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PETA killed more than 1,600 cats and dogs at its Virginia headquarters last year - almost 90% of the animals handed over to the charity's shelter

Posted by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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By KATIE DAVIES

Animal rights charity PETA killed almost 90 per cent of dogs and cats placed in the care of the shelter at its Virginia headquarters last year, it has been revealed today. 

The charity, well-known for attention grabbing publicity campaigns such as the 'I'd rather go naked' anti-fur campaign, euthanized 1,647 cats and dogs last year and only placed 19 in new homes according to the data submitted to the Virginia Department for Agriculture and Consumer Services.

PETA told Mail Online that the animals they take in at the center are 'unadoptable', however 89.4 per cent of pets is much higher than their own approximation that half of animals taken to shelters end up being euthanized.  

Criticism: PETA, well-known for its hard-hitting adverts such as the one pictured, has come under fire for the number of animals it kills at its shelter in Norfolk, Virginia.

Criticism: PETA, well-known for its hard-hitting adverts such as the one pictured, has come under fire for the number of animals it kills at its shelter in Norfolk, Virginia

Defense: The charity says euthanasia is a 'necessary evil' as aside from those suffering they can't find homes for all the cats and dogs handed to them

Defense: The charity says euthanasia at its Virginia HQ shelter, pictured, is a 'necessary evil' as aside from those suffering they can't find homes for all the cats and dogs handed to them

According to the statistics 1,110 cats and 733 dogs were handed in to the charity in 2012. 

22 cats and 108 dogs were transferred to another shelter, two cats and three dogs were reclaimed by their owner while 1,045 cats and 602 dogs were euthanized. 

34 cats and 7 dogs were placed under a category entitled 'Miscellaneous'.


The statistics have been promoted by an advocacy coalition called Center for Consumer Freedom, which has had numerous run-ins with the charity in the past.  

They say that since 1998 the shelter has euthanized a total of  29,398 pets.

Justin Wilson, CCF Senior Research Analyst said: 'The animal rights group is talking out of both sides of its mouth – on one side preaching its animal liberation agenda, while on the other signing the death warrant of over 89 percent of pets in its care. It’s beyond hypocritical.'

Well-known campaigns: The charity often uses celebrities for its hard-hitting campaigns. It was accused today of being more interested in 'publicity stunts than keeping animals alive.'

Well-known campaigns: The charity often uses celebrities for its hard-hitting campaigns. It was accused today of being more interested in 'publicity stunts than keeping animals alive'

Well-known campaigns: The charity often uses celebrities for its hard-hitting campaigns. It was accused today of being more interested in 'publicity stunts than keeping animals alive'


Campaigns: Among its many projects PETA encourages vegetarianism and veganism and is against animal testing.

'It seems PETA is more dedicated to publicity stunts than to keeping the animals in its own care alive. It’s the height of hypocrisy for PETA to demonstrate for the 'rights' of rats and pigs, while killing tens of thousands of pets. It’s time that the Commonwealth of Virginia finally reclassifies PETA’s pet shelter for what it is – a slaughterhouse.'

A PETA spokeswoman told MailOnline that they had no choice but to euthanize the animals.

'We have a small division that does hands-on work with animals, and most of the animals we take in are society's rejects; aggressive, on death's door, or somehow unadoptable,' she said.

'CCF's goal is to damage PETA by misrepresenting the situation and the number of unwanted and suffering animals PETA euthanizes because of injury, illness, age, aggression, and other problems, because their guardians requested it, or because no good homes exist for them.'

Sex sells: PETA often uses models in their campaigns. They hit out at critics of euthanasia at their cat and dog shelters yesterday saying it received many unadoptable pets

A later statement added: 'PETA refers adoptable animals to the high-traffic open-admission shelters where they have the best chance of being seen and finding a new home.'

In a 2009 blog the charity wrote about their opposition to 'no-kill' animal shelters saying they often get filled and just have to turn animals away. 

It said in some cases euthanasia is a necessary evil and PETA is willing to do 'society's dirty work'.

'As long as animals are still purposely bred and people aren't spaying and neutering their companions, open-admission animal shelters and organizations like PETA must do society's dirty work. Euthanasia is not a solution to overpopulation but rather a tragic necessity given the present crisis,' it said.  

In response to the post, supporters of the charity were torn on the issue but many said a charity in its position on issues such as medical testing, the fur trade and as advocates for veganism should never allow the killing of healthy animals over a lack of suitable home.   

'In my book, the only time it's acceptable to kill animals is the same as the only time it's acceptable to kill people: when their illness is painful and terminal.' 

'Anything else is a speciesist double standard. As soon as I hear of a campaign to kill homeless people because it's 'more humane' then I might consider it an acceptable option for homeless animals too,' said one post.

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I always thought PETA was pro-animal. Guess not, outside the stunts.

ZsMommy
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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I agree with this

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'It seems PETA is more dedicated to publicity stunts than to keeping the animals in its own care alive. It’s the height of hypocrisy for PETA to demonstrate for the 'rights' of rats and pigs, while killing tens of thousands of pets.

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:51 AM
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 Hmm...One would think with how much publicity they get, they could have tried harder to place the animals.

jaxTheMomm
by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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They've always done this.

Ingrid Newkirk doesn't believe in having animals as pets.  She's well known in south eastern VA for trolling around, getting pet owners to surrender their animals, and coming up with reasons as to why it should be euthanized.

One year, two PETA employees (out of Norfolk) loaded up a van with the equipment necessary to euthanize.  They then went to shelters, vet's offices, etc and adopted many dogs which they quickly killed in their van and disposed of in large dumpsters.  They were charged and convicted, but I forget of what.  They said they were acting outside of PETA, which nobody believes.

All these celebrities don't understand what's behind PETA.

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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WHAT?!

They think killing the animals is better than keeping them as pets? Why?!


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

They've always done this.

Ingrid Newkirk doesn't believe in having animals as pets.  She's well known in south eastern VA for trolling around, getting pet owners to surrender their animals, and coming up with reasons as to why it should be euthanized.

One year, two PETA employees (out of Norfolk) loaded up a van with the equipment necessary to euthanize.  They then went to shelters, vet's offices, etc and adopted many dogs which they quickly killed in their van and disposed of in large dumpsters.  They were charged and convicted, but I forget of what.  They said they were acting outside of PETA, which nobody believes.

All these celebrities don't understand what's behind PETA.

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jaxTheMomm
by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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I'm not sure exactly why they do that.  However, I saw a documentary on Newkirk once in which she stated that it wasn't right to domesticate animals as pets.  That we've turned them into something they were never meant to be.

She also described her first experience with euthenasia, and that her way was much kinder.

Then she was filmed convincing a poor dog owner to surrender his animal.  Said she could find it a better home.  She returned to him a few days later saying that the dog was very ill and it was kindest to euthanize it.  Dog looked perfectly fine.

She's a sick fuck.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

WHAT?!

They think killing the animals is better than keeping them as pets? Why?!


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

They've always done this.

Ingrid Newkirk doesn't believe in having animals as pets.  She's well known in south eastern VA for trolling around, getting pet owners to surrender their animals, and coming up with reasons as to why it should be euthanized.

One year, two PETA employees (out of Norfolk) loaded up a van with the equipment necessary to euthanize.  They then went to shelters, vet's offices, etc and adopted many dogs which they quickly killed in their van and disposed of in large dumpsters.  They were charged and convicted, but I forget of what.  They said they were acting outside of PETA, which nobody believes.

All these celebrities don't understand what's behind PETA.



JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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 What a nutcase!

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I'm not sure exactly why they do that.  However, I saw a documentary on Newkirk once in which she stated that it wasn't right to domesticate animals as pets.  That we've turned them into something they were never meant to be.

She also described her first experience with euthenasia, and that her way was much kinder.

Then she was filmed convincing a poor dog owner to surrender his animal.  Said she could find it a better home.  She returned to him a few days later saying that the dog was very ill and it was kindest to euthanize it.  Dog looked perfectly fine.

She's a sick fuck.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

WHAT?!

They think killing the animals is better than keeping them as pets? Why?!


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

They've always done this.

Ingrid Newkirk doesn't believe in having animals as pets.  She's well known in south eastern VA for trolling around, getting pet owners to surrender their animals, and coming up with reasons as to why it should be euthanized.

One year, two PETA employees (out of Norfolk) loaded up a van with the equipment necessary to euthanize.  They then went to shelters, vet's offices, etc and adopted many dogs which they quickly killed in their van and disposed of in large dumpsters.  They were charged and convicted, but I forget of what.  They said they were acting outside of PETA, which nobody believes.

All these celebrities don't understand what's behind PETA.

 

 

 

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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I live about an hour away from their headquarters and I remember that being in the news.  I don't remember exactly what the charges ended up being but most people don't realize exactly what PETA is about. 

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

They've always done this.

Ingrid Newkirk doesn't believe in having animals as pets.  She's well known in south eastern VA for trolling around, getting pet owners to surrender their animals, and coming up with reasons as to why it should be euthanized.

One year, two PETA employees (out of Norfolk) loaded up a van with the equipment necessary to euthanize.  They then went to shelters, vet's offices, etc and adopted many dogs which they quickly killed in their van and disposed of in large dumpsters.  They were charged and convicted, but I forget of what.  They said they were acting outside of PETA, which nobody believes.

All these celebrities don't understand what's behind PETA.


ashellbell
by Bronze Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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I hate PETA
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DSamuels
by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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Yes, that's so much better for dogs, cats, etc, being killed instead of taken care of, loved and pampered. *eyeroll*

PETA is just plain evil.
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