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  • Jul
  • 15

PC for ‘Pets’

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Oops! Excuse me—companion animals. Words can be weapons. The words we choose and how we use them underline or undermine our arguments for the rights of animals. Never say “it” when referring to an animal. Always use “his” or “her,” even if you aren’t sure of gender. After all, you can’t always lift up the […]

  • Mar
  • 13

Evolution of an Advocate

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In 1988, I was flipping through a newspaper (this was in the days before the Internet) and saw a full-page PETA ad with a photo of a monkey in a vivisection restraining chair. At that time, I had never really thought about animal experimentation. Had I been asked about it, I would have considered it […]

  • Jan
  • 16

Honor MLK by fighting all discrimination

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu recently made a compelling case for including animals on our moral radar. In the foreword to a new book about animal rights, he writes: “I have spent my life fighting discrimination and injustice, whether the victims are blacks, women, or gays and lesbians. … I have seen […]

  • Aug
  • 19

Creative Ways to ‘Mainstream’ an Animal Rights Message

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Frank Cullen

I cringe when I see demonstrators snarling—unless they’re screaming “God Hates Fags” or “Obama Is a Communist.” Then I’m delighted to see them sabotage their message with angry, thoughtless actions and words. I’ve done a bit of demonstrating myself, from civil-rights marches to Occupy Wall Street, and even donned animal masks for PETA demos at […]

  • Jun
  • 28

Be an A+ Advocate at Any Age

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PETA’s A-Team (short for “Action Team,” of course) has taken a page from two of the most popular books that nearly every successful businessperson has read—The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey and How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie—and written our own influential new advocacy guide, “Effective […]

  • Feb
  • 13

Speciesism and Social Justice

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It’s common to see comparisons where an animal’s intelligence is measured against that of a human. To some, the nonhuman animal’s own, innate intelligence and sentience is not sufficient and is considered only relevant as it compares to our own. Quite the self-preservation strategy for humans, isn’t it? Would we as a species ever really […]

  • Sep
  • 28

PETA’s Position on Sustainable Meat

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PETA has pushed hard over the years to reduce the sum total of suffering in the meat, dairy, and egg businesses, because to reduce suffering makes a whale of a difference if you are a pig or chicken on a factory farm, and we’ve stopped protests outside, say, Burger King or McDonald’s, when they’ve agreed […]

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