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

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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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