Yes. While all the attention is centered on their activism and
advertising antics, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is
quietly killing most of the animals in their shelter. Under the guise of compassion, or overpopulation, or several other excuses.
Turns out they kill 96 percent of the animals brought to their Virginia headquarters.
The high-profile charity, famous for its “I’d rather go
naked than wear fur” campaigns, has euthanised more than 20,000 pets in
the last decade, according to figures it has supplied to Virginia state
Peta insists that homes could not be found for the dogs and cats,
usually because they were in such poor health or because they were
“unsocialised” and aggressive, usually because of bad treatment by
But the organisation, which does not run its own animal adoption
programme and does not accept animals into its care elsewhere, admitted
to The Sunday Telegraph that some treatable and adoptable animals were
also among those killed by lethal injection.
PETA doesn’t run an animal adoption program? Isn’t that antithetical to the purpose of their existence?
“America is facing an epidemic of overpopulation. Six to
eight million unwanted pets are turned in to shelters each year and
half of them have to be euthanised. Our euthanasia programme is no
“It’s a societal problem. We’re not going to turn our backs on these
animals just so that our figures look good. We’re not saying that all
the animals we euthanise are suffering from incurable conditions. But
overpopulation is a crisis. It’s a matter of actually finding a good
Now critics of the group are accusing it of being more interested in
using its $32 million annual budget to fund its campaigns against the
fur and meat industries than helping the cats and dogs in its backyard.
In the past year or so they certainly have received high profile
media attention for their racy ads. But if that campaign has drawn more
supporters, they should be aware their money may be funding….the
campaign to draw supporters.
“Many people who contribute to Peta’s funds will be very
disturbed to learn that their money is going towards killing animals,”
said David Martosko, director of research at the US-based Centre for
Consumer Freedom (CCF).
“It’s inconceivable that Peta is taking in only the least, last and
lost of the animal kingdom. The odds that Peta is only receiving
unadoptable animals are about the same as me winning the lottery and
being struck by lightning on the same day. The reality is that Peta has
no interest in trying to find homes for unwanted animals as they want
to use their money to fund their political campaigns.”
It’s not a stretch to say that the mentality behind this behavior and its justification is not far from that of the people
euthanasia movement. The ‘death with dignity’ groups pushing euthanasia
are using the same excuses for putting humans down. Overpopulation,
lack of resources, abandonment, sickness or impairment, quality of