PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals), is probably my least favorite organization simply because of the fact that they will gladly sacrifice human lives to save the lives of animals. At least, thats what I thought, This terrorist organization has been linked bombing many of the labs which test animals in product or chemical development, and killing innocent people in the process. While I agree that all life is precious, I am not in favor murdering human beings to save animals. It does not seem like a fair trade to me. Another reason why I am not particularly fond of PETA is because of the fact that their ad campaigns are extreme (I saw one recently where a naked woman was wrapped, and packaged in plastic, with a sign that read, "Human Meat"), and their form of protest is to assault fur clad individual's by splashing red paint on them to represent the blood of a dead animal. PETA, and organizations like it wreak of hypocrisy, and seek to strong arm all who disagree with their mission. If they expect their views to be respected, they should respect the right of those who disagree to do so. Unfortunately everything that they profess to believe in is nothing more than a lie. A farce of epic proportions, and a shocking twist for those who have donated millions to this non-profit organization, and the world.
Approximately 2,000 animals pass through PETA's front door every year and very few make it out alive. The vast majority, 96 percent in 2011, 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. 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. In fact, in the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other domestic animals.
The PETA headquarters is on the appropriately named Front Street. While claiming to be an animal rights organization, PETA does not believe animals have a right to live. Instead, it believes that people have a right to kill them, as long as the killing is done "humanely," which PETA interprets to mean poisoning them with an overdose of barbiturates, even if the animals are not suffering. In 2012, 733 dogs entered this building. They killed 602 of them. Only 12 were adopted. Also in 2012, they impounded 1,110 cats. 1,045 were put to death. Seven of them were adopted. They also took in 34 other companion animals, such as rabbits, of which 28 were put to death. Only four were adopted.
The concept of "humane killing" sounds like a perverse oxymoron to me. Either their mission is to save animals or kill animals. If PETA is under the impression that killing, and saving are one in the same then they should acquire an updated dictionary with definitions that are rooted in reality.
A mother cat and her two kittens, were all perfectly healthy and adoptable and none in danger of being killed until they were given to PETA by a veterinarian who was trying to find them homes and was told by PETA employees that they would have no problem adopting them out. PETA lied to him and the mother and her kittens were entrusted to their care, they reportedly killed them, within minutes, in the back of a van, a donor funded slaughterhouse on wheels. Despite $35,000,000 in annual revenues and millions of "animal-loving" members, PETA does not even try to find them homes. PETA has no adoption hours, does no adoption promotion, has no adoption floor, but is registered with the State of Virginia as a "humane society" or "animal shelter."
It's sounds like a scam to me. A deadly shell game, or three card monty for multi-million dollar profit. Apparently they run their facility like a death camp for animals.
According to inspection reports by the Virginia Department of Agriculture, the PETA facility "does not contain sufficient animal enclosures to routinely house the number of animals annually reported as taken into custody... The shelter is not accessible to the public, promoted, or engaged in efforts to facilitate the adoption of animals taken into custody."
Routine inspections often found "no animals to be housed in the facility" or, at best "few animals in custody," despite thousands of them impounded by PETA annually. Since they take in thousands per year, where were they? "90% of the animals were euthanized within the first 24 hours of custody," according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture inspector. How can people adopt animals from PETA when they kill the animals they acquire within minutes without ever making them available for adoption? How can people adopt animals when they have no adoption hours, do no adoption promotion, and do not show animals for adoption, choosing to kill them without doing so? In fact, when asked by a reporter what efforts they make to find
animals homes, PETA had no comment.
No adoption, no effort, no comment, and no ethics.
Many animal lovers who have publicly condemned PETA for their killing have received a letter from the PETA legal department, threatening a lawsuit. However, because a lawsuit would allow for subpoenas of PETA employees past and present -- leading to under-oath testimonies about the grisly reality of what has and is going on at PETA headquarters it is unlikely that PETA would ever follow-through with these empty threats.
By defending regressive and cruel shelters and sheltering policies that mandate killing, by calling for the death of certain groups of animals entering shelters and by injecting thousands of animals with a fatal dose of poison every year, these actions are not only inconsistent with the mission of an animal rights organization, they are the antithesis of one. Only one question remains,
Why is anyone still donating to PETA?