How many adoptable animals have to be euthanized before PETA gets anything more than a slap on the wrist? How many more disturbing advertisements will get to be published before people stop turning a blind eye to this insanity? Their outrageous stunts have gone on long enough and it’s time they are shut down.
PETA, which stands for “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”, was founded in March of 1980 by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco (PETA: Profile). Since the beginning PETA has spoken out against the use of animals for food, clothing, experimentation and entertainment. They continually advocate for animal rights, but people are beginning to catch on to the darker side of PETA.
In 2010, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) visited PETA’s headquarters. These official documents with details of the visit were obtained by “PETA Kills Animals” and the Center for Consumer Freedom. These state that “290…animal custody records were reviewed…Of these, 245 or 90% were euthanized within 24 hours of custody” (Summary of Findings).
Few other records do little to defend PETA. Postings by the Center for Consumer Freedom show that since 1998, PETA has euthanized 92.40% of all animals it has taken in. This includes cats, dogs, and even rabbits (Proof PETA Kills).
On top of the very overwhelming numbers of euthanized animals, PETA has become infamous in the world of protesting. Early in 2009, two PETA supporters made quite the scene when they rallied the 133rd annual Westminster dog show dressed in full KKK attire (Farris). They handed out brochures accusing the American Kennel Club (AKC) of wanting “master races” of pedigree canines. A bystander who witnessed this event in front of Madison Square Garden called PETA’s reference to the KKK “inappropriate.” Though, as with most of PETA’s protests, there is a small sliver of truth behind their ludicrous displays. According to the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA, mixed breed dogs, or “mutts”, are prone to being healthier and “temperamentally sound”, as opposed to their purebred counterparts.
In 2011, PETA momentarily shifted their interests away from domesticated animals and struck a nerve in the gaming community by protesting the release of Super Mario 3D Land (Schwarze). In various parts of the game,...