|PETA Killed 97 Percent of 'Companion Animals' in 2006, According to VDACS |
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An official report from
People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), submitted nine months
after a Virginia government agency's deadline, shows that the animal rights
group put to death more than 97 percent of the dogs, cats, and other pets
it took in for adoption in 2006. During that year, the well-known animal
rights group managed to find adoptive homes for just 12 pets. The nonprofit
Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is calling on PETA to either end its
hypocritical angel-of-death program, or stop its senseless condemnation of
Americans who believe it's perfectly ethical to use animals for food,
clothing, and critical medical research.
Not counting animals PETA held only temporarily in its spay-neuter
program, the organization took in 3,061 "companion animals" in 2006, of
which it killed 2,981. According to Virginia's Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services (VDACS), the average euthanasia rate for humane
societies in the state was just 34.7 percent in 2006. PETA killed 97.4
percent of the animals it took in. The organization filed its 2006 report
this month, nine months after the VDACS deadline of March 31, 2007.
"Pet lovers should be outraged," said CCF Director of Research David
Martosko. "There are thousands of worthwhile animal shelters that deserve
Americans' support. PETA is not one of them."
In courtroom testimony last year, a PETA manager acknowledged that her
organization maintains a large walk-in freezer for storing dead animals,
and that PETA contracts with a Virginia cremation service to dispose of the
bodies. In that trial, two PETA employees were convicted of dumping dead
animals in a rural North Carolina trash dumpster.
Today in Southampton County, Virginia, another PETA employee will face
felony charges in a dog-napping case. Andrea Florence Benoit Harris was
arrested in late 2006 for allegedly abducting a hunting dog and attempting
to transport it to PETA's Norfolk headquarters.
"PETA raised over $30 million last year," Martosko added, "and it's
using that money to kill the only flesh-and-blood animals its employees
actually see. The scale of PETA's hypocrisy is simply staggering."
To speak with a spokesman contact Tim Miller at 202-463-7112.
For more information about PETA's massive euthanasia program, visit
SOURCE Center for Consumer Freedom