PETA is an American-based animal rights activist group that rose to fame in 1985 when the United States government amended their Animal Welfare Act based on PETA’s work. PETA is often in the news for criticizing companies that profit from animals. Some of the companies that PETA has objected to in the news include SeaWorld and circuses like Barnum and Bailey. One of the major accomplishments of PETA has been to end animal testing. PETA is credited worldwide with improving the animal rights laws in other countries. Through media access, PETA has influenced fashion consumers to reduce their purchases of fur and leather.