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->''"Heroic PETA Commandos Kill 49, Save Rabbit"''
-->-- ''Website/TheOnion'', [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/heroic-peta-commandos-kill-49-save-rabbit,1647/]]
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Animal rights' groups in television shows are frequently portrayed as complete lunatics, often with [[FunWithAcronyms names that form silly acronyms]]. In many cases, [[KnightTemplar they don't seem to care how many people get hurt – often by their own actions – as long as animals are okay]]. Sometimes even animals may be sacrificed for the cause. They're more likely to fight {{Windmill}}s rather than ''actual'' cruelty to animals.

Occasionally subverted, with the animal rights group used as a patsy for the true villains' plot, though the ignoramuses in the front organization usually believe in their own agenda [[{{Pun}} whole-hog]] while taking the BigBad's money.

A common role in fiction is to break into the lab of a MadScientist and release his genetic aberration or terrible virus or upset his delicate experiments, with catastrophic results. In some cases, this will be accidental or the activists well-meaning but misinformed, but in some they will know they're releasing a monster, and do it anyway. Expect particularly clueless members of these organizations to react to these beasties (or, indeed, standard dangerous animals such as tigers) with fawning coos and an apparent [[AllAnimalsAreDomesticated belief that the animal will somehow recognize them as an Animal Rights activist]] [[AndroclesLion and not harm them]]. [[TooDumbToLive This belief]] will inevitably be rewarded with [[RealityEnsues a very painful death moments later]].

To some extent, TruthInTelevision: extremist animal rights groups ''do'' exist, and have committed crimes ranging from the horrific to the merely petty in service of their views. However, this is not the place for comparisons to the actions of real groups.

See also FreeTheFrogs for a version set in schools. Most members of an Animal Wrongs Group will be {{Evil Vegetarian}}s. See EvilLuddite for when they're motivated by a hatred of technology rather than a love of nature. Compare with their cousin trope, the EcoTerrorist. A subtrope of the more broad WesternTerrorists.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Space Warriors from the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Gateway Shuffle" ''were'' once a legitimate environmentalist group, but were taken over by a more radical leader. They wanted to save a "rare" Ganymede sea rat, and were willing to turn everyone on Ganymede into monkeys to do so (and an orbiting restaurant into little more than bullet holes).
* ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'':
** The Kanto Elite Four in the ''Yellow'' chapter in planned on committing [[KillAllHumans genocide]] in hopes of creating a Pokémon paradise. Ironically, Lance didn't even notice how much pain his Dragonite was in after it waited in lava for who knows how long while setting an ambush. Or how many Pokémon he and his group had injured/killed in the process.
** The ''Black and White'' chapter involves Team Plasma, which was already an Animal Wrongs Group in the games. ''Black 2 and White 2'' also has a former Team Plasma member as one of the protagonists, and while she's no longer active in "Pokémon liberation" since the group broke up she still believes in its ideals, viewing things like Pokéballs and Pokédexes as tools of enslavement (but keeping such views to herself). It's implied that her extremist beliefs are due to being indoctrinated in the group's rhetoric at an early age (she was in Team Plasma at age 10 and the story is set when she's 12) and hasn't completely thought through the implications yet.
* A group of protesters in ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' believe that ''they'' are still Human, and that the government is committing murder every time they kill ''them'' off. They also believe the government is responsible for turning ''them'' in the first place. One of the main character's rich parents were using their estate as safe haven and refuge zone, where the protesters set up tents. Eventually though, even the estate's defenses were broken through and it was overrun. The other civilians listened to instructions on how to escape, while the leader of the protesters [[TooDumbToLive stayed behind and tried to reason with]] ''them''. It was only when they finally knock her over and start biting her that she reaches for a nearby machete to fight back, but it was already too late.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' has Space Tindalos, which appears in the second season and is entirely PlayedForLaughs. They actually steal an ArtifactOfDoom so they can ''create'' an endangered species to protect -- a LawyerFriendlyCameo of the Oozaru (giant Saiyan ape) from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', which casually kicks the group members into a pile of rubble immediately after being created.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/WonderGirl had to deal with an animal rights group who thought that ''hydras'' were nice friendly critters.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} has ComicBook/RasAlGhul, who, in the comics and animated series based on them, has tried multiple times to wipe out more than eighty percent of Earth's population, because it would allegedly return Earth to a more stable ecosystem. However, the moments at which he really shows his Animal Wrongs side are when dealing with the menagerie of endangered animals he collects and keeps. In one comic in particular, he was shown to have had a henchman murdered because he accidentally killed a rare sort of tiger cub by feeding it chocolate, dooming its species to extinction according to Ra's.
* Subverted in Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''Comicbook/AnimalMan''. Although Buddy Baker devotes his career to collaborating with like-minded individuals in disrupting fox hunts and freeing laboratory animals, he himself avoids the use of violence (except against a whaler and dolphin-hunter who dared him to do so). When one of his collaborators on a lab rescue mission blows it up with an incendiary bomb, killing a firefighter in the process, Buddy hangs up his costume and resigns from the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}. Conversely, Animal Man's [[CorruptCorporateExecutive big-business enemies]], far from being the put-upon victims normally found in this trope, are ''far'' more brutal and lawless.
* Parodied in the German comic ''ComicStrip/{{Rudi}}'' with a group which protests the inhuman killing of ''vegetables''.
* ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'' is associated with a British secret service named 'Kev', a focus of a few comic books. Kev's buddy from his squad abandoned his post with a tame tiger instead of shooting it on orders. Later, both are implicated in the murder of a Japanese whaler.
* In one issue of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' (as in the original comics), ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} once spotted a diver spearing a whale. In a fit of rage, he struck him, and as is to be expected with a guy with SuperStrength, killed him. Turns out he was a marine scientist tagging the whale for research purposes. Whoops. The incident was used by his evil half-brother to spur a full-on HeroicBreakdown.
* In the first ''ComicBook/{{Venom}}'' volume, a SHIELD soldier standing guard over the Venom symbiote asks a coworker who in their right mind would let Eddie Brock and Mac Gargan remain bonded to it while in jail. His co-worker's answer? [=PETA=].
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': One strip from the early 90s featured a trio of armed animal rights activists demanding that all the zoo animals be released. They then [[TooDumbToLive climbed into the pit of a man-eating bear/kangaroo-like alien creature to free it]]. Dredd arrested the only survivor for public nuisance and animal endangerment, and would have added idiocy to his rapsheet if it weren't legal.
* The Dutch production ''Earthling Vegan Warrior'' is essentially this in comic-book form—with the DesignatedHero up against villains representing "the darkest yet most prominent aspects of humanity" such as [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pollution, poaching, leather, and being omnivores]]—played in [[AuthorTract complete seriousness]]. (Predictably, it's attracted [[FanDumb the sort of fans]] who [[https://ibb.co/e32Q7w openly fantasize]] about [[KillAllHumans poisoning all of the "carnists" with nightshade]].)
* ''Goddess'' by Garth Ennis. The supporting character Mudhawk stops a fox hunt by shooting all the hunters with a high powered machine gun. The horses and dogs were unhurt. Later he takes the opportunity to obliterate a whaling ship simply because he could.
* Downplayed in ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'' vol.2 #6. Selina is working with the "Friends of the Earth Nature Magic Alliance" to prevent an ecological disaster. She sees them as "a pretty level headed bunch", although when one of them show slight signs of this, she privately reflects that "animal rights activists fantasising about killing makes about as much sense as 'right to life' murders".

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This trope was the spark that lit things off in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}/WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' series ''Legion of Lawndale Heroes'', as three members of such a group snuck into a research lab to free the research animals (all of whom had been granted super-powers due to the efforts of the CorruptCorporateExecutive who owns the place, on behalf of one major group involved in an AncientConspiracy to keep up TheMasquerade.) Not only did they die for their troubles (as only the smaller animals were able to escape before the place went into lockdown, but the larger animals saw them as prey), but their corpses ended up as specimens for experiments, their efforts only ended up making the lab add on much tighter security... and their actions started off a MassSuperEmpoweringEvent.
* In ''Fanfic/SoulEaterZeta'', there is a "Demon Weapons Wrong Group" known as The Zeta. They believe that Demon Weapons are being mistreated and are basically glorified servants to Meisters. Only when they are separated from Meisters can either of them realize their true potential as individuals.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8202762/33/Harry-s-Little-Black-Notebook Harry's Little Black Notebook]]'' a member of a group called Seal Guardians who happens to share Harry's subway car the summer before first year grabs Hedwig's cage and attempts to set her free while making a grandiose speech. She pecks him for his trouble, then flies off and lands on Harry's shoulder.

* Animal rights activists are responsible for starting the pseudo-zombie plague in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'', as they forcibly release infected test animals despite the scientist observing them directly stating that the animals are both infected and highly contagious.
* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' features a post-apocalyptic world in which a plague has wiped out most of humanity and forced the survivors to live underground. New York City is filled with zoo animals and graffiti of twelve monkeys stating "We Did It." It's discovered that this is the insignia of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, an animal liberation group headed by the insane son of a virologist. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Twelve Monkeys are a complete red herring. It's purely coincidental that they scheduled a mass zoo liberation around the same time as the outbreak. Their leader and his father had no part in leaking the plague. Another virologist working at the same institute spread the virus for his own deranged reasons.]]
* In the film ''Film/BlackSheep2007'', the mutated sheep are released by one member of such a group. This may have had less to do with his loving sheep and more to do with his, ah, ''[[BestialityIsDepraved loving]]'' sheep.
* The four jewel thieves of ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' pretend to be crazy animal rights activists in order to provide cover and patsies for a diamond heist. Oddly, the script puts the animal testing lab in Boulder, CO, which is home to many ''real'' animal rights groups.
* The protagonist of the horror movie ''Film/MansBestFriend'' is one of these. Against the wishes of her boyfriend, who tries to talk her out of it, she breaks into a legitimate scientist's lab and steals the titular genetically engineered killing machine in the shape of a dog, which goes on a bloody rampage.
* In ''Film/Tremors3BackToPerfection'', the hero is told that he's no longer allowed to hunt graboids, a dangerous, highly evolved earthworm-like beastie, because they made the Endangered species list, and gets chewed out by the suit who tells him this. Not long thereafter, the suit also gets chewed out. By said beastie.[[note]]shrieker[[/note]] Burt later turns this ruling to his advantage, because if graboids are endangered wildlife, then the valley they live in is an endangered wildlife habitat, which means that developers can't tear his hometown down and turn it into a strip mall.
* In the backstory of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', it is revealed that PETA was indirectly responsible for the RDA getting mining rights on Pandora. Given how RDA abuses that right during the film, this would make PETA an UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom.
* The heroes of ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' fit this trope to a T[[note]]-Rex. [[AWorldwidePunomenon Sorry]][[/note]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Releasing dangerous animals en masse, nearly getting trampled by them as a result, and getting numerous people killed]]. Getting too close to wild animals, activating their territorial instincts, and just generally failing every rule for how to treat wild animals like they're going down a checklist. Acting as though people taking these unnatural genetically engineered dinosaurs out of their "natural" habitat is some kind of crime against nature, even though they don't naturally exist anymore in the first place and would wreck any ecosystem they were introduced to (how many normal animals did you see left alive on that island?). Unloading the gun that was going to be used to defend the humans from the rampaging T-Rex.

* The Society of the Evening Star from the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation could be interpreted as this]], since they believe that demons and other [[EldritchAbomination abominations]] should be free. However, their leader apparently wants to unleash the demons because [[InsaneTrollLogic it's going to have to happen at some point, and he wants to get it over with.]]
* The Creator/MercedesLackey short story "Last Rights" features Animal Liberation activists wanting to free the re-created dinosaurs from an experimental park. One discovered that an apatosaurus that doesn't notice you can squash you good, another that dromaeosaurs are not your new friend, and the sole survivor that triceratopses are bad-tempered, territorial, and surprisingly fast--but fortunately, can't climb trees.
* Creator/SMStirling wrote the ''Literature/T2Trilogy'', a trilogy of sequels to the first two ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films in which Skynet's plans to destroy humanity are knowingly aided and abetted by a group of self-identified "[[EvilLuddite Luddites]]", willfully blind to the fact that they are serving a machine which has no particular use for the natural ecosystem and might well destroy it as inconvenient after it triumphs.
* Creator/SMStirling's ''Literature/IslandInTheSeaOfTime'' also features animal rights folks becoming traitors, in the form of [[TooDumbToLive Pamela Lisketter]] and her followers, who aid [[BigBad Walker]] in part because they realize that the new Nantucket government isn't going to promote veganism or discourage hunting anytime soon.
* Much of the tension in Chuck Palahniuk's ''Literature/{{Lullaby}}'' revolves around whether animal rights fanatic Oyster will acquire power over life and death.
* An ExpandedUniverse book featuring Franchise/{{Godzilla}} had a brief blurb that Greenpeace wanted ''Godzilla'' declared endangered.
* Played with in ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'', where the protagonist joins a revolutionary group working for the rights of Oz's Talking Animals. Their ultimate goal? Kill the Wizard. They are for the most part, in the right, and the Wizard really is a bastard. The animals they're defending are in danger of being treated as ordinary animals, which they object to. With their voices. The ones normal animals don't have.
* The Literature/CHERUBSeries novel ''Man vs Beast'' features the Zebra Alliance, Animal Freedom Militia, and Animal Freedom Army. The Zebra Alliance was a group that would rescue animals until the leader, Ryan Quinn, was arrested turning the group into a protest group. The Animal Freedom Miltia is a more violent group that would assault members of Animals Testing Companies threatening to kill them unless they quit. A spin-off group of them, the Animal Freedom Army, proves to be even more violent when they burn down a facility, bomb an executive's car, and plan to force feed a celebrity chef drain cleaner on live television.
* Woggle in Creator/BenElton's ''Dead Famous'' is one of these, to the extent that he believes disease-spreading vermin -- such as fleas and lice -- are unfairly put-upon. Although he torments the other members of the ''Series/BigBrother''-style show he's put on with his loathsome self-righteousness and horrific concept of hygiene, the producers are able to make him the audience's favourite by [[ManipulativeEditing selectively editing footage]] so that the other housemates come off as even worse than him (which admittedly isn't that hard, since they're a pretty horrible bunch to begin with). When against the housemates' expectations he ''isn't'' immediately voted out, they immediately clock what's happening and demand that the producers get rid of him; otherwise [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere they'll walk out]]. So the producers release evidence they have that Woggle took part in an anti-hunt demonstration in which he savagely beat a 15-year-old girl and left her with brain damage, and the police promptly come a-calling for Woggle.
