Peter J. Petersan is the Deputy Director of Animal Protection Litigation at HSUS.
In 1995 while working for PETA, Petersan was arrested during a protest against deli-meat company Oscar Mayer. Dressed in a pig costume, he climbed to the top of the Wienermobile before police coaxed him down. "They were exploiting children to sell their product—slaughtered animals," he was quoted as saying in the Los Angeles Times. PETA later included Petersan's arrest on a list of its Top 10 Wackiest Stunts.
In 1997, he was named as an editor of The Abolitionist, the official magazine of Compassion Over Killing (COK). In the spring/summer 1997 issue, COK glorified acts of vandalism committed against a DC fur retailer by the Animal Liberation Front, an FBI-designated terrorist organization.
Petersan received his bachelor's degree from Wichita State University in 1995, and a law degree from American University's Washington College of Law in 2003.