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- Overall, we rate PETA far left-biased and a strong pseudoscience source based on promoting false and unproven claims related to science.
|Bias Rating:||EXTREME LEFT|
|Country:||USA (45/180 Press Freedom)|
|Traffic/Popularity Estimate:||Medium Traffic|
|MBFC Credibility Rating:||LOW CREDIBILITY|
|CP Reasoning:||False Information, Unproven Claims, Pseudoscience promotion|
Founded in 1980, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an American animal rights organization based in Norfolk, Virginia, and led by Ingrid Newkirk, its international president. According to their about page “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters. PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.”
Funded by / Ownership
PETA is a nonprofit that is funded through donations. The website and organization lacks transparency as they do not disclose top donors.
Analysis / Bias
In review, PETA “opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, and focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in laboratories, in the food industry, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry.” PETA has been called “one of the world’s largest, most aggressive, and most controversial animal liberation groups.” Articles and headlines on the website are often highly emotional such as this WATCH: Mice Struggle to Crawl After Experimenters Crush Spinal Cords. When it comes to sourcing most videos and photos displayed on the website come from anonymous sources, indicating poor sourcing and a lack of transparency.
When it comes to science PETA has promoted that Milk is a cause for Autism. They have also claimed that beer is more healthy than milk as a way to protect cows. Finally, PETA is known for extreme measures such as throwing red paint on people wearing fur and for comparing “Livestock treatment to both the Holocaust and to the mass lynching of African-Americans.” In general, news reporting is not always factual and aligns with the far left when it comes to animal activism.
Failed Fact Checks
- “Each vegan spares more than 100 animals every year.” – Mostly False
Overall, we rate PETA far left-biased and a strong pseudoscience source based on promoting false and unproven claims related to science. (D. Van Zandt 2/8/2017) Updated (2/27/2021)