The Issues

Orangutan

To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. … I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.

—Mahatma Gandhi

Animals are our neighbors, our friends, and our fellow Earthlings. They are not ours to use for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, or any other purpose. Animals deserve our consideration whether or not they are cute, useful to humans, or endangered and whether or not anyone else cares about them at all. Read more about animal rights.

PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in factory farms, laboratories, the clothing trade, and the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of birds and other "pests."

PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns. Learn about ways you can help animals.