Social Awareness Paper
One of the most active groups in the support of animal right is, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, more commonly known as PETA. PETA is a non-profit corporation with 300 employees and two million members and supporters, it says it is the largest animal rights group in the world. Its slogan is "animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment." PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. Some of the ways they try and get there message out there is through public education, cruelty investigations, research, legislation, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns. Many of the campaigns have focused on large corporations. Fast food companies such as KFC, Wendy's, and Burger King have been targeted. In the animal-testing industry, PETA's consumer boycotts have focused on Avon, Benetton, Dow Chemical, General Motors, and others. They have videos, recipes, and information to convince people to become vegetarian or vegan. They ask people to sign agreements to become vegan or vegetarian. PETA has petitions that people can sign so that laws will be made to protect animals. Some animal laws have been passed lately, for example dogs were being stabbed by the Bolivian military while they were still alive and a law has been made in Bolivia to stop that. They have campaigns against KFC and other animal cruelty. PETA does a lot to commit to their goals.