PETA’s Dark Side: Animal Organization Killed More Than 1,600 Dogs & Cats Last Year at Virginia Headquarters
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on March 21, 2013
In 2010, I wrote about the radical, leftist, animal-activist group PETA, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals organization, and its hypocritical, dark side of killing a majority of domestic animals left in its care for pet adoption.
The UK’s Daily Mail has released a shocking story this week about the more than 1,600 dogs and cats that were killed in 2012 at PETA’s headquarters in Virginia. That number represents nearly 90 percent of the animals placed in its care.
This stunning news flies in the face of PETA’s infamous thuggish theatrics against celebrities, such as singers Lady Gaga and Rihanna, and others who wear fur, snakeskin, or other animal skins, as well as other outrageous or bizarre actions to garner headlines, such as demanding highway markers in Illinois to memorialize dead cattle.
There was its highly controversial “Meat Is Murder” campaign in NYC in 2010, which featured volunteers lying nearly naked in giant plastic-wrapped meat trays, covered with fake blood, to protest the eating of meats. Last year, there were numerous physical attacks, including a PETA tofu-pie throwing at Vogue editor Anna Wintour and a PETA flour bombing of TV personality/reality show star Kim Kardashian because of her wearing of fur, causing PETA supporter and sister Khloe Kardashian to break away from the bullying organization. Controversial sexual ads suggesting sadistic violence and exploitation of women that promote veganism have brought up justified criticism.
Animal rights charity PETA killed almost 90 per cent of dogs and cats placed in the care of the shelter at its Virginia headquarters last year, it has been revealed today.
The charity, well-known for attention grabbing publicity campaigns such as the ‘I’d rather go naked’ anti-fur campaign, euthanized 1,647 cats and dogs last year and only placed 19 in new homes according to the data submitted to the Virginia Department for Agriculture and Consumer Services.
PETA told Mail Online that the animals they take in at the center are ‘unadoptable’, however 89.4 per cent of pets is much higher than their own approximation that half of animals taken to shelters end up being euthanized.
According to the statistics 1,110 cats and 733 dogs were handed in to the charity in 2012.
22 cats and 108 dogs were transferred to another shelter, two cats and three dogs were reclaimed by their owner while 1,045 cats and 602 were euthanized.
34 cats and 7 dogs were placed under a category entitled ‘Miscellaneous’.
The statistics have been promoted by a restaurant advocacy coalition called Center for Consumer Freedom, which has had numerous run-ins with the charity in the past.
They say that since 1998 the shelter has euthanized a total of 29,398 pets.
Justin Wilson, CCF Senior Research Analyst said: ‘The animal rights group is talking out of both sides of its mouth – on one side preaching its animal liberation agenda, while on the other signing the death warrant of over 89 percent of pets in its care. It’s beyond hypocritical.’
More from The Daily Beast in April 2012:
Perhaps the biggest controversy to hit the animal rights organization is one they didn’t willingly manufacture themselves. In March, the Center for Consumer Freedom, a supposed consumer advocacy group that is actually a part of the pro-meat industry lobby, filed a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) and discovered that PETA euthanized over 95 percent of all its animals in its Norfolk, Virginia shelter. They killed 713 out of 760 dogs brought to the shelter; euthanized 1198 out of the 1211 cats, and ended the lives of 54 out of 58 companion animals that were not cats or dogs, such as rabbits. A story in USA Today noted that this activity wasn’t confined to last year and said that state records from the past 15 years reported to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services showed that PETA euthanized more than 27,000 animals, so many that USA Today reported “the state considered changing PETA’s status from a shelter to a euthanasia clinic.”
Another animal rights activist, Nathan Winograd, a no-kill shelter advocate and author of several books, including the forthcoming Friendly Fire… says that PETA’s stance is hypocritical.
“How do you square that [the Virginia shelter] with PETA’s claims that they’re for animal rights?” he asked. “I don’t think there is any way to square it. A movement can’t really be rights-oriented and ignore the right to life. That is the most fundamental right there is because if that can be taken away by killing, all other rights become irrelevant.”
PETA has attacked many organizations over the years, including KFC, protesting a reported 12,000 times against the chicken chain for its treatment of chickens. In 2011, PETA demanded that San Francisco’s Tenderloin district be renamed for a soy-based meat substitute. PETA has also been actively striving to ban all fishing, dog shows, guide dogs for the blind, horseback riding, circuses, zoos, and all animals used in entertainment. They’ve protested pigeon racing and have attacked the Kentucky Derby. And they are working toward their long-term goal of banning all pets, which may be shocking news to the thousands of devoted pet owners who donate big bucks to PETA every year. Why anyone who loves animals would want to support this group is a mystery.
Last November, PETA sent a letter to the White House requesting that Pres. Obama bow out of the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardoning, which it also wanted renamed. PETA compared the tradition of pardoning turkeys to the poor treatment through history of minorities, women, and gays. PETA said that “pardoning” was belittling to the innocent birds, and so, the turkey pardoning should be renamed to an “excusing” or a “liberating.”
All this energy expended on the “hurting” of a turkey’s feelings… the same year the organization killed 1,647 cats and dogs that could have been adopted.