Yes, PETA’s “ethical” treatment of animals means killing them

The only way to save a pet is to kill it, except when it endangers the organisation's charity status


Statistics don’t lie, and the figures from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) show it is more slaughterhouse than rescue shelter: PETA kills 30 times more animals than it re-homes.

The figure stand in stark contrast to the messages it puts out in its fundraising drives, in which it paints itself as being a protector of animals in the fight against their exploitation.

In 2019, PETA killed 57% of the dogs that entered its Virginia, USA shelter, and 72% of the cats.

Of all the animals taken in by PETA in 2019, only 2% were adopted out, and 65% were killed. The balance were simply shipped out to other shelters, except for 7 individual cats and dogs that were reclaimed by their owners.

The kill rate in 2019 was an improvement over previous years, when it killed as many as 97% of animals it took in. In the past 20 years, PETA has averaged a kill rate higher than 83%.

The charity group has become so controversial that the website PETA Kills Animals has been established to document its wrongdoings.

These include stealing and killing pets; euthanising animals before the mandated 5-day grace period has expired; dumping animal bodies in rubbish bins; and lying about the health and re-homing potential of animals it has killed.


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