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PETA: Harmful or harmless?

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters. PETA’s main purpose is supposed to be advocating for the rights of animals, emphasis on “supposed to be.” According to the Virginia Department of Health and Human Services in 2010, out of the 4569 animals that were dispositioned, 3630 of them were euthanized.

In 2014 PETA was sued for allegedly stealing a little girl’s dog off the front of her porch, and euthanizing the dog. On average PETA kills about 2,000 dogs and cats each year in their animal shelter. In 2012, the organization had only 19 adoptions of cats and dogs in total.

According to an article by the New York Times“ ‘It’s nice for people who’ve never worked in a shelter to have this idealistic view that every animal can be saved,” said Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA’s vice president for cruelty investigations. “They don’t see what awful physical and emotional pain these poor dogs and cats suffer.’ ”

Although this is the same organization that advertises for citizens not to eat turkey on Thanksgiving, the same organization that chastises the Ringling Brothers (circus elephants), McDonald’s (chickens) and General Motors (test crash pigs).

Yet, this is also the same organization that euthanizes sick animals and does not stick behind the “No Kill Policy.”.

Very serious accusations have been made about the head owner of PETA being sadistic and likes killing animals, but there is no evidence to back this up, except that their president has been arrested 20 times.

“[PETA] launched an anti-campaign against Pokemon GO, and I know there’s a lot of memes about them,” Senior Maddie Huffman said “Other than that I don’t know much.”

Many people don’t know much about the PETA scandal, but they know that they don’t help animals.

“They’re hypocrites,” Huffman said “They’re not a good company, even though I haven’t done a lot of research but I know that much.”

So it turns out that the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are allegedly not so ethical after all.


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One Response to “PETA: Harmful or harmless?”

  1. Lucy Post on March 13th, 2019 2:11 pm

    PETA is not a traditional animal shelter. They operate one small shelter—a shelter of last resort for animals who need euthanasia to end their suffering (many of whom have been rejected by other facilities), including dogs who are aggressive and unadoptable because they have been kept chained their entire lives; feral cats dying of contagious diseases; animals who are wracked with cancer; elderly animals who have no quality of life and whose desperate guardians brought them to PETA because they can’t afford to pay a vet to euthanize them; and the list goes on. A painless end is a kindness for these animals, and the services PETA provides are vitally needed in an area where many people can’t afford to take their animals to a veterinarian. This video explains more about PETA’s work:

    The owner of the dog mentioned in this article has acknowledged in a written statement that he realizes that her death was a tragic mistake, and his family has expressed gratitude to PETA for its services to the community. PETA spends millions on free and low-cost care for local families and their animals, including emergency veterinary care; flea, tick, and flystrike preventive medications; and free spaying and neutering to prevent animal homelessness, as well as replacing inadequate shelter, like metal drums, with doghouses and straw bedding in winter and answering emergency calls for assistance, such as free euthanasia services and end-of-life care for those with no funds to pay for it. PETA made a donation to the Virginia Beach SPCA in Maya’s honor.

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