People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA,PeTA, is a Virginia-based animal rights organization founded in 1980 by activist Ingrid Newkirk.


PETA's core functions are opposition to the use of animals for food, clothing, entertainment, and research;[1] and the promotion of a vegan lifestyle.[2] PETA's sister organization, geared toward young people, is Peta2.


PETA's tactics range from consumer activism such as boycotts,[3][4][5] to lawsuits attempting to gain Thirteenth Amendment rights for orcas.[6] They also produce artistic PSA campaigns, such as ads[7] and art demonstrations.[8]

These tactics have drawn controversy to the group. For example, an exhibit comparing animals slaughtered for food to victims of the Holocaust was condemned by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and banned in Germany as an "offense against human dignity".[citation needed] On the other end, some within the animal rights movement, such as Gary Francione, have criticized the group for not being radical enough.

PETA and furry[edit]

Real fur[edit]

In March 2009, PETA sent a letter to Anthrocon to ascertain that fursuits are not made of real fur.[9] They received a brief response from Anthrocon chair Uncle Kage, which read:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Real fur is frowned upon at all furry conventions, in the same sense that leaping in front of speeding locomotives is frowned upon at comic book conventions."[9]
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

By September of the same year, PETA learned that Further Confusion was set to allow the sale of real fur, and wrote a letter to that convention as well, urging them to disallow it.[10]

Califur 2017[edit]

See also: Califur 2017#Controversy

In 2017, PETA staged a convention near the venue of Califur.{{cb} The same year, the convention received a large amount of threats to its venue.

Though originally reported by Califur staff as being partially due to PETA,[11] The convention was unrelated to PETA's protest.[citation needed] PETA was cited as a contributing factor to Califur's increased security costs and police presence that year.[11][12]


  1. About PETA: Our Mission Statement - Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  2. Annual Review 04 - Archived February 15, 2005.
  3. "Search results for "boycott" on Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  4. Boycotts List hosted by Ethical Consumer, featuring many called by PETA. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  5. "Beauty Without Bunnies", a PETA program dedicated to boycotting cosmetic companies that allege utilize animal testing.
  6. "SeaWorld performing killer whales are slaves, group says" - David Crary, Julie Watson for NBC news. Dated October 25, 2011, Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  7. "Ads by brand: PETA" on Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  8. NYC: Drop Dead (Meat) - Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dear Furries, Please Don’t Wear Real Fur. Love, PETA - blog post by Amy Elizabeth for PETA. Dated March 21, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  10. A Flurry of (Faux?) Furries - blog post by Heather Drennan for PETA. Dated September 28, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 CaliFur Statement Regarding Threats to Venue: Expanded post to Califur blog. Archived June 26, 2017, retrieved October 18, 2018.
  12. "PLEASE NOTE: Due to PETA protest and the threat issues this year we do have full uniform LAPD on site and walking con." - Tweet by @Califur, dated May 20, 2017, retrieved October 18, 2018. Archived.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' official website
  • - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' official website (children only)

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