People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is one of those good sounding names for a really dreadful organization. Busting with celebrity spokesmen and cash, PETA gives a superficial impression that it’s interested in being kind to animals. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In 2005, PETA was caught red handed killing pets in their mobile death unit in North Carolina. They had obtained the animals under the pretense of finding them homes but no such effort was made. It was a short trip for scores of unlucky pets from the PETA death van to the Piggly Wiggly dumpster that summer. The subsequent trial was a travesty which resulted in 2 PETA employees being found guilty of littering. Perhaps these were just a couple of rogue PETA employees? Uh, that would be NO. PETA as an organization killed 97% of the pets turned over to them in 2006 and in my fantasy mind I think they only fell short of 100% due to wiley critters figuring out something is rotten in Denmark and beating paws for the back door in the wee hours of the night. And in 2007, when it was hip to condemn Michael Vick, PETA took it one step further and condemned all his dogs as well. In keeping with their ‘people for the killing of animals’ policy, they advocated for every one of Vick’s 49 dogs to be put to death. Mercifully, they didn’t get the last word there and the dogs were evaluated on a case by case basis by experts from BAD RAP and the ASPCA who deemed only ONE of the dogs too aggressive to be handled. 48 dogs’ lives saved thanks to those who opposed PETA’s kill solution.
In direct opposition to PETA’s pet extermination agenda, there is a No Kill movement gaining awareness and support which outlines real solutions to the problem of homeless pets – solutions other than killing. PETA of course opposes No Kill, following the twisted “logic” that homeless pets are better off dead than in cages while they wait for homes.
My little dog Emily, adopted from a local shelter, sits in my lap as I type. Thank goodness I found her before PETA did.