Annual Review
Ingrid Newkirk

President's Message

Dear Friends,

2014 was another banner year for PETA and the animals we defend.

As described by The Saratogian’s horse-racing columnist, PETA’s first-of-its kind eyewitness investigation of horse drugging at Saratoga Race Course and Churchill Downs “exploded like a nuclear bomb in the racing community.”

In February, our mobile veterinary clinics division celebrated its 100,000th surgery.

In a major victory for baby seals—won with PETA’s help—the World Trade Organization upheld the European Union’s ban on seal fur imports, a landmark step toward protecting animals under international trade law.

The shocking footage from our wool industry exposé has been viewed 3.8 million times, and more than 65 apparel companies have begun displaying our new “PETA-Approved Vegan” logo in response to consumer demand for animal-friendly clothing!

We managed to get 18 bears who had been imprisoned in concrete pits or cells moved to beautiful sanctuaries, where they now enjoy fresh air and grass beneath their feet.

Thousands of people on three continents heard PETA’s message of compassion in person as a result of my “Naked Truth” wake-up tour. Following a speech at Harvard Law School by the PETA Foundation’s director of animal law about the cruelty of SeaWorld, the Harvard Law Record—the oldest law school newspaper in the nation—wrote: “Orca captivity is barbaric, inhuman and a gross violation of the rights of a highly intelligent and deeply feeling creature. The work of people like [the PETA Foundation’s director of animal law] makes apparent that generations to come will one day look upon such practices with eyes filled with shame and disgust.”

PETA’s strong outreach efforts among the fastest-growing demographic in the U.S.—the Latino community—reached millions. PETA Latino’s website was visited by more than 10 million people, our Spanish-language “Glass Walls” agribusiness exposé was viewed by more than 1.3 million people, PETA Latino’s Facebook page posts reached an average of 30 million people each month, and our campaign issues were covered by such top Spanish-language media outlets as the Miami newspaper el Nuevo Herald, El Universal (Mexico’s largest newspaper), People en Español, CNN en Español, Univision, Telemundo, and MundoFox.

Of course, none of this exciting progress for animals would have happened without the help of our members and supporters, for whom we are grateful every day. I wish to extend special thanks to our Vanguard Society, Augustus Club, and Investigations & Rescue Fund members. The victories for animals on the following pages are dedicated to all of you!

With kind regards,

Ingrid E. Newkirk
Ingrid E. Newkirk

Board of Directors and Officers
Ingrid E. Newkirk   |    Michael P. Rodman   |    Jeanne Roush