Skip to comments.Guess who's killing animals? Those moral high-grounders, PETA
Posted on 10/04/2005 2:11:44 PM PDT by neverdem
SAN FRANCISCO--Don't be fooled by the slick propaganda of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The organization may claim to champion the welfare of animals, as the many photos of cute puppies and kittens on its Web site suggest. But recently, two PETA employees were charged with 31 felony counts of animal cruelty each, after authorities found them dumping the dead bodies of 18 animals they had just picked up from a North Carolina animal shelter into a Dumpster. According to The Associated Press, 13 more dead animals were found in a van registered to PETA.
The arrest followed a rash of unwelcome discoveries of dead animals dumped in the area. According to veterinarian Patrick Proctor, the PETA people told North Carolina shelters they would try to find the dogs and cats homes. He handed over two adoptable kittens and their mother, only to learn later that they had died, without a chance to find a home, in the PETA van. "This is ethical?" Proctor railed over the phone. "I don't really think so."
This is not the first report that PETA killed animals it claimed to protect. In 1991, PETA killed 18 rabbits and 14 roosters it had previously "rescued" from a research facility. "We just don't have the money" to care for them, then-PETA Chairman Alex Pacheco told The Washington Times. The PETA animal shelter had run out of room.
The Center for Consumer Freedom, which represents the food industry, a frequent target of PETA campaigns, released data filed by PETA with the state of Virginia that show PETA killed more than 10,000 animals from 1998 to 2003. "In 2003, PETA euthanized over 85 percent of the animals it took in," said a press release from the lobby, "finding adoptive homes for just 14 percent. By comparison, the Norfolk (Va.) SPCA found adoptive homes for 73 percent of its animals and Virginia Beach SPCA adopted out 66 percent."
The center's David Martosko considered PETA's hefty budget--reportedly $20 million--and many contributions from well-heeled Hollywood celebrities, then figured, "PETA has enough money in the bank to care for every unwanted animal in Virginia (where it has its headquarters) and North Carolina."
PETA prefers to spend donations, apparently, not caring for flesh-and-blood animals entrusted to it but on campaigns attacking medical researchers, meat eaters, or women wearing furs. It is as if PETA prefers the idea of animals to animals themselves.
Why does PETA kill animals that might otherwise find a home?
I repeatedly phoned PETA, but never reached an official who would answer my questions. PETA's Web site spun the story under the banner "PETA helping animals in North Carolina" with an emphasis on its efforts to "solve the animal overpopulation in North Carolina." Here's more: "PETA has provided euthanasia services to various counties in that state to prevent animals from being shot with a .22 behind a shed or gassed in windowless metal boxes--both practices that were carried out until PETA volunteered to provide painless death for the animals." Make that painless deaths for animals that could have found love.
Besides, PETA always has been about killing animals. A 2003 New Yorker profile included PETA top dog Ingrid Newkirk's story of how she became involved in animal rights after a shelter put down stray kittens she brought there. So she went to work for an animal shelter in the 1970s, where, she explained: "I would go to work early, before anyone got there, and I would just kill the animals myself. Because I couldn't stand to let them go through (other workers abusing the animals). I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens every day."
That's right. PETA assails other parties for killing animals for food or research. Then it kills animals--but for really important reasons, such as running out of room.
Martosko hopes animal lovers will learn that their donations will do more good at a local animal shelter than at PETA. "For years," he added, "we thought that PETA just cared for animals more than they cared for humans. But now it seems they don't care much for either."
No lie about not caring for people. In 2003, Newkirk hectored late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat because a terrorist blew up a donkey in an attempt to blow up people. Newkirk also told The New Yorker the world would be a better place without people. She explained why she had herself sterilized: "I am opposed to having children. Having a purebred human baby is like having a purebred dog; it's nothing but vanity, human vanity."
Now you know. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals doesn't really like people. PETA has no use for ethics. And PETA kills animals.
Note to readers: My husband, Wesley J. Smith, is a senior fellow on animal-rights issues at the Discovery Institute.
DEBRA SAUNDERS is a columnist for Creators Syndicate.
Shortly after the PETAphiles were arrested, the headlines here (Norfolk, Va. where the HQ is) were enough that they put out some local ads trying to say it was an abberation. They're still recovering from that PR disaster.
PETA is just a Communist front organization - a splinter cell of the Green Committees of Correspondence who, in turn, are a splinter of the Red Committees of Correspondence.
Mmmm Mmm mmm mmm mmmmmmmm
Tasty Animals - yes they are.
The PETA whacko's care no more about animals than the Greenpeace whacko's care about clean air and water. The objective of both groups is the same: anti-American,anti-freedom and anti-free enterprise. The left and its myriad alleged 'causes' are just vessels driven by the same vicious, wild-eyed Marxist engine.
Products of the imperial federal government's socialist school system.
I hate PETA because they recently scared Elle out of posing nude in a fur coat.
That is a crime against humanity, IMHO.
I like my meat very rare, but they look like they could use a couple more minutes on the grill.
Guess who's claiming that animal lives are worth more than human lives?
The world is again topsy-turvy.
There was a Washington Post article several years ago about PETA having the contract to run a DC animal shelter...that had a VERY high kill rate. People who would go in to adopt an animal would be told to come back the next day or after the weekend....and would arrive to find the animals had been killed. Apparently there is a strong almost cultish faction in PETA that attracts people who consider it better for an animal to be dead than for it to "belong" to somebody. These people are mentally ill and in some cities are being given contracts paid with tax dollars to run animal shelters.
Hollywood gives these creeps enough money to put the roosters up in a hotel. They're liars. Liar's who glory in the killing of innocent animals.
Apparently there is a strong almost cultish faction in PETA that attracts people who consider it better for an animal to be dead than for it to "belong" to somebody.
That really says it all doesn't it? Sort of like the slut who had an abortion because she couldn't stand the thought of somebody else raising her child.
That's not really a good example. That was a criminal shooting a police dog. A police dog is considered to be a policeman for prosecuting purposes aren't they?
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