PETA Under Fire Over Claims of Killing Dogs and Cats

PETA ‘killed more than 95 per cent of adoptable dogs and cats in its care last year’ at its US headquarters in Virginia.

Most people know about PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is that its members occasionally parade in the nude (or near nude) on the theme “we’d rather go naked than wear furs.”

Founded in 1980, PETA has done stellar work curbing cruel and often useless torturous experiment on animals of all sorts, as reflected in a summary of its mission statement: “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.”

As such it opposes circuses, zoos, farms, pet stores and the like.

PETA advertises itself as the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than three million members and supporters. PETA stages “rescue” operations of abused animals and can serve a useful purpose, which it is exceeding adept at publicizing.

What PETA does not tell you is that it doesn’t much like pets — which it sees to view as a form of animal slavery. Nor does it tell you that it euthanizes — kills — some 95% of the animals it rescues. As an organization, it tends to believe an animal is better dead than living with a human being.

Reports released by non-profit consumer group, claims that PETA was responsible for the deaths of nearly 2,000 adoptable animals last year alone. Claiming PETA’s own official reports, indicate it put to death virtually every dog and cat it took in for adoption. This policy extended from 2006 through 2011. Virginia requires animal shelters to report the number of dogs and cats taken in each year — how many are euthanized and how many are adopted.

These statistics are available through Virginia’s Sunshine Law. The records also show that the animal-rights organization has killed more than 27,000 animals at its headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia since 1998. Only 3,159 animals, mostly dogs and cats, were adopted in that time.

Records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture obtained through public records by the Center for Consumer Freedom show figures that are quite contrary to PETA’s mission.

As far back as 2008, the Center for Consumer Freedom petitioned VDACS to have PETA officially reclassified as a “slaughterhouse.” Since 2006 the PETA adoption rate has dropped precipitously, the kill rate risen dramatically.

Records from 2011 alone state that of the 1,992 cats and dogs received, 34 were transferred, and 24 were adopted. The remaining 1,911 were put down, the report states.

PETA hasn’t slowed down its slaughterhouse operation,’ CCF executive director Rick Berman said. ‘It appears PETA is more concerned with funding its media and advertising antics than finding suitable homes for these dogs and cats.’

The organization also runs the website PETAkillsanimals.com, which details their claims into the organization’s seemingly shady operations.

More than 4 million animals are killed annually at shelters across the nation, citing unsustainable cost of caring for unwanted creatures and space limitations.

PETA said in an April 2011 interview with Newsweek that the ‘no-kill’ policy simply wasn’t possible. ‘We would rather offer these animals a painless death than have them tortured, starved, or sold for research,’ Daphna Nachminovitch told the magazine.

However, humane societies in Nevada have successfully run ‘no-kill’ shelters. Bonney Brown, who is executive director of the Nevada Humane Society told Newsweek that with the help of more volunteers, 2007 became their first no-kill year.

PETA media liaison Jane Dollinger told The Daily Caller via email that most animals that fall into the Norfolk center’s care are ‘somehow unadoptable.’

While she did not dispute the claims, she qualified that many animals were killed because of ‘injury, illness, age, aggression, or because no good homes exist for them.’

The report by CCF implies that laziness, and not a lack of funding or volunteers, is to blame for the death rate. The report states: ‘Despite its $37.4 million budget, PETA employees make little effort to find homes for the thousands of animals they kill every year.

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