PETA Kills Thousands of Animals Every Year in their Animal Shelter: Facts

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PETA Kills Thousands of Animals Every Year in their Animal Shelter


PETA, the so called Ethical Group Kills Thousands of Animals every year in their Animal Shelter.

Picture of PETA Headquarters in Virginia
PETA Headquarters in Virginia


According to certain stories doing rounds online since few years, the well known animals rights advocacy and ethical group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Kills Thousands of Animals Every Year in their Animal Shelter located at its Headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. While it is a fact that thousands of animals are killed through Euthanasia, PETA supports their actions with the below mentioned reasons. Their reasons, however, are often debated.

PETA Killing Animals Through Euthanasia

According to the non-profit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) website, the Virginia government reports show that PETA put to death more than 90 percent of the dogs, cats, and other pets it took in for adoption during the year 2007. As reported by RT website, in the year 2013 PETA killed 1,792 cats and dogs, a figure that represents 82 percent of all animals the organization took into its Norfolk, Virginia shelter throughout the year. The euthanasia rate of the total number of animals PETA brought in 2014 was around 82 percent, and that in 2015 was around 73 percent. PETA and other animal welfare organizations are required by law to submit their intake of animals to Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). According to Newsweek website, the animal welfare organization PETA, which has practiced Euthanasia for years, has killed more than 17,000 animals since 1998; nearly 85 percent of all those it has rescued.

Picture of PETA Animal Shelter
PETA Animal Shelter
Picture of PETA Animal Shelter
PETA Animal Shelter

PETA’s Response

Despite protests from some animal rights groups, PETA defends its animal kill record, saying most of the animals it puts down are sick, injured or unadoptable. As can be seen in the video, PETA also mentions other reasons like overpopulation crisis, and lack of shelter and proper care. For the aforementioned reasons, PETA has been a proponent of Euthanasia.

No-Kill Shelters

Amidst this rise in concern over such killing of animals, Virginia lawmakers proposed a bill in early 2015 to redefine a private animal shelter as “operating for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes.” Most American pet owners believe that unwanted pet animals should be cared for indefinitely, and should only be put to rest when they are incurably ill or irredeemably aggressive. On the other hand, the no-kill shelter movement has split the animal rights community. While advocates believe it is an important step towards recognizing the moral status of nonhuman animals, critics, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), say that no-kill shelters are a facade for profiteers who turn away the vast majority of homeless animals and keep the rest in dismal conditions.

Screenshot of PETA Online Animal Reporting
Screenshot of PETA Online Animal Reporting

Although PETA defends their animal kill rate, critics mention other animal shelters with more adoption rates and less kill rates. Notably, reports say that in some cases animals PETA employees described as “healthy,” “perfect” and “adorable” were also killed. Critics suggest that the figures PETA shows do not reflect well for an organization dedicated to the cause of animal rights. They also point that PETA raises virtually unlimited resources through appeals, taxes, donations and commercials that prey on the emotions of animal lovers. Some even go on to suggest people that it is better to hand over their pets and donate their money and resources to local, no-kill animal shelters.

Hoax or Fact:

Mixture of Hoax and Facts.

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