Target: Ingrid Newkirk, Cofounder and President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Goal: Conduct full evaluations on animals before euthanizing and truthfully report statistics to the state and to the public
Reports from the Virginia Department for Agriculture and Consumer Services show that 1675 of 1877 animals in the care of PETA—almost ninety percent—were euthanized in 2012. The organization itself, however, had once claimed that only half of the animals placed in its care were put to death. According to the Center for Consumer Freedom, PETA has euthanized over 29,000 pets since 1998.
According to the Daily Mail, PETA’s spokespersons say that they euthanized animals when they were “aggressive, on death’s door, or somehow unadoptable.” However, former workers at PETA have claimed that animals were put to death without formal health evaluations and that when some animals arrived with tags, PETA did not try to contact the owner before euthanizing the animal.
Though many animal shelters may have similar misdeeds, PETA’s problem is especially concerning because of their well-known status as an animal rights advocacy group. They have conducted full-fledged movements to save animals, giving people the impression that animals will be safe if sent to PETA. However, these people are mistaken because PETA may not be trying as hard to protect the rights of animals as they claim to.
By signing this petition you will help urge PETA to revoke their rash killing decisions and to publicly disclose information that will allow people to make informed evaluations about the organization.
Dear Ms. Newkirk,
Many people have become concerned over your long standing problem of euthanizing large numbers of animals without a full attempt to find them good homes, contact their original owners, or conduct a formal health evaluation before putting them to death. Recent research also shows that the numbers you report to the government are a far cry from reality. While you claim that only half of the animals are put to death, the Virginia Department for Agriculture and Consumer Services reports that you euthanize nearly 90 percent of all animals placed in your care.
I believe that this is a terrible misstep from your self-claimed identity as an animal rights organization. While you condemn others for wearing animal fur and pride yourself on animal rights protection, you are deceiving the public because you are not doing enough to save the creatures you care for.
Please live up to the reputation you built yourself and put efforts toward bettering the lives of these animals instead of rashly killing them. In addition, please make truthful reports to the government and the public so that we have ample reason to believe in you.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credits: Nhandler via Wikimedia Commons