I'm sure many of you have heard of PETA before, either in the newspaper, on TV, or in a tabloid magazine for pulling off some crazy stunt. But how many of you know exactly what PETA is?
PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is an organization of over one million members and supporters that was founded in 1980. They are the largest animal rights organization in the world. PETA runs on the simple guideline: that animals are not for eating, wearing, experimenting on, or entertainment. They have many different causes that span from things as large as meat house slaughtering to the indecent removal of "pests" in the home. As stated on their website, "PETA believes that animals deserve the most basic rights," just as you or I.
Most of their work is done by exposing the indecent treatment of animals in laboratories. Thanks to them, most testing facilities are no longer able to use animals as test subjects. Before PETA began in 1980, many cosmetic companies, pharmaceutical companies, and other companies used animals to test the effects of their products. They thought that since they couldn't use humans to test their products, they would use animals. PETA dedicated their time to changing people's minds and opening their eyes to the fact that animals should be spoken for and not allowed to be used in such inhuman ways.