PETA Takes Heat over Claims it Killed 90% of Animals Dropped off at Virginia Shelter

Critics are slamming the organization for hypocrisy after a Virginia state report indicated a high rate of euthanasia at their shelter.

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Pamela Anderson with her dogs at at PETA event in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 2, 2010. The actress has been a long-time supporter of the animal rights organization.

Correction appended June 18, 2014.

Could it be possible that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) isn’t as animal-friendly as it claims?  The organization reportedly had to destroy almost 90% of all the animals dropped off at its headquarters in Norfolk, Va., in 2012, according to the Daily Mail.

Critics are slamming PETA for hypocrisy, dubbing the shelter a “slaughterhouse,” the website LiveScience reported.

According to published records from the Virginia Department for Agriculture and Consumer Services,the organization euthanized 1,675 of the 1,877 animals in its care in 2012, including 602 dogs and 1,045 cats.  In the last 11 years, PETA has euthanized 29,426 dogs, cats, rabbits and other domestic animals, the Huffington Post pointed out.

“It seems PETA is more dedicated to publicity stunts than to keeping the animals in its own care alive,” Justin Wilson, a senior research analyst at the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), told the Daily Mail.

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The CCF, which appears to be leading the charge on Shelter-gate, gets its support from restaurants and food companies and has butted heads with PETA before, LiveScience noted. And PETA spokeswoman Jane Dollinger said in a statement that the allegations are financially motivated, calling CCF an industry group whose “goal is to damage PETA by misrepresenting the situation,” according to LiveScience. The group maintains that while many animals did have to be euthanized, the 90% figure was higher than PETA’s internal numbers.

PETA told the Daily Mail that the animals they take in at the center are usually difficult to find homes for and would presumably end up being euthanized anyway: “Most of the animals we take in are society’s rejects: aggressive, on death’s door or somehow unadoptable,” Dollinger noted.

Each year, between 3 million and 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in the U.S. That number is significantly lower than the 12 million to 20 million pets euthanized in American shelters during the 1970s, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

MORE: Why PETA Is Meat’s Best Friend

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the full name of PETA. It is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. 

93 comments
Bigrob
Bigrob

I have a friend that use to do work for Peta. Until she found out what was really going on. She said that higher up in Peta they want to kill all animal's. They want to end them all. That goes for pet's and farm animals and any animal used for food or stuff that is taken from an animal to make things. They want to kill them all off so they do not exist anymore. So what happened to this.. Ohhhh we care about animal's thing.. BS.. Of course Peta says that it's all a lie and that it's not true but yet when proof pop's up that says they are telling a lie they make up BS saying well we needed to do it.. But first they said they where not killing them. They change their stories more time's a day then people change their clothes. Oh and did I mention that once she was caught telling people their lawyer's sent her a letter and called her and said that if she tell's anyone else what she heard and what she know's they will sue her and take her for everything she has. So they pretty much told her that if she tell's anyone else about their secret's and their hidden agenda's they have going on they would sue her... She didn't listen and told me everything about what goes on and what's worse is that they say they are non profit but the truth is that she said people in there where taking bribe's and other nasty stuff. So when she told me everything that was going on inside Peta I lost all respect for them.. Peta is nothing more then a group of monster's that kill million's of animal's that could find home's and they have plan's for every other pet out their in the world and farm animal also. She asked one of the people once what Peta would do if all the farm animal's and pet's in the world where released to Peta to care for... When she was told they would all be put down so they can not be breed anymore nor used anymore she said she felt like someone just smashed her heart into tiny pieces.. And I do not blame her. To hell with Peta and you sneaky lairs and there is a special place in hell for you liar's thieves and monster's and killer's of innocent creatures!... May you burn for ever in the lakes of fire! you hypocrites!

MarygayChaples
MarygayChaples

PETA, is for profit, it is a NON PROFIT and pay NO TAXES, yet they kill animals, are terrorist and abuse the court system. They advertise for donations and mislead people that they are SAVING ANIMALS when their CEO in her made for TV  film states that no animal should be captive or eaten if they can not run free then if extinction is the only outcome so be it. They have attack farmers, private owners and have managed to influence USDA which they use to take animals,close down businesses and destroy lprivate businesses. NO ONE IS SAFE


vickmichele
vickmichele

Liberal ghouls. They're like the people who ran the gas chambers in Poland. Giving out flowers and playing soft music before they dropped the zyclone b pellets in.

kellienurse
kellienurse

that's just bs because they should not of had to euthanize that many of their animals, that many weren't unadoptable.

iisnotamused
iisnotamused

PETA have not doing anything good regards about animals and they attempt to blame on other communities. They recently try to blame children video games like mario and pokemon as they see these games as a way of "abusing animals."

PETA is basically a huge hungry wolf covered with multiple sheep skin, I am still wondering why do people still trust them.

quenselenn
quenselenn

she is way to ugly and her dogs look so cuter then she is hahaha


cheryldezego
cheryldezego

  • THE REASON FOR THIS IS BECAUSE THEY OFFER TO PUT YOUR ELDERLY OR TERMINAL PET DOWN FOR A DONATION WHERE OTHER VETS CHARGE A HUGH FEE. MY BEST FRIEND HAD HER LITTLE GUY FOR 18 YEARS AND HE STARTED HAVING SEIZURES AND SHE JUST BACK TO BACK 2 MONTHS AFTER UNEMPLOYED FOR 10 MONTHS. I CALLED SEVERAL PLACES TRYING TO GET HELP AND WHEN I CALLED PETA THEY TOLD US TO BRING HIM RIGHT OVER. THEY WERE WONDERFUL WE STAYED THE WHOLE TIME AND WHEN MY FRIEND HAD SAID HER GOODBYES THEY GAVE HIM A LITTLE MEDICINE IN LEG AND IN LESS THEN MINUTE HE WAS AT PEACE. THIS WAS THE MOST HUMANE THING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE. THEY ARE THE ANSWER TO A PAINFUL SITUATION. I HAVE NEVER BEEN A FAN OF PETA BECAUSE I LISTENED TO ALL THE HYPE IN MEDIA BUT AFTER ACTUALLY DEALING WITH THEM. THEY ARE A BLESSING TO ANIMALS AND PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM. CALL A VET SEE WHAT THEY WANT TO CHARGE TO NEUTER YOUR PET. PETA DOES FOR FREE. IT BREAKS MY HEART WHEN I SEE ANIMALS ABANDON TO STARVE. THERE ARE ALOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS ECONOMY STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THEY CANT AFFORD BIG PET BILLS AND PETA OFFERS EXAMS AND SHOTS AND FLEA TREATMENT FOR FREE. IF YOU LOOSE YOUR JOB OR YOU SUPPOSE TO GIVE AWAY YOUR PET. IF HE IS SLOWLY AND PAINFULLY DYING DO YOU SMOTHER HIM WITH A PILLOW BECAUSE NO MONEY FOR VET BILL. PETA GETS A BAD RAP AND TO BE HONEST I MADE JOKES AND CRITICIZED THEM TOO UNTIL I NEEDED THEM. i WILL NEVER FORGET THE COMPASSION THEY SHOWED MY FRIEND OVER HER PET. i SEND MONEY EACH MONTH TO DIFFERENT CHARITIES AND FROM NOW ON THEY MAKE MY LIST. CHERYL DEZEGO

differentflags
differentflags

I would not help PETA in any way, shape pr form. They should not kill animals. Eugenia Renskoff

annamhv
annamhv

And this is why I dislike PETA

MerleDickey
MerleDickey

Easy solution , quit sending them money and send it to a local non kill shelter. Put them out of business. Ask how much the head of PETA makes in a year and then you'll see where alot of your money goes.

