The Truthiness of PETA

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PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is a multi million dollar non profit organisation located in Norfolk, VA with 297 employees and 130 volunteers. PETA is lead by President Ingrid E. Newkirk who oversees a Asset of about $21,000,000. For more detail please read the latest PETA Tax Return, Form 990.
PETA also operates a very nice website with the following mission statement:

“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 2 million members and supporters.

PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.

PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.”

Unfortunately, not everything PETA does is mentioned on their website. As example, most people do not know that PETA is operating an Animal Shelter in Notfolk, VA. I would like to encourage the reader to keep PETA’s “Mission Statement” in mind while continue reading.

Since 1998 PETA killed more then 25000 domestic animals in it’s Shelter. Unfortunately, most animals entering the PETA Animal Shelter do not leave the Shelter alive. The kill rate always is between 92% and 97%.
As example:

2008: Received 2218 animals, adopted out 7, killed 2124
2009: Received 2366 animals, adopted out 8, killed 2301
2010: Received 2345 animals, adopted out 44, killed 2200

And remember, this is paid for by “your” donations. But wait, there is more:

In 2005 two PETA employees were charged with 31 felony counts of animal cruelty each, after authorities found them dumping the dead bodies of 18 animals they had just picked up from a North Carolina animal shelter into a Dumpster. According to the Associated Press, 13 more dead animals were found in a van registered to PETA.

In 1991, PETA killed 18 rabbits and 14 roosters it had previously “rescued” from a research facility.

In an Interview Ingrid E. Newkirk once said after she was asked about her work in an Animal Shelter in the 1970’s:
“I would go to work early, before anyone got there, and I would just kill the animals myself. Because I couldn’t stand to let them go through (other workers abusing the animals.) I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens every day.”

I’m asking myself if Miss Newkirk just doesn’t know what ethical means or if she just gave ethical a whole new meaning?

For you, Miss Newkirk:
eth·i·cal: Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong that govern the conduct of a profession


6 thoughts on “The Truthiness of PETA

    Jacquie said:
    September 1, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Horrified and totally speechless.

    Timothy J. Verret said:
    September 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I worked for PETA, and I think what you all have to realize is that when PETA makes the difficult decision to euthanize an animal, it is an animal that they basically go out in the field and rescue from their abusers. These animsl are so badly abused and so sick, that there is simply no chance in hell that they are going to make it to a shelter and be adopted. So, rather than go to a shelter and be euthanized in such a stressful environment, PETA makes the decision to euthanize these animals at their own facility where they are surrounded with much love and compassion. PETA never claimed to be an organization that was against euthanization; PETA is against the suffering of animals and will do everything in their power to end that suffering, no matter how unpretty it might look to the outside world. If PETA could adopt all of these abused animals, I’m sure they would but like most animal lovers, they accept the reality that they cannot adopt/save them all. Like I said, I have worked for PETA and I have never been around a group (and probably never will again), who work so tirelessly to end the suffering (notice, I didn’t use the word “death”) of animals.

      No Kill Allegany said:
      September 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      The numbers speak for themselves:

      2008: Received 2218 animals, adopted out 7, killed 2124
      2009: Received 2366 animals, adopted out 8, killed 2301
      2010: Received 2345 animals, adopted out 44, killed 2200

      There are dozens of shelters that take in animals, and there is euthanasia for those that are suffering, and this isn’t a new trend. There is no excuse for killing over 90% of the animals taken into your care EVERY year. Excuses are excuses, and this is one we don’t buy.

    Laura Shelton said:
    September 3, 2011 at 6:07 am

    My dog was deemed “unadoptable” at the age of 10 months by a county run animal shelter, due to sickness, past abuse, and depression. He was slated to be killed until a no-kill shelter invested thousands of dollars into saving his life. He is now 5 years old and the proud, healthy, and happy “big brother” to my two kids. I ask you, Mr. Verret, would your wonderfully ethical organization have killed him, too? Just because something suffers at one point from abuse doesn’t mean they should be denied the chance to learn about love and compassion and rehabilitation. It’s called rescue work. It means money, time, and effort need to be spent. Of course, whipping out a needle for the sake of “compassion” is so much easier, isn’t it? Sure, it might have been easier for the shelter where my dog first ended up, but that would have deprived my family of its friend. But, your agenda’s more important than that, right? If you have never seen a group of “animal lovers” working so tirelessly to end “abuse,” I suggest you get out more. I hope to heaven you never get near any animals if you think death is always the answer in an abuse situation. Have a nice day.

    Joyce Briodges said:
    September 9, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I believe the fault in the unwanted animal epidemic lies with pet owners. It is irresponsible and cruel to get a pet and not have it spayed or neutered. I currently own 2 dogs (rescues), 2 cats (also rescues in that no one else wanted them) and one pig (bought for me by my terribly romatic husband for our 25th anniversary)..None of them are breeders. We recently lost our amazing 11 year old chihuahua, Oscar (also neutered). It grieves me to think of all the amazing animals that lose their lives before they have the fun, love filled, adored life he lived. Wake up, folks. The answer to your problem is in your hands. DON”t get a pet unless you can afford it, it is expensive. DON’T think it is a good idea to expose your children to the wonders of childbirth through your pet. DON’T think an animals’ life is for the sole purpose of making you feel good about yourself I say this with some trepidation, DON’T get an animal from a breeder unless you thoroughly check them out. With trepidation because I have a good friend who is a breeder and totally coddles ever single Maltese in her world. A cheap price is not necessarily a great price. Look at the animals living conditions, health issues, you deserve to see both parents and their health records. DON’T be stupid. If you are, and adopt or buy and don’t spay or neuter, YOU should be the adversary of PETA or any pet lover. We are rampant here with feral cats, because stupid people assume cats can take care of themselves. Sorry, if they can’t be taken care of appropriately they should be euthanized, or await a slow, painful death of deprivation. The problem is not with the caring shelters, they are overburdened. I think it’s time for some individual personal responsibility. Think of them as children….before you decide, can you care for them? Are you emotionally and financially stable and able? DON’T be stupid!

      Peter said:
      September 9, 2011 at 8:00 am

      While it is true that S/N is very important, it does not change the fact that PETA is killing thousands of companion animals every year for absolutely no reason besides of laziness.

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