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It is Time to Put Down PETA

Sign the Petition to End PETA's Status as an Animal Shelter
Shockingly, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is classified by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a legal animal shelter despite killing 93.8 percent of the dogs and cats it took in last year, according to filings with the state. Following a 2010 site visit of PETA's animal shelter, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) discovered the following:

  1. PETA's shelter consists of a mere three rooms and is not accessible to the public--even PETA's receptionist didn't know that PETA operated a "shelter";

  2. PETA is not engaged in adopting out animals, and makes little effort to find adoptable homes beyond contacting its staff;

  3. A review of nearly 300 PETA custody records indicates that 84 percent of the animals it took in were killed within 24 hours, and;

  4. PETA didn't meet its own published guidelines for a good animal shelter.

The VDACS inspector indicated that he believed PETA did not meet the statutory definition of an animal shelter under Virginia code because it does not primarily engage in finding homes for animals. PETA quickly retained lawyers and expressed a twisted interpretation of the state code. VDACS eventually dropped the matter.

However, you shouldn't be satisfied. PETA cynically kills the vast majority of dogs and cats in its care. In fact, PETA has killed more than 25,000 adoptable dogs and cats in its care since 1998. There's no way that PETA is a legitimate animal shelter.

If you agree, please add your name to the petition below to the VDACS Commissioner and join scores of others who believe that PETA should not be classified as an animal shelter.

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To: VDACS Commissioner Matthew Lohr RE: PETA's Status as an Animal Shelter

I am writing to share my disappointment that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) continues to be classified as an animal shelter. As you are aware, PETA kills the vast majority of animals in its care. In 2010, PETA euthanized 93.8 percent of the dogs and cats it took in. A 2010 VDACS review of animal custody records found that PETA killed 84 percent of the animals it took in within 24 hours.

Please challenge PETA's word games and revoke PETA's classification as an animal shelter, even if a change in state code is necessary.

If anything, PETA should be regulated as a slaughterhouse for the number of animals it kills.


















Matt Lohr, VDACS Commissioner [email protected]

Cc: Dr. Richard Wilkes, DVM, State Veterinarian Ingrid Newkirk, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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