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Running Head: FALSE FACE OF PETA 1 The False Face of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Javier Santiago Embry-Riddle University
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FALSE FACE OF PETA 2 The False Face of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Like many special interest groups that concern themselves with animal welfare, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) garnered supporters from all over the globe with their outcries of livestock abuse in the food industry, liberation of animals used for chemical testing, and the care of neglected pets in their shelters. Little do most people know that this so called animal welfare organization is actually thriving for animal liberation. PETA is an organization that made the unethical decision to trick its supporters into believing they were supporting animal welfare instead of the radical idea of animal liberation. On the outside, PETA has made some strides in animal welfare, but in the last 10 years PETA has had many unethical and horrifying secrets revealed that would frighten supporters. Though some of these secrets can be refuted by PETA, the sad revelation of the mass euthanizations over the last 10 years has come to light and challenges PETA’s wholesome image. PETA was founded by England’s Ingrid Newkirk. She made her way into animal welfare by first becoming an animal-protection officer and later the head of the animal-disease-control division of D.C.’s Commission on Public Health. During her time at animal shelters, she would note animal abuse that was taking place. Instead of trying to change policies, she instead decided to take it upon herself to kill the animals to end their suffering. These actions foreshadowed what type of organization PETA would become. PETA would first come into public view in 1981 when photographs from an undercover PETA agent showing animal cruelty surfaced at the Institute of Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, Maryland. These photographs were passed to the police, who raided the lab and arrested the researcher in charge. This event resulted in a ten- year battle for custody of the animals, which transformed PETA into a national, then
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FALSE FACE OF PETA 3 international, movement. By 1991, it recruited 350,000 members, a paid staff of over 100, and an annual budget of over $7 million (Carlson, 1991). After the Silver Spring monkey case in 1981, PETA received numerous donations from supporters. The donations were being used for animal abuse cases in various areas of animal labor. In 2015, PETA claims to have made $43,532,264 in just contributions alone. On the outside, PETA preaches veganism and animal welfare. Most supporters believe that PETA is a credible organization in the animal welfare community and volunteer their time to PETA’s cause.
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  • Summer '15
  • AARONGIVAN
  • Animal Rights, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Animal Liberation Front, false face

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