PETA Killed 97% of Pets Up For Adoption
January 11, 2008
A suprisingly hefty but not in the least shocking report out that People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals had to put to death 97% of the pets it received for adoption.
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 [Center For Consumer Freedom] Director of Research David Martosko. “There are thousands of worthwhile animal shelters that deserve Americans’ support. PETA is not one of them.”
Of course, one should remember that the problem here is not really the killing of animals without homes (although the sheer number does inspire something like regret). The main issue is PETA, whose loud and noxious campaigning to “humanize” the way we treat our pets has gained political capitol over the years. Animal rights now finds itself a front and center issue that many politicians address very squarely. PETA has now demonstrated that it is incapable of living up to its own standards. Sometimes animals have to be killed. It’s unfortunate, as is the fact that meat for human consupmtion only comes at the expense of animal life. But they are both facts of nature that no amount of picketing or politicking can change.
That seems to be the real problem with folks like PETA. You can preach a worldview, but can you live it? Historically, philosophers have deemed an unlivable worldview a false one. A belief system that does not match what really happens in the world (or in this case, animal shelters) is not a valid belief system: it is at best utopian idealism, and at worst emotional hypocrisy.
PETA has shown they cannot do what they demand of others to do. Does this make cruelty to animals morally acceptable? Absolutely not. What it shows is that when it comes down to real life and how to live, political special interest groups are not the best places to learn from.