Press Release - PETA Killed 95 Percent of Adoptable Pets in its Care During 2008

Hypocritical Animal Rights Group’s 2008 Disclosures Bring Pet Death...

March 25, 2009

WASHINGTON DC – Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) published documents online showing that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) killed 95 percent of the adoptable pets in its care during 2008. Despite years of public outrage over its euthanasia program, the animal rights group kills an average of 5.8 pets every day at its Norfolk, VA headquarters.

According to public records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA killed 2,124 pets last year and placed only seven in adoptive homes. Since 1998, a total of 21,339 dogs and cats have died at the hands of PETA workers.

Despite having a $32 million budget, PETA does not operate an adoption shelter. PETA employees make no discernible effort to find homes for the thousands of pets they kill every year. Last year, the Center for Consumer Freedom petitioned Virginia’s State Veterinarian to reclassify PETA as a slaughterhouse.

CCF Research Director David Martosko said: “PETA hasn’t slowed down its hypocritical killing machine one bit, but it keeps browbeating the rest of society with a phony ‘animal rights’ message. What about the rights of the thousands of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens that die in PETA’s headquarters building?”

Martosko added: “Since killing pets is A-OK with PETA, why should anyone listen to their demands about eating meat, using lab rats for medical research, or taking children to the circus?”

CCF obtained PETA’s “Animal Record” filings since 1998 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Members of the public can see these documents at

In addition to exposing PETA’s hypocritical record of killing defenseless animals, the Center for Consumer Freedom has publicized the animal rights group’s ties to violent activists, and shed light on its aggressive message-marketing to children.

The Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit coalition supported by restaurants, food companies, and consumers, working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices.

Though this is titled as a press release it reads more as a propaganda piece and I am skeptical of the information. I was unable to find the documents and when I called I was asked which site from the list of non-profits in the sidebar? The documents are HERE. Also a link to "PETA's Rebuttal" where PETA says they "refer" adoptable animals to other shelters and CCF cites "transferred" in the documents which is obviously two different things.

CCF is supported by restaurants and food companies. What is their interest in shelters? It's unfortunate that animals have to be euthanized but if they can't be placed then what else can they do?

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I can't read all this right now, but I'll tell you this: The CCF are a bunch of nutjobs who don't want any regulation of anything at all. They have a campaign against MADD, and many other organizations that promote responsibility, compassion, and common sense.
It is so obvious they have an agenda from the way they wrote this. It really pisses me off that these sorts of things are tax-exempt.
Same for churches. They shouldn't be.
This isn't the first time I've heard this said about Peta.
Actually, PETA has to euthanize animals like any other shelter. Until the birth rate goes down, we have no choice. There are simply not enough homes for them. Where I really differ with PETA is their stance on pit bulls. They think all should be euthanized, and I disagree.
I've never been too fond of PETA because they come across as demanding conformity.The extremist image is the reason why, I think at least, people are going to come down harder on them for euthanizing animals. Too often, when I've read their articles, the message seems to be "Do what I tell you or you are a bad bad evil person," which is too close to the Christian mentality for my liking. At least the HSUS manages to portray itself as reasonable and offers several suggestions on how to help animals as opposed to PETA's "Thou shalt be a vegetarian" commandment.
Yeah, I can see what you mean. But the abolitionists are adament that using animals for anything is wrong, under all circumstances. Ingrid Newkirk said that even if you are starving on a deserted island, that it is wrong to kill an animal to survive. I would not go that far, or course.
PETA is nuts and hurts animals at least as often as it helps them.
A close family friend is a musher and a canine nutritionist. His team, which he also uses for research (we're not talking the horrific animal testing cases you hear about, but things like vitamin supplements for working dogs) lived in a kennel/lab/exercise area away from his home at that time. PETA took it into their heads that they needed to "free" these loved and often pampered dogs from "oppression" so they broke in at night and just released all of the dogs. Just opened all the doors and shooed them away. Many of the dogs were killed before they were found and others were seriously injured and sick. Animals suffered and died and the people who "saved" them were the only reason.
Do you know for sure this was PETA? Could it have been ALF or just robbers/hoodlums?
I young when it happened, so I couldn't swear in court or anything, but I think the way it was linked to PETA is that they caught the people who did it.

Do I think every member of PETA is a raving lunatic? No. I do think that it fosters an extremist view that ends up hurting animals in a few ways. First you get idiots like this, and second, being seen as whackos who rename fish "sea kittens" and claim an animal is better dead than as a pet make people less receptive to their positive efforts.

Oh, and I do think that Ingrid Newkirk is a raving lunatic.
If anyone here thinks that PETA has any decency then I dare you to argue it's case to even exist. These people threaten and perform violent acts on other human beings with regularity. Before you even think about breathing the breath that will defend them, WATCH the Penn and Teller 'Bullshit' Episode about them.

Atheists are by definition Critical Thinkers. We can agree to disagree about what are and are not acceptable ways to use other animals but we cannot agree to disagree about what is and is not acceptable behaviour towards another human being.

The only good thing about PETA is the membership database that the authorities can seize to use as evidence to prosecute the ****s when they burn down another lab or attack another scientist. You have the right to protest, you have the right to lobby. Don't DARE to think you have the right to injure another human being.


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