P.E.T.A The Protection Of The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (Special Interest Groups)

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Saving our Fellow Earthlings (PETA)An interest group is just about any collection of people trying to influence government policy. Some of the groups are transient while others are permanent. Some groups influence a particular policy while others focus on broad changes. Both the judicial and legislative sectors of our government are influenced by special interest groups everyday. One of the largest special interest groups in todays society is PETA (People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.Testing at the University of Oregon, Barbara Gorden-Lickey, Ph.D, sewed kittens' eyes shut and forced them to jump from various heights onto a platform surrounded by water so she could study the effects of sight deprivation on the brain. Cruel and inhumane experiments like this one is an excellent reason why people should recognize the importance of animal right activist groups such as PETA (People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Founded in 1980 by Ingrid E. Newkirk and Alex Pacheco, PETA is the largest group in the world with 600,000 plus members. PETA's main goals are to delete animal abuse in factory farms, laboratories, fur trade, and the entertainment industry. To abolish these cruel acts PETA works through education, investigations, research, animal rescues, legislation, social events, and celebrity involvement. The direct action that is taking place in this country is because of the alarming amount of animals (seventy million) in which are experimented on by private institutions, house hold product...

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