- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
It seems a lot of people are misled about PETA.
If you are an animal lover, PETA is not your friend. Their website makes it look like they are all warm and fuzzy, that’s because they’d lose the vast majority of their supporters if their supports realized what PETA actually is.
PETA targets preteens and teens, they know it’s easier to influnce adolescents because they are still pretty naive about the world. Ingrid Newkirk admits this, and has said they always have and always will target children.
A few of the things PETA is *against*, though I don’t think I have room to cover each one in-depth, I’ll give an overview:
– no-kill shelters (they think all shelters should be “kill-shelters”)
– service dogs for blind/disabled people
– pets (“one generation and out”, they want to end the idea of pet ownerships)
– March of Dimes
– World Wildlife Fund
PETA’s goal in extinction of domestic animals. And ending all human/animal interaction.
“The cat, like the dog, must disappear… We should cut the domestic cat free from our dominance by neutering, neutering, and more neutering, until our pathetic version of the cat ceases to exist.”
-John Bryant, Fettered Kingdoms: An Examination of a Changing Ethic, PETA
“In a perfect world, all other-than-human animals would be free of human interference, and dogs and cats would be part of the ecological scheme, as they were before humans domesticated them and as they remain in some parts of the undeveloped world.”
– From The PETA Statement on Companion Animals
“We are not especially ‘interested in’ animals. Neither of us had ever been inordinately fond of dogs, cats, or horses in the way that many people are. We didn’t ‘love’ animals.”
– Peter Singer, Animal Liberation: A New Ethic for Our Treatment of Animals, 2nd ed.
PETA has the highest kill rate, and the lowest placement rate, of any shelter in the country.
Here are the numbers PETA turned in to the Virginia government on the animals they dealt with:
2009 97.3% kill rate (placed 8 animals)
2008 95.8% kill rate (placed 7 animals)
2007 90.9% kill rate (placed 17 animals)
2006 97.4% kill rate (placed 12 animals)
Note: “Reclaimed by owner” is just spay/neuter operations, not “rescued” animals.
PETA kills almost every animal they take in. And to add insult to injury, they are against no-kill shelters.
They try to sugar-coat it and say “it’s best for the animals”, but the vast majority no-kill shelters don’t operate like they describe. Most no-kill shelters do not “warehouse” animals as PETA claims. Many have animals that have been there for very long in foster homes, not in cages at the shelters. And “no kill” doesn’t mean “never kill”, animals will be put down for health reasons, just not space reasons. No kill shelters don’t take in every single animal, they will turn away animals if they are full. PETA is preying on niaveness of those that read their website.
“we do not advocate ‘right to life’ for animals” – Ingrid Newkirk
“…we do have a policy against no-kills…” – Ingrid Newkirk
(I’m not against kill shelters, I think kill shelters and no-kill shelters both have their place and are both an important part of animal rescue.)
Shelters in Norfolk VA, where PETA’s headquarters are, don’t work with PETA. PETA has gone to local shelters there are said they would find homes for animals, the shelters, thinking PETA was a god-send, turned over some of their most highly adoptable animals. What did PETA do? Promptly euthanized the animals.
You can read more about this here: http://www.nokillnow.com/PETAIngridNewkirkResign.htm
PETA has also given out comics to kids saying at the end that their parents are going to kill the family pets. Trying to inflict phsychological damage on kids? Not cool!
Daddy Kills Animals
Mommy Kills Animals
PETA has given over $70,000 to ALF and Rodney Coronado.
Who is Rodney Coronado? I’ll let Ingrid Newkirk tell you:
“He [Rodney Coronado] did something [firebombed a research facility at Michigan State University] that put him in prison for three-and-a-half years and I think that if we hadn’t provided him with a good legal defense he wouldn’t be back out doing productive things in the community again — like the good person that he is. ” – Ingrid Newkirk, PETA
And who is ALF? They are the group that burns down labs and puts bombs on people’s doorsteps and cars.
And they don’t always get their intended target, such as this 2006 event: UCLA professor Lynn Fairbanks targeted. Bomb left at neighbor’s house by mistake, failed to ignite. Arson investigators say that if the device had functioned properly, escape would have been difficult to impossible for the 70-year-old neighbor. ALF claims guilt.
“I will be the last person to condemn ALF.” – Ingrid Newkirk, PETA
PETA’s pages on service dogs (if you’ve ever done any work with service dogs, you’ll quickly realize their claims are all bull-manure, service dogs do get to “be dogs” and do not “work 24/7”):
PETA is also against dogs being crated ever. I can see them saying they don’t want dogs crated 24/7, but not never. A dog views a crate as it’s “safe place”, like it’s bedroom. My dogs prefer to sleep in their crates with the doors open during the day. PETA doesn’t focus on animal psychology at all, just knee-jerk reactions. And also, crates are one of the safest way to transport dogs, a dog needs to be comfortable in a crate to make car rides less stressful on the dog.
Penn & Teller did an episode of Bullsh*t on PETA, it’s on YouTube.
I need to leave for work now, so I’ll wrap this up:
I’m an animal lover through-and-through. But PETA enrages me. They are detrimental to animals, detrimental to humans, and detrimental to the cause of animal welfare.
I strongly suggest you research any organization before supporting them, especially PETA.