For professing to love and protect animals, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sure kill a lot of them. The group has euthanized 38,000 animals since 1998.
The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) reports that, according to documents filed last week by PETA with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), its “animal shelter” killed 1,809 adoptable pets in 2017. Of the 2,513 animals in custody at PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, VA, last year, 330 dogs and 255 cats were transferred to other shelters, and only 27 dogs and 17 cats were adopted. PETA euthanized 596 dogs and 1,213 cats.
View PETA’s public report here.
“PETA’s kill rate stands out an alarming 74%,” said CCF in a news release. “While other Virginia shelters won’t have to turn in their numbers until the end of February, last year the euthanization rate at comparable private shelters was only 9.4% and the overall state average was 17.3%.”
An inspection of PETA’s records by the state found that PETA kills the vast majority of animals within 24 hours—“not even giving them a chance to find a new home,” says CCF.
That policy is not in accordance with state law, which requires a five-day grace period. The organization found this out the hard way in 2014, when it apprehended the Zarate family’s pet Chihuahua, Maya, reportedly from the family’s front porch. The dog was put down the day it was taken. PETA subsequently paid a $500 fine, and last year, paid a settlement of nearly $50,000 to the Zarate family.
While PETA said it was “a terrible mistake,” Will Coggin, CCF director of research, says PETA co-founder and president Ingrid Newkirk “has made disturbing remarks against pet ownership” in the past.
According to Coggin, Newkirk has said, “Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation” and, “I think it would be lovely if we stopped this whole notion of pets altogether.”
“PETA is running a slaughterhouse under the guise of an animal shelter,” said Coggin. “You can’t spell ‘death penalty’ without ‘PETA.’”