PETA’s Shelter Killing Gets NYTimes Treatment
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ name should say it all: A group of people who are standing up for dogs and cats to be treated well. At least that’s what PETA would have you to believe, such as when it pictures a cute dog on its “Donate Now” webpage. But as a recent article in The New York Times makes clear, if that dog ends up in the radical animal liberation group’s “animal shelter,” it may need to run for its life.
The Times piece restates what we have written on numerous occasions about PETA’s dirty secret of killing the overwhelming majority of the dogs and cats in its care. As the Times observes:
PETA, considered by many to be one of the highest-profile animal rights groups in the country, kills an average of about 2,000 dogs and cats each year at its animal shelter here [in Norfolk, Virginia]. And the shelter does few adoptions – 19 cats and dogs in 2012 and 24 in 2011, according to state records.
These killing sprees have put PETA square in the crosshairs of other animal rights organizations, especially those advocating for so-called “no kill” shelters. As the Times notes, such no kill shelters are “generally considered to be a place where at least 90 percent of dogs and cats at local shelters are put up for adoption.”
If a 90 percent adoption rate is considered “no kill,” then PETA’s Norfolk shelter may aptly qualify as simply a “slaughterhouse” — one Virginia state official suggested it should be classified as a “euthanasia clinic” — since between the years 2006 and 2011 it killed over 90 percent of dogs and cats in its care annually.