Who's who in activism

Who's who in activism A sample of groups opposed to animal research, and how to tell them apart Related Articles The War on Animal Research Activists in the News UCLA sues animal rights groups Combating Malevolence Animal activists sentenced Oxford resumes building animal lab Name: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Website: http://www.peta.org/ Key Features: Says it's the largest animal rights group worldwide

The Scientist Staff
Apr 1, 2008

Who's who in activism

A sample of groups opposed to animal research, and how to tell them apart

Name:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Website:
http://www.peta.org/
Key Features:
Says it's the largest animal rights group worldwide, with nearly 2 million members; opposes all forms of animal testing; has been accused of using its assets (more than $31 million in revenue) to fund more militant groups, ALF and ELF; sends people undercover to document alleged abuses
Known for:
Threw pie at Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who promotes fur in fashion; compared factory farming to the Holocaust; captured footage of Huntingdon Life Science researchers allegedly abusing animals




 

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Animal Liberation Front

Website: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/
Key Features: Calls itself the "most active liberation group,"...
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Earth Liberation Front

Website: http://earth-liberation-front.org/
Key Features: Favors direct action (destroying property) to subvert actions injuring people, animals or the environment, sometimes called "ecotage"
Known for: Committed arson at Vail ski resort, resulting in $12 million in damages; was accused of setting fire this year to five luxury homes outside Seattle
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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Website: http://www.pcrm.org/
Key Features: Is an association for doctors and non-doctors that opposes the use of animals in research and promotes vegetarian diet; has been linked to PETA.
Known for: In 2004, doctor and PCRM member Jerry Vlasak, said: "I don't think you'd have to kill too many researchers. I think for five lives, 10 lives, 15 human lives, we could save a million, 2 million, 10 million non-human lives."
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Animal Legal Defense Fund

Website: http://www.aldf.org/
Key Features: Is a non-profit animal rights law organization that files lawsuits to protect animal rights