The largest animal rights organization is People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). They speak out against animal mistreatment and often use celebrities in their ad campaigns. They focus on issues that affect the largest amount of animals, including the entertainment industry, factories, and labs.
Others include Mercy for Animals, People for Animal Liberation, Friends of Animals, and Compassion over Killing.
The below link has a detailed list of many animal rights groups.
Be careful what you read on Wikipedia, but they do have a nice list of animal rights organizations you can browse here, and then go to their own websites. There are many animals rights group, from radical to moderate, though the radical ones tend to get more coverage. Ideas on compassionate treatment of animals has been around for hundreds of years, evident in some religious doctrine (Buddhism, Hindu), but Peter Singer’s paper “Animal Liberation” is said to have fathered a surge of animal rights activities in the US in 1975.
I’ll add the Sea Shepherds, a radical group that fights against whaling. They have a show on Animal Planet.
Just to add on to the other answers…
The largest animal protection organization in the country, with 11 million members, is the Humane Society of the United States. Their mission is to “reduce suffering and improve the lives of all animals by advocating for better laws; investigating animal cruelty; encouraging corporations to adopt animal-friendly policies; conducting disaster relief and animal rescue; and providing direct care for thousands of animals….” (http://www.humanesociety.org/about/)
There is also SPCA International which primarily works to shelter, restore, and find homes for injured, abused, and abandoned animals. In 2008, they founded a program called, “Cruelty Crime Stoppers,” which aims to dissuade animal cruelty and serve justice to violators of animal rights. By offering reward money in exchange for information that helps convict these criminals, the program workers help stop animal cruelty and advocate for animal rights. Additionally, the SPCA’s worldwide branches award helpful grants to animal shelters, provide medical relief to injured and sick animals, and educate the public on animal care.
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