They are hypocrites, they euthanize most of the animals they take in:
PETA is against the no kill movement
and euthanizes the majority of animals that are given to them.
It recommends euthanasia
for certain breeds of animals, such as pit bull
and in certain situations for unwanted animals in shelters: for example, for those living for long periods in cramped cages.
Ingrid Newkirk has said: "Our service is to provide a peaceful and painless death to animals who no one wants."
PETA recommends the use of an intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital
provided it is administered by a trained professional.
Before founding PETA, Newkirk was chief of animal-disease control and director of the animal shelter in the District of Columbia
She has said that she was shocked by the way the animals were treated in the shelter, and by the methods used to euthanize them. She told Michael Specter of The New Yorker
: "I went to the front office all the time, and I would say, "John is kicking the dogs and putting them into freezers." Or I would say, "They are stepping on the animals, crushing them like grapes, and they don't care." In the end, 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 that. I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens every day. Some of those people would take pleasure in making them suffer. Driving home every night, I would cry just thinking about it. And I just felt, to my bones, this cannot be right."
PETA says that it takes in feral cat
colonies with diseases such as feline AIDS
, stray dogs, litters of parvo
-infected puppies, and backyard dogs, and as such it would be unrealistic and unkind to operate a no-kill policy.
Newkirk has said: "It is a totally rotten business, but sometimes the only kind option for some animals is to put them to sleep forever."
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."
In 1999, PETA took in 2,103 animals, of which 798 were either found new homes, were reclaimed by their owners or transferred to other facilities, while those remaining were euthanized.
During the years 2004 and 2005, PETA took in 20258 animals, of which 15,438 were reclaimed by their owner. 4,224 were euthanized, while 507 were adopted.
Debra Saunders's San Francisco Chronicle
editorial states that, in 1991, after rescuing 18 rabbits and 14 roosters from a research facility,
PETA euthanized them because, they said, there was no room for them at their animal sanctuary.
This was questioned by critics in view of PETA's budget for that year, which was over six million dollars.
U.S. Congressman Vin Weber
, founder of the Congressional Animal Welfare Caucus, said he was troubled by what he saw as PETA's apparent lack of sincerity in opposing the euthanasia of the Silver Spring monkeys — PETA's application to take custody of the monkeys to prevent their euthanasia had just been rejected by the Supreme Court — while at the same time euthanizing other animals themselves. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia