PETA is really terrible Veggiegirl. I don't think they are as extreme in Australia, but overseas in America they protest everything and try and make laws that would end the existence of domesticated pets.
PETA's goal is to completely wipe out all domesticated animals. At the core of it that is their only goal.
A lot of people are very scared by them as an organisation as they have a lot of backing financially, and a lot of celebrities endorse them.
I feel with an organisation like PETA that you cannot support one part of it, without supporting the other.
Animal welfare is a great cause, animal rights
Also the RSPCA is fairly bad as well here. I have heard/read a lot of not so savoury stories from dog breeders.