This article is from the Winter 2017 issue of Sheltie Magazine. We feel that this article is so important, that we decided to post it in its entirety.
On their website, PETA states “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world…” Knowing that, it’s not surprising that in 2015 PETA reported receiving nearly $41.5 million dollars in contributions, gifts grants and fundraising revenue. That’s a lot of dough to do some good, right? Well, they also reported that only 25% of that money was used in research, investigations and rescue. Money spent not only on “animal welfare”, but for things such as planting people at slaughter houses and conducting undercover investigations at Sea World.
We should also understand that not even 25-cents of each dollar donated went to benefit cats and dogs. Who knows what portion funded many of PETA’s other interests, such as researching ways to lobby bans on purebred dog breeding. So, that means 75% of the $41.5 million dollars went to administrative expenses such as celebrity advertising and lining their CEO’s pockets. Well, that doesn’t seem very ethical now does it?
So, what does PETA’s rescue program look like?
In an infographic, PETA classifies themselves as an “Open-Admission” shelter which transfers animals they do not euthanize to other “Open-Admission” shelters. “…we send almost every cute, young, friendly animal to high-traffic Open-Admission shelters, … Open-Admission shelters must euthanize for lack of good homes.”
In 2015, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) reported that PETA took in 688 dogs. Out of those, they euthanized 65% and transferred 32% to “Open-Admission” shelters. The state requires animal shelters to report where the animals are transferred to, so we researched the stats on those locations that PETA provided. We found that out of the 217 dogs transferred, it is probable that 37 of them could have been euthanized at other “Open-Admission” shelters. This could potentially bring PETA’s kill rate up to 70 % for the year 2015.
We can genuinely say that we are aware that in severe situations an animal is suffering to the extent that there is no other alternative but to euthanize. It is unfortunate, but we must recognize that all shelters are faced with this gruesome reality all too often. However, there are known cases where PETA has lured healthy animals off their owners’ properties and loaded them into their white vans. Such is the case of Maya, the Chihuahua.
The Zarate’s purchased a Chihuahua named Maya for their daughter. Per the surveillance video taken by the Zarates on October 18, 2014, a PETA employee stole Maya from the Zarate’s front porch. The footage further confirms that Maya was healthy and found in suitable surroundings.
PETA confirmed that they euthanized Maya in the back of the white van shown in the video. PETA chalked this up as a “tragic mistake” and suspended, then fired the employee responsible. Curious, because the video shows more than one employee. (After all, someone had to drive the get-a-way van.) PETA thought their apology of a fruit gift basket would be an adequate replacement for the loss of the Zarate’s pet. On the contrary. The Zarates filed a $9-million-dollar lawsuit. According to Delmar, VA news channel WBOC16, the lawsuit was moving forward as of June 24, 2016 despite PETA’s multiple attempts to have the case dismissed. At that time, it was also reported that a trial date had not been set.
It is also interesting to note that the state of Virginia fined PETA $500 for failing to keep the dog alive for the amount of time required by law. This is very thought-provoking. In this instance, PETA was caught. How many other animals did they fail to keep alive for the adequate time required by law? We can only imagine.
Like PETA, the Washington Humane Society in Washington, D.C. is also an “Open-Admission” shelter but in 2014 their shelter accomplished a record-setting 86.53 % live release rate. (A live release can consist of animals being adopted, owner-reclaimed, or transferred to another shelter.) The shelter credits their success to increasing “awareness around sheltering and adoption shelters and the option to adopt”. They also state that they have “worked very hard on offering promotions through the year” to facilitate more adoptions.
If you peruse PETA’s website, nowhere can you find information on how to adopt the animals in their possession. They only suggest donating to their agenda or to seek animals at a local animal shelter. Could this be because they dispose of the animals so quickly, there is no need to house them?
PETA openly states that animals should be “…free from human interference and free to live their lives the way nature intended.” They surely do not like the idea of well-planned and purposeful purebred dogs. PETA is openly, “… opposed to all breeding.”
While reading this, you just may be sharing the couch with a purebred dog. Please know that by donating to extreme Animal Rights organizations like PETA, you are furthering their agendas and pushing the breed(s) you love so much further into non-existence.
If you would like to volunteer or donate to rescues or animal shelters, please contact your local purebred rescue or humane society (NOT the Humane Society of the United States – Funds donated to the HSUS do not go to your local humane society.)
For Sheltie Rescue, please visit: http://nationalsheltierescue.org
To find an animal shelter near you, please visit the National Animal Interest Alliance Shelter Project at: http://shelterproject.naiaonline.org
If you would like to view PETA’s euthanization reports for previous years through the state of Virginia, please visit: https://arr.va-vdacs.com/Home/SelectReportNew
If you are a carnivore or a vegetarian not easily offended, then we highly recommend seeking out Penn and Teller’s BullS**t episode where they take “… a look at animal liberation and expose PETA as hypocrites”. And if you are a little sensitive, we apologize that these are not our words. We quoted the episode description from IMDb.
DCist. (2015, Jan 13) 2014 Was Another Banner Year for the Washington Humane Society. Retrieved from http://dcist.com/2015/01/the_washington_humane_society_had.php
Peta.org. (2017, Jan 15) Peta saves animals. Retrieved from http://features.peta.org/PetaSaves/img/infographic-PETAsaves-v05.jpg
Charitynavigator.org. (2017, Jan 15) Retrieved from https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4314
Virginia.gov (2017, Jan 15) Retrieved from https://arr.va-vdacs.com/PublicReports/ViewReport?SysFacNo=157&Calendar_Year=2015
PETA Stealing Dog. (2014, Dec 1) Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpOyHnvycKE
WBO16. (2016, June 24). Accomack Family’s Lawsuit Against PETA Proceeds. Retrieved from http://www.wboc.com/story/32292448/accomack-family-suit-against-peta-proceeds
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Season 2, Episode 1 aired April 1, 2004. (2017, Jan 15) Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt067