PETA: Harmful or harmless?


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.