PETA and the Norfolk, VA, pound team kill many community cats and kittens the minute they enter the “shelter.”
PETA claims killing is a last resort; that all the animals they take in are irremediably suffering and that the killing they do meets the dictionary definition of “euthanasia.”
It is a lie.
In addition to putting to death the vast majority of cats they take in, they also round up to kill healthy community cats and kittens. Last week, I posted about the “agreement” PETA has with the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter. PETA rounds up healthy cats and kittens in and around Newport News, VA, many of them only weeks or months old, and PRAS kills them, sometimes within minutes of arriving. In one case, a seven month old mother cat with her one week old kitten, both listed in good health, were killed by PETA and PRAS just 35 minutes after entering the pound.
I also posted about PETA’s round up of kittens in the City of Suffolk, VA, too. Their, too, the pound is complicit in the killing. If the kittens aren’t killed at the Suffolk City pound, they die in their cages because of poor care, kittens who were in good health when they first entered.
But no one kills the cats on behalf of PETA faster than the Norfolk, VA, pound, in some cases less than 60 seconds.
The euphemistically named “Norfolk Animal Care Center” (NACC) claims that it provides “a safe haven for animals from the City of Norfolk.” As records obtained under Freedom of Information laws show, they don’t. Not only is killing not a last resort, it is the first resort. In fact, it is often the only resort.
Progressive shelters will tell you that you cannot always differentiate between a cat who is “feral” (not social with people) and a pet cat who is just scared. More than any other factor, these cats need as much time as possible to calm down before such a determination can be made; a determination that is vital to dictating what should happen to the cat next. If social, she should be adopted into a home. If truly feral, she should be released back into her habitat. In fact, records indicate that some of the cats dumped at kill shelters by PETA are already sterilized, as evidenced by their tipped ears – markings that also indicate that such animals are part of a managed colony under the care of people. Either way, whether socialized to people or not, under no circumstances should such cats be killed, as the records indicate that the vast majority of cats brought to the NACC by PETA are healthy animals, in no prior danger or at risk of harm but that which PETA itself presents.
In other words, the cats PETA dumps at kill shelters are animals PETA itself has sought out with the express purpose of executing them. To this nefarious end, they exploit poorly run local shelters which are willing to kill the animals PETA brings them, allowing PETA to report such animals as “live releases” to the public, even though they are assured the cats meet the very end for which PETA acquired them in the first place: death.
Photos: Five of 50 records showing community cats and kittens killed by PETA and NACC. In many cases, the cats were killed on intake.
1 year old community cat taken to the Norfolk, VA, pound by PETA. Intake date is noted as June 14, 2016 at 11:27 am. The cat is noted to have been killed on the same day at the same time.
1 1/2 year old community cat taken to the Norfolk, VA, pound by PETA. Intake date is noted as June 17, 2016 at 10:26 am. The cat is noted to have been killed on the same day at the same time.
This cat was given only two days before being killed, three days before the end of the holding period.
A litter of 10 month old kittens killed within two days by PETA and the Norfolk, VA, pound. They entered on 12/2, were killed on 12/4, but the end of the stray hold period was not only 12/8.
One of several ear-tipped community cats killed by PETA and the Norfolk, VA, pound – markings that also indicate that they are sterilized and part of a managed colony under the care of people.
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