Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns. Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are carted across the country in cramped and stuffy boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or caged in barren, boring, and filthy enclosures; and are separated from their families and friends – all for the sake of human "entertainment."
We’re looking for a highly motivated animal rights activist to help PETA end the suffering of animals used for entertainment.
Primary Responsibilities and Duties:
• Work with management to coordinate campaigns against dolphinariums, circuses, dogsledding, and other businesses that exploit animals for entertainment
• Stay informed about companies and venues that use exotic animals and captive wildlife
• Draft, use, and adapt letters, including templates, to persuade individuals or groups not to use, sponsor, or host animals in photo shoots, traveling shows, and other scheduled events or to dissuade them from doing so in the future
• Support legislative initiatives in behalf of animals used in entertainment, including by drafting and adapting letters, coordinating with experts and coalition groups, and reporting on lobbying efforts
• Quickly mobilize PETA members, activists, and concerned citizens and get them to contact businesses, sponsors, officials, and others about issues affecting animals used in exhibitions, roadside zoos, and more
• Follow up politely, firmly, and persistently with decision makers
• Seek assistance from other departments, agencies, and organizations in pursuing cases of animal exploitation by applying pressure and getting maximum exposure, including through letters to the editor, media, and more
• Use information from cases in which animal exhibitions have posed a threat to human safety, including bite reports
• Coordinate Web features, action alerts, correspondence, and briefing materials on captive wildlife–related topics in order to educate the public about the humane treatment of animals and stop exploitation
• Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor
• Degree in a related field or equivalent experience
• Two years of activist experience
• Knowledge of animal rights issues and PETA campaigns
• Proven excellent project-management, strategic-thinking, and analytical skills
• Exceptional communication skills
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize work
• Ability to make independent decisions in crisis situations that require intervention by authorities
• Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
• Support for PETA's philosophy and the ability to professionally advocate PETA's positions on issues
• Commitment to the objectives of the organization
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 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 the food industry, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of rodents, birds, and other animals who are often considered “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.