The radical activists of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will resort to civil disobedience when confronting the supposed evil of eating meat or, heaven forbid, wearing fur. While their rhetoric against their adversaries drips with vitriol, one new report shows that actions within the PETA camp belie the group’s purported mission.
While use of animals for food, clothing, or medical research is cause for constant outrage among PETA groupies, the organization’s stance on domesticated pets paints a disturbingly different picture. Less than one percent of the dogs and cats that enter one of PETA’s “shelters” makes it out alive.
A group spokesperson criticized the “idealistic view that every animal can be saved.” While conceding the point that some animals will unfortunately not be placed in a loving home, is saving more than one out of 100 too much to ask?
The spokesperson’s statement came during a period of significant decrease in euthanized animals among other shelters. Statistics in New York state, for example, show a near 75 percent drop in less than a decade!
Many people wish to prescribe rights to animals that are generally reserved for humans. While I do not support that view, I can respect those who hold it insofar as they remain principled and consistent. Protesting against others for their beliefs regarding animals is not only petty and vindictive, but altogether hypocritical when done in the name of a group so willing to kill animals in its care.
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