Information for Activists and Novices
Just to get you started . . .
This is probably the biggest contribution you can make to combat animal cruelty and death. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, approximately 72-billion land animals worldwide are slaughtered for human consumption every year. This does not take into account fish and sea life. Animals used for food suffer from start to finish, from the castration of male animals and repeated rape of female animals, to the deprivation of transport and horrors of slaughter. Make no mistake, cruelty is not an anomaly here or there; it is built into the animal agriculture system.
Animals Used in Research and Education
Vivisection (experimentation on live animals) is unimaginably cruel. Adding insult to injury, it is also unnecessary and often leads researchers in the wrong direction. In the case of drug testing, animal models are no more predictive than flipping a coin, meaning dangerous medications are approved, while potentially valuable treatments never make it beyond the first step. Sadly, scientists don't seem to care, as medical journals are filled with redundant research. Please educate yourself and others, using these sites for the facts.
Cruelty Free International (formerly BUAV)
Dissection is a heartless, outdated mode of teaching science. It is wasteful and environmentally damaging, and considering the range of superior alternatives, its continued practice is unjustifiable. If you need help for your child, teacher, or yourself, look into these resources. In addition to detailed information, there are sources for borrowing or purchasing alternatives.
PCRM (advanced medical, veterinary, and trauma training)
Big corporations (like Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson, L'Oreal) continue to torture animals for household and personal care products. (You can learn about these tests on the websites under the Vivisection heading above.) But, the tide has turned. A variety of excellent companies either no longer use animal testing, or they never did. They are also easy to come by and affordable. No more searching obscure websites or taking out a loan just to put on make-up!
You will find lists on the following sites:
This site gives information on what "cruelty-free" entails and why we strive for it. It includes links to citations, and lists of companies.
Reference Sources and Media
Animal Legal Center (laws and cases)
Animal Protection Laws of States (as of 2019)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (animal ag data)
Faunalytics (research on animal issues)
Humane Scorecard (how your legislators voted)
Sentience Institute (research on animal issues)
VegFund (resources and assistance for activists)
Photo and Video Collections
PETA Photo Gallery:Companion Animals
Animals Used in Fashion
Animals Used in Entertainment
SHARK (rodeos, pigeon shoots, other blood sports)
Animal Rights Information
Basic Animal Rights Information
For further study: Tom Regan
Animal Rights and Religion
Many people struggle with the accepted teachings of their faith pertaining to non-human species, while others use the Bible (and other sacred texts) to defend their mistreatment of animals. The following are some good resources to help demystify the issue.
The Link - Animal Abuse and Human Violence
Juvenile Justice Bulletin
Here are some good organizations and webpages for information on a variety of pet issues. A few of these are pages on unrelated company websites, so please keep in mind we are not promoting the products or services. We are also opposed to the breeding and selling of animals, and any suggestion otherwise is contrary to the basic animal rights philosophy. We are simply providing access to helpful animal care information.
(There are more companion animal resources on our Live Cruelty-Free page.)
MoneyGeek (figure the costs of a pet)
Rat Fan Club (for rat care only)
Respect For Fish (much-needed, yet rarely seen, info on fish)Unchain Your Dog
Disaster Preparedness Resources
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Resources
You can foster children's natural love for (and curiosity about) animals. You can also introduce them to some of the realities of society's treatment of animals without traumatizing them. These websites were created for just such purposes.
Animal Facts (interesting facts about practically every animal there is)
Animalearn Student Centers (age-appropriate dissection info, from elementary to post-grad)
TeachKind (for parents and teachers)Vegetarian Resource Group (veg nutrition and meal planning for kids and teens)