New documents say PETA killed 95% of adoptable pets in 2008
New documents have arisen that state that PETA killed 95 percent of the adoptable pets in its care in 2008. These documents have been released by the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) and they say that the documents show that PETA killed about 6 pets a day at their headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.
According to public records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA killed 2,124 pets last year and placed only seven in adoptive homes. Since 1998, a total of 21,339 dogs and cats have died at the hands of PETA workers.
However, this is not a new charge against the organization. PETA's 'why we euthanize'.
PETA does not run an adoption shelter and CCF is claiming that PETA does not even try to find homes for adoptable animals: they want their headquarters to be renamed as a slaughterhouse.
CCF Research Director David Martosko said: “PETA hasn’t slowed down its hypocritical killing machine one bit, but it keeps browbeating the rest of society with a phony ‘animal rights’ message. What about the rights of the thousands of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens that die in PETA’s headquarters building?”
The pdf of the documents CCF is basing these accusations on.
PETA has yet to comment on this case, and this is not the first time they have been accused of such practices.
They do however have a policy that states they will euthanize the majority of animals surrendered to them, and for certain breeds of animals such as pit bull terriers.
According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA euthanized 1,946 companion animals (out of 2,138 animals surrendered to them or picked up as strays) in its home state of Virginia in 2005. During that same year, 126,797 animals (out of 228,376 animals surrendered or picked up as strays) were euthanized at animal shelters in Virginia. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders reported that, according to PETA "In 2003, PETA euthanized over 85 percent of the animals it took in, finding adoptive homes for just 14 percent."
PETA was criticized in 2005 for these practices and then dumping the bodies of the animals in dumpsters. The two employees found guilty of this practice was charged with 31 felony counts of animal cruelty, but both workers were cleared of all charges at trial.
The DEA is currently investigating how the organization handles the euthanasia drugs and they could face fines if any wrongdoing is found.