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PETA’s ‘Outlandish Lies’

One of many healthy puppies killed by PETA after lying to get custody of him. PETA promised he would have no problem finding a home only to then kill him within minutes in the back of their van. A former PETA fieldworker says that killing is not an ancillary part of PETA’s Community Animal Project; it goes to the core of the mission. “The objective of the program,” she says, “was to get as many animals as possible and the vast majority of those animals were killed.” Nothing came between that objective and the staff, including lying by telling people the animals would be adopted knowing full well they would be killed: “I was told to pretty much say anything I needed to say to gain custody of an animal: I was told to lie by my direct supervisors directly and then by [PETA founder] Ingrid [Newkirk]:”

“Why do you keep bashing PETA & continue spreading outlandish lies suggesting that they kill animals instead of saving them? It’s beyond despicable!”

“[Y]our ‘Death Squad’ article against PETA is absurd…”

These are just two of the emails — and not even the most colorful ones — I received from people upset by my post of PETA’s Community Animal Project van which was driven to Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey and which I called “a donor-funded slaughterhouse on wheels.”

And I called it that because it is the type of PETA van — and may actually be the same van — that rounds up and kills healthy cats and kittens; kills beloved family companions; is responsible for death rates as high as 96% for dogs and 99% for cats; rounded up animals in North Carolina by promising to find them homes only to kill them within minutes in the back of the van; resulted in the deaths of animals who survived a 2016 Louisiana storm; and has a primary mission to gain custody of animals by any means necessary — including lying — in order to kill those animals.

I also noted that “It is now in Houston, TX, rounding up animals. PETA calls it a ‘rescue team.’ But if history is any guide, it’s a death squad.” Outlandish lie?

Here is the data, self-reported by PETA to the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, showing roughly 9 out of 10 animals they seek out are killed by them:

Here is an inspection report by the Virginia State Veterinarian showing PETA kills 90% of animals within 24 hours without even trying to find them homes:

Here is an OpEd piece written by PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk which appeared in newspapers across the country where PETA says it supports a policy that all pit bulls should be killed in all shelters in America:

Here is an article about PETA joining a group whose mission is to kill all pit bulls:

Here is an article about PETA joining with hunters to fight legislation that would have spared the lives of community cats:

Here is a newspaper article about the trial of PETA employees after they were found to be rounding up and killing animals in the back of a van after promising to find them homes:

Here is the news station report of PETA stealing Maya, a “happy and healthy” dog and killing her:

Here is the surveillance video of the theft:

Here is a judge’s ruling calling out PETA’s attorney for “unprofessional” and “contemptuous” conduct in the case of their stealing and killing of Maya; a case they settled for $49,000 after losing a motion where they called the dog worthless:

Here is an article by a former PETA employee who was told to kill highly adoptable animals and to lie in order to get them:

Here is an interview with the former PETA employee who says that killing and lying are “standard operating procedure”:

Here is an article where PETA says community cats are better dead than sterilized and fed:

Here are the intake and disposition records of kittens PETA had killed:

Here are more records showing PETA rounds up to kill cats and kittens:

Here are even more records showing PETA rounds up to kill cats and kittens:

Here is a video made by Shelby County KY shelter volunteers after PETA celebrated when that shelter announced it was going to resume killing after four years as a No Kill shelter:

Here is a letter by the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies asking the State Vet to revoke PETA’s ability to take in and kill animals:

Here is a petition to the State Vet that the No Kill Advocacy Center wrote asking the same:

Here is a letter written by PETA to a Mayor telling him to kill all pit bulls, not to foster animals, and not to work with rescue groups:

Here is a video where Ingrid Newkirk admits they kill healthy, adoptable animals:

And most frightening of all, here are photographs of animals PETA has killed:

If that is not enough for people who enable, legitimize, and defend PETA’s brutality:

This dog died after three days of suffering in this kennel, in this position, with no medical or supportive care at Sumter County Animal Services (SCAS) in Florida. In response to criticism, county officials maintain that their job is not to save lives, but to provide “euthanasia services” and “culling” of animals. Despite this neglect, PETA accepted the county’s “assurance that animals in the county’s care and custody are provided timely medical care when needed” and went on to thank pound staff even though they do no adoptions, have no veterinarian on site, do not allow volunteers, and do not allow the public to photograph or videotape in the facility (in violation of the First Amendment and Federal law). PETA — telling county officials that No Kill is impossible — also thanked pound staff for “standing firmly” against citizens who are working to ensure that neglect is eliminated, lives are saved, adoptions occur, volunteers are allowed, and constitutional rights are protected.

Mama cat and her two kittens killed by PETA within minutes of gaining custody after promising to find them homes.

If that is still not enough, not only does PETA kill cats themselves, they demonize community cats in order to get counties to round up and kill, rather than sterilize, them, too. Per PETA, ‘cats smell, they are a nuisance, make too much noise, are a public health and rabies threat, transmit disease and parasites, including “roundworms, hookworms, and even plague,” and “terrorize and kill” 15 billion other animals a year.’ These are hardly the words of an animal-loving rights group:

Not enough? There’s more. Much more. You can find exposes in a wide variety of sources, such as the Huff Post, NY Times, Atlantic, CNN, and local newspapers.

And if that is still not enough, there’s even more:

Once again I ask, outlandish lies? The only “outlandish lies” relating to any of this are the ones told by PETA to acquire animals to kill or the ones told by people who pretend that none of this is happening or that PETA exists to help, rather than harm, animals.

Yet despite these cruel, clearly unethical, and sometimes criminal acts, one of the emails I received actually suggested that it was not PETA’s actions that harm animals, but my criticizing those actions: “the most damage is done internally in our movement.” They are arguing, in effect, that killing animals is not wrong. It is only wrong when it is done by groups they do not support.

And therein lies the rub: You either love animals OR you love PETA. You cannot love both as they are mutually exclusive. Because killing an animal is not an act of love. It is an act of violence.


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