Snipped from a current PETA e-mail asking for money:
PETA cares so much about the research lab cat in this e-mail, they gave him a name – Tiger. They mention how he probably liked to get scratched behind the ears and went into happy mode at mealtimes. And they condemn the research facility who killed him and claim that “more than half of the cats” were killed at the facility in recent years. Oh and money – send money.
Setting aside the issue of research animals for the moment, I want to draw attention to PETA’s annual report to the state of VA for 2011. PETA took in 1214 cats last year – 8 were transferred to other facilities, 5 were adopted, 2 were redeemed by owners and 1198 were killed. PETA killed 99% of the cats in its care in 2011. That’s “more than half”, in case your irony meter just exploded.
The money grubbing e-mail from PETA ends like this:
PETA is proud that we were able to save other cats from this agony at U-M. But we need to end the entire system of abuse there and at other universities and medical schools nationwide. Make a donation today to support our work to end the suffering of animals in laboratories!
Let’s be clear. PETA does not “save other cats”. PETA kills nearly every single cat they get their bloody hands on. The cats PETA kills probably enjoyed getting ear scritches and got happy when a bowl of food was put out for them, just like Tiger. But unlike Tiger, the cats who end up at PETA’s facility do not have a 50% chance of making it out alive. In fact, they have almost no chance since PETA kills 99% of the cats they receive.
If you want your money to be spent on actually saving cats’ lives, donate wisely.