Condemn Animal Rights Group for Killing Shelter Animals

Sad Dog Face - Public Domain Pictures - George Hodan

Target: Mrs. Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President

Goal: Condemn People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for killing 82% of the animals brought to their shelter in Virginia

A shelter run by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in Norfolk, Virginia euthanized 82% of the animals left in its care in 2013. PETA President Ingrid Newkirk admits that PETA could run a no-kill shelter, but instead uses their money for high publicity press stunts and celebrity photo shoots. Condemn PETA for prioritizing publicity over animal care and demand that they change the shelter to a no-kill facility.

PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world. According to their mission statement they work to reduce cruelty and suffering through “public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns”.  But their animal rescue branch is falling well short of the lofty goals of this organization.

According to an annual disclosure, the Norfolk, Virginia shelter run by PETA euthanized 82% of the animals brought to the shelter in 2013. In just one year, they killed 1,792 cats and dogs. 84% of the animals were killed within 24 hours of being brought to the shelter. These kill rates are unacceptable for an organization with a $32 million annual budget.

And this isn’t the first time PETA shelters have run afoul of the organization’s stated mission. In 2005, PETA employees at a shelter in North Carolina were arrested after killing pets and tossing the bodies in supermarket trash dumpsters. At the trial the employees described the animals as “perfect” and “adorable”.

PETA has the resources to run a no-kill shelter if they prioritize animals over publicity. Tell PETA President Ingrid Newkirk that you expect better from her organization and that if they are unwilling to spend the money required to properly care and house rescue animals, then they should get out of the rescue business.


Dear Mrs. Newkirk,

Your animal shelter in Norfolk, Virginia euthanized 82% of the animals left in its care in 2013. Since 1998, 31,190 animals have been killed at that shelter. 84% of those animals are killed within 24 hours of entering the shelter. For any animal rescue organization these statistics would be unacceptable, but for PETA they are completely appalling.

This isn’t the first time your animal rescue efforts have fallen short of the stated goals of your organization. In 2005, employees at a PETA shelter in North Carolina were arrested for killing animals described as “perfect” and “adorable” and tossing their bodies into supermarket trash bins.  You have been quoted as saying “We could become a no-kill shelter immediately. It means we wouldn’t do as much work.”

Mrs. Newkirk, PETA has an annual budget of $32 million. It has the resources to properly care and house animals as a no-kill shelter. If your organization is not willing to prioritize the real lives of animals over publicity, then it has no place acting as an animal rescue organization. I expect better.


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  1. A. Becerril says:

    They can kiss goodbye my modest contribution!

  2. I think Peta has its own very important role in the animal care world. I therefore did not sign this petition. I think it should arrange with other shelters to allow weekly collections of animals from Peta’s shelter and should make public at its shelter what its kill rates are so that fewer people might leave animals there.

  3. Peