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PETA at 30 Years, Part 1

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PETA's first undercover investigation.As PETA readies for its 30th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards, I took a few moments to reflect on the last 30 years. Wow, has it really been that long?

With the support of people like you, PETA has grown from an idea to a small group of activists in a basement to the largest animal rights organization in the world. I feel immense pride in what we have accomplished over the years for animals, thanks to the help of readers like you. The following are a few highlights from our last three decades of winning lifesaving victories for animals:

1981
PETA broke new ground with the “Silver Spring monkeys” case. The undercover investigation of a primate laboratory in Maryland resulted in the first-ever search warrant for a U.S. laboratory, the first-ever conviction of an animal experimenter on charges of animal abuse, and the first-ever suspension of federal research funds for cruelty. It also marked the first time in history that a case involving animals in laboratories was heard by the Supreme Court.

1984
PETA helped close down a Texas slaughterhouse where 30,000 horses were trucked in annually from all over the U.S. and left to starve in frozen fields without shelter.

1985

More than $1 million of federal funding was suspended for a City of Hope laboratory in California after PETA uncovered gross mistreatment of dogs and other animals at the facility.

1986

With PETA’s help, chimpanzees were freed from confinement in total isolation at SEMA, a Maryland research laboratory.

1987

Cedars-Sinai, California’s largest hospital, halted plans to ship stray dogs from Mexico to California for experiments after PETA intervened.

1988
East Carolina University ended the use of live animals in its classrooms after PETA distributed a secret video showing a classroom exercise in which an inadequately an anesthetized dog was subjected to painful surgery.

1989
PETA persuaded Avon, Benetton, Mary Kay, Amway, Kenner, Mattel, and Hasbro to stop testing on animals.

1990
As the result of PETA campaigns, cosmetics giant Estée Lauder and 40 other companies agreed to end animal testing.

1992
A PETA investigation of foie gras production led to the first-ever raid on a factory farm and convinced many restaurants to drop the cruel product from their menus.

1993
PETA convinced General Motors to stop using animals in crash tests.

1994
A furrier was charged with cruelty to animals for the first time in U.S. history after a PETA investigation revealed that he electrocuted chinchillas by clipping wires to the animals’ genitals.

1995
Mobil, Shell, Texaco, and other oil companies agreed to put caps on exhaust stacks after a PETA investigation revealed that thousands of birds and bats were burning to death.

1996
After PETA intervened, Omaha’s Boys Town National Research Hospital halted experiments in which kittens’ heads were cut open and cats were starved in deafness studies.

1997
As the result of a PETA investigation of a New Jersey testing laboratory, 40 beagles were adopted into loving homes and spared from having their legs broken in painful experiments.

1998
Taiwan passed its first-ever law against cruelty to animals after PETA documented the plight of dogs who were starved, electrocuted, drowned, and beaten to death in filthy pounds.

1999
The first-ever felony cruelty indictments against factory-farm workers were handed down following the release of PETA’s undercover investigation of a North Carolina pig farm.

Look for part 2 of PETA’s accomplishments in the next couple weeks!

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    Lisbeth Dodman says...

    August 13th, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Have people gone nuts?????!!!!!How could anybody be so mean?

    Janis says...

    August 13th, 2010, 1:14 pm

    WoooW! is so incredible…are super important achievements..is amazing :)

    Kathie says...

    August 13th, 2010, 2:15 pm

    I love PETA!

    Tucker says...

    August 13th, 2010, 3:36 pm

    WOOO~HOOO

    KEEP IT UP,AND NEVER, EVER GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I KNOW I WILL NEVER,EVER GIVE UP AND WILL ALWAYS HELP ANY,ANY ANIMAL THAT NEEDS IT IN ANY WAY ,SHAPE OR FORM THAT I CAN
    WEATHER IT’S WILD, TAME OR PET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THANK YOU PETA FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE AND CONTINUE TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lillian says...

    August 13th, 2010, 5:22 pm

    There should be laws to protect animals with punishments that match the cruelty and abuse.

    Steve says...

    August 13th, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Peta must never quit helping animals. I believe what we need is an animal lover in the White House to really help the animals.
    Unfortunately we don’t have one….

    Gabriel C. says...

    August 13th, 2010, 11:18 pm

    Although much is left to do and cruelty and sadism lurks in every corner of our Planet I have to say, Way to go PETA!
    I used to think Pornography was Bad, Smoking was Nasty and stupid, and Alcohol was terrible and destructive, Drugs were just outright wrong and sad, Then I met the places that provide us with our Meat, our Thanksgiving and Christmass Dinner and our Chicken Nuggets. Nothing sickened me more than facing the Concentration Camps, The Hell Holes and the Hades on Earth for Millions and Millions of innocent helpless Creatures.
    Then I wondered about all the unsuspecting “Good People” “Moral People” ” The Righteous and Noble People” who partake and delight in being part of this Atrocious Industry. Yes, Meat is worse than any evil you can think of on the face of the Planet, at least it is to me.

    Mitchell Anne-Marie says...

    August 14th, 2010, 12:22 am

    Peta is wonderful !

    Francien Rochon says...

    August 14th, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Thank you Peta! So many good achievements…wow I am so happy that you exist and please never ever give up on animals because you and organizations like yours are all they have…Congratulations and thank you dearly…LOVE PETA!

    Kathy Staly says...

    August 14th, 2010, 1:59 pm

    WOW! PETA rocks! I love this organization and its “go get ‘em” attitude.

    Jenna says...

    August 15th, 2010, 9:45 am

    WOW, you’s are doing such a great job, helping innocent animals everywhere. keep it up :)

    Breanna says...

    August 16th, 2010, 6:54 am

    These are AMAZING acheivements! I am so grateful to PETA and honered that I am able to make a contribution. I pray that Peta stays strong for a long time to come because the animals need them dearly. Thank you Peta for EVERYTHING you do…you are truely appreciated!

    Gretchen Lutz says...

    August 16th, 2010, 2:46 pm

    Amazing how one person’s idea can spread is it not? I believe the world and the survival of our species hinges on these values. It is an honor to be apart of this.

    On a side note……..Kudos to those of you who are vegan, I commend you all. I have only one request, that you not force your lifestyle choice on your carnivorous pets. Dogs, cats, and ferrets, to name a few, have very different digestive and nutritional needs from ours and forcing a meat free diet on these animals is not only unhealthy, it is cruel and can be painfully fatal. Our goal is cruelty free, is it not? I am no more capable of harming another creature than any of the rest of you and could not kill for my animals or feed them live bait, but they get the closest thing to it and I actually saved one of their lives because of it.

    We must be a pivotal and harmonious part of our world, not an instrument implementing control over it.

    Tanya says...

    August 18th, 2010, 11:36 am

    Thank you PETA for all you do.

    JUDITH says...

    August 19th, 2010, 11:29 pm

    I am grateful for an organization like PETA. Although there is much cruelty that still exists, I know it would be much worse if PETA wasn’t there.

    Marjorie says...

    June 12th, 2011, 9:18 am

    Thanks to PETA, I stopped eating meat last fall. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve had meat/chicken since then, and I used to have it 2x/day. I was feeling proud of myself until I did a little investigating into animal testing and research. Those animals are actually treated worse then animals slaughtered for food! We have to find a way to stop the animal experimentation. I don’t know what to do to help besides send money and pray.

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