* ''[[Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan Cirque Du Freak]]: The Vampire's Assistant'' gives us R.V., a hippie who buys so much into animal liberation that he tries to free a ''wolf-man'' from his cage. The wolf-man thanks him by biting his arms off at the elbow. In R.V.'s defense, it's hinted he's on shrooms at the time.
* ''Literature/OryxAndCrake'' mentions an incidence of a fanatic animal rights group breaking into a chicken factory to liberate the inhabitants. This is seen as hilarious by everyone, since the "chickens" in question are actually [=ChickieNobs=], a highly genetically engineered form of chicken that lacks a brain or indeed a central nervous system and, as one character notes, "can't even walk", since they haven't got legs.
* In Susan Conant's ''Bloodlines'', a young woman who's been listening to an Animal Wrongs Group's propaganda steals the protagonist's beloved Alaskan malamute, Rowdy, at a dog show and turns him loose. [[spoiler:Luckily, she does so ''inside'' the building, and Rowdy is recovered safely. The protagonist's terror that he might have been set free outside -- right next to a busy highway -- is very potent until then, however, and she later chews the girl out six ways from Sunday for putting him in danger, at one point asking her why [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome she isn't running around setting peoples' CHILDREN loose in the woods?]]]]
* ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'' has a ''droid'' wrongs group in it. As does the Holonet News site with the headline "Droid Rights Activists Decry Brilliant Missiles". Unfortunately for this group, the Mechanical Liberation Front, they accidentally release these brilliant missiles, killing themselves and clearing a 25 kilometer square area around the plant.
* A religiously-motivated BeetleManiac [[InsectoidAlien Sk'rrr]] in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Swarm'' makes it his mission to kill the animals that eat drog beetles so that there will be more and they won't live in fear for their lives. [[ExplosiveBreeder This]] [[KarmicDeath backfires]] [[EatenAlive spectacularly]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Hagrid arguably falls under this trope. He is unable to accept that the vicious monsters he likes are not really just friendly, misunderstood animals but are, in fact, vicious monsters. While he doesn't actively campaign for them, he does regularly break the law and put children, himself, and anyone nearby in serious danger, and is very lucky nobone has ever died due to his actions.
** Hermione could also fit a milder form with SPEW (Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare). She is determined to free house elves no matter what, to the point of trying to trick them into being free (by hiding clothes in piles of rubbish -- house elves are freed if they're given clothes) even though they really don't want it. At the point SPEW was formed, the only house elves Hermione has met had been abused by their masters; once she learns that there are house elves who are treated well and enjoy being part of the family, she backs off a bit, shifting the organization's purpose to giving them better working conditions and only freeing abused ones. This is not an exact example as they aren't really animals, but sapients similar to humans (making it more "{{happiness in slavery}}" for most of them).
* In Literature/AlexRider novel ''Ark Angel'', we have "Force Three", a group that bombs car plants and threatens businessman Nikolia Drevin because the title space hotel he launched made native birds of the island extinct. Subverted when [[spoiler: we learn that Nikola had been arranging the attacks so he could crash the space hotel into Washington D.C. to eliminate evidence of his criminal dealings.]]
* Downplayed in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': Cassie, a FriendToAllLivingThings who helps her parents run a wildlife clinic, is often teased by her friends about being one ("Save the whales! Hug trees! Let dogs vote!") or becoming a CrazyCatLady for all living creatures, but she certainly doesn't put the lives of her friends above animals (and was annoyed that they would think that, when they had a choice to eat a recently-killed seal or starve to death in the Arctic). It's also noted that she has no problem with animal testing for medical reasons.
** Helped by her parents both being vets who deal mostly with Wildlife (her father runs an animal hospital out of the family barn devoted to rehabilitating injured animals so they could survive in the wild, while her mother is the head vet at the local zoo). The closest Cassie comes to in so far as any question of animals rights is openly wondering if their use of animal morphs was no different than the Yeerks use of their hosts. This question is given some fair consideration by the team. While Cassie was often seen as the one most likely to let her more political beliefs drive her actions, all her flawed decisions were made concerning the team's safety, never animal safety.
* ''Literature/JoePickett'': Klamath Moore's anti-hunting group in ''Blood Trail'', which implicitly advocates the murder of hunters.
* ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'': Darken Rahl could get like this, depending on his mood. According to Cara, while he was a vegetarian and considered eating meat to be wrong, he ''usually'' didn't have a problem with people in the People's Palace selling or eating meat. But every once in a while, he would snap and brutally murder such a person while sobbingly asking how someone could be so cruel to animals. In one case, such a "punishment" consisted of [[{{Hypocrite}} beheading a man's horse]], [[AxCrazy gutting it, and jamming his head in the open wound, letting him drown in the guts]].
* ''Literature/TheNewestPlutarch'' featured Avalokiteshvara-Chkhandogiya Ramadas, a philosopher who averted the usual concentration on cuter creatures by defending the rights of parasites.
* ''Literature/{{Confessions}}'': The Manichees would be happy to kill a man for eating a fig, since eating the fruit would kill the part of God they thought lived inside the fig. Of course, they were rarely courageous and dedicated enough to carry out these radical beliefs, but they at least got there in principle.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One episode of ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' involved an animal rights group who instigated a bombing campaign against vivisectionists that made Al Qaeda look like a cheerleading squad.
* An episode of ''Series/AshesToAshes'' had an animal rights extremist who wasn't beyond throwing a firebomb at a twelve-year-old.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Bergerac}}'' almost seems even-handed in comparison. Three activists release a bunch of plague-carrying monkeys, but the only people infected are themselves, the death of one (who was dating Bergerac's daughter) is close to TearJerker territory, and another has enough sense to turn himself in and get treatment. The group's leader is slightly more extreme but still non-violent, and surrenders because the police threaten to shoot a dog if she doesn't. (Makes sense in context...)
* A storyline in ''Series/BetweenTheLines'' had an animal rights group planting bombs, unaware that they were being manipulated by a competitor of their main target. [[spoiler:It ends in a murder-suicide with a big bomb.]]
* ''Series/{{Casualty}}'' has a long history of presenting animal rights groups as terrorists, who blow up laboratories, people who work in laboratories, the children of people who work in laboratories... One season premiere involving a bomb on a bus was originally going to have Islamic militants as the villains, but it was changed to animal rights people because they were worried about offending Islamic militants. They were actually on their way to blow up something relevant, but the bomb went off prematurely.
* An episode of ''Film/{{Tremors}}: The Series'' has an animal rights group trying to get graboids declared an endangered species, and the Perfection Valley residents' co-existence with the albino graboid El Blanco as dangerous to its health. The group's leader wasn't above non-fatally poisoning El Blanco to give them an artificial smoking gun, but upon her actions being revealed, the rest of the group leaves in disgust. This episode gets funny when you realize that:
## El Blanco is already a protected species, and
## It's known to be sterile, meaning its ''individual'' survival contributes nothing to the long-term preservation of its species, and
## The residents of Perfection have ended up protecting the graboid from harm a few times (when it's not saving them by attacking the MonsterOfTheWeek).
* ''Series/TheMentalist'': An animal rights group is suspected of murdering a professor who is a part of an experiment that tests on animals. It turns out they weren't the culprit either, but the audience learns earlier that the experiment is inhumane for both animals and humans.
* Subverted in a third-season episode of ''Series/VeronicaMars''. She suspects a group of committing a crime, but finds out they're generally pretty good people. She also tricks a Ted Nugent {{Expy}} into wearing a shirt saying "Meat is Murder".
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', Caroline Farrell (who will become Echo) first comes to the notice of Rossum Corporation (the people working closely with the Dollhouse) when she breaks into one of their labs to record the mistreatment of experimental animals there. When her boyfriend points out numerous [[PeopleJars fetuses in jars]] and evidence that human experimentation is occurring, she merely scowls and goes back to fawning over the monkeys.
* An Animal Wrongs Group frees a genetically engineered monster in the ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode "Unleashed."
* This was done in MonsterOfTheWeek episodes of the ''Series/TheXFiles'', before the MythArc grew big enough.
** Main example in "Darkness Falls", which ironically won an award from the EMA because of its "environmentalist message". The Monster of that episode is a species of photosensitive tree mites capable of swarming and killing a score of humans that were released from hibernation by loggers illegally cutting down old-growth trees. A militant group of environmentalists was fighting them with sabotage tactics, including putting sugar in all of the vehicles engines. This meant they couldn't escape the bugs. One we see is himself killed by them trying to escape.
** In "Fearful Symmetry". The WAO ('Wild Again Organization') is suspected of releasing an elephant from a zoo whose cages are too small to make the animals comfortable. It turns out it wasn't their fault. Later, when one of the WAO members breaks into the zoo with a camera to try to gather evidence of animal abuse and force the government to shut the place down, a tiger [[spoiler:is teleported out of its cage and made invisible by the aliens and]] kills him.
* ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' had one of these, who accidentally killed a professor (when his partner learned of it later, he was appalled). It turned out that he was schizophrenic and thought animals had greater "spirits" then humans; he acted independently from the main animal rights group.
* ''Series/WhaleWars'' focuses on a real-life group, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, whose ships forcefully intervene with Japanese and Faroese whaling and bluefin tuna fishing. They have been charged with piracy as a result of ramming or sabotaging whaling ships, though not (so far) convicted.
* An ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode had a whale rights activist try to kill a submarine crew because he believed the SONAR they used was hurting the marine life. They do make it clear, though, that he has no connection to the protesters outside the base, whose biggest threat was being inconvenient.
* Played for laughs in an episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', when Dick accidentally hits a ''chipmunk'' with his car. He is so distraught that he becomes a complete environmentalist nut. Among other things, he makes Sally throw out all of her leather shoes and tries to free the lobsters at a fancy restaurant. At the end, he releases the chipmunk back into the wild. He [[ComicallyMissingThePoint hits and kills an endangered peregrine falcon]] with a rock to prevent it from eating his chipmunk.
* ''Monster Warriors'' had an episode that dealt with a group of people protesting them fighting and destroying the monsters, with the leaders of the group being the parents of one of the warriors. Needless to say, they changed their tune when the monsters attacked them (although a few still bitch about it during the attack).
* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'', a victim owned a male body-products company which was coming under fire from animal rights activists, and the crime scene contains the word 'murderer' written in the victim's blood on a mirror. [[spoiler:Subverted; most of the activists are just 'average everyday tree-hugging vegetarians', the 'violent' one they get in as a suspect comes off as just being an otherwise ordinary guy (albeit one with a fondness for attacking the property and people he was protesting against with fake blood) and it turns out he didn't do it anyway, the suspect having a concrete alibi, and the actual murderer having staged the crime scene to throw the police on the wrong scent.]]
* Averted in an episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' titled, appropriately, "Meat is Murder, but Murder is also Murder." [[spoiler:Turns out it wasn't the vegetarian vigilantes at all, just an ambitious assistant who wanted the dead man's job.]]
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Saxondale}}'', Tommy encounters a pack of these types protesting his clearing a factory of its pigeon infestation. One of them is [[AxCrazy a bit unhinged]] and cuts his arm with a large knife. Tommy notes that he is 'now legally entitled to use reasonable force in a proportional response.'
-->'''Protester''': What's that meant to mean?
-->''[Tommy shoots him in the knee-cap with a pellet gun. He goes down, screaming in pain]''
-->'''Tommy''': Just ''that'', I suppose. Anyone else want to ask what that means? ''[Not entirely surprisingly, they don't]''
* {{Parodied}} by ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' with a human rights activist who [[InvertedTrope explains that his chosen method of raising awareness about cruelty to humans is inflicting it on animals]], since the reverse approach seems so popular.
* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' parodied this when Andrew and Julian posed as anti-fur activists - at Taronga Zoo. "Some leopard died for you to wear that leopard skin!"
* ''Series/CrankYankers'' featured this in one episode. Their protest signs in the background change every time they're shown, starting with "If It's Furry, Let It Scurry" and ends with [[RefugeInAudacity "Kill Whitey"]].
* In the German series ''Lindenstraße'', Julia von der Marwitz dies from rabies - which she caught from a cat she had "liberated" from a research lab.
* Not apparently part of a group, but one culprit on ''Series/CSINewYork'' killed a man to save the life of a ''cockroach''.
* Damian Day goads a group of peaceful activists into raiding a beagle farm on ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey''. It ends badly...for Damian; [[spoiler:Gus and Alex realize there's something going down and rearrange the raid to go to a farm that breeds rottweilers for experimentation]].
* In an episode of ''Series/LasVegas'', such a group steals a truckload of lobsters from the Montecito to prevent their "murder", hiding them in a shark aquarium. The ringleader is caught, brought front and center, hinted that [[PrisonRape he was about to become a meat eater,]] told he endangered the sharks by introducing unchecked foreign contaminants into the water and to twist the knife further Ed and another casino manager retaliate by organizing an All-You-Can-Eat lobster buffet.
* ''Series/JonathanCreek'' had an episode in which a man was killed by a long-distance animal activist [[spoiler:who sent him a self-addressed envelope with a poisoned flap.]]
* The ''Series/LALaw'' episode "The Unsterile Cuckoo" had Victor representing Randall Furriers, Inc., suing the Save the Animals Foundation for splashing "blood" (actually a dye, their founder explains) on models wearing his coats at fashion shows, and slashing at the coats with razor blades, causing more than a million dollars in damage. At one point in the trial, a member of the group splashes Victor with a bucket of "blood" in a courthouse hallway, shouting "You defend murderers!" Their founder is depicted as someone who cares about animals more than people.
* This is invoked to cover up the murder of a scientist in the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Animal Instinct." As the scientist is involved with animal testing, the murderer makes it appear that radical animal rights activists killed her, spraying graffiti to this effect. However, the police see through it fairly quickly and zero in on the real culprit.
* Subverted in Episode 3 of Series 2 (Episode 2.3) of ''{{Series/Primeval}}'', as it isn't really an Animal Wrongs '''Group''', ''per se'', but rather, a solitary individual fighting against a group to protect what she views as the rights of her pet (prehistoric) animal. A woman named Valerie Irwin finds a ''Smilodon'' cub in her garage several years before the episode is set and raises it to adulthood. Later, the ARC team are alerted to the existence of the ''Smilodon'' after the occurrence of several incidents involving it at an amusement park called Blue Sky Park. They investigate, and suspect that someone is harboring the cat. After several false leads, this person is revealed to be Valerie. When Nick Cutter confronts Valerie and asks her to hand over the cat to the ARC (after she had previously [[spoiler:sicced the cat on Nick in an attempt to get it to kill him]]), she accuses him and the ARC of "creating him in some kind of horrible genetic experiment" and wanting to take him away and make him suffer. When Cutter points out that, if the cat kills him, it will kill her as well, she retorts by saying that "He would never hurt me", convinced that the ''Smilodon'' views her as a mother figure since she cared for it for so long and would never attack her (Valerie apparently either forgetting or being completely unfazed by the fact that the ''Smilodon'' had [[spoiler:slaughtered her boyfriend several years beforehand]]). Cue [[spoiler:KarmicDeath, as the ''Smilodon'' pounces on Valerie and savages her with its elongated canines, ending her life.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' episode "Rekt in Real Life", one of the suspects is Raina Karnow of the Animal Salvation Fund, who threatened the target for promoting seal-hunting. Sherlock considers her a "fanatic", and she initially believes she's been called in to discuss the "equine slavery" of the NYPD Mounted Division. [[spoiler: While undoubtedly flaky, she turns out to be amenable to compromise, agreeing that she'll lay off hunting by the Inuit population, if they speak up against commercial hunters.]]
* One episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' has a group of clueless activists chain themselves to the cage of a bear used as a roadside attraction in order to raise awareness of the mistreatment. The bear manages to snag the chain and ends up killing them all, since they couldn't get away. Later, [[WhatAnIdiot another group of activists does the same thing]].

* Music/{{Aqua}}'s music video for their song "We Belong to the Sea" pokes fun at this trope... Lene grabs a goldfish in a bowl and runs from pursuers for the entire video, until the end where she successfully flings it into the sea. Never mind that goldfish are freshwater fish, the video ends with a shark's fin cruising across the ocean!
* Exaggerated in "Carrot Juice Is Murder" by Music/TheArrogantWorms, in which the protagonist is part of a ''vegetable'' wrongs group and is proud of killing people for eating vegetables.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'':
** Opus the penguin failed to find his mother due to an Uzi-toting animal rights group breaking into the animal testing lab that he broke into, kidnapping him, and then leaving him in the ice-cooler of a 7-11 because "they're on a bit of a shoe-string budget-wise."
** On another occasion, he mistook Greenpeace's ''Rainbow Warrior'' for an Antarctic-bound cruise ship with neighbor, septuagenarian, and "fellow environmental extremist" Mrs. Limekiller.
* German caricaturist Markus once drew one of them protesting the slaying of dragons--on stage during a Music/RichardWagner opera.
--> Actor of Siegfried: "[[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Grolle nicht grämlich]], [[GratuitousGerman geifernder Gauch von Greenpeace!]]"

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Greenwar from ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'' is the nightmarish result of answering the question "what happens if you let one of these groups have access to super-powered agents?". One of their most notorious signature "tricks" is using a telepathic member to MindRape a target of their ire by imprinting the mind of a tortured/dying animal over their own. Whether this leads to the victim undergoing a change of heart or a homicidal mental breakdown is no concern to them. That said, they're perfectly okay with just straight-up murdering "oppressors".
* The only possible way to describe the Ashbound in the TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting, overlapping with WellIntentionedExtremist. These are people who believe anything other than living in a cave is inherently evil. Because one of their early members turned into a lich to aid their agencies, and after she was destroyed there was a bumper season, they concluded ''all'' arcane magic was equally evil. The ''Faiths of Eberron'' supplement points out that slightly [[strike:less monomaniacal]] more flexible individuals might have considered that after said lich caused ''severe ecological damage'', the bumper season may have been a result of the balance reasserting rather than a sign that all wizards are using powers that risk severely crippling nature (you have to be at least level 17 to access that kind of thing).
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'' has Blue Shadow, whose more fanatical branches bomb genetic engineering companies and "liberate" genemod sapients while sterilizing them. One such branch is led by an insane [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted]] dolphin. And the Europan Defense Front, which is at war with the Green Duncanites over the terraforming of Europa's ocean.
* A more humorous example is the "Sierra Club" secret society in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', who don't let themselves be stopped by the fact that the only animals to protect in Alpha Complex are a few cockroaches. The fact that it shares a name with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Club an actual environmental group]] may be the reason why it's called the "Seal Club" in later editions.
* Quite a few of these exist in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', some of them with connections to toxic shamans.
** Notable is Deborah Bailey, who rambles about animal rights in virtually every entry of sapient critters in the Paranormal Animals of North Ameria sourcebook. Her input is more often than not cut short by the [=SysOp=], who habitually deletes half of her posts [[BlatantLies in order to save precious megapulses of virtual storage space]].
* Subverted in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', where the characters are expected to ''play'' environmental/animal rights warriors. For example, some characters rescue young lupus Garou and wolf kinfolk from zoos, or exact brutal revenge on wolf hunters. In-game, this is justified because every evil strawman stereotype is true in this {{crapsack world}}, and their grand goal is quite literally, "Aid our [[EldritchAbomination terrible master]] in not only ruining Earth, but destroying her soul and claiming her corpse."
** Lampshaded, though it's complicated. The developers even include themselves; their in-universe equivalent is Black Dog Games, which practices every evil claim of people who crusade against role-playing games: subliminally encouraging violence, satanism, sociopathy, and sexual deviance. In ''Werewolf'''s universe, school shootings really ''are'' because of [=RPGs=]. In Black Dog's version of the ''Werewolf'' RPG (a game within a game, if you're keeping score), werewolves are an Animal Wrongs Group gone off the deep end.
** The line eventually introduces an actual Animal Wrongs Group in the form of F. E. A. R. Itself, an eco-terrorist group aimed at radical action towards saving the environment... or so they think. In truth, the whole thing is a scam by the Black Spiral Dancers (fallen werewolves) to make a mockery of the Garou's concern for the Earth by driving young activists towards tactics that have a high body count, don't really stop projects that threaten the environment, bring heightened scrutiny down on the more benevolent ecological sabotage measures of the Garou, and risk making environmentalism a dirty word.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Steer Madness'' is an indie game where you play an anthropomorphic cow who joins an Animal Wrongs Group; setting test animals loose from a laboratory is one of your missions.
* Creator/NipponIchi's ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' spoofs this with Canary, who is trying to start up an Animal Rights group named H.A.R.M. (Human Activists for Rare Monsters). He and a circus manager mistake the magical (but mute) gnomes known as Putties for non-sapient beings. The Putty, despite being caged, enjoys its leisurely life and wanders back in, prompting Canary to outright abduct it. Once recovered, though, the Putty wishes to go with Marona instead. He reluctantly goes back into the cage but escapes on his own later, to rejoin you on your island.
* In the second ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion pack, ''Wrath of the Lich King'', there is a new faction called [[FunWithAcronyms D.E.H.T.A.]] (Druids for the Ethical and Humane Treatment of Animals). Most of their quests involve brutally killing animal hunters and poachers (Their leader gives you brownie points for turning in the hunter's ears!)
** As a bonus, walking into the small D.E.H.T.A. camp within a few minutes of killing an animal results in your becoming a pasty smear on the ground when the entire camp rushes you with Animal Wrong warcries. (This can, however, be averted by taking a swim before approaching the camp.)
*** Alternatively, you could simply achieve a significantly higher level than them, resulting in ''you'' [[KarmicDeath turning the entire camp into pasty smears on the ground.]]
** There's an interesting example of a DoubleStandard in their actions. On [[http://www.wowwiki.com/Quest:Ned,_Lord_of_Rhinos Nedar, Lord of Rhinos]], the quest-giver notes with some regret that "It is a rare thing that D.E.H.T.A. would ever call for the death of an animal, but Ned's tainted rhino must be disposed of...", while he has no such reservations about sending you to kill Ned himself.
** The presence of this faction is an ''intentional'' satire of the game's players, as a quarter or more of all quests elsewhere in the world, including some in the very same zone, involve the slaughter of animals for everything from food to spell components to "for the lulz".
*** To make the [[{{Anvilicious}} message completely unambiguous]], the "loot crazed" hunters D.E.H.T.A. targets spout phrases like "Just fifty more hooves and I'll have the new gun!" and "I wonder what Nesingwary will give me for your hide!", mimicking players' thoughts.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', Elves are essentially a ''Plant'' Wrongs Group -- cut down too many trees, and they will invade you and [[ImAHumanitarian eat any of you that they manage to kill]]. They also get upset if you trade anything made out of wood or that has wood decoration, unless they're stuff that the Elves sold you (which are prefixed with "grown"). Apparently, the Elves use some kind of magic to make trees grow in the form they want to.

* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', one quest early in the game involves donating money to a monster's rights group, aiming to raise awareness of monsters that are endangered due to overhunting. A notice later in the game reveals that the group has come under fire, as one of their campaigns to protect the endangered "Cluckatrice" caused an increase in poaching, as more hunters are now aware of their existence.
** The resultant quest chain reveals that the monster's rights group is actually [[spoiler:a front for Khamja, the BigBad of clans, who themselves were poaching the birds and engineered the campaign as a way to raise demand]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout Tactics|BrotherhoodOfSteel}}'', a Jane Goodall {{Expy}} releases ''deathclaws''. No points for guessing what happens to her.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has the Devouring Earth. Their MO involve propaganda, protesting, arson, kidnapping, indoctrination, mutation, animation, homicide, and genocide.
* While most of the hippies in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' can be considered members of some self-righteous animal-lovers' group, the [[FunWithAcronyms C.A.R.N.I.V.O.R.E.]] operative is explicitly one. Most of the hippies at least have no problem with pet ownership, unfortunately for said pets. The C.A.R.N.I.V.O.R.E. operative also drops a membership button when you beat him; wearing it enrages monsters so much that it makes them stronger (and worth more experience points).
* PlayedForLaughs (like everything else) in ''VideoGame/OverlordII'': The elves, already overly emo in the first game, have become hippies bent on saving magical creatures from the magic-hating Glorious Empire -- [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute but only the cute fuzzy ones]]. As the titular EvilOverlord, one of the first things you do is march into their arctic preserve and start ''[[RefugeInAudacity clubbing baby seals]]''.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Avernum}} Avernum 5]]'', there is the Circle of Life cult, which breed various nasty critters and release them back into their (newly settled) natural habitat, much to the displeasure of others. However, when the group is confronted, it is shown they are quite pacifistic.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' versions feature as the main antagonist force Team Plasma, whose intent is to make trainers give up their Pokémon in order to release them back into the wild. Unusually for the trope, their views are given due consideration and cause several trainers to re-evaluate their relationships with their Pokémon, though most characters conclude that their ultimate goal of separating people and Pokémon entirely would be damaging to both. That said, many (but not all) members engage in as much Lillipup-kicking as any other fictional Animal Wrongs Group; forcefully abducting Pokémon from their trainers, hypocritically keeping Pokémon themselves, and decrying perceived abuse by trainers while ''actually'' abusing Pokémon. Plus, unknown to most of the organization, [[spoiler:the whole thing is a sham by most of the group's leadership; if everyone's convinced to separate from Pokémon, then nobody can oppose them when ''they'' use Pokémon to take over.]] The trope is also subverted in that several members who don't know this agenda, including the [[spoiler:figurehead]] leader, really do have Pokémon's best interests at heart and can't even help but befriend those they've "liberated".
*** By the time of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', however, Team Plasma has split into two factions and neither one is an Animal Wrongs Group anymore: one side has reformed as a legitimate animal welfare group working to atone for their misdeeds; while the other has resorted to outright terrorism and doesn't even bother to use animal rights as a justification any more.
*** Also, this became HilariousInHindsight when PETA themselves protested the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series premise at ''Black 2'' and ''White 2'''s release, even going so far as to make [[http://features.peta.org/pokemon-black-and-white-parody/ their own spoof]], ''PETA’s Pokémon Black & Blue: Gotta Free 'em All!''. Even more hilarious when you realize that they praise [[MisaimedFandom Team Plasma as the heroes]] and Ash, [[TearJerker the guy who broke down crying when he thought his Pikachu was dead]] (as well as being a character from the ''anime'', not the ''games''), as the villain. Oddly enough, Ghetsis is the second-to-last opponent, so it's obvious ''someone'' on the PETA staff played the game and knew about [[spoiler:his real intentions]] (which might suggest that PETA realized that Team Plasma was lampooning groups like them and [[IResembleThatRemark took offense]]).
** The remakes of ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' portray Team Aqua this way, committed to expanding the sea in order to make new habitats for Pokémon that lost their homes to human development. In contrast, their rivals, Team Magma, are focused on [[VisionaryVillain furthering humanity's progress by expanding the landmass]]. (In the original games, both Teams thought their actions would benefit both humans and Pokémon, not one or the other.)
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' has a downplayed example in the form of [[spoiler:the Aether Foundation.]] Though they occupy a villainous role, most of the organization is legitimately well-intentioned, it's just their boss that has gone a bit wrong in the head (for example, the only reason its personnel attack you when you invade is because they were falsely told that you had come to steal Pokémon). Once it comes under new management at the end of the games, the personnel are clearly working to atone for the organization's misdeeds.
* Thetis from ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'', who wants to use his powers to punish every person on earth for all the sea creatures they've killed with their incessant water pollution. To be fair to him, this is a world that's had no less than three [[ApocalypseHow class 1 apocalypses]] so far (all caused by Humans and Reploids, who he hates equally) and it's actually somewhat impressive that there's any sea life ''left''.
** Also, he's not the only member of the 4 biometal users to try and reason with you, which based on normal enemy treatment makes him the friendliest of the enemies, there are implications that [[spoiler:he's actually pushed into being a WellIntentionedExtremist because of model W manipulating him, as with the rest of the biometal users being manipulated in gathering model W pieces, so presumably before that he was actually very kind.]]
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfAThousandSuns'' takes this to the extreme with animal rights groups that genetically engineer said animals, and more extreme are "bacteria-rights" groups that think that SPREADING A LETHAL CONTAGIOUS VIRUS ON HEAVILY RESOURCE-RICH (Read: Populated) PLANETS IS MORE ETHICAL THAN KEEPING A SMALL VIRUS PETRI DISH. Naturally, the opposing groups are also extremist (one of them willing to murder her twin sister gruesomely for the whole "spread the lethal virus" thing), but less taxing on the general populace of the galaxy, and thus eligible to ask for more help from the Sian Captain.
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTheGame'' has Dr. Sorkin, who clearly cares more for the dinosaurs than her fellow surviors. [[spoiler:Upon hearing that the military intends to bomb the whole island, she takes the others hostage to try and negotiate for the dinosaurs, and when she's ignored, she decides to release the massive aquatic Mosasaur into the oceans to make a point, despite the ecological havoc such a move would cause.]] When called out on the latter, she brushes it off as not being a big deal, making it seem as if the dinosaurs are the only animals she ''really'' cares about. [[spoiler:She also keeps hidden from her superiors a batch of dinosaurs, the troodons, she was ordered to euthanise because they were considered too terrifyingly dangerous even for Jurassic Park]], as well as intentionally sabotaging the park's failsafe for biohazard control, the animals' engineered dependency on lysine supplements, because she unilaterally decides to do otherwise would be "cruel."
