Top 5 PETA Victories for Animals in 2020
The year 2020 was unlike any other. The world seemed to change overnight every night. But one thing was constant: PETA’s dedication to ending speciesism.
Watch this video to see some of the action we’ve taken to further animal rights here in the UK and around the globe in 2020:
And here’s just a selection of the many victories for animals we achieved this year:
Forced Swim Test Bans
After hearing from PETA and our international affiliates, GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and King’s College London joined other institutions and pharmaceutical giants – including Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Roche – in banning the forced swim test, in which small animals are terrified in cruel and pointless near-drowning experiments.
Major Retailers Drop Thai Coconut Brands
After PETA revealed that monkeys are abusively trained and forced to pick coconut for the multimillion-pound Thai coconut industry, more than 26,000 stores around the world committed to never stocking products sourced from monkey labour, including every major UK supermarket chain.
And that’s not all: after learning from PETA that coconut milk producer Chaokoh uses coconuts picked by monkeys, Liverpool FC decided not to renew its partnership with the brand!
Animal Rides Ban at Giza
This year, Egypt’s tourism ministry announced plans to ban camel and horse rides at Giza around the pyramids and in the archaeological areas. Instead, tourists will be able to use electric cars and buses, as recommended by PETA.
The great news comes after more than a year of pressure from PETA and our affiliates, including our exposé revealing egregious animal abuse, which prompted almost 500,000 compassionate supporters to send letters to the Ministry of Tourism.
Lives Saved as Factory Farm Plans Rejected
Backed by 50,000 supporters, we helped spare thousands of animals hellish lives on factory farms. Thanks to our collective efforts, monstrous pig and chicken farms won’t be built in Lincolnshire. This means 2,000 pigs and 270,000 chickens – the number of individuals that would have been slaughtered on the farms annually, had they opened – won’t have to endure the isolating, cramped conditions of factory farms or a miserable death at the abattoir.
Major Brands Drop Alpaca Fleece
After viewing a first-of-its-kind PETA exposé revealing that crying alpacas are roughly shorn and left cut up and bleeding from deep wounds, fashion brands UNIQLO – the third-largest clothing retailer in the world – Esprit, Marks & Spencer, Next, New Look, Matalan, and Ted Baker all dropped alpaca from future collections. These huge commitments to ditching the cruelly obtained material will prevent many alpacas from enduring the pain and fear documented by investigators.
Each of these victories for animals was only possible because caring, determined people refused to look away, give up, or stay silent while animals suffered. Until every cage is empty, every chain is broken, and every animal is treated with respect, PETA will not stop. Will you join us?
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