Last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed its 2016 animal custody report with Virginia regulators regarding the animals it took into its “animal shelter” at its headquarters in Norfolk, Va. But don’t try rushing to the rescue—those cats and dogs are probably dead already.
Nearly72 percentof the cats and dogs coming throughPETA’s “shelter” were euthanized last year, while just2.9 percentwere actually adopted. In other words, pets left atPETAare about 24 times more likely to end up dead in a trash bag inPETA’s walk-in freezer than find a happy home. (Yes,PETAdoes have a walk-in freezer.)
Such a statistic makesPETAa standout shelter—but not in a warm, fuzzy way. Private animal shelters in Virginia reported a kill rate of only about 10 percent, which is great.PETA’s kill rate is simply shameful.
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However, PETA’s track record of killing isn’t limited toits Virginia headquarters—they’ve been busted elsewhere.
In 2007,twoPETAemployees were tried for animal cruelty and littering in North Carolina after dumping the bodies of dead dogs and cats in a strip mall dumpster. People who handed the pets over to PETA testified thatPETAsaid they “shouldn’t have a problem at all finding homes” for the animals, but PETA killed them before they left the state.
In 2014,two otherPETAemployees kidnapped a little girl’s Chihuahua from her family’s porch and killed it. A surveillance video showed a van branded with thePETAlogo pull up into the driveway, lure the dog away and drive off with it. The next day, the dog was dead.
What’s worse,PETAstill hasn’t backed down—even after being sued by the family.PETAhas filed several motions to dismiss the case on the grounds that the dog was legally worthless; that their actions did not constitute “outrageous” conduct; and evenblamed the familyfor being “negligent.”For a group that fights for “legal rights” for animals, such rank hypocrisy truly stinks.
Call to Action The next time someone you know postsPETApropaganda or tries to shame you for being a sportsman, tell themPETA’s dirty secret. Sportsmen have an ethical code that most Americans agree with.PETAdoesn’t.
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