PETA sets up shop in Echo Park

The new West Coast headquarters of the  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals opened today in Echo Park, with about 60 employees adjusting to new surrounding in what had been a former auto showroom.  The conversion of the 80-year-old building  – which will be named after TV game show host Bob Barker, who donated $2.5 million for the project – into new offices was originally scheduled to be completed by summer 2010.  But the job of  reinforcing and modernizing the building – which included the removal of concrete ramps inside the structure – took much longer than expected.  “We are very excited about our new surroundings,” said spokeswoman said Lisa Lange of the building, where dark  floors and patches of exposed brick wall contrast against a nearly all-white interior.

While the inside  of the building is open for business, the exterior remains obscured by plywood barricades as workers rebuild the sidewalk.  Also,  the  sign from a former mattress store – Sleep E-Z – still hangs over the main entrance of the Art Moderne-style building.

Most of the employees working in Echo Park relocated from PETA’ East headquarters but the animal rights group has also been hiring locally. Lange said a grand opening is being planned for March.


  1. Welcome to The Echo’s :)!!!

  2. now bring on the HUGE images of vivisection on sunset, more preachy trendy vegans and quasi-ideological star fuqqers who feel the need to be on camera just a lil more.

    there goes the neighborhood : (

  3. PETA, welcome to my neighborhood, but please post no more graphic billboards. We get it already. A huge part of your new neighborhood (myself included) already practices “cruelty free” shopping and refrains from wearing fur, etc. But we no longer wish to be bombarded with shocking images of tortured animals. I would appreciate it if you would give that a rest.

  4. Thank you for your wonderful website! I would like to request that you please provide an address with stories about local businesses.

  5. PETA, its hard to take you seriously when you euthanize 97% of your animals.


  6. @ Chris L., you’re leaving out a bit of the story. those animals that are euthanized are in really bad shape. don’t click the following link unless you really want to see how badly these animals are doing (very gruesome). PETA does some over the top annoying stunts, but you can’t seriously call them hypocrites:

  7. Thanks well.

    No-kill shelters simply ship their animals off to kill shelters, as well. There’s no such thing as no euthanasia. Too many pets, too little owners.

  8. I fear the more we complain about the hideous billboards they’ll think it’s working. I was really looking forward to more jobs in the Echo area, but the more I read about PETA, the more it sounds like their “hiring” pool would be from Sunset Junction as opposed to those who came looking.

    That’s just my take on it.

  9. I do find it ironic that the workers building the place wear leather boots, gloves, tool belts and jackets. So this place was built off the backs of animals that this place tries to protect. That is the definition of hypocrite.

    • Please. I guess it’s also rank hypocrisy for a Christian church to be built by a workforce that includes some laborers who don’t accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Or for an environmental group to rent an office in a building that has wood in it and that uses gas. Are PETA members not allowed to drive a car because it wasn’t built by vegans?

      Setting an impossibly high standard of purism and then calling people hypocrites for not living up to it is a cheap way to attack people for having principles.

  10. @Leather Interesting point – but I imagine it would be a little difficult finding a construction company that could guarantee none of their employees would wear products made from animals! I’m guessing sometimes they have to pick and choose their battles.

    • Agreed that it would be difficult to find a crew to not use or wear any leather, eat meat while working on the property and so on. But not nearly as difficult for all of America to live a vegan lifestyle. I think I’ll take photos of the guys working while using leather and take photos of their meat animal filled lunch and ask Peta what they think about it. I mean this place is literally built and fueled by animals. The Peta office that animals built. Btw, I’m just using their logic, not mine.

  11. Pet lovers, please keep in mind when donating that PETA is an advocacy/lobbying group. Its ultimate goal is the elimination of all pets: http://www.peta.org/about/why-peta/pets.aspx

    If you want to support organizations that are for companion animals, look into volunteering/donating to your local humane societies, shelters, spay/neuter programs, etc.

    • I read the page you cited. I don’t think it says what you claim it does. Here’s the closing remark:

      PETA does not want to confiscate animals who are well cared for and “set them free.” What we want is for the population of dogs and cats to be reduced through spaying and neutering and for people to adopt animals (preferably two so that they can keep each other company when their human companions aren’t home) from pounds or animal shelters—never from pet shops or breeders—thereby reducing suffering in the world.

      • PETA wants to eliminate them through spay/neuter. If animals cannot reproduce, then they will die off without leaving any offspring. They believe it is cruel to breed animals to be pets, even if you take care of them. It says right there in the article that they believe the keeping of animals as pets should have never happened.

        Also, does anyone truly believe the 2,000 or so animals PETA receives every year are beyond help? If so, why do they refuse to release vet records of the animals killed? If they are only receiving dead/dying animals, then they could clear this up in a year if they released the records. Are the animals even given vet care before being killed? Why is everyone only bringing their dying pets to PETA? Also, the State of Virginia’s reporting form only asks for data for animals taken into custody “for the purpose of adoption.” IF they were only taking animals to kill them, they would not have to fill out those forms that people are getting the kill rate from.

        PETA also has no page on their website dedicated to finding homes/financial help for the animals in their care. How simple would this be to make?

        I don’t believe PETA for a second, especially after the Hinkle and Cook case. They were two PETA employees who were caught going to veterinarian’s offices, taking healthy cats, dogs, puppies and kittens after saying they would adopt them out, then taking them right back to their van to be euthanized. Then they ilegally dumped the corpses in a Piggly Wiggly dumpster.


        What did PETA think of these employees? Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of PETA, called the female employee the Mother Theresa of animals.

        There’s a reason even other vegan/animal rights organizations are against PETA.

    • Do your research before you make fictitious claims like that.

  12. They did a rather good job of renovating this building. Thanks Bob!

  13. I support PETA. Great news!

  14. Building looks good… welcome to the neighborhood!

  15. Dear Peta,
    Please don’t wave your liberal penis in my child’s face anymore.
    We dont need any more graphic and disturbing images
    on my way to dropping them off every morning.


  16. happy to have them in the neighborhood. welcome PETA!

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