Not What They Seem
For an association that has long-since claimed to be the largest and most influential “animal rights” organization in the world, “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” has racked up a concerningly grisly death toll. Since 1998, over 29,000 of the 33,000 animals received at the PETA headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia have been destroyed. But why does an organization worth $36 million have a 2012 survival rate of less than 2%?
“Simple math,” says PETA’s Amanda Schinke, in an attempt to justify euthanizing nearly 2,000 adoptable animals last year alone; “too many animals and not enough suitable homes."
For an operation seemingly concerned with animal welfare, however, some things simply don’t seem to add up—like the fact that 89% of discarded pets admitted to PETA’s Norfolk facility were found dead within 24 hours of their arrival.
Cats, Dogs, Bunnies...
People for the Early Termination of Animals
In his Huffington Post article “Shocking Photos: PETA’s Secret Slaughter of Kittens, Puppies,” blogger and former PETA-volunteer Nathan Winograd delves into disturbing details about the organization’s web of deceit. “The vast majority [of animals] exit the facility out the back door after they have been killed, when Pet Cremation Services of Tidewater stops by on their regular visits to pick up their remains,” he writes. “Between these visits, the bodies are stored in the giant walk-in freezer PETA installed for this very purpose. It is a freezer that cost $9,370 and, like the company which incinerates the bodies of PETA's victims, was paid for with the donations of animal lovers who could never have imagined that the money they donated to help animals would be used to end their lives instead.”
But what motivation could PETA—a gathering of over 3 million alleged animal lovers—possibly have for needlessly ending the lives of so many animals?
According to a segment from the official website, it’s because:
“We believe that it would have been in the animals' best interests if the institution of "pet keeping” never existed. The international pastime of domesticating animals has created an overpopulation crisis; as a result, millions of unwanted animals are destroyed every year as ‘surplus.’”
Destroyed by PETA.
The reality of this is, People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals are a universal group of extremists, relying on outlandish—and often offensive—campaign concepts (such as encouraging college students to replace their milk intake with beer) to promote “animal liberation.” They believe that death is a better alternative for many animals than living under human oppression, and the growing trend of no-kill shelters only contributes to the problem.
“This selfish desire to possess animals and receive love from them causes immeasurable suffering,” it continues, “which results from manipulating their breeding, selling or giving them away casually, and depriving them of the opportunity to engage in their natural behavior. They are restricted to human homes, where they must obey commands and can only eat, drink, and even urinate when humans allow them to.”
Clearly, no one at PETA has ever raised a cat.
What’s even more horrifying than this, though, are the extremes PETA have been known to reach to accomplish their agenda. While it’s true that they take in every animal that’s offered to them—some in depraved condition—not even the healthy ones are actively adopted out.
In Ahoskie, North Carolina, a well-intentioned veterinarian, Dr. Proctor, relinquished care of a mother cat and her two kittens to a couple of PETA officials, under the pretense that they would be given loving homes. Proctor later discovered that they had been killed minutes later, in the back of a van.
"These were just kittens we were trying to find homes for,” Proctor told the Virginian-Pilot. “PETA said they would do that, but these cats never made it out of the county."
Fight Hypocrisy and Lies
Shocked? Appalled? It gets worse. PETA president Ingrid Newkirk openly admits that she would arrive early to the animal shelter she volunteered at in the 1970s “before anyone got there” and just “kill the animals” herself, because she “couldn’t stand” to “let them go through” the suffering.
An article by Debra Saunders on SFGate adds, “PETA assails other parties for killing animals for food or research. Then it kills animals -- but for really important reasons, such as running out of room.”
So no matter how convincing or sincere PETA’s intentions may seem, genuine animal-lovers are better off putting their money into local no-kill shelters and making others aware of the sickening actuality behind PETA’s activities. After all, actions speak louder than words—and in PETA’s case, they have nothing commendable to say.
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on October 30, 2013:
Right on target! I learned this about PETA several years ago, and I was beyond disgusted.
Thank you for this excellent article to help spread the word. Perhaps we can get them shut down, or at least, force them to change their ways and live up to their name.
Voted up, interesting and useful.