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'''People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals''' (PETA) is a radical [[animal rights]] organization dedicated to promoting [[vegetarianism]] and awareness of animal rights. It was founded in 1981 by Ingrid Newkirk.
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'''People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals''' ('''PETA''') is an [[animal rights]] organization dedicated to promoting [[vegetarianism]] and awareness of animal rights. It focuses on what it calls the four main areas of animal suffering ([[factory farms]], [[animal testing]], [[clothing]] trade, and the [[entertainment]] industry), as well as other individual issues<ref name="petafaq">''PeTA's Mission Statement'' [http://www.peta.org/about/]</ref>. It was founded in 1981 by Ingrid Newkirk.
  
Over the years, PETA has done a lot of ridiculous animal-rights activities, especially comparing [[Jewish]] ritual slaughter to the [[Holocaust]]. This has led some prominent Jewish leaders to label this "chutzpah".
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==Activism==
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PETA achieves its goals through "public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns,"<ref name="petafaq" /> but they are best known for their provacative advertising and protests. For example, they often use nude women to protest the wearing of fur.<ref>''PETA: Dominique Swain is a Class Act for Animals'', [http://www.peta.org/feat/swain/] (contains risque image)</ref> They have also had controversial public education campaigns, including comparing [[Jewish]] ritual slaughter to the [[Holocaust]].  
  
A lot of prominent celebrities support PETA, such as [[Richard Gere]], [[Alec Baldwin]], [[Paul McCartney]], and [[Russel Simmons]].
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Many prominent celebrities support PETA, such as [[Richard Gere]], [[Alec Baldwin]], [[Paul McCartney]], and [[Russel Simmons]].
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==Controversy==
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PETA receives criticism from many different groups, including researchers, consumer advocates and others who claim that PETA's goals are not animal rights, but [[animal liberation]],<ref name="acmain">ActivistCash.com [http://www.activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/oid/21]</ref> which would mean no meat, dairy, hunting, fishing, circus animals, aquariums, or even pets.
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Critics also chastise PETA for some of its methods of action, including stalking, attacking and harassing those in the food or medical research industries<ref name="acmain" /> and supporting violent animal rights and environmental groups such as the [[Earth Liberation Front]] and the [[Animal Liberation Front]]<ref>ActivistCash.com [http://www.activistcash.com/organization_blackeye.cfm/oid/21]</ref>. There are even accusations that PETA kills more animals than they help, possibly thousands per year.<ref>PetaKillsAnimals.com, ''PETA's Dirty Secret'' [http://www.petakillsanimals.com/petaKillsAnimals.cfm]</ref>
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==External Links==
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*PETA Website [http://www.peta.org]
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*Center for Consumer Freedom [http://www.consumerfreedom.com/issuepage.cfm/topic/8], a consumer advocate group
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*[http://www.activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/oid/21 ActivistCash.com]
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*[http://www.consumerfreedom.com PetaKillsAnimals.com]
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==References==
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Revision as of 18:56, 29 July 2007

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an animal rights organization dedicated to promoting vegetarianism and awareness of animal rights. It focuses on what it calls the four main areas of animal suffering (factory farms, animal testing, clothing trade, and the entertainment industry), as well as other individual issues[1]. It was founded in 1981 by Ingrid Newkirk.

Activism

PETA achieves its goals through "public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns,"[1] but they are best known for their provacative advertising and protests. For example, they often use nude women to protest the wearing of fur.[2] They have also had controversial public education campaigns, including comparing Jewish ritual slaughter to the Holocaust.

Many prominent celebrities support PETA, such as Richard Gere, Alec Baldwin, Paul McCartney, and Russel Simmons.

Controversy

PETA receives criticism from many different groups, including researchers, consumer advocates and others who claim that PETA's goals are not animal rights, but animal liberation,[3] which would mean no meat, dairy, hunting, fishing, circus animals, aquariums, or even pets.

Critics also chastise PETA for some of its methods of action, including stalking, attacking and harassing those in the food or medical research industries[3] and supporting violent animal rights and environmental groups such as the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front[4]. There are even accusations that PETA kills more animals than they help, possibly thousands per year.[5]

External Links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 PeTA's Mission Statement [1]
  2. PETA: Dominique Swain is a Class Act for Animals, [2] (contains risque image)
  3. 3.0 3.1 ActivistCash.com [3]
  4. ActivistCash.com [4]
  5. PetaKillsAnimals.com, PETA's Dirty Secret [5]