When animals can be used to meet legitimate needs like food or clothing, the shrill voices of animal rights group PETA are routinely heard spouting inane protests. Tragically, the same cannot be said when the animals are potential pets being slaughtered in the same group’s Virginia shelter.
Reports of rampant euthanasia in the Norfolk facility have surfaced in the past; however, recent reports show the criticism levied against the organization have not led to any noticeable policy changes. Since 1998, PETA has killed more than 31,000 dogs and cats, with an average daily rate of five deaths during 2013.
That total represents a staggering 82 percent of all the animals being housed at the facility.
Center for Consumer Freedom spokesman Will Coggin lambasted the group for its hypocritical actions regarding the lives of animals.
“This delusional animal rights group is talking out of both sides of its mouth,” he said, “on one side preaching animal rights, while on the other signing the death warrant of 82 percent of cats and dogs in its care.”
He insisted that calling the group “hypocritical would be the understatement of the year.”
While the group claims only unadoptable animals are killed, the facts do not support its assertion. A 2005 trial found employees callously killed “perfect” animals and tossed them into dumpsters behind a nearby supermarket. Additional staffers were charged with animal cruelty two years later for similar acts.
PETA has been widely criticized for its apparent support of bans on certain dog breeds – specifically pit bulls. It seems that no breed, however, is safe in the care of those who have created an artificial reputation as the champion of all animals.
In reality, killing helpless animals seems to be something PETA opposes only when it applies to someone else. Animals being cared for by farmers or entertainers taking advantage of their inherent value are roundly lambasted by these duplicitous activists. Meanwhile, thousands of defenseless domesticated animals are being held in crates as they unknowingly await their impending demise.
Obviously, euthanasia is an unfortunate necessity as the number of potential pets far exceeds the number of Americans willing to adopt them. It is not the mere act of euthanasia that animal lovers hold against PETA, though. Rather, it is the group’s apparent callous approach to treating a vast majority of those animals in its care as garbage – quite literally, in some cases – while simultaneously demonizing Americans who exploit the usefulness of other species.
–B. Christopher Agee
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