New Jersey Becomes First State Ever to Ban Traveling Wild-Animal Acts

With New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature, “Nosey’s Law” is officially on the books! Despite a setback for the bill under the former administration, the Garden State is now the first state ever to enact a ban on traveling wild-animal acts.

Nosey, The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary  

This monumental victory for animals comes after more than a decade of persistence by PETA activists, who worked resolutely to save the elephant whose story inspired this ban—Nosey.

Thankfully, Nosey was seized at last from her abusers after she was found chained and swaying back and forth in her own waste, suffering from urinary tract and skin infections, intestinal parasites, painful osteoarthritis, dehydration, and malnutrition. She now lives at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and will never again endure violent blows from sharp bullhooks or be forced to give rides to humans.

Nosey, The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary  

Our efforts to save Nosey inspired one of the most progressive bans on wild-animal acts to date.

Nosey’s former handler, Hugo Liebel, caused outrage in 2015 when he took her to the New Jersey State Fair. People were horrified to see this lonely, stressed, and painfully arthritic elephant plodding in circles day after day, and they called for the fair to stop the act. Raymond J. Lesniak, then a state senator, called on the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife to investigate but realized that further measures were needed. So he introduced Nosey’s Law in order to ban traveling elephant acts in the state—and the law has since been expanded to cover other wild and exotic animals as well.

Nosey’s Law overwhelmingly passed the legislature just as the 2017 session closed. But to the dismay of animal advocates everywhere, exiting Gov. Chris Christie “pocket vetoed” the bill.

Nonetheless, in 2018, Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez and Assemblymembers Raj Mukherji, Andrew Zwicker, and Jamel Holley cosponsored the bill and gave it new life. Nosey’s Law passed the state’s General Assembly with a vote of 71 to 3 and passed unanimously in the Senate.

PETA thanks the animal advocates in New Jersey for standing against the exploitation, isolation, and physical violence that so many animals still endure in the entertainment industry. New Jersey has become a model for every state to follow!

Nosey, The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary  

It’s only a matter of time before abusing animals so that they’ll perform is a thing of the past.

In 2017, both Illinois and New York banned all traveling elephant acts. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shut down. Hundreds of venues and dozens of communities across the country now prohibit wild-animal acts. The public has made it clear that it doesn’t want to see feeling, thinking, sensitive animals be bullied into performing uncomfortable and often painful tricks. But we still have work to do.

You can help animals who are beaten, electrocuted, and confined to tiny cages in the circus.

No living being exists simply to be a spectacle or to entertain humans—yet all circuses and traveling shows that use animals treat them as mere props, denying them their freedom and an adequate standard of living.

Using our action form below, please write to venues and urge them to allow any scheduled circus performances to go forward only if they do so without animal acts.

PETA President Takes On the Elephant Slave Trade

Right now, elephants in India—some with tuberculosis, most with rotted, painful feet—are being beaten with bullhooks to make them fearful, compliant, and willing to let tourists ride on their backs. They’ve been beaten badly since they were removed from their mothers and put into chains. But right now, PETA and PETA India are battling to end the elephant slave trade.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk visited Amber Fort, Jaipur, where more than 100 elephants are held captive, beaten, and forced to give rides to tourists. Many have rotted feet, some are blind in one eye, some have human-contagious tuberculosis, and all are enduring a lifetime of servitude. Wearing shackles and chains and with her hands painted blood red in protest, Newkirk sat beside two volunteers in elephant masks and described to the media what she witnessed when, just after dawn one morning, she visited the nearby elephant training center where these gentle giants are kept:

“I heard the beatings before I saw them. There was the thwack of a heavy stick against elephant hide. Then, as I rounded the corner, surprising the men, I saw them with a raised thick stick.  They threw the sticks into the bushes, but I grabbed one and put it under my coat, taking it with me when I left. One of the two elephants was small, blind in one eye—which is common—and her sides were heaving, likely from severe stress,” she said. “These poor elephants need to be freed from slavery and sent to sanctuaries where they can stay with other elephants, walk about freely without chains, and without fear. In the quest for tourists, they have been made to suffer for years.”

The documentary Gods in Shackles as well as eyewitness videos have exposed elephants being beaten and forced to work in the tourism industry. After PETA and our international affiliates presented the evidence to travel agencies, websites, and book publishers, more than 50 of them have ended promotions of captive elephant attractions, including TripAdvisor, Thomas Cook, and Gate 1 Travel. And we won’t stop until the elephant slave trade is history.

During the trip, Newkirk also spoke up for much smaller—but also abused—animals: fish.

Commercial fishing is abuse of animals on a colossal scale, cruelly killing hundreds of billions of them worldwide every year—far more than any other industry. Newkirk asked people to pause and relate to who‘s on their plate.

Please help end cruelty to animals large and small. Urge travel companies to end their promotions of elephant rides and, for your next meal, give deliciously realistic vegan seafood a try.

WATCH: Coyote Pups Are Left Motherless, Thanks to Canada Goose

Today is #CanadaGooseKillsDay, and PETA has teamed up with legendary actor Tara Strong to tell the story of Alice, a mother coyote who’s trapped and killed so that cruel Canada Goose can turn her into fur trim for its jackets.

In the video, the Canadian actor reveals the plight of coyotes who are used for the fur trim on Canada Goose’s coats:

“I’ve tried so hard to escape, but there just isn’t any way out,” she says. “I tried pulling … even gnawing off my own leg … but I couldn’t escape.”

Actual coyotes who are trapped—especially mothers who are desperate to return to their starving pups—have been known to try chewing off their own limbs in order to escape.

“And now I’m waiting … waiting for the trappers to come,” Strong continues as Alice. “To shoot me or beat me to death so that Canada Goose can skin me and sell my fur. … All I can think about is that I’ll never get to see my pups grow up.”

But it’s not just coyotes who are killed for Canada Goose coats. Video footage shows that workers at a Canada Goose down supplier rounded up terrified geese who piled on top of one another in an attempt to escape, causing suffocation and death.

Strong—who was born in Toronto—has voiced characters in The Powerpuff Girls, DC Super Hero Girls, My Little Pony, and even our “Butterball Alexa Skill” parody video. She’s part of a growing list of stars—including Maggie Q, Sarah Jeffery, and Justin Long—who have joined PETA in speaking out against Canada Goose.

Will You Speak Out, Too?

Join PETA, Strong, and countless others in demanding better from “Canada Douche.”

Click to get your hands on a #CanadaGooseKills T-shirt, “Only Assholes Wear Canada Goose” stickers, and leaflets to share information about the company!

Instead of supporting cruelty, choose from the wide variety of top brands—including HoodLamb, Save the Duck, NOIZE, Vaute, and Wuxly Movement—that sell warm and stylish coats that are 100 percent cruelty-free. Then click below to urge Canada Goose to use only vegan materials, too:

5 Times You Probably Ate Animal Rectums and Didn’t Know It

There’s a pretty good chance that you’ve eaten foods made from animal rectums recently. You might even be eating one right now. Read on to find out if your diet warrants its own Sir Mix-A-Lot song. Some of these may surprise you.

Hot Dogs and Bologna

Snoop Dogg couldn’t handle finding out how hot dogs are mizzade. Can you? The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations explains the “process” behind “processed meat products” like hot dogs and bologna: “The raw meat materials used for precooked-cooked products are lower-grade muscle trimmings, fatty tissues, head meat, animal feet, animal skin, blood, liver and other edible slaughter by-products.” OK, kids, who wants some edible slaughter byproducts?


These body parts usually come from pigs, turkeys, and chickens after the bigger cuts of meat have been removed and also include connective tissue, tails, organs, and, quite possibly, rectal tissue. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that hot dogs are made of “mechanically separated meat,” defined as a “paste-like and batter-like meat product produced by forcing bones, with attached edible tissue, through a sieve or similar device under high pressure ….” there are no laws prohibiting processing plants from using rectal tissue in processed meats. And the United Nations body that develops meat-quality standards and helps facilitate international trade lists “rectum” as an acceptable “edible meat co-product.”

