Animal Abuse has become a worldwide issue, which is often not acknowledged. The organization PETA (People for the Ethical treatment of Animals); founded in 1981 by Alex Pacheco and Ingrid Newkirk, has been a major force in the world of animal rights and the most successful at eliminating cruelty still to today. They’re here to provide a means of education and conservation. In this Paper I will be discussing several different sources that prove PETA is here for the better. Co-workers have put their lives in danger to go undercover and catch animal cruelty on tape, and prove that this gruesome abuse is real. PETA has made an impact on stopping the abuse of thousands of animals across the world though their efforts. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest number of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in testing laboratories, an finally in the entertainment industry. I’m proving that PETA is a great organization, because of the laws made through the efforts of PETA and how they successfully stopped the abuse of animals in most cases. Although not every case PETA comes upon can be stopped that hasn’t stop PETA from putting their lives in danger, which shows their strong dedication and passion for animals. Testing Laboratories
In testing laboratories, animals are subjected to abuse that is unimaginable to most humans. IAMS (Animal food company) uses one of the cruelest research method available for completing the simplest of tasks; by testing the digestibility of protein in their own pet food by subjecting 1-week-old baby chicks to severely growth-retarding “protein efficiency ratio” studies. Information from the book Leads in Life Sciences: Issue 27 explain “These [PER] experiments are extremely slow and give no insight into the availability of the amino acids that are responsible for growth limitation. The test may also result in strong growth retardation due to amino acid deficiencies and therefore has ethical drawbacks. Moreover, this method determines the [protein] requirements of rats and [chickens], not of humans or dogs.” “The U.S. Department of Agriculture investigated PETA's complaint and agreed that the laboratory had failed to provide veterinary care and pain relief to suffering animals, [also] failed to provide animals with adequate space, and failed to train employees; along with nearly 40 other violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. As a result Sinclair Research Center paid a penalty of $33,000 for their cruelty violations” (Animals Still Suffer at IAMS, Par.3). Two of IAMS largest competitors, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Nestlé Purina Company, felt that these experiments conducted by IAMS are completely unnecessary and unreliable. Thanks to the on-going pressure performed by PETA and compassionate people around the world (plus competitors), in 2006 IAMS has stopped using baby chicks in crude protein-digestibility experiments.
Rick Ring and Stacie Bloom both members of the PETA team, brought an issue to people’s attention that “People for the Ethical treatment of Animals [PETA] has been aggressively campaigning for animal rights since its inception in 1980, when its undercover investigation of a Maryland primate laboratory exposed numerous abuses” (Ring, Bloom, Par.1). Here monkeys would be tested upon (because they are so closely related to humans, therefore the results are similar; if not exact to humans) with the newest medication to see if it worked or not. The testing consisted of burning the monkeys, and applying the newly discovered medicine on the burn to see how fast it healed, if it heals at all. Then they would exam how the primates acted behaviorally after the surgeries; most were in an extreme psychological distress state. “Including subjecting baboons to invasive surgeries and leaving them to suffer and die in their cages without...