* ''VideoGame/{{Clout}}'' has The Green Party. Among the bills they are affiliated with are Relax Assisted Suicide Restrictions, Fund Soylent Green Research, and their party's "Win Bill", which is to Legalize Homicide. For the good of the planet, obviously.
* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' gives us [[AIIsACrapshoot The Malevolent Force]], who are a set of Artificial Intelligences programmed to protect the worlds they're found on... "Protect" meaning, among other things, [[DisproportionateRetribution violently killing anyone who harms the local fauna, even in self-defense.]]
* ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' has Cybil, a member of the Concordia Liberation Front who sends you to a scav camp to save creatures she calls "Cuties". As you murder your way through the camp, she gleefully delights in all the mayhem and carnage you're causing (for the sake of animals of course). When you finally reach the "Cuties" and find out that they're actually Torks ([[BigCreepyCrawlies giant bugs]] that are certainly not cute), [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute she demands that you murder them all]].
* ''VideoGame/OneWayHeroics'' has the Jade Forest group, which will attack you at certain intervals if you hunt endangered animals. Hunting these animals nets you [[RareCandy rare stat-boosting items]], so it might be worthwhile to make them angry if you think you can beat them. And the "[[SkewedPriorities values animal lives much more than human lives]]" aspect is much greater here than in most other examples, since you're the only hero who can save the world from [[AdvancingWallOfDoom the darkness]], but that one hare's life is apparently more important to them.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Do's and Don'ts, from Smosh's ''WebAnimation/ShutUpCartoons'' line up, introduces Vikki, an aggresive young vegan who accuses anyone who eats meat or animal products of murder. Her lessons border on fascist level extremes, such as holding another girl hostage in her basement and making this statement:
->''"Studies show that vegetarians are smarter than meat eaters. So we have a duty to make decisions for you -- no matter how much blood we shed!"''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The main cast of ''Webcomic/VeganArtbook'' may as well just be this trope personified. Highlights include Sterk starting a zombie appocalypse because a straw man "carnist" told him humans evolved to eat meat. This is all played seriously.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has had a few panels with PETA members attempting to "rescue" Bun-Bun. Hilarity and stab wounds ensued. There was even [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/000622 a week]] featuring an all-PETA version of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' (of which there was only one, [[spoiler:the guy who was voted off, the others died]]).
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/TemplarArizona''. A group of animal rights activists are [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/spike/Templar/series.php?view=single&ID=14717 picketing a restaurant]], screaming and throwing trash... but considering that the guy who owns the restaurant is a MagnificentBastard who lovingly serves up only endangered and cute things such as poached (the cooking method) condor eggs and braised newborn puppies, it's completely justified. Though the owner notes, as he finishes reading off the day's menu, "I'll be back tomorrow. I do so enjoy our little visits. And I suspect that you do, too."
* Gordito's Father in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' had his guns jammed by a PETA operative so he would be killed by the dangerous animals he was supposed to shoot in his sharp-shooting act that was decreed to be cruelty to animals. (Stuffing a bunch of animals into a cannon and firing them all out so that they can be shot just might fulfill ''anyone's'' standard for animal cruelty.) The reason the circus had gotten away with it up to that point was because they used rabid animals that were going to be killed anyway. Just [=FYI=].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Leeky Windstaff, an evil Druid who [[WhenTreesAttack animates the trees]] of a city park to rebel against their "mewling city dweller" masters.
* ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'', in which the titular pets are sapient beings that have more rights than real world pets, has a whole arc that centers around two guys employed by PETA. However, while one fits this trope well, the other is a far more nuanced character; as well, the arc is a criticism of PETA specifically (the sane one notes that they let him join without a background check).
** The PETA guys try and kidnap a beloved pet, one of them, Joel, goes to prison. Cosmic forces punish Joel by turning him *into* a dog. Joel soon learns the error of his ways and how terrible it was to take an animal from a loving family. His story continues on to this day.
* The Crocomire Hunter, a main character in ''Webcomic/PlanetZebeth'', fits this quite well. He goes into fits of sobbing and/or plots for revenge when an enemy creature (yes, they are referred to as enemies, even though many are friendly or at least unassuming) is killed. All other main characters have no sense of value for the enemies' lives, so this happens often.
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' contains a ''[[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1497 goldfish rights activist]]''. And "[[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1827/ fur is murder!]]".
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' has a parody of this mentality in the Teddy Bear Liberation Front. The TBLF seeks out and exacts revenge on people who modify stuffed animals for sexual purposes. This revenge usually consists of breaking into their houses, "rescuing" any toys they find, and beating the plushie-philes nearly to death.
* ''Living With Insanity'' featured an arc where an animal wrongs group with the acronym ANAL tried to liberate the cat. (It starts [[http://www.livingwithinsanity.com/index/?p=235 here.]]) The result was ''[[http://www.livingwithinsanity.com/index/?p=241 a giant hammer]]'' and ''[[http://www.livingwithinsanity.com/index/?p=291 stabbing]]''.
* ''Webcomic/TheJapaneseBeetle'' used this a couple of times. One arc had the [[FunWithAcronyms Militia for Ethical Animal Treatment]] stop the eponymous hero's battle with a {{Kaiju}} by pelting him with "Bricks of Love" and trying to let it go free (it ate their leader). A later story had an aged hippie concoct a formula that made anyone who ate meat suffer "sympathetic pains", usually manifested as violent reactions followed by blackouts; Ken thwarted him by injecting him with his own formula, then making him eat a soy burger, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard causing him to feel the same sympathetic pains]].
* Pierrot in ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'' is mostly portrayed sympathetically, but he arguably crosses a line when he saves a cage full of furryites (stated to be vicious killers) from being eaten... by setting them free in the middle of a crowded restaurant. It's all played for BlackComedy.
* ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'': Arc would rather face a [[http://suicideforhire.comicgenesis.com/d/20060122.html Cthuluian armageddon than PETA's zealots]].
** And Hunter [[KickTheDog punting a Chihuahua]] somehow resulted in him [[http://suicideforhire.comicgenesis.com/d/20080406.html taking a bazooka to the PETA world headquarters.]]
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' has [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=424 this]] guy.
* In ''Webcomic/CampCalomine'', the entire camp is run by these. Ralph gets in a dig using Sundoggie, a vegan who identifies with otters -- which Charles uses against him by pointing out that otters are carnivores.
* ''Webcomic/UhOhItsADinosaur'': Jill gets between them and a group of gun-toting carnivores.
* Stephanie Kane of the ''Webcomic/ParanormalMysterySquad'' butts heads with the PETM, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Monsters, a group that demands that cryptids be captured alive and unharmed, on a regular basis, which runs at odds with her own mission to kill any cryptid that threatens humans.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A bunch of college students in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' free laboratory animals, and then immediately toss them into the wild to fend for themselves... usually in the wrong habitats, in part thanks to completely misidentifying the species. This includes taking the titular laboratory mice and tossing them out of a plane into the Amazon Jungle.
