People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is known as the largest animal rights group in the world gaining more than 3 million members and supporters since it was founded in 1980. This is an easy charity to get wrapped up in because lets be real, who doesn’t love animals? The main issues PETA focuses on are factory farming, fur farming, animal testing, and the use of animals in entertainment with many other issues it also campaigns against.
The founder, Ingrid Newkirk, has an interesting story. Newkirk was a stockbroker until she took some kittens to an animal shelter and was appalled by the conditions. She then changed careers to work as an animal-protection officer. While working there she was shocked by how her coworkers treated the animals and how little anyone cared. She met her now husband Steve Newkirk when he was a volunteer at the shelter and he joined her in creating PETA.
A major supporter of PETA is Paul McCartney. Paul has created over $1,000,000 of publicity for the cause. He is a vegetarian and even hosted and performed at the 35th anniversary of the organization in September 2015. Even more famously he hosted the “Party of the Century” for PETA in 1999 in honor of his late wife Linda. He even announced that he would boycott any involvement with charities that conduct animal experimentation. Most famously, he even dropped donations to cancer research charities after he found out they were heavily into vivisection. This was especially notable because his late wife Linda died of cancer.
Peta works through educating the public, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and most famously, protest campaigns. Although PETA can be very controversial at times, they gain the public attention they desire and accomplish a lot of good. Even if you’re not full blown vegetarian you cant help but get caught up in PETA and its research into what happens behind the scenes to the animals you love.