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When people think of the animal rights movement, most often the name “PETA” will come to mind. While the group has been criticized for its sometimes over-the-top tactics to get people to think about how animals are used and abused in our society, there is no doubt that PETA has done incredible things for the animal rights movement writ-large. After all, without PETA many people would likely never stop to think about how their personal choices impact other living beings – even if the way that they reached this conclusion involved seeing people bathed in blood and wrapped in cellophane to simulate raw meat.

PETA has engrained the idea that using animals for food, clothing or any other purpose is murder … which is why we’re a little caught off guard by the recent news that PETA euthanizes the majority of animals they rescue for their shelter program, headquartered in Norfolk Virginia.

Based on the 2014 statistics from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 787 dogs and 1,536 cats were euthanized in PETA’s shelter! Yes, PETA kills animals.

The shelter system in the U.S. is notoriously recognized as inefficient. About five out of every 10 dogs and seven out of 10 cats are put down every year in shelters. To be clear, PETA does not assert that they run a “no kill shelter” (by the way many no kill shelters across the U.S. have adoption rates of 90 percent), but that this facility was their “shelter of last resort,” used to put down only the most sickly animals. Clearly, the numbers make it apparent that is not what’s happening here.

According to a PETA press release, they are working to address the problems of pet overpopulation by running a “crisis of care” campaign in North Carolina and Virginia. As part of this campaign, they provide services to spay and neuter stray animals. In 2014, over 10,950 cats and dogs were sterilized. They also encourage people to always adopt cats and dogs, rather than shopping for them and are adamant proponents of spaying/neutering current pets. To learn more about what their rescue team does, check out this video.

In response to misconduct in the Virginia animal shelter system, not limited to PETA, the state Senate has passed a bill that will redefine the meaning of “shelter” to be confined to, “a facility operated for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes and facilitating other lifesaving outcomes for animals.”

If the bill passes in the House, it will formally amend the language of section 3.2-6500 of the Code of Virginia, and will effectively disallow PETA from carrying on their shelter.

PETA has become an incredibly high profile organization in the animal rights and welfare space and it is disappointing to learn about these facts. We cannot emphasize enough the fact that as individuals, we all have the duty to learn about the plight of animals in the shelter system and collectively work to find better solutions across the country. As animal lovers, this does not change our devotion to making the planet a better place for all living things.

PETA has opened our eyes to countless horrors facing animals, and we hope that they can collaborate with advocates from the no-kill movement to change the statistics related to the plight of homeless animals across the country.

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0 comments on “Bill Preventing PETA From Killing Animals in Its Shelter Passes in Senate. Wait, PETA Does What?”

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David J. Santos
1 Years Ago

IT SEEMS AS THE SUBSPECIES RISES TO 8 BILLION THE ANIMALS ARE PAYING TE BILL .IMAGINE A SUBSPECIE KNOWN AS HUMAN BEING RESCUED TO BE TAKEN TO THE GAS CHAMBER!


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Stephanie Eberhardt Wooley
1 Years Ago

Many say this is a poorly written article but for a different reason than I do. Sure PETA thru its over the top antics have brought animal welfare to the forefront of most but not all. However, this article does not go into the criminal activity of PETA. Stealing animals from little girls. Adopting animals from other shelters and putting them down in the back of their van and discarding them along the roadside. PETA members also seem to be specific on types of dogs are worth saving. BTW, they do not like pit type breeds and side with dogsbite.org with the ideal of eradicating the breed. To me, that is NOT animal welfare. If you want to inform your readers, give them all the facts, good or bad. Otherwise, you discredit your own organization.


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Billy E Rogers
1 Years Ago

People Euthanizing Terrified Animals = PETA


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Ronnie Wright
1 Years Ago

There is also the other side of this story:

http://www.peta.org/blog/euthanize/


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petakills
1 Years Ago

www.petakillsanimals.com PETA got caught dumping animals bodies in dumpsters and in the court case it was exposed that peta would go to shelters and then kill the animals in the parking lot when the people thought they were going to try to place the animals in homes.


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Terry Ward
1 Years Ago

Someone got their investigative skills from Walmart.
This is just embarrassing journalism.


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YNS Outdoor
1 Years Ago

Seems like a great development; passing that bill. However the problem will now become: "We won\'t take that animal because it isn\'t adoptable..."


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Laura Elizabeth Eyring
1 Years Ago

This article is bad, bad journalism. PETA and kill-shelters are not the problem. Overpopulation is the problem. Until there is mandatory spay and neuter legislation that\'s passed, kill-shelters are a necessity. Why? Because the only other option is to abandon animals on the streets. If you look at countries where this is done, because animal shelters are in small numbers, the homeless animal populations are huge. They are often poisoned, shot, hit by cars, or tortured by cruel people.

That, and Nathan Winograd (who was linked to in the article) works with the Center for Consumer Freedom, a lobbyist group who represents tobacco, food, and drink industries. They\'ve targeted groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and worked with animal lab industries such as Covance.


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Amur Tiger
10 Feb 2015

would you rather be homeless, on the street, or killed so the streets can look cleaner and neater?

poisoning, shooting and torturing animals is a completely separate issue, people who do that are insane and should be in prison or separated from the rest of the society in some other way.

kim johnson
1 Years Ago

Your article says: "Based on the 2014 statistics from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 787 dogs and 1,536 cats were euthanized in PETA’s shelter." True, but why is that statement hyperlinked to a Nathan Winograd page? Winograd and his group, the Center for Consumer Freedom is funded by the meat and tobacco industries and they attack PETA as well as Mothers Against Drunk Driving. This is pretty biased reporting if you\'re going to direct people to pages like this when talking about facts.


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Lotus Cooper
06 Feb 2015

Ha! Nice catch Kim. This is some of the worst journalism I\'ve seen!

FelineCool
06 Feb 2015

Ehh, do your homework: Nathan Winograd\'s group is NOT the Center for Consumer Freedom. His group is the No Kill Advocacy Center. The CCF is a notorious pro-animal exploitation group & on every other issue they are wrong - but on P"e"TA\'s twisted animal killing obsession they are correct. Nathan Winograd is vegan & a champion of animal rights. Unfortunately, the CCF entering the issue against P"e"TA has confused a lot of people.

Lotus Cooper
07 Feb 2015

I know that Feline, they are seperate groups. Please read this info: http://www.whypetaeuthanizes.com/the-curious-case-of-nathan-winograd.html

Shelly Marie
1 Years Ago

- No Apologies for PETA !! - Their vile, shameful & unabashed Devotion to cheap sensationalism, their devious lies to a far too gullible public, & their greed - are only matched by their lack of real compassion & empathy, & a warped passion for massacring, instead of being the salvation for those most vulnerable in their most dire time of need. -Shame On this Article - & - Anyone Who Can Make Apologies for an Organization that Willfully has Chosen to be a Disgrace, & a Nightmare to Those Who Would Need the Most!!


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Terry Ward
07 Feb 2015

Shelley you are being reported for the wonton homicide of the rules of English grammar.



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