Annual Review
Ingrid Newkirk

President's Message

With the help of our wonderful members and supporters, PETA made sure that 2015 was jam-packed with significant victories for animals. We won our lawsuit declaring Idaho's "ag-gag" law unconstitutional; convinced major food companies to take steps to stop dehorning calves by burning their horns out of their skull in dairy operations; persuaded thousands of college students to experience life as a chicken through our traveling virtual reality exhibit; successfully campaigned to end spinal taps and other painful and stressful procedures that were part of the National Institutes of Health's cruel psychological experiments on baby monkeys; got more companies—including the largest clothing retailer in the world—to ban angora wool; successfully pressured the University of Wisconsin to shut down its cat laboratory; facilitated a webinar series for the PETA International Science Consortium so that thousands of scientists could learn about non-animal testing methods; and dealt three huge blows to animal use in the fashion industry with exposés about dog leather, wool, and crocodile skin.

Paul McCartney

Photo courtesy of MJ Kim

Our work to free animals from abuse in circuses, in zoos, at marine parks, and on racetracks was especially fruitful this year. After massive PETA pressure, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it will end elephant acts by 2018. With the rescue of six more bears this year, we've now given a total of 41 a new lease on life by freeing them from desolate roadside zoos or decrepit backyard cages and transferring them to spacious, bucolic sanctuaries. We also helped get inhumane bullhooks and wild-animal exhibits banned in several cities and were instrumental in helping to hamper SeaWorld's plans to build new tanks in California, which it can now do only if it stops breeding orcas. On the horse-racing front, racing titan Steve Asmussen was slapped with a lawsuit by the federal government after a PETA investigation at Churchill Downs and Saratoga Race Course apparently revealed extensive labor violations, showing that Asmussen's company had about as little regard for its staff as it did for the sore, injured, overmedicated horses in its care. In September 2015, we celebrated 35 years of progress for animals at All Together Now: PETA's 35th Anniversary Party with Sir Paul McCartney. Our success in engaging the Latino community—the fastest-growing demographic in the U.S.—was evident in widespread coverage of PETA's campaigns by such top Spanish-language media outlets as CNN en Español, el Nuevo Herald, EL UNIVERSAL (Mexico's largest newspaper), La Opinión, People en Español, Telemundo, and Univision. We owe special thanks to our Vanguard Society, Augustus Club, and Investigations & Rescue Fund members for making the victories for animals on the following pages possible.

With kind regards,

Ingrid E. Newkirk
Ingrid E. Newkirk

Board of Directors and Officers
Ingrid E. Newkirk, Chair
Michael P. Rodman, Treasurer
Jeanne Roush, Secretary