PETA has long made clear how they feel about the no kill movement. Just this week, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk announced that all no kill shelters are “hoarding facilities” operated by people with untreated mental illness. Seeing as PETA has been killing nearly every single pet they get their hands on for years, some people are inclined to think the organization should look inward on the whole mental illness thing.
In any case, it’s hard to fathom how allegations of hoarding at a no kill shelter made by PETA could be taken seriously. They admit their own bias by declaring that all no kill facilities are operated by hoarders and they themselves kill pets by the thousands year after year – not exactly the qualities one would look for in a trusted animal welfare source. But apparently authorities in Youngstown Ohio gave serious consideration to PETA’s accusations against the Cat Ladies Society:
“Complainants were reporting to us that animals were living in filthy, substandard conditions and being deprived of proper veterinary care,” said Stephanie Bell, a representative with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
PETA officials said they received those allegations last week and informed local authorities. Youngstown humane agents conducted a raid [September 15] and seized around 80 cats.
According to humane agent Joe Borosky:
“Upon talking to the Youngstown prosecutor, he believed we had enough evidence to execute a search warrant. Upon executing that search warrant, we found what we believed we would find.”
We found what we thought we’d find. Hmm.
Within days, most of the seized cats were dead – killed by “humane agents” because of their supposedly poor health. (You can’t get much worse health than dead.) The shelter disputes the claim:
“All of those 80 cats that they took were adoptable cats,” Cat Ladies volunteer Edie Gostz said. “Some of whom had a kitty-cold, some of them had a fungal infection. All of which is easily, easily cured.”
As of today, no charges have been filed against the shelter. Authorities still have the cats:
Borosky said only 29 of the 83 cats brought to Animal Charity were saved from euthanization due to severe health problems. He said they had upper- respiratory infections, fungus, open wounds, uncontrollable diarrhea, ear mites and external bleeding.
A couple things jump out at me: all these things sound treatable yet no indication is given that any attempt was made to treat the cats after they were seized. Assuming that not every cat had every condition listed above, this would indicate that some cats were killed for having ear mites, ringworm and/or sneezes. Killing is not a “rescue”.
“It wasn’t just one thing. It was their overall health,” he said. “Now what we’re finding out is the 29 that we still have are coming down with the same things.”
Anyone else get the feeling the remaining 29 will be joining their unfortunate kitty friends in the dumpster? Take a look at the videos at the first two links and see what you think. I see what look like regular cats in a nice shelter environment. And I don’t see a single photo provided by authorities of a cat who was medically hopeless and suffering. Or even one with ear mites.