Despite its name, PETA is an unethical organization: it rounds up and kills community cats, it fights shelter reform, it lies to people to acquire their animals to kill, it defends abusive shelter practices, and it puts to death thousands of animals — including healthy puppies and kittens. In short, they are contemptuous of our collective values.
It is no surprise then, it would hire lawyers who also demean themselves unprofessionally and contemptuously. As many followers of this page know, PETA is being sued by the family whose dog they took from their property and immediately put to death. Maya was a healthy, happy dog when, in violation of law, PETA operatives took her off her porch and killed her with an overdose of barbiturates that very day. The theft was caught by a surveillance camera. Their excuse? They mistook her for another perfectly healthy dog they intended to impound and kill that day.
In defending PETA’s killing of Maya, PETA’s lawyer has argued that Maya had no value and the family was not entitled to compensation for the theft and killing because she was unlicensed, which has not been the law in Virginia for half a century. That statute was repealed before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
He also argued that since the owner of the trailer park gave PETA permission to round up and kill community cats, PETA had the right to steal and kill a resident’s dog who was sitting on her family’s property. The Judge ruled that permission by one person to be on the property for a specific reason is not an open invitation to steal and kill another person’s dog. Specifically, he ruled that a “dog is not a cat.”
Not only has the Judge overseeing this case countered many of the ludicrous claims made by PETA’s attorney, he now appears to be getting tired of the lawyer’s inappropriate behavior, for casting aspersions against the lawyer for Maya’s family. In a rare rebuke, the Judge hearing the case threatened PETA’s lawyer with removal from the case and other sanctions for what he termed “unprofessional” and “contemptuous” conduct in court.
But as they say, water finds its own level…
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