No PETA, No Kill

By DeusExMacintosh

PETA euthanise 99% of Virginia shelter animals

NORFOLK, Va. — Even some supporters do not know what to make of it.

PETA, considered by many to be the highest-profile animal rights group in the country, kills an average of about 2,000 dogs and cats each year at its animal shelter here.

And the shelter does few adoptions — 19 cats and dogs in 2012 and 24 in 2011, according to state records.

At a time when the major animal protection groups have moved to a “no kill” shelter model, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals remains a holdout, confounding some and incensing others who know the organization as a very vocal advocacy group that does not believe animals should be killed for food, fur coats or leather goods.

This is an organization that on Thanksgiving urges Americans not to eat turkey.

“Honestly, I don’t understand it,” says Joan E. Schaffner, an animal rights lawyer and an associate professor at the George Washington University Law School, which hosts an annual no-kill conference. “PETA does lots of good for animals, but I could never support them on this.”

As recently as a decade ago, it was common practice at shelters to euthanize large numbers of dogs and cats that had not been adopted.

But the no-kill movement has grown very quickly, leaving PETA behind.

In New York City last year, 8,252 dogs and cats were euthanized, compared with 31,701 in 2003.

“Through spay, neuter, transfer and adoption programs, we think New York City can close the gap toward becoming a ‘no-kill community’ by 2015,” said Matthew Bershadker, the president and chief executive of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of 150 rescue groups and shelters that make up the Mayor’s Alliance for N.Y.C.’s Animals.

While there is no uniform definition of what constitutes a no-kill community, it is generally considered to be a place where at least 90 percent of dogs and cats at local shelters are put up for adoption. In the first quarter of this year, 84 percent of dogs and cats from New York’s rescue groups and shelters were adopted, transferred or returned to their owners, compared with 76 percent for all of 2012.

For their part, officials at PETA, which has its headquarters and only shelter here in Norfolk, say the animals it rescues are in such bad shape from mistreatment and neglect that they are often better off dead than living in misery on the streets or with abusive owners.



  1. Posted July 10, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    PETA are fringe loonies, it is mystifying to any well adjusted person that PETA are taken seriously.

    They are zealots.

    I love their protests, chicks in the nude, or *very* scantily clad, but that’s as far as it goes.

  2. Barry
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    The issue is not ‘no-kill’; it is ‘no-cruelty’. Turkeys and all other farmed animals are mistreated in one way or another.
    On the other hand, it is not cruel to euthanase an animal. Often there is no other choice. I rescue stray animals and, sadly, we have to euthanase around 80 per cent of them.
    Hopefully, once we overcome the religious nut jobs in our parliament, we too will have the option to peacefully end our lives.

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