KevinWoolley
KevinWoolley

Not a fan of PETA they often use radical tactics, and prosecute people who don't deserve it.  Now that I read about this it sounds like they don't practice what they preach.......  I guess its all for the media hype and the recruitment of celebrities that drives this organization.  I wonder if they get some of the plays ion their playbook from the Scientologists?

CatManStan
CatManStan

It is a well known fact that PETA kills 97% of all the innocent cats & dogs that they so called ''Save''!

BeckyShilling
BeckyShilling

Really? Aggressive? Unadoptable? Like the sweet mama cat and litter of kittens you took from a vet clinic, telling them you'd find them homes, then killed them in parking lot in your death van?

FrancesRouse
FrancesRouse

Am I reading this correctly? Peta has one set of numbers in house and one set the report?       Is it possible that euthanasia numbers are actually higher? They lied in reporting to the state of Virginia.   What are they hiding?  

HeavenlySkies
HeavenlySkies

I never donated to them but thought they were animal lovers like myself. The story that was posted with the images brought tears to my eyes. I now donate to the ASPCA. I suggest everyone else do the same and put your money to a group that actually wants to keep animals alive.

mmanchester
mmanchester

The issue is not about "euthanasia", they were caught dumping the bodies of healthy puppies, kittens, and adult dogs and cats in a supermarket dumpster hours after picking them up from a vet under the understanding that they would try to find them homes.  They kill as a first option. This is not euthanasia by any stretch of the imagination and it is especially disgusting coming from an organization that hysterically condemns others for far lesser offenses and claims to be champions for animals.

SophieSunArt
SophieSunArt

From what I've heard, PETA doesn't want people to own pets. :<

HMOORE123
HMOORE123

I knew about--and supported--PETA's policy on euthanasia long before I joined. Instead of blaming animal protection groups who work to help homeless animals by promoting spaying and neutering and shelter adoptions, please focus on breeders, pet stores, and people who buy animals rather than adopting them.

You can see heartbreaking photos of many of the animals who PETA euthanized at www.PETA.org--many or sick, neglected, abused, and injured and PETA mercifully puts them out of their misery.

No one can blame PETA or responsible animal shelters for doing society's dirty work and euthanizing healthy animals either. MILLIONS of homeless animals wind up in shelters each year. There just aren't enough homes for them all and sticking them all in cages and warehousing them on end is not humane or feasible.

If you're concerned about homeless animals, please promote spaying and neutering.

SheynaSteiner
SheynaSteiner

According to PETA animals are better off dead than living as pets or in shelters. They've certainly hoodwinked pet-lovers who donate money to them. And what's unfortunate is that they do good work in other regards – lobbying, pressuring corporations who test on animals or kill food animals. Nonetheless I would not give them so much as a penny.

 

NoKillDelaware
NoKillDelaware

The CCF is not "leading the charge" against PETA on the issue of killing homeless dogs and cats.  This is a grass-roots movement of people who are out there in the trenches struggling to save dogs and cats at animal shelter.  We are rescuers, fosters, adopters, and volunteers at shelters. We celebrate every time we save a life.  There are millions of us.  Many of us once believed that PETA shared our objective to stop the killing of millions of homeless dogs and cats at so-called shelters.  We are outraged to learn that PETA has been killing thousands of dogs and cats every year.  We are disillusioned to see the post card written  by Ingrid Newkirk  that says "We do not advocate right to life for animals.  There are always exceptions."  We are sickened to find out that the "exceptions" are dogs and cats who have the misfortune of being admitted to PETA's death factory.  We regret ever giving money to PETA. We will never do so again. 

VickieBrown
VickieBrown

PETA needs to shut down it's high kill shelter and admit to it's donors that it is a sham!  That's nice that Pamela Anderson adopted two of the lucky few that escaped that high kill shelter.  But according to the reports that PETA is required by law to turn into the State of Virginia, for years now, their kill rate in that shelter (if you want to call it that), that death toll has been between 90-97%.  PETA is an extermination Camp for innocent animals.  It is not a Shelter!  And the donors are being duped!

