Animal Rights And The Ethical Treatment Of Animals

991 Words Nov 4th, 2015 4 Pages
When we eat our food everyday or go shopping for products such as makeup or clothing we generally don’t bother to think about where it came from or how exactly it was made. However when it comes to it there’s a lot that goes into the food or products we consume and buy especially when it comes to the treatment of animals. The group PETA which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is know as the largest animal rights group in the world. With an estimated three million members and supporters the organization believes that “ Animals are not ours to eat. Wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way” and fights to protects those rights of animals (PETA). PETA was founded in March 1980 by animal rights activist Alex Pacheco and Ingrid Newkirk. The organization first became known in May 1981 during the Silver Springs Monkeys case. The case involved seventeen wild monkeys that were born in the Philippines and brought to the United States and kept in Silver Spring Maryland at the Institute of Behavioral Research. A psychologist named Edward Taub used the monkeys for research (Wikipedia). During this time Alex Pacheco began working undercover at the Institute to gain more experience working in a laboratory like setting. While he was working there he started to notice the abuse and mistreatment the monkeys were enduring. He began to gather evidence and photos of the monkeys in horrendous conditions such as the tiny cages they were living…
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