Group claims PETA kills more shelter animals than it helps

Posted By elaine on March 10, 2010

Billboard in Times Square accuses animal rights group of the unthinkable

Billboard in Times Square accuses animal rights group of the unthinkable

      People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals(PETA) is known for calling out organizations for their unethical treatment of animals, but now another organization is saying that PETA kills more animals than they help.  The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), a non-profit “watchdog” organization, is claiming that PETA euthanized 97% of the adoptable pets at their facility in Norfolk, VA.   They even have a campaign called “PETA Kills Animals“.

   PETA admits that they euthanized 2,352 “injured, ill, and homeless domestic animals” in 2009, and a report with the Virginia Department of Agriculture proves it.  But PETA disagrees that 97% were “adoptable” and claim the real problem is that there aren’t “mandatory” spay and neuter laws.

“We need new laws that address the heartbreaking fact that so many dogs and cats are left to languish when injury, illness, or old age overtakes them,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.  “Our case photographs show that show that for abused and neglected animals, day-to-day life can be a fate worse than death.”

   CCF says that while this maybe true for the sick, injured, and un-socialized animals in PETA’s care, it is “unethical” for an organization that raises 33-million dollars a year for animal welfare to kill this many animals.  “PETA hasn’t slowed down its hypocritical killing machine one bit, but it keeps browbeating the rest of society with a phony ‘animal rights’ message,” said CCF Director of Research David Martosko .  “PETA is more concerned about funding its advertising and media antics than finding suitable homes for needy cats and dogs.”

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3 Responses to “Group claims PETA kills more shelter animals than it helps”

  1. Anne says:

    It is about time someone called PETA out on their BS. Now it’s HSUS’ turn to be outed on their lies and manipulation.

  2. kathleen says:

    Has anyone checked on the credibility of CCF, this “watchdog” for consumers? I wonder where the funding has come from for this organization and will investigate the facts behind these accusations.I continue to believe in the good work PETA has done, and continues to do, on behalf of animal welfare.

  3. elaine says:

    CCF is very much a special interest group that pretty much goes after other special interest groups. I do not know where there funding came from, but I didn’t take their word for it. I verified their claims independently with both the Virginia Department of Agriculture and the PETA. Both agreed the numbers were correct, but PETA told me the term “adoptable” was arguable at best. I will probably do more on this in the future. One issue I didn’t get into is the point PETA makes about “no kills” that warehouse animals in kennels indefinitely. Is that the best thing for the animals? Something that many debate… Is death really the more “humane” answer?

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