Any Famous Person that is still out their lending their name to this high kill Shelter, shame on you and your management team!  You need to do your home work 


melissam
melissam

They are now trying to down play the numbers- which they have previously stood by the 90% amount. Ive been told they don't have vet staff- they just euthanize animals brought in without actual medical assessments. They have also been know to kill animals brought in with tags on, or microchipped- instead of trying to locate or notify the owners- they kill them within hours of being brought in.

PMasloch
PMasloch

In the last 11 years, PeTA killed about 30,000 companion animals in their HQ in Norfolk, VA. PeTA claims that over 90% of this animals were to sick, to injured or to old to be kept alive. So far, PeTA never has provided anything that would support this claim. PeTA does not have a veterinarian on staff or anybody that could evaluate the animals in a professional way like most other shelters do. PeTA has a yearly budget of almost $35Million at it's disposal and that is all they can do for the animals? Why is PeTA hack Teresa Chagrin writing letters to communities and animal shelters across the country, encouraging them to kill all outside living cats and all Pit Bull type dogs? Why does PeTA send a Gift Basket to Shelby County Animal Services, encouraging them to kill more animals? There are hundreds of open admission shelter across the country doing a better job with just a fraction of PeTA's budget.

For further reading:

http://nokillallegany.com/2012/05/30/how-the-cult-of-peta-is-trying-to-be-a-dog-behavior-expert-in-the-state-of-md/

http://nokillallegany.com/2011/08/31/the-truthiness-of-peta/

http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=12642

PeTA is fighting to close Slaughterhouses, when is PeTA closing it's own Slaughterhouse?    

mooninnorfolk
mooninnorfolk

If PETA isn't "animal-friendly" then neither are thousands of animal shelters across the country that are forced to euthanize an estimated 4 to 6 million dogs and cats every year for lack of good homes. This is a crisis, but the shelters--who are simply trying to help animals, after all--aren't the ones we should be scandalized by. The ones we should be shocked at are the abusive and neglectful owners, as well as the puppy mills, breeders, and pet shops who crank out animals and essentially auction them off to the highest bidder and then leave others to clean up the mess when those animals (or their offspring) are abandoned or turned over to animal shelters months or years later.

IngridNewkirk
IngridNewkirk

The caption for the photo of Pamela Anderson holding two dogs failed to mention that she adopted them both from PETA. These are dogs who, like most adoptable dogs and cats, are not included in PETA's euthanasia figures.

The figures were purposely distorted by those out to punish PETA for our forthright approach to many issues and picked up verbatim by Time. The bulk of the animals we take in are specifically surrendered because they need relief (euthanasia) from suffering caused by old age, injury, or illness and their guardians are too poor to pay; are too aggressive to be placed; and/or have been turned away from other shelters as unadoptable.

Adoptable animals we can't place are transferred to high-traffic open-door shelters with a stellar adoption record. Also, PETA counsels and assists owners so that many dogs and cats never enter a shelter at all, ours or anyone else's. This figure also leaves out the more than 90,000 dogs, cats, and rabbits PETA has spayed/neutered, treated, and vaccinated in the last decade, often at no cost. Additionally, it omits the countless animals PETA has saved through our international "Adopt, Don't Buy" campaign, and more.

For those with a strong stomach, photographs of some of the animals we have euthanized can be seen here: http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2013/04/05/euthanasia-we-wont-run-from-what-needs-to-be-done.aspx. PETA has an exemplary record of saving animals and sparing them pain and suffering, and that includes animals in laboratories, the skins trade, and the food industry.

