PETA has been protecting animalkind for more than 40 years, and we vigorously continued that tradition in 2022. The year was filled with history-making rescues, hard-earned victories, and landmark legal progress for animals—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are a few highlights from PETA’s 2022 Annual Review to give you an idea of just how much we’ve accomplished together!
We Let the Dogs Out
PETA’s groundbreaking undercover investigation blew the lid off heartbreaking neglect found throughout a massive beagle-breeding facility in Cumberland, Virginia—and our relentless work led to the liberation of 4,000 beagles, who were finally given a chance at adoption.
The University of Washington Is Ordered to Make a Hefty ‘Donation’ to PETA
Hiding the truth about monkey torture comes at a cost—the University of Washington was ordered to pay PETA nearly $540,000 in fees and penalties, plus interest, in our public records lawsuit. A judge ruled that the school had failed to conduct an adequate search for records of deadly experiments on monkeys as well as records of the financial and leadership crises at its Washington National Primate Research Center and found it liable for a brazen policy of routinely destroying photos and videos.
Cruelty No Longer Flies
After more than a decade of unrelenting pressure by PETA, other PETA entities, and other activists around the world, Air France finally agreed to stop transporting monkeys to laboratories, where they’re tortured and killed in experiments. Then, after hearing from PETA, EGYPTAIR and Kenya Airways followed suit—joining more than 125 airlines that have cut ties with the forest-to-laboratory monkey abduction pipeline.
Turkey Abusers Roasted in Court After PETA Investigation
PETA captured undercover video showing that workers kicked, beat, and mock-raped turkeys on Pennsylvania farms that supply New York’s Plainville Farms, leading to 141 criminal charges—including six felonies. This is the most charges in any case of cruelty to factory-farmed animals in U.S. history.
The ‘Finished’ Line Is Closer
Millennium Hotels and Resorts will no longer sponsor Alaska’s deadly Iditarod dog-sled race, following years of protests from PETA as well as phone calls and e-mails from nearly 500,000 of our supporters. More than a dozen companies have now cut ties with the race, including the computer software company Nutanix, which dropped its sponsorship after talking with us.
Expedia Books a Trip to the Right Side of History
When Expedia Brands President Jon Gieselman was swamped with calls and messages from our supporters—after five years of meetings with and pressure from us—the online travel company finally agreed to dump SeaWorld and stopped selling tickets to abusive “swim with dolphins” attractions.
Tiger King Villain Jeff Lowe Learns That Exploitation Comes at a High Price
Jeff Lowe, a notorious animal exhibitor and Tiger King villain, was slammed with a huge bill to cover PETA’s legal fees by the judge ruling in the case of our successful Endangered Species Act lawsuit. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ordered Lowe to pay more than $183,500 in fees and costs to PETA.
PETA Secures a Happy Life for Tonka
After a federal court ordered that a chimpanzee named Tonka be transferred to an accredited sanctuary, his former owner, Tonia Haddix, claimed that he was dead. But we launched a nationwide search for him with help from actor Alan Cumming, who appeared with him in the film Buddy, and we found him confined to a cramped cell in Haddix’s basement. Tonka is now living at a beautiful, accredited Florida sanctuary, thanks to our efforts.
On the Road Again
PETA’s Mobile Clinics Division sterilized more than 12,720 cats and dogs, including nearly 700 feral cats and 1,350 pit bulls at a reduced cost or free of charge. Since the program started in 2001, our team has spayed or neutered more than 213,730 companion animals, helping to prevent the births and inevitable suffering of hundreds of thousands of animals.
The Hits Keep Coming
Our websites received more than 60 million page views in 2022—and our videos topped 650 million views! On average, PETA’s and PETA Latino’s social media posts were seen 125 million times each month. And we added more than 800 names to our list of companies that don’t test on animals, bringing the total to over 6,000. On top of all this, we secured free advertising space worth nearly $5 million.
Yes, 2022 was a great year, but our work is far from over. We’ve already got our sights set on the next big win.Help Make 2023 the Best Year for Animals Yet