Peace and Justice
PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is an international nonprofit organization based in Norfolk, Virginia. Founded in 1980, this organization operates under the belief that ?animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. PETA educates policymakers and the public about animal abuse and promotes an understanding of the right of all animals to be treated with respect?(site). PETA believes strongly that ?animals deserve certain kinds of consideration?consideration of what is in their own best interests regardless of whether they are cute, useful to humans, or an endangered species and regardless of whether any human cares about them at all?(site). The organization recognizes that animals do not belong to humans and should not be used for food, clothing, entertainment, or experimentation.
PETA cofounder Alex Pacheco, was the first to expose the abuse of animals in experiments in 1981. These investigations led to the widely publicized Silver Springs monkeys case. The result was the first ever arrest and conviction in the United States of an animal experimenter on charges of animal cruelty. This particular case also resulted in the first confiscation of abused animals used in laboratories
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