Sincerely,

Ingrid E. Newkirk
President
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

wfcoaker
wfcoaker

@vickmichele Liberal? What does this have to do with Liberal? PETA is an evil, lying, exploitative scam organization that makes its profit creating a false and offensive of innocent workers so they can exploit it for profit. No liberal is going to support the unjust exploitation of innocent workers. Supporting the rights of working people against exploitation by corporations is a basic principle of liberalism. Anyone who supports PETA is not a liberal by definition.

jenron
jenron

@cheryldezego - If that were the case, WHY were they convicted of 'littering' when they killed puppies and kittens they accepted from a shelter and a veterinarian, promising them they'd find those animals good homes, then dumped those dead puppies and kittens in a grocery store dumpster?  They murdered the perfectly adoptable animals before they ever got to the PeTA 'shelter'.  Look up "PeTA Ahoskie dumpster".  Read the second story that comes up.  Look at the images that come up.  And tell me how great PeTA is then.  They make me wanna puke up my corn flakes.

MichelleAdamsAntiHsusAntiPeta
MichelleAdamsAntiHsusAntiPeta

@cheryldezego PeTA kills animals simply because the can, and then expects people to love them for it.  Why would anyone take a sick, injured, or suffering animal to this Hellhole to be jabbed with a needle repeatedly in the name of ending it's supposed "misery"?  PeTA does not mind telling us that they DO NOT use a veterinarian to euthanize these animals because the State law in VA does not REQUIRE it.  So, why take an animal to an untrained, unlicensed person just to inflict more misery on it?  PeTA very proudly states that no animal has a "right to life".  So, why would they think any animal would have a right to be free from pain, suffering and PeTA's own callousness?  All these people are volunteer animal rights activists who are not trained in euthanasia and who don't know anything  about animals.  I pity any and all animals who have had their lives horribly ended by stupid people who care NOTHING for their animals simply because they are old or injured or sick and who believe the animals should suffer ONE MORE TIME. 

motleydragon
motleydragon

@cheryldezego The problem with PeTA is that they *market* themselves as being concerned about animal welfare, but in actual fact they do NOTHING to try and help the animals given into their care. They do NO outreach. They have NO adoption programs in place, no adoption hours posted, no visitation, and yet they call themselves an 'animal shelter'. That is FRAUD, Cheryl. They are taking your money, and that of other people, and telling you they are using it to 'help animals, but in fact they are using it to continue killing animals and to finance their outrageous and offensive ad campaigns aimed at children like the lovely little pamphlet "Your Mommy KILLS ANIMALS!" and other such propaganda to further their end goal, which is not helping animals but removing them from human contact entirely. You go right on funding these murderers because they helped your friend, but don't pride yourself on doing something good when you do so. You are helping to fund fraud and cruelty.


motleydragon
motleydragon

@cheryldezego Yeah, they are real GOOD at KILLING animals, Not surprised your friend found 'help' for her animal there. As for HELPING animals, though... errr, not so much. Take a look at where your donation money is going. Just because PeTA supposedly 'helped' your friend does not make them good guys. Hitler made the trains run on time too; does that excuse him? No. 

LisaJacklinHydeHarvey
LisaJacklinHydeHarvey

@DavidWilliams1  Damned straight he is. He might be athletically amazing, but he tortured and killed animals for entertainment and gain. No empathy= a monster.

micheleleann
micheleleann

@DavidWilliams1 Yes because purposely harming dogs, and training them to fight eachother to the death is exactly the same thing as having to put down dogs because you can't find them homes.  Nice logic!  Your photo indicates you've already reproduced, otherwise I would have asked you kindly not to.  Hate the thought of you passing that idiocy on...