The leftover body parts are heat-treated in order to soften them and kill bacteria, and the mixture is blended into what the FAO appropriately calls a meat “batter.” This is treated with salt, spices, starch, sweetener, and other additives and then pumped into casings (more on those in a minute). The FAO offers pictures of edible slaughter byproducts and meat batter on its website, if you really want to see them. (And here are some great vegan hot dogs if you don’t.)


Almost 50 percent of sausages are made from meat “batter” mixes. But even if you pay more for those that are supposedly made from more expensive animal parts, the chances are good that you’re still eating digestive tract. That’s because many sausages are held together in “natural casings.” What are natural casings, you ask? According to the FAO, they’re the “small and large intestines from sheep, goats and pigs, but also from cattle and horses.” Intestines are used as casings for frying sausages, frankfurters, hot dogs, barbecue sausages, chorizos, salamis, and more.


The FAO describes the processing steps for small intestines and provides pictures of each, including “[s]tripping out intestinal content,” “[r]emoval of ‘slime’ by using spoon,” and “[f]lushing”—which is precisely what people would do to their sausages if they knew how they were made. For an intestine-free meal, try Beyond Meat sausages, which are so good that stores are having trouble keeping them stocked.


Americans will deep-fry anything, right? Even pig anus.

The popular NPR show This American Life, reportedly following a revealing conversation with a meat-processing plant manager, first exposed that calamari served in restaurants could actually be pig rectum. The manager, the plant that he worked for, and even the company’s sales team confirmed that “pork bung,” as it’s called, was packaged and sold and they had heard of people eating it as imitation calamari.


The USDA was quick to tell This American Life, “Products we inspect … cannot purport to be a product of another species.” But as the show pointed out, “So it’s against the rules. But people break the rules. A recent study of seafood … used DNA testing and found that all across the country fish is regularly being labeled as other species in restaurants and in grocery stores. … In Miami, more than 30% of fish was being sold as something it wasn’t. In New York, the number was 39%, Boston 48%, Los Angeles—are you ready—55%. 55.”

Fraud involving seafood is commonplace. And considering that pork bung costs about half as much as squid, the claims aren’t hard to believe. Additionally, at least one Los Angeles restaurant owner reportedly admitted under oath that he was serving pig anus.

If you want something that is what it says it is (plants and seasonings), opt for vegan seafood. Or for crispy fried goodness, order vegetable tempura and sneak some more (breaded, fried, dipped in marinara) veggies into your day.

Ice Cream

If you’ve eaten strawberry, raspberry, or vanilla ice cream, the cold, sugary mass melting in your mouth might have been part beaver anal gland secretion, as reported by That’s especially likely if your frozen dessert advertised a “natural flavor” or a “natural ingredient.” Because, you know, nothing is as natural as a human eating something that came out of a beaver’s anal glands. The additive is called “castoreum” (as in “castor sacs”) and has a flavor similar to berries. It’s also often used as a “natural flavor” in gelatins, puddings, candies, gums, and baked goods. Syvinski 

To avoid consuming anal gland liquids and cow’s breast milk, try one of the many vegan ice creams offered by Ben & Jerry’s, Arctic Zero, Whole Foods Market 365, Breyers, Halo Top, and even Target.


Grossed out by all the foods made from rectums? Well, eating the body parts of dead animals is pretty disgusting. If you’re ready to quit eating flesh like the walking dead, PETA can hook you up with a free vegan starter kit.

Here’s How PETA Helps Freezing Dogs Survive the Long, Harsh Winter

The worst of winter is right around the corner, which means that the staff of PETA’s Community Animal Project (CAP) is working overtime to give neglected dogs some relief as temperatures drop.

