While PETA’s Kill Rate Rises, VA Senate Bill Aims to Stop It From Slaughtering More Pets
PETA’s kill statistics for 2014 are now available. They’re even uglier than last year’s. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is once again poisoning over 88% of the dogs and cats entrusted to their care. Perhaps as high as 98%, if you factor in the dishonesty of their reporting, as pointed out by Nathan Winograd of the No Kill Advocacy Center.
This is especially abysmal for two reasons.
First, PETA had succeeded in keeping their hypodermic away from almost 18% of otherwise doomed pets in 2013 — their kill rate was a mere 82.4%. This number was a disgrace by national standards, but for PETA it was an improvement — it seemed as if Ingrid Newkirk’s organization was trending slowly away from their All Kill policy. That trend was apparently a glitch — a meaningless down-tick in their concerted slaughter.
The second reason is the context. Those of us who have been reporting on this for years have had all sorts of gruesome evidence that pets killed by PETA were often perfectly happy and healthy and capable of being re-homed. We’ve always known that their insistence upon killing only the sick and in pain was a complete fiction, that their so-called “Shelter of Last Resort” was little more than an abattoir. This year, however, the evidence is especially sickening, and has been witnessed nationwide: we have on videotape two PETA employees apparently stealing a perfectly healthy pet chihuahua from the porch of a residence near their headquarters in Virginia; and we know that this little girl’s dog was killed soon after they made off with her.