California (nearly 16,000 rats and more than 600 reptiles) and 223 felony cruelty-to-animals charges.
  • The top five self-storage companies—including Public Storage, Extra Space Storage, and U-Haul—have pledged not to use glue traps.

the next generation

The Next Generation

We are confident that not a day went by in 2013 that a young person somewhere didn't have a life-changing revelation as a result of the work of PETA's Youth Outreach Division, peta2. From giving classroom presentations in elementary and middle schools to helping college students successfully petition for more vegan options on campus, peta2 teaches hundreds of thousands of young people every year how to create a kinder world for animals. Here are some examples of our achievements in the past year:

  • Our "WTF?!" campaign has inspired more than 80,000 young people to take the "Try Vegan" pledge via their mobile phones and to subscribe to our text message tips on eating vegan.
  • Our "Glass Walls" exhibit rolled onto more than 60 college campuses this year, including Northwestern University, Arizona State University, and the University of Georgia. The attention-grabbing walk-through display—featuring a life-sized gestation crate and compelling footage of how chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows suffer before they are killed for the table—sparked enormous student interest from coast to coast.

Victories for Animals in 2013

See some of the many victories that we've won for animals—victories that wouldn't have been possible without our 3 million members and supporters, who have helped PETA's work for animal rights around the world.