This week, the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) released its yearly review of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) record of killing pets at its Norfolk, Va., animal shelter.
In 2013 alone, PETA killed 1,792 cats and dogs, an average of 5 per day. The 1,792 figure represents 82 percent of all animals PETA took into its shelter throughout the year.
The numbers come from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), which requires such annual disclosures to be made. Since 1998, 31,190 animals have died at the hands of PETA. And in 2005, PETA employees were arrested in North Carolina after killing adoptable pets and tossing the bodies into a supermarket trash dumpster. Trial evidence showed they killed animals they described as “perfect” and “adorable.”
Will Coggin, senior research analyst at CCF, said this takes hypocrisy to a whole new level. “This delusional animal rights group is talking out of both sides of its mouth – on one side preaching animal rights, while on the other signing the death warrant of 82 percent of cats and dogs in its care. Labeling PETA as hypocritical would be the understatement of the year.”
Despite its $32 million budget, PETA fails to find homes for the deluge of animals it kills. PETA President Ingrid Newkirk previously indicated to The Virginian-Pilot that the animal rights group could stop killing pets. Of course it would mean cutting down on press stunts and celebrity photo shoots: “We could become a no-kill shelter immediately. It means we wouldn't do as much work."
Even more alarming is how quickly PETA chooses the death needle versus care and nourishment once an animal is left in its care. A 2010 inspection conducted by a VDACS veterinarian of animal custody records discovered that 84 percent of the animals PETA took in were killed within 24 hours.
Coggin concluded, “PETA’s so-called ‘shelter’ might as well be called a slaughterhouse. For an organization that once disgustingly compared the treatment of farm animals to the Holocaust, you’d think PETA would avoid the appearance of systematic killing.”