-->"Can mice fly?"\\
"[[ArtisticLicenseBiology Sure, just like]] [[Film/TheWizardOfOz monkeys]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In one episode, PETA was depicted as a bunch of zoophiles who thought having a cow as a sports mascot was degrading and forces South Park Elementary to change it. Among the choices the kids could vote for was the Redskins, which Stan points out is offensive and degrading to Native Americans, only to be told that it was okay, because PETA doesn't care about ''people'' being degraded, just animals.
** In the episode "Free Willzyx", animal activists shot down a group of police officers, border patrol officers, and an innocent bystander to get a whale to Mexico. Worse yet, the reason, which the animal liberation group was unaware of, was that the whale was being transported to Mexico not to get it to the ocean, but to the moon (ItMakesSenseInContext). It got there. As you might have expected, it didn't last long. The episode was parodying the movie ''Free Willy''.
-->"[[PreMortemOneLiner Free the whales, motherfucker.]]"
** ''Series/WhaleWars'' was skewered in an episode in season 13, satirizing them as media whores who weren't being nearly extreme ''enough''. When Stan joins their crew and starts using actual terrorism methods to fight whalers, the only thing that people seem to notice is how this makes the show interesting to watch for once as well how many ratings the new show is getting.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had an animal rights group try to stop the [=PPGs=] from "harassing" Mojo Jojo, i.e., stopping him from committing crimes. They claimed Mojo wasn't evil but only following his natural instincts.....which included building incredibly complex machinery, and living in an entirely human manner including speaking in clear if over-iterative English. The girls then helped them move Mojo into the wild.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had a slightly different spin on it.
** Bender becomes a one-robot Animal Wrongs Group in "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz". There is also a subversion; The conservation group in charge of protecting the penguins decides that the best way to curb the sudden overpopulation (caused by Planet Express' dark matter) is to break out the guns and declare it penguin-hunting season. This is, in fact, TruthInTelevision. Culling is a very valid strategy if one values species' health over individuals' welfare and is used by several conservation groups.
** ''Futurama'' also played the trope straight with [[FunWithAcronyms Mankind for Ethical Animal Treatment]] (MEAT), a PETA knockoff that starts off protesting the Popplers and then ends up thwarting the Planet Express crew's plan to solve the interplanetary crisis that ensues without Leela getting eaten, serving as part of an elaborate RunningGag. The leaders of both the above groups are the members of the Waterfall clan. Free Waterfall Jr. is the first, in the Popplers episode, and his father swears to avenge his death at the end when Lrr (of the planet Omicron Persei VIII) eats him. The father in question, Free Waterfall Sr., is the leader in "Birdbot". When he gets pecked to death by penguins, ''his'' father swears revenge. [[RuleOfThree Old Man Waterfall]], the elder in question, serves as Zoidberg's civil rights attorney in a later episode, is then killed, and his StrawFeminist great-granddaughter swears revenge. (She showed up again, and when she did, [[FourIsDeath she was toast]]. And so was her brother.)
** When Leela protested that the activists couldn't expect everyone to conform to their standards, Free Waterfall Jr. corrected her; in fact they could, on the basis that they taught a lion to eat tofu. Pan right to an emaciated lion, which coughs once, pathetically. What truly set Free Waterfall Jr.'s group apart was, he valued the rights of animals above those of humans. Zapp Branigan's plan to save Leela by substituting an ape would have actually worked if he hadn't opened his big mouth in an attempt to save the ape. (He failed to do so, and what ultimately happened to him was pretty much no-one's fault but his, seeing as he annoyed Lrr so much.)
* The central characters in ''WesternAnimation/IAmNotAnAnimal'' are released by one of these groups.
* ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'' had a ''{{Kaiju}}'' liberation group called S.C.A.L.E. (Servants of Creatures Arriving Late to Earth) that believed kaiju and other mutants to be the future of evolution and try to free all the monsters from Monster Island. Their leader was so devoted, she was even willing to let the creatures ''eat'' her.
* A subtle version is used on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Bobby accidentally knocks out a whooping crane while on a snipe hunt; while trying to secretly bury it, they are harassed by not only an unnamed animal rights group, but a park ranger as well. Later, while trying to bury it in a field, the animal rights "hippies" chase them off, decrying them as murderers, while tearing down plant life and stepping on a bird's nest, crushing several eggs.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', the People's Animal Freedom Front liberates WesternAnimation/MagillaGorilla from Peeble's Pet Shop (running over a dog in the process). By the end of the show, they've dumped the obnoxious ape out in the woods somewhere after suffering through many, ''many'' {{pun}}s.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Lisa the Tree Hugger", Jessie the environmentalist tells her "''I'm a level five vegan. I won't eat anything that casts a shadow.''"
** Subverted in a later episode where Homer and Lisa attend a relatively realistic protest against testing make-up on animals.
--->"What do we want?" "The gradual phase-out of animal testing over the next three years!" "When do we want it?" "Over the next three years!"
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow Itchy and Scratchy]]'' short "Screams from a Mall," Itchy nails Scratchy's feet to an escalator, causing his fur to rip off, then puts the fur up for sale. Scratchy nabs the fur back from a customer and drapes it over himself, whereupon a group of activists beat him up with their "Fur is murder" signs, despite it being ''his own fur.''
* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Dog Gone" where Brian tries to start an animal rights group. It doesn't last long because Brian tells the audience that in China people eat dogs. Lois wonders what they taste like, then the audience chases Brian just to get a taste.
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'', where a group called "B.A.A.A." (Because All Animals are Amazing) shows up at the school to protest the vaccinations that the school is giving its students. This is apparently standard procedure for Charles Darwin. [[HypocriticalHumor Hypocritically]], at the end of the episode they go for burgers, showing they're not above ''eating'' animals, since if they were, their leader would've said veggie burgers.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Brickleberry}}'''s fourth episode, the rangers are confronted by PITA (People are less Important Than Animals) as a result of them exploiting Steve's [[MixAndMatchCritters squabbits]]. One of their acts is to subject the rangers to forceful makeup testing and they later get killed by the squabbits after the latter acquire a taste for blood.
* A flashback in season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' reveals Lana was part of such a group, of the "fur is murder" throwing red paint on fur shoppers variety. When Lana is about to throw paint on Mallory as she walks out in a new fur, Mallory pulls a gun and dares her to do it. Lana doesn't back down, so Mallory offers her a job.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'' featured a trio of kids with a habit of freeing frogs from mistreatment. Not only does this cause the school to be mostly quarantined (kicking off the plot of the episode), but they also ''caused a factory meltdown'', which nearly ''kills'' Lee and his friends, in order to save the frogs being used to color the product made there. [[spoiler: We also find out that they were responsible for the frogs appearing during The Prank, though they weren't responsible for The Prank itself; they merely used it as a distraction.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', we have Pax, a Florauna (Wildvine's species) who claims to be an alien rights activist and member of Extraterrestrials for the Ethical Treatment of Aliens. Though his methods are non-violent, they are incredibly misguided, as he is willing to release even extremely dangerous creatures from containment and [[KnightTemplar shows no concern for anyone who gets hurt by them in the process]].
* [[https://youtu.be/2NecSMjqtA4 In one of several shorts produced for Boomerang]], WesternAnimation/WallyGator gets kidnapped by a group of people like this and taken to a swamp. The joke's on them, though; [[spoiler: their description of Wally's "terrible" life in captivity ends up convincing the two gators already in the swamp to take the activist's jeep and Wally and head back to the zoo. The last shot shows the three gators living in luxury and the activists stranded in the swamp, with an animal of prey [[WhatTheHellHero yelling at them for messing up the natural order]].]]