PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
I am a representative for PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. We are the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters (www.petafoundation.org). Ingrid E. Newkirk founded PETA in 1980, and we are dedicated to defending the rights of all animals. Since 1980, we have campaigned to establish a global society in which humans consider the needs of other living nations, in this case animals. We believe that people everywhere should try and stop animal abuse whenever and wherever they can.
We are involved in many campaigns, some of which are ‘Whose Skin Are You?’, ‘Air Cruelty’, ‘Military Trauma Training’, and ‘Kentucky Fried Cruelty’. ‘Whose Skin Are You?’ focuses on all of the animals that are killed for the clothing industry. ‘Air Cruelty’ focuses on the many animals that are transported to the US and then later tormented in experiments. ‘Military Trauma Training’ focuses on the animals that are used by the military for trauma and chemical casualty training exercises every year. ‘Kentucky Fried Cruelty’ focuses on the thousands of chickens that are tortured and killed for KFC’s restaurants. There are four areas where animals suffer the greatest and for long periods of time, which are on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. We focus on these four areas the most. The factory farming industry strives for maximize output while minimizing costs-always at the animals' expense (www.peta.org, 2013). Thousands of animals are crammed into dirty confined cages, and many get sick and die. Egg-industry expert Bernard Rollins writes, "chickens are cheap; cages are expensive." (www.peta.org, 2013). When they have grown large enough, they have their throats slit, often while they are still conscious, and many remain conscious when they are plunged into the hot water of the defeathering...
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