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PETA needs to be put down

I hate PETA. You may have heard about them. They're the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This sounds all well and good until you find out what vicious bastards they are. You might remember when they tried to equate killing chickens with the Holocaust. Hey jew! PETA thinks you're not worth more than a bucket of Colonel Sander's finest.

And who can forget that charming incident when they handed little children flyers claiming their mommies kill animals. Is there anything quite as funny as the tear-streaked face a child?

However, it's the latest outrage that might finally wake people up about what a terrible organization this is. You see, every year, PETA rounds up thousands of healthy dogs and cats and kills them.

The following story is from This is True dated 17 July 2005. It is Copyright 2005 Randy Cassingham, all rights reserved, and reprinted here with permission:

"Ethical" Defined

After more than 100 dead dogs were dumped in a trash dumpster over four weeks, police in Ahoskie, N.C., kept an eye on the trash receptacle behind a supermarket. Sure enough, a van drove up and officers watched the occupants throw in heavy plastic bags. They detained the two people in the van and found 18 dead dogs in plastic bags in the dumpster, including puppies; 13 more dead dogs were still in the van. Police say the van is registered to the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the two occupants, Andrew B. Cook, 24, and Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, identified themselves as PETA employees. An autopsy performed on one of the dogs found it was healthy before it was killed. Police say PETA has been picking up the animals -- alive -- from North Carolina animal shelters, promising to find them good homes. Cook and Hinkle have been charged with 62 felony counts of animal cruelty. In response to the arrests PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said it's against the group's policy for employees to dump animals in the trash, but "that for some animals in North Carolina, there is no kinder option than euthanasia." (Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald) ...Oops, my mistake: that's "Playing God" Defined.

In his author's notes section, Cassingham had more to say about this story:

The more I learn about PETA, the less I think of them. The story of them killing animals isn't even unusual. According to PETA's own filings, in 2004 PETA killed 86.3 percent of the animals entrusted to its care -- a number that's rising, not falling. Meanwhile, the SPCA in PETA's home town (Norfolk, Va.) was able to find loving homes for 73 percent of the animals put in its care. A shortage of funds? Nope: last year PETA took in $29 million in tax-exempt donations. It simply has other priorities for the funds, like funding terrorism (yes, really). But don't take my word for it: I got my figures from -- and they have copies of PETA's state and federal filings to back it up. The bottom line: if you donate money to PETA because you think they care for and about animals, you need to think some more. PETA literally yells and screams about how others "kill animals" but this is how they operate? Pathetic.

And you know what I wonder? PETA's official count of animals they kill is 86.3 percent. But if they're going around picking up animals, killing them while they drive around and not even giving them a chance to be adopted, and then destroying the evidence by dumping the bodies in the trash, are those deaths being reported? My guess: no. While 86.3 percent is awful, the actual number is probably much, much higher. How dare they lecture anyone about the "ethical" treatment of animals!

(This is True is a weekly column featuring weird-but-true news stories from around the world, and has been published since 1994. Click the link for info about free subscriptions.)

Please, if you currently support PETA, stop. There are plenty of decent organizations out there who deserve your money or time. Support no-kill shelters. If you're in Portland, my favorite no-kill shelter is House of Dreams (my cat icon is one of their cats named Frosty). They can use all of the help (or adopting) you can provide. And they won't make your kids cry.

Hell, why don't you ask PETA why they're doing this? If you do, post a response here. I'd love to see it.

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Whoa. Now THAT is awful.

Who knew?

It amazes me when the "ethics" of a company/institution/non-profit come to light like this. So sad and duplicitous.

My cat, Johnny Cash (one guess what color he is), is from the local no-kill rescue. He stood out among the rest since he was sneezing madly and had the most soulful eyes. He is presently wrapped around my son watching Spongebob.


Will pass on this article.
I've always hated PETA and their "all or nothing" stance that allows them to equate chicken farming with the holocaust or blame milk producers for a real, live person's cancer. I love animals & I eat meat. I have absolutely no cognitive dissonance over it. I volunteer at Oregon Humane Society. I don't own any animals of my own because I can't afford the huge amount of care they provide & it infuriates me when people aquire animals they can't care for. It breaks my heart that people (omnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike) regard this organization as a legitimate source of good -- much less give them animals to dispose of. I agree that euthanasia is sometimes the best answer for an animal, but I don't think anyone at PETA is qualified to make that decision. (Especially if they have no legitimate way of disposing of the remains. Ewww.)
Their "Jesus Was A Vegetarian" campaign always cracks me up.

Yeah, Jesus didn't eat the Passover lamb - he just went to his local organic vegan foods store!
Thanks for posting this story! I find it funny that Newkirk said that dumping massive amounts of animals in a dumpster wasn't it's policy, but apparantly killing most of what they get their hands on, is. Does she know nothing about spin and PR? heh!

Thanks again, they suck.
Senior year of college, there was a stray cat on campus. We constantly would lead her away from the boys dorms (not the safest place for a kitty to be) for days until we realized she was pregnant. We found her a temporary home while we called every shelter in a fifty-mile radius to find her a place to take her in.

Every single one said the same thing: if we took her there, they'd put her to sleep.

Completely disgusted, we took care of her until she had her babies, and then we found homes for every one of the seven kittens and the mother. All without donations.

My kitty is from that litter. How is it that two college students could do in their free time what entire shelters couldn't do for their job?
Mind if I link to this from my own journal? I know a few people who would be very interested in this.
Hey there! Yeah, I read this from the link in your journal.. god, yeah, I hate PETA, but I do like their cute stickers... y'know, the "We are not nuggets" ones with the cute little chickies. But besides that... I think that their reasons for what they stand for are all wrong, I myself am a definite vegetarian, but I still disagree with a lot of what they say and do.
PETA? I didn't evolve my way to the top of the food chain merely to eat plants.
PETA does seem to be a predomniantly US organisation, as its relatively quiet here. While I agree that animals deserve to be treated decently, PETA's bullying, aggressive shock tactics make me cringe. People who think more of an animals than people also concern me slightly - I had a friend who once said she didn't care if people died in a terrorist attack, as they probably deserved it, but animals don't deserve to die at the hands of humans. Thats a twisted logic that is terrifying in both its self-righteousness and callous contempt for life. And I thought these bloody activists respected life! Bah!!
I'm so shocked at this. Why would PETA kill animals needlessly? Surely that isn't official policy, I was hoping it was just some misguided individuals within the organisation. I have always supported animal welfare groups (though fortunately I've never had anything to do with PETA), in the belief that they are trying to create a better world for animals (and people).
Actually, this is official PETA policy and it's been going on for years. The president of PETA has actually mocked no-kill shelters claiming they don't really do any good.
Y'know, the more polarized an organization becomes, the stranger their views are. I don't even WANT to hear the logic that brings them around to killing all of those animals and dumping them in someone else's dumpster.

I knew a guy when I was in Nebraska who was in PETA and he was the most twisted fellow, with the strangest ideas of right and wrong. He was a terrorist, really. His behaviour would fall right in line with any other terrorist activity.

Very sad.
it makes me sick to read that sounds like the holocaust...they don't give the animals a chance jsut die animals die....
PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals