Critical Analysis of PETA Web Site

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The mission statement of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is "We are an animal rights organization and our mission statement is that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment." (PETA Mission). From viewing the web site, I find the organization's principle mission is to make sure that all animals are treated justly, fairly, and respectfully. That is, that they are not abused, mistreated, or in danger of any cruelty. According to PETA, animals have rights, too, just as humans do. It is my objective to find out if the PETA web site is a helpful site to use for research and analysis material on animal rights.

The name, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, certainly demonstrates they are concerned for animals rights. It is clear the mission of the organization is to prevent animal cruelty in every aspect, from raising animals for food, to how these animals are slaughtered and processed for human consumption, to helping animals suffering and dying in laboratories, on factory farms, in the fur industry, in circuses, and in other forms of entertainment.

They live by The Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which is the federal law that governs the humane care, handling, treatment, and transportation of animals used in laboratories. (PETA The Animal). The organization searches to see if neglect or cruelty is present.

The name of the organization does not imply that it is a government agency, nor does the web site address, However, it does seem to receive a lot of support from celebrities. They use many high profile celebrity names, such as Sir Paul McCartney, Bea Arthur, and Sally Struthers.

As a result of searching the PETA web site, I observed some methods the organization uses to gain...