PETA asks British royals to change plans

CALGARY, Alberta, July 3 (UPI) -- Animal rights activists are urging Prince William and his wife Kate to cancel their upcoming visit to the Calgary Stampede in Canada.
Animal Hoarding beyond ‘cat ladies’

Animal Hoarding beyond ‘cat ladies’

CHICAGO, March 13 (UPI) -- Earlier this month authorities found the mummified body of a woman in a clutter-filled St. Louis home.

PETA wants animal-fighting books removed

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. animal-rights group has written Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos, urging him to remove books on dog and cockfighting from the online store.

Louisville denies PETA's chicken statue

LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 27 (UPI) -- An animal rights group, denied a Kentucky city's permit to display a statue of a bloody, crippled chicken, has filed an appeal, court records show.
Anderson's PETA ad banned in Montreal

Anderson's PETA ad banned in Montreal

MONTREAL, July 16 (UPI) -- Pamela Anderson flew to Montreal, Canada, for the unveiling of her new animal rights ad, but Canadian officials banned the "sexist" campaign.

PETA offers to rebuild Jesus statue

MONROE, Ohio, June 22 (UPI) -- A prominent animal rights group has offered to rebuild a lightning-struck 62-foot-tall Jesus statue in Ohio with a new vegan message.

Pregnant orcas spark PETA protest

ORLANDO, Fla., May 30 (UPI) -- Holiday crowds were met by animal rights protesters outside the gates of SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., which has two pregnant whales.
A dog owners' nightmare

A dog owners' nightmare

CHICAGO, May 23 (UPI) -- Your dog biting a child is a nightmare scenario for pet owners, especially if it is one of the so-called bully breeds: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers or bulldogs.

PETA claims octopuses served alive

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- A prominent U.S. animal rights group is accusing two New York restaurants of using live octopus in their san-nakji dishes.

PETA urges Atlanta to ban horse carriages

ATLANTA, April 21 (UPI) -- Atlanta should join Paris and London in banning horse-drawn carriages from city streets, an animal-rights group said.
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an American animal rights organization based in Norfolk, Virginia, and led by Ingrid Newkirk, its international president. A non-profit corporation with 300 employees and two million members and supporters, it claims to be the largest animal rights group in the world. Its slogan is "animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment."[1] Founded in March 1980 by Newkirk and fellow animal rights activist Alex Pacheco, the organization first caught the public's attention in the summer of 1981 during what became known as the Silver Spring monkeys case, a widely publicized dispute about experiments conducted on 17 macaque monkeys inside the Institute of Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, Maryland. The case lasted ten years, involved the only police raid on an animal laboratory in the United States, triggered an amendment in 1985 to that country's Animal Welfare Act, and established PETA as an internationally known organization.[2] Since then, in its campaigns and undercover investigations, it has focused on four core issues—opposition to factory farming, fur farming, animal testing, and animals in entertainment—though it also campaigns against fishing, the killing of animals regarded as pests, the keeping of chained backyard dogs, cock fighting, dog fighting, and bullfighting.[3] The group has been the focus of criticism from inside and outside the animal rights movement. Newkirk and Pacheco are seen as the leading exporters of animal rights to the more traditional animal protection groups in the United States, but sections of the movement nevertheless say PETA is not radical enough—law professor Gary Francione calls them the new welfarists, arguing that their work with industries to achieve reform makes them an animal welfare, not an animal rights, group.[4] Newkirk told Salon in 2001 that PETA works toward the ideal, but tries in the meantime to provide carrot-and-stick incentives.[5] There has also been criticism from feminists within the movement about the use of scantily clad women in PETA's anti-fur campaigns, and criticism in general that the group's media stunts trivialize animal rights. Newkirk's view is that PETA has a duty to be "press sluts".[6] Outside the movement, the confrontational nature of PETA's campaigns has caused concern, as has the estimated 85% of animals it euthanizes.[7] PETA was further criticized in 2005 by United States Senator Jim Inhofe for having given grants several years earlier to Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF) activists, two groups that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified as agents of domestic terrorism.[8] PETA responded that it has no involvement in ALF or ELF actions and does not support violence, though Newkirk has elsewhere made clear that she supports the removal of animals from laboratories and other facilities, including as a result of illegal direct action.[9]

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