The truth about PETA and their animal shelters…….

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………….”

To read more on this subject, click here….

More information here…….”PETA’S slaughterhouse for dogs and cats”

DRP Comment:

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  They become withdrawn, severely depressed, or aggressive, which further decreases their chances of adoption.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 and ask him why is PETA doing this, and that you disagree 100% with their position.



11 thoughts on “The truth about PETA and their animal shelters…….

  1. kelly October 5, 2010 / 10:29 pm

    I agree with the Peta response. I do not like seeing or hearing about euthanised animals. But he is right in so many ways. Many of these animals are caged for too long, it is very cruel, and to have a no kill policy, pounds would truly overcrowed, and who will pay for this? We need to go to the source before anything else! And that is to try and STOP these irresponsible owners and now!

  2. kelly October 5, 2010 / 10:41 pm

    I DO NOT like the idea of killing right upon surrendering, at least try to rehome first. I only just read about peta killing before trying to rehome. I dont think we will ever fix things, but we can help. The same things happen with humans (animals..), they are poor, starving, looking for shelter, get abused and so on. You want to help everyone but can only do so much.

  3. Rennek October 6, 2010 / 3:24 am

    I also agree with the PETA response. It sucks, but if left on the streets, they have an awful life. If sent to a no-kill shelter, they live in cages for years. I have a dog, and I can imagine that it would make her absolutely miserable.

    It’s unfortunate, but I feel that euthanasia is the humane choice.

  4. Ashley October 6, 2010 / 3:26 am

    The title of this article is completely false. PETA does not run an animal shelter. I can only imagine that the people that turn to PETA for help have no where else to go.

    If we put 8 dogs in every home in the U.S. there still wouldn’t be enough homes for all the dogs that exist right now. I’m not familiar with the statistics in Australia, but in the U.S. it truly is a crisis. The math just does not make it possible for every shelter to be “no-kill.”

    I agree that this is heartbreaking, but until people stop buying puppies and kittens from breeders and pet stores the numbers will continue to rise and euthanasia will be a reality for many helpless animals.

  5. Tim October 6, 2010 / 3:30 am

    If people stopped purchasing animals from pet stores and spayed or neutered their animals, there would be no animal overpopulation crisis. Unfortunately, this does not happen and PETA gets thrown unfairly under the bus for doing what is sometimes the most humane option for animals.

  6. Maria October 6, 2010 / 4:11 am

    I agree with Ashley. PETA does not have an animal shelter. So that alone is where you’re post needs some clarity.

    They have a 24hour emergency response team that responds to all kinds of animal cruelty and help endangered animals all over. Unfortunately, animals homelessness has gotten out of control and PETA has decided to do something about it. Yes, it’s possible to find good homes but it’s not EASY to find the best home for each and every single animal looking for love and attention. You run into overcrowded animal shelters, animal hoarding, and shelter animals being sold to companies for animal testing.

    No kill shelters are temporary placements for animals…they don’t guarantee homes for animals…it just prolongs their misery and waiting for the right home. While it’s heartbreaking and sad, the most humane option IS euthanasia because of the human greed for money, breeding more animals, and people purchasing them from pet stores…

    So the issue isn’t about PETA and their tactics/campaigns on how they help animals, the issue should be, what can we do to HELP PETA stop animal overpopulation…no kill shelters can’t be the solution…it’s not realistic for the millions of homeless animals who are waiting for us to help them.

    WE ARE THEIR VOICE. Please blog about that.

  7. Helena October 6, 2010 / 7:12 am

    “No kill” shelters do not help reduce animal suffering. PETA, and anyone who cares about animals, aims to reduce the severity and amount of time that animals suffer. Unfortunately, animals in no kill shelters often suffer the most and for their whole lives.

    Confining homeless animals for years, while turning away so many others because they are at their max occupancy, does nothing to help the animal overpopulation crisis. It only promises the caged animals more time to live in their sad state and denies others the chance to get adopted.

    If you really think the no kill movement has the potential to save more lives, you may want to redo the math and see for yourself. The solution to animal overpopulation doesn’t lie in “No Kill” shelters. It can only be addressed by spaying and neutering and adopting animals instead of buying them from pet stores or breeders.

    That said, this post is clearly not credible. Seeing as how PETA doesn’t even run a shelter, it seems odd to have the word “truth” in the title.

  8. Deathrowpets October 6, 2010 / 8:57 pm

    You need to contact Nathan Winograd at the No Kill Advocacy Centre in the US. if you want specific responses to this.

    This site is an Australian-specific information centre. We don’t have here animals languishing for months and years in shelters (although there are certainly hoarders who do). Legislation prohibits that in Government Pounds, and the private shelters all rehome as fast as they can.

    “No Kill’ in the Australian context is 100% about improved rehoming rates – not keeping animals stuck in cages. PETA hasnt been here long enough to understand that. I have invited them to comment on this blog.

  9. Michelle - Saving Animals from Euthanasia October 28, 2010 / 10:55 am

    SAFE is a no-kill resuce and rehoming organisation. We do not have a shelter, but ulitise a Foster Care programme. This puts homeless pets in loving homes while they await adoption.

    We believe that public education is the key to end overpopulation. Caring for pets short term allows people to test if they are ready for the committment of pet ownership. By having pets in loving home we can easily identify potential health or behavioural problems in pets. We can also discuss the pets personality with adopters to ensure a suitable match.

    Our vision is to have this programme utilised by rescue groups across Australia – educating people, stopping impulse buying, reducing relinquishments, adopting only desexed pets into the community and saving Pets lives.

  10. Cheryl October 28, 2010 / 10:47 pm

    I have read about PETA’s appalling “kill rate” for dogs and cats in the USA. and was unsure if this was really correct, but after reading their pathetic reply above, I’m convinced the statistics are true.
    Their attempt to denegrate “no kill shelters” and misinform the public that animals are kept “for the term of their natural lives” in small cages is a poor excuse for the number of animals they have slaughtered..
    We are just beginning to make progress in Australia, in establishing “no kill shelters” we do not need PETA setting this movement backwards..
    I will not be endorsing or supporting PETA in this respect..

  11. hannah October 29, 2010 / 5:15 pm

    AWL in the greater Gold Coast area have a no kill policy and having read a very detailed report from last year about the intake sources and ultimate destinations of both cats and dogs, the number of rehomed animals is incredible and commendable.

    The report is available here:

    To think that many healthy animals are being killed before given a fair opportunity to find a home with a kind family saddens me. Rather than offering excuses and deferring the criticism to what ‘most shelters’ do, perhaps they could find some gumption within themselves and do something positive and different. If so many shelters are doing it wrong why not use the celebrity appeal that PETA is (arguably more) famous for, and gather the resources to create decent shelters.

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