Blog article from Nathan Winograd, September 2010
“The numbers are finally in. In 2009, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) impounded 2,366 animals. They killed 2,301 and found homes for only 8. Another 31 were transferred to killing shelters and their fates are unknown. That’s a 97% rate of killing. While the No Kill movement is having unparalleled success and with No Kill communities now dotting the American landscape—in California, Nevada, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado, Utah, Virginia, and elsewhere—PETA continues to move sharply in the other direction. This is the fourth time I have run this very blog. This is my fourth plea to stop the Butcher of Norfolk………….”
More information here…….”PETA’S slaughterhouse for dogs and cats”
We all know that PETA have opened up an office here in Australia . We support many of PETA’s campaigns, like banning the use of fur in clothing and others. However we are really concerned about PETA’s shocking record in the US of killing most of the dogs and cats that go into its shelters. We wrote to a representative of PETA:
“I’d like to understand what PETA’s plans are for this specific segment of animals in Aus. I know that PETA cover a wide range of animal welfare issues of course, but am unclear what the plans are for cats/dogs/ pounds and shelters?
“There are many claims that PETA does not support the No Kill movement, and that PETA in the US infact has a very hi rate of kill in your own shelters there. I don’t know what is fact or fiction, but you seem to have many critics along the lines of “why does PETA kill so many healthy animals?”.
“And this is what he had to say:
“We at PETA Asia-Pacific are generally opposed to no-kill dog and cat shelters. While there are a few well-run no-kill facilities, they are the exception rather than the rule. At most no-kill shelters, animals often live in cages for years. They become withdrawn, severely depressed, or aggressive, which further decreases their chances of adoption. Facilities that claim to be cageless may not confine the animals but unintentionally encourage the spread of disease and fights between the animals. Shelter situations should be a temporary compromise for dogs and cats. They are not a solution to their homelessness. Dogs and cats need more than food, water, and shelter from the elements. They need and deserve regular human companionship, respect for their individuality, to play and walk about and to feel love. We believe that forcing animals to live out their lives in cages, pens, or at the end of a rope, deprived of simple, basic requirements like a warm bed and an occasional scratch behind the ears, is essentially placing our consciences above their happiness and well being, and compromising their quality of life.
In addition to often making animals suffer, no-kill shelters also send a false message to the public. Responsible shelters are forced to euthanize millions of animals every year simply because there are not enough responsible homes for them. To blame shelters for doing society’s “dirty work” is grossly unfair and does nothing to help homeless animals. In the grand scheme of things, no-kills help a very small number of animals. No one likes to euthanize animals, but warehousing them is an inhumane and ineffective way of bringing about change, and fails to educate the public about overpopulation and its consequences.” ( Edward Basse, Activist Liaison,PETA Asia-Pacific)
My view is that he hasn’t got a clue what he’s talking about and certainly knows little if anything about the No Kill movement and its potential to save lives.
PETA does some really great work in many areas, and we can’t take that away from them, its truly fabulous, but we don’t want them anywhere near our efforts here in Australia to stop the killing in Pounds and Shelters. So, before you send any hard earned dollars their way, please write to Jason Baker, PETA’s man in Oz, at JasonB@PETAAsiaPacific.com and ask him why is PETA doing this, and that you disagree 100% with their position.