PETA is one of the most well-known nonprofit organizations in the world. However, despite the fact that the organization has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some interesting facts that many people don’t know. Here MusicSnake Magazine presents a list of fifteen facts you probably didn’t know about PETA.
PETA Has an Interesting Connection to SeaWorld
In fact, the organization is part-owner of SeaWorld. It bought the minimum number of shares that allow it to submit shareholder resolutions, and since then it has submitted several resolutions in regards to the conditions in which SeaWorld keeps its Orcas and other captive animals.
It Launched the Animal Rights Movement. In another groundbreaking Supreme Court case, PETA launched the animal rights movement in 1981 when it won its case for the Silver Spring monkeys. The case was surrounding the use of animals in experiments, and the animal rights movement has been going strong ever since.
The PETA International Science Consortium, Ltd.
Some people have accused the organization of lacking scientific minds, but this is not the case at all. PETA has a team of about fifteen scientists, advisers, and consultants who work tirelessly to stop the harmful testing of animals.
The Story Behind the Largest Animal Seizure. After an undercover investigation of U.S. Global Exotics, the organization held the largest animal seizure in all of history. It seized over 26,000 animals from the company.
In Many Ways, It’s Like the U.S. Postal Service. Even when it’s raining or snowing, PETA has thousands of devoted members who are willing to protest on the organization’s behalf. Some campaigners have braved sub-zero temperatures to stand in protest of the harmful treatment of animals.
It Set the Precedent for Domain Names
In 1995, PETA was involved in a lawsuit regarding website domain trademark infringement. The case set a legal precedent and is studied in law schools all over the country today.
It’s Not Opposed to Peaceful Meetings. Though the organization has earned a reputation for being full of protesting picketers, this isn’t actually the case. Before sending protestors, the organization will send a letter requesting to meet with company executives.
Peta Is Pro-Meat – Under the Right Circumstances
It’s true! The organization supports the consumption of chicken meat that’s made in a laboratory. Scientists have been able to use groundbreaking technology to grow meat without killing animals, and PETA has nothing against this.
It Treats Celebrities With Respect. Many celebrities have taken heat from PETA about their decision to purchase and wear fur. However, the organization always sends the celebrities a polite letter to let them know they shouldn’t be wearing fur before taking any further actions.
PETA Vs. NASA
A lawsuit between the organization and NASA resulted in NASA canceling their plans to study squirrel monkeys. The study was going to cost $1.75 million and would subject the monkeys to harmful doses of radiation.
You Can Call a Rescue Worker at Any Hour of the Day. The organization has rescue workers on call 24 hours a day for emergencies. Any cases of animal cruelty or neglect can be addressed at any time of the day because of this.
It’s Changing China. In an effort to stop the Chinese government from performing animal testing, the organization has hired scientists to train Chinese government officials in how to perform non-animal testing methods. It’s had such success with the process that they have convinced big names like Urban Decay and John Paul Mitchell Systems to pull out of the Chinese market altogether.
It’s Been Fighting for Decades
PETA won the very first state Supreme Court case in 1996 that allowed people to film and publicize animal abuse. The organization’s case went to the Supreme Court after it released footage of Bobby Berosini abusing the apes he performed with.
There’s a Video Game for That. Most people aren’t aware that the organization has made video games to promote its messages. Some of the games are based on other popular video games and include names like “Super Chick Sisters” (based on Super Mario Bros.) and “Pokemon Black & Blue: Gotta Free ‘Em All.”
It’s Spayed and Neutered Over 100,000 Animals. The organization has performed thousands of low-to-no cost spay and neuter procedures since 2001. In fact, it’s performed an impressive 123,000 of them.