VictoriaBrooks
VictoriaBrooks

@HeavenlySkies - You might want to read up on the ASPCA.  Only 10% of what they bring in actually go to rescues and kill shelters.  ASPCA also fights lifesaving legislation such as Oreo's law.  You are better off donating to your local No-Kill shelters and rescues who will spend it on vetting and food instead of advertising.

kinsey.l.k
kinsey.l.k

@HeavenlySkiesASPCA is no better than PETA.  You should read up on them as well.  Big non-profit organizations like this don't actually do anything for animals, they collect the money for marketing and salaries.  Donate to your local no kill animal shelter.

jenron
jenron

@HMOORE123 If you cared about stopping animals winding up in shelters, you'd SUPPORT responsible breeders who only let puppies go to homes where they will be compatible with that family's lifestyle.  The primary reason animals wind up in shelters is because they found themselves in an irresponsible home or one that their energy level, grooming needs, or overall temperament wasn't compatible with their new family's expectations.  Promote spaying and neutering?  Well, OK, but only secondary to responsible ownership, because taking responsibility is where it all starts.

VictoriaBrooks
VictoriaBrooks

@HMOORE123  Maddies Fund study (and information provided to veternarians) shows there are plenty of homes available - http://www.maddiesfund.org/Maddies_Institute/Articles/The_Shelter_Pet_Project_By_the_Numbers.html .  In fact, by quietly killing a bunch of animals rather than focusing on adoptions, enables breeders even more by maintaining status quo. 

No-Kill communities have put breeders out of business and forced pet stores out of cities.  Killing within 24 hours and not even trying to find them a home is not humane. Killling animals is not humane. 

Promoting adoptions is what works - http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=13000. Spaying and neutering are also key to lowering euthanasia long term but the reason that people focus on shelters is because that is who is doing the killing - http://www.doggedblog.com/doggedblog/2013/02/know-the-opposition-why-are-you-blaming-the-shelters.html . 

In fact, a study of the numbers in this article shows that a high kill shelter killings spiked with intake - http://www.maddiesfund.org/Maddies_Institute/Articles/Using_Data_to_Make_Austin_a_No_Kill_City.html  and by creating programs and promoting adoptions, the community came out in droves.   But if there is one thing I have learned is that PETA purists,don't want to hear the truth and so these articles won't change your mind, no matter how much data is put your way. 

What destroys me is that every animal I see in a PETA website or video, I wonder if they were killed or if they were one of the 4% that made it out alive. 

And you can see the many animals that PETA "put out of the misery" after lying to gain access to them at http://www.whypetaeuthanizes.org/ .  Adoptable kittens and puppies, who tend to be the first adopted usually at events.  As YesBiscuit! would say, "If you can't own it, you shouldn't do it."

BeckyShilling
BeckyShilling

@HMOORE123  You need to study those numbers! Millions of people will adopt a pet this year! Promotion  and net working of shelter pets saves lives. So does FIRING the shelter workers and directors that find it easier to deal death than work a teeny bit to find homes!  They don't even try to find the owners of pets that are desperately trying to find them, because it means a little more work.  Spaying,  neutering  and education all have a part, but the MAIN thing killing shelter pets is people like you whining, "But we HAVE to kill them!"   NO, YOU DON'T!

mustlovedogs
mustlovedogs

@VickieBrown I so agree about celebrities endorsement of this bunch of posers. Do they not do any research before they jump on the bandwagon? Do they realize they're supporting the extermination of puppies, kittens, and other pets that have been unlucky enough to end up at PETAs slaughter house? Ugh, anybody that shills for these phonies is either stupid or heartless; neither is good for PR!

VictoriaBrooks
VictoriaBrooks

@PMasloch - Can you imagine what 35 million could do for No-Kill Rescues and Shelters?  Austin Pets Alive saved over 6,000 animals with a budget of 2-3 million and those are expensive cases, the medical case, the behavioral issues.  You could be 11 (conservatively) of those and save 66,000 animals.  Real animals.  Hard data. That would take NYC (http://www.nycacc.org/pdfs/stats/Euth.png), LA (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/05/la-animal-shelters-euthanasia_n_3550914.html), and Chicago to No Kill- http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.pawschicago.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/graph.png&imgrefurl=http://www.pawschicago.org/news-and-features/leading-the-way-in-animal-care-control-transfers/&h=632&w=853&sz=57&tbnid=XhWk1eZO-SPkrM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=121&zoom=1&usg=__iathmpCifrXaUXxAvqsfrgt6TJM=&docid=LH_zX7DI6_aFHM&sa=X&ei=6-nhUcPoFuX8yQGYwIGYAw&ved=0CFsQ9QEwCA&dur=311 - That covers anywhere from 25-25k lives and would make the 3 biggest cities No Kill.  I'm not sure how many it could cover out of Houston which is the 4 biggest city as I believe they have several shelters there and I know they kill lots of animals. But Houston, TX is notoriously kill oriented as well.  PETA likes them...

VictoriaBrooks
VictoriaBrooks

@mooninnorfolk

Maddies Fund study (and information provided to veternarians) shows there are plenty of homes available - http://www.maddiesfund.org/Maddies_Institute/Articles/The_Shelter_Pet_Project_By_the_Numbers.html .  In fact, by quietly killing a bunch of animals rather than focusing on adoptions, enables breeders even more by maintaining status quo by NOT taking away their market share.

No-Kill communities have put breeders out of business and forced pet stores out of cities.  Killing within 24 hours and not even trying to find them a home is not humane. Killling animals is not humane.  Killing healthy animals ISN'T a kindness.  It is murder.

Promoting adoptions is what works - http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=13000. Spaying and neutering are also key to lowering euthanasia long term but the reason that people focus on shelters is because that is who is doing the killing - http://www.doggedblog.com/doggedblog/2013/02/know-the-opposition-why-are-you-blaming-the-shelters.html .  

Many shelters are going No-Kill.  With over 160 No-Kill Communities, we know it can be done.  PETA should have been leading the charge.  Animal lovers all over the nation now know that we have been lied to.  It is a travesty. 

Great companies know how important it is to lead the change, or get left behind. 

melissam
melissam

@mooninnorfolk I don't think you get the point. PETA is an out right activist group who has been known to use violence against people in the past for not being 'animal friendly' yet they murder thousands themselves. Its flawed logic at the least. I have read some reports that I find utterly disturbing from past employees. Everything from the fact that euthanized animals had not been examined by a vet or vet tech to determine if these animals were even sick. That they killed peoples house pets- animals with tags on them- with no attempt to contact the owner. That they sneak into local federal property where a feral colony was- took the cats and killed them. I would also like to point out, PETA rakes in 35 million a year- im willing to bet that's at least 35x the average shelter brings and yet I bet the average shelter does more adoptions and medical care for the pets than PETA ever has. You see, you cannot compare PETA to local shelters, PETA is just a hypocrital entity.

jenron
jenron

@IngridNewkirk So WHY were perfectly adoptable puppies and kittens killed before even reaching your slaughterhouse...excuse me, 'shelter', and dumped in a grocery store dumpster in Ahoskie NC?

mustlovedogs
mustlovedogs

@IngridNewkirk You are a disgusting human being. No wonder you hate the human race. You only have yourself as a model. Why don't you do the world a favor and retire. You're responsible for so much death and injustice I don't know how you look in the mirror. 

avacadoranch79
avacadoranch79

The animals found in the dumpster included kittens and puppies. Nice try though. ..

avacadoranch79
avacadoranch79

The animals found in the dumpster included kittens and puppies. ..

SheynaSteiner
SheynaSteiner

@IngridNewkirk Why does PETA recommend killing all dogs labeled as "pit bulls" that get dumped in the shelter system?

melissam
melissam

@IngridNewkirk  And why the hatred for no-kill shelters anyway? Angry because they are doing things right and it makes you look so bad?

melissam
melissam

@IngridNewkirk  LOL- Boo Hoo. So, let me get this straight. You are complaining and information distortion, when PETA itself, has perpetrated this crime itself? I'd like to see the health records of every euthanized animal. I'd like to know what training they have. I'd like to know who signed off on these murders.

MikeFry
MikeFry

@IngridNewkirkYou wrote: “The caption for the photo of Pamela Anderson holding two dogs failed to mention that she adopted them both from PETA. These are dogs who, like most adoptable dogs and cats, are not included in PETA's euthanasia figures.”

That could be one of the most disingenuous statements ever made. No one has ever claimed that there is not a tiny percentage of animals that make it out alive from your “shelter.” No one would expect animals that leave alive to be “included in PETA’s euthanasia figures.”

What is disturbing and troubling is the percentage of deaths of the total intake, 94% - 97% depending on the year. You know that. Most anyone who has followed this issue knows that. Your statements continue to demonstrate you have no intention of doing anything but to try to deflect, confuse and manipulate the conversation.

larissa_j
larissa_j

@IngridNewkirkYou know, you'd get much more support and respect from women like me who have had to struggle in male dominated fields for oh, twenty years or so, if you'd back off the blatant misogyny and sexism.  I thought the "E" in PETA stood for ethical but not so much eh?  Maybe you should change it to exploitation?

YeaIsaidit
YeaIsaidit

But killing thousands upon thousands of dogs and cats that you are "saving" is okay? I think this is fraud of the highest order and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! People giving money to treat animals ethically, only for them to be murdered? PETA=Michael Vick, but on a much larger scale.

YeaIsaidit
YeaIsaidit

Yea nice logic michele, a not for profit company doing exactly what they criticize other people over. Just for the record, PETA purposely "harmed" these dogs by murdering them. Your logic was "nice" as well. Do as I say not as I do, and don't kill animals, unless it is done by those saying not to kill them. I truly hope you have not and will not produce since simple logic is lost on you!

aphreal
aphreal

@VictoriaBrooks @HeavenlySkies No-kill shelters aren't actually no kill.  They just bring them to us at the actual animal shelter for us to do their dirty work.  There is a gross overpopulation and people don't want to be responsible pet owners.  Our work is heartbreaking but necessary, and we'll still get called murderers.  We REQUIRE that you spay or neuter your pet if you are taking an animal from us.  We do our part to fight overpopulation, still people don't listen, still people don't take the time to put effort into owning a pet.  

mustlovedogs
mustlovedogs

@melissam @mooninnorfolk I read that PETA spends 1% of their budget on actually helping animals! This is an organization that takes in an OBSCENE amount of money compared to other shelters that manage to save the vast majority of their intakes. Obviously saving these animals is not a priority in any way for PETA, in fact they seek them out and lie to obtain them, for the sole purpose of killing them, regardless of age, health, or adoptability. I used to think that PETA believed in the sanctity of life, that they would do anything to save life- I couldn't have been more wrong. This is a misleading, hypocritical group of POSERS, and I would never give them another penny. I hope I'm not alone and they see their donor base dry up, their celeb endorsements go away, and their political clout disappear. Good riddance to a hateful bunch of puppy killers!

JeffersonThomas
JeffersonThomas

Sorry, but no. You're repeating a lot of rumors that simply aren't true. PETA has never used violence against anyone -- if they had, I wouldn't be a member. And the stuff about sneaking in places and euthanizing cats? Do you have a verifiable source for that? If not, then why accept (and spread) it as though it were factual?

You're right that you can't compare PETA to local shelters. PETA never intended to be just another local shelter. They operate campaigns, investigations, outreach, and rescue efforts all over the Americas, and $35M is just a pittance compared to what the huge corporations and industry groups spend to promote the products that come from the confinement, abuse, and violent slaughter of billions of animals per year -- not to mention attacking groups like PETA that advocate for those animals. Sadly, many people who claim to care about animals help do their dirty work by spreading the smears.

Please, keep an open mind. Visit PETA's website and see for yourself all that they do for animals and where their donations are spent. It's factual and documented. And please direct any frustration at the people whose careless cruelty results in the misery of so many neglected and homeless animals.