People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a controversial reputation, and now a report from the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) highlights some shocking numbers.
In the report filed by PETA and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), 1,411 cats and dogs were killed in 2016, bringing their total kill number since 1998 to more than 36,000.
According to Will Coggin, director of research at CCF, the kill rate at PETAs headquarters in Norfolk, Va. is roughly 72 percent. He said the numbers are “appallingly high” when considering data from private shelters in the state that kill around 17 percent.
“PETA’s disregard for the lives of animals is disgraceful,” said Coggin in a release. “PETA claims the moral high ground but routinely kills over 1,000 pets each year.”
There has been a blog making its way through social media, asking where PETA is during the western wildfires, killing tens of thousands of livestock and wildlife.
Coggin said people would expect the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) or PETA to help, but he said from what he knows, “they’re not very involved at all.”
“Haven’t heard a peep,” said Coggin.
Listen to Coggin’s full remarks on AgriTalk above.