So far, CAP has delivered over 300 doghouses to these dogs, who are treated like cheap alarm systems rather than family members. They spend their entire lives chained up with no way to escape the scorching sun, pelting rain, and freezing winds.

PETA Fieldworkers Help Dogs Survive During Frigid Winter

Tethered and trapped inside tiny outdoor cages, these neglected dogs are desperate for affection and love. 

Every day, CAP finds lonely dogs forced to live outside in filth. Many have almost nothing to protect them from the elements. These forgotten animals—who long to be part of a family—are kept outside, 24/7, in all weather extremes. As seen in our “before” and “after” shots, just a few moments of affection from our CAP team mean the world to these attention-starved dogs:

PETA Fieldworkers Help Dogs Survive During Frigid Winter PETA Fieldworkers Help Dogs Survive During Frigid Winter PETA Fieldworkers Help Dogs Survive During Frigid Winter

While PETA’s doghouses can never be a substitute for keeping dogs indoors and treating them like members of the family, which our fieldworkers always urge people to do, they can mean the difference between life and death for dogs left outside on even the coldest days.

Help a Cold, Neglected Dog Survive the Winter

PETA would not be able to help these animals—who have often been shown little kindness in their lives—if it weren’t for compassionate supporters like you.

If you’d like to help us get more doghouses to dogs in need this winter, please become an “Angels for Animals” doghouse sponsor today:

Why You Should Never Put an Animal Under Your Christmas Tree

Holiday commercials and viral videos make it seem like it must be a great idea to shove an animal wearing a big red bow under a Christmas tree while heartwarming music plays in the background. But by January, many of those “present” animals will have joined the more than 6 million who enter shelters in the U.S. every year.

Some animal shelters even get in on the craze, offering discounted or free adoptions and encouraging people to give animals away as gifts. Their intentions may be good, but they likely don’t realize that they’re exacerbating the homeless-animal crisis.

First, the holidays are the absolute worst time to bring a new animal into your home. Even normally quiet homes are often filled with people talking and laughing, kids playing with noisy new toys and games, music playing, doorbells ringing, and more. A house filled with strangers coming and going and loud noises is frightening even for the animals who already live there—and much more so for a timid newcomer. Also, during the holiday season, many things that can harm animals are often left within easy reach, including ribbons, ornaments, electrical cords, and sweets as well as other foods and drinks. And people don’t always have the time to give newly acquired animals the attention and care that they require.

Cute black and white kitten under Christmas tree with multicolored lights

When shelters offer animals up for a pittance (or for free), they devalue them and encourage impulse adoptions by eager people who haven’t considered whether they or their gift recipients are ready to invest the substantial amount of money, commitment, and care that the animals will need. And animals can be acquired as cheap gifts by people who can’t afford to care for them. After the holidays, many of these “present” animals end up back at the shelter or, worse, sentenced to a life of isolation on a chain or in an outdoor pen or dumped on the street.

  • A shelter in Fargo, North Dakota, reports that in its area, more than 700 animals are turned over to shelters right after the holidays every year.
  • An adoption group in tiny Edinburg, Texas, gets more than 400 animals. It says that the surrenders normally start with a phone call from someone saying, “I got this [animal] for Christmas…and I can’t take care of it.”
  • A humane society in Reading, Pennsylvania, says that most of its post-Christmas drop-offs are puppies and kittens. They’re dumped soon after the holiday when training them requires too much time.
  • By January 4 last year, one Georgia animal shelter was posting on Facebook begging for adopters because of the onslaught of returned dogs it was bombarded with.

But some groups and shelters are catching on and taking affirmative steps to spare animals the trauma of being adopted into a home only to be abandoned once again:

  • An Idaho shelter that sees many animals who were adopted as presents returned after the holidays every year spoke with local news media and urged people not to give animals as surprise gifts.
  • A North Carolina adoption group that had noticed that calls were starting by noon on the day after Christmas instituted a policy banning people from acquiring animals to give as gifts.
  • A facility in Mississippi started banning all adoptions between December 20 and January 1 after animals were often taken right back.
  • Many of the largest animal shelters in Germany have banned adoptions between December 15 and January, and say that anyone who doesn’t understand that, “is probably the wrong person to adopt.”

Christmas Companion Animals PSA

If your family is truly ready to commit to giving an animal a lifetime (up to 20 years) of care, which includes veterinary visits, housetraining, food and treats, toys, bedding, exercise, playtime, and anything else that’s needed, the best option is to take the entire family to the shelter when you adopt. That way, you can ensure that the animal you choose is the right fit and that everyone is ready to make the commitment. Parents need to understand that young children are ill-equipped to care for an animal properly and that adults are legally responsible for the animal’s welfare.

If you know that someone on your list is genuinely ready to adopt, prepared to commit to a lifetime of care, and actively seeking a companion animal, opt to give a shelter gift certificate to cover the cost of the adoption. That way, the recipient can choose an animal who best suits his or her lifestyle and can bring the new companion home after the holiday whirlwind dies down. Or make up a gift basket of toys, treats, bowls, leashes, and other supplies so that the recipient can decide when it’s the right time.

Pretty black cat being snuggled by PETA fieldworker

And if your local shelter is advertising reduced or free holiday adoptions to try to move animals out the door, please send it this article and urge it to reconsider.

Animals deserve better than to be dressed up in bows, shoved under a tree, and then tossed out with the wrapping paper.

Froggipedia, a Virtual-Dissection App, Is Apple’s Top iPad App of 2018

Froggipedia, a virtual-dissection app available on iTunes, has just been named Apple’s iPad App of the Year!

This is huge news for animals. Dissecting actual animals in classrooms is a cruel, archaic, and pointless method of exploring their anatomies. Frogs are taken from their natural homes, transported across long distances, and killed so that they can be used for classroom dissection. But Froggipedia’s epic popularity is proof that more and more teachers, students, and parents alike want nothing to do with cutting apart dead animals.

Froggipedia—created by Indian company Designmate—lets users virtually dissect 3D frogs. PETA is honoring Designmate with a Compassionate Company Award.

Thanks to the app, students can learn everything there is to know about these complex, sensitive animals’ organs and bodily structure without causing them any harm. Without innovative tools like Froggipedia, dead animals are brought into classrooms in pails or bags filled with chemicals, splayed open on a tray, and cut apart by impressionable and naturally compassionate students.

Dissecting animal corpses is an antiquated technique that originated during a time when humans knew very little about the insides of animals. With cutting-edge, non-animal dissection tools like Froggipedia, it’s indefensible for teachers to continue to sanction cutting open animals’ bodies.

“This app would have been a perfect substitution for an actual dissection,” said a former fifth-grade teacher of Froggipedia. “Teachers out there—load it onto a few iPads to use during stations. … Love this.”

“This needed to exist when I was young and in school! I have a 6-year-old now, and watching her eyes when she can see and interact with the frog is amazing!” gushed one Froggipedia-using parent.

If you haven’t downloaded Froggipedia to your phone or tablet, do it! Even if you’re not a student, you’ll love learning about the life cycle of frogs and the complex structure of the animals’ anatomy.

Help Us End Classroom Dissection

If you are a student, find out whether your state offers a dissection-choice policy and what recourse you have if it doesn’t. Click the buttons below to learn more and to speak out against animal dissection.

More Mohair Wins! Williams-Sonoma, zulily, Others Pledge to Save Goats

Make that 341! Retail giants Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.,  and Qurate Retail Group have banned mohair across their brands. Fast Retailing is one of the largest global apparel retailers, with brands that include Theory, Helmut Lang, and J Brand. Qurate owns QVC, HSN, zulily, Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, and Improvements, bringing the total to 341 clothing companies and retailers that have pledged to stop selling mohair after working with PETA.


It hasn’t taken long. In May, The Washington Post broke PETA Asia’s disturbing investigation of the abusive mohair industry, and companies immediately stopped sourcing the material. They now know that hair was crudely shorn off goats who were punctured with pliers and cut open during shearing and whose gaping wounds were roughly sewn up with no pain killers. After all this, the animals were barbarically slaughtered on a farm or they were electrically shocked and their throats were cut at a slaughterhouse.

Goats don’t deserve this. No one does.

Let’s make it 342. Keep telling the market that you don’t want cruelly obtained mohair: Urge Free People to join compassionate retailers around the world in banning it.

Wildfire Heroes Are All PETA’s 2018 Person of the Year

PETA is recognizing the efforts of countless fire departments, organizations, agencies, and individuals who helped rescue animals during the unprecedented 2018 California wildfires. Many lost their homes, sustained burns, and dropped everything to save the lives of humans and other animals—for those selfless actions, 2018 is dedicated to them.

PETA's 2018 Person of the YearSan Mateo Fire Department
Bernie was rescued by the San Mateo Fire Department from behind a home in Magalia. One fire fighter said, “The home and the entire neighborhood had burned to the ground. We are very fortunate Bernie survived.”


PETA’s awardees also include the numerous animal shelters that worked tirelessly to make room for companion animals and reunite them with their families.

California endured its most destructive wildfire season on record in 2018 as 7,983 wildfires charred over 1.8 million acres across the state.

PETA's 2018 Person of the Year

Sacramento Community Emergency Response Team 

The Northern California Camp fire stands as the single most deadly and destructive fire in California history, with a death toll of at least 88 humans. Meanwhile, the Woolsey fire in Southern California claimed at least three lives. We can only imagine how many animals—both wild and domesticated—were killed.

PETA is adding a leaf to our Tree of Life memorial dedicated to those who died during the California fires.

PETA's 2018 Person of the Year, Tree of Life

No matter the size of the rescue effort, PETA’s 2018 Person of the Year award is dedicated to everyone who helped save lives in California’s roaring inferno.

Click on the dropdown lists below to see the numerous entities we’ve recognized with this award, and of course, so many others deserve recognition as well:

The Camp Fire

Fire Departments and Other Agencies:

Veterinary and Animal Organizations:


The Woolsey Fire

Fire Departments, Agencies, Animal Organizations, and Individuals:

Be Ready When Disaster Strikes

Remember: The question isn’t whether a disaster will strike—it’s when. Animals must never be left behind. Just like us, our animal family members are terrified when natural disasters hit. It’s up to animals’ guardians to make sure that they’re evacuated safely. Anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons animals to fend for themselves may be prosecuted.

Another Fashion Victory! Chanel Bans Fur and Exotic Skins

Written by PETA | December 3, 2018

Breaking news! The champagne corks are popping at PETA, thanks to Chanel’s announcement that it’s kicking fur and exotic skins—including crocodile, lizard, and snake skin—to the curb. For decades, PETA has called on the brand to opt for cruelty-free fashion that no animal had to suffer and die for.

Chanel is the first luxury fashion brand to join other labels such as Ann Inc., Arcadia Group (which owns Topshop), ASOS, bebe, H&M, L Brands (which owns Victoria’s Secret), Nike, Nine West,, PUMA, and numerous others that have already banned exotic skins.

The brand also joins Armani, Coach, Donatella Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, Burberry, John Galliano, and countless others in committing to not using fur in its designs.

Tell Other Brands to Get With the Times

There’s nothing trendy about using stolen skins from tormented animals for clothing or accessories. Recent advancements in textiles have made faux fur and vegan leather nearly indistinguishable from animal pelts and skins, far more sustainable, and infinitely customizable, meaning there’s simply no reason to breed and kill animals for fashion. It’s clear that the time is now for all companies, like Louis Vuitton, to follow Chanel’s lead and move to innovative materials that spare countless animals a miserable life and a violent, painful death.

Click the button below to join PETA, Chanel, other top designers, and countless compassionate shoppers in opposing the suffering caused by the cruel exotic-skins industry: