Yet again, People for the “Ethical” Treatment of Animals (PETA) has unleashed a torrent of death on the pets of Norfolk, Va. In 2017, PETA killed 1,809 cats and dogs at the animal “shelter” it operates out of its headquarters, according to a filing it made with the state of Virginia. Pets are 40 times more likely to be put to death than adopted out if they’re picked up by PETA.
Virginia requires all animal shelters to publicly report what they do with their animals. Last year, the euthanasia rate at comparable private shelters in Virginia was only 9.4 percent and the state’s overall rate was 17.3 percent. PETA’s euthanization rate was an astonishing 74 percent in 2017.
Ingrid Newkirk, the co-founder and president of PETA, once said, “pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation” and, “I think it would be lovely if we stopped this whole notion of pets altogether.”
It seems she is living her dream—unfortunately for the animals who aren’t living theirs.
The Wrath of the Animal Rights Groups is upon us and their radical new solution to prevent the killing of animals is to … kill some animals. Yes, PETA, the organization that claims to be for the “ethical treatment of animals,” has found a new ally in its crusade against outdoor cats in the new book Cat Wars by Dr. Peter Marra, director of the Smithsonian’s migratory bird center in Washington.
Dr. Marra advocates the rounding up of all stray cats and euthanizing them if they are not found a proper home. His reasoning for this is based off of his belief that blood is on the paws of 8.1 million British cats for the death of the 55 million birds killed every year in the UK. He elaborates his view by saying that “From a conservation ecology perspective, the most desirable solution seems clear—remove all free-ranging cats from the landscape by any means necessary.”
But many are skeptical about Dr. Marra’s conclusion, as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds suggests that Dr. Marra doesn’t provide any evidence for his drastic conclusion. One spokesman for the RSPB stated that “Although cats kill millions of birds and small mammals each year, there is no evidence that this is the main cause of decline in any bird species in the UK.”
In other words—talk about a birdbrain.
Dr. Marra’s plan is not unique to him as this idea of thinning out the cat population has been brought up before by PETA, which has stated that euthanizing outdoor cats is more humane than letting them live outside where they might—some day—experience pain, such as getting injured over or contracting disease. (Like other wild animals). With regards to the public’s apprehension to this idea of euthanizing stray cats, PETA’s president, Ingrid Newkirk, has stated, “It’s no kindness; it’s because people feel uncomfortable with euthanasia.”
People might “feel uncomfortable with euthanasia” because in this instance it would involve the killing of scores of healthy cats. With the availability of other options, it begs the question of why PETA and other animal rights groups would continue their fight on this issue.
In PETA’s case, a group that advocates against humans meddling with nature and routinely compares farms to Nazi concentration camps, it is impossible not to chuckle at the irony. Maybe they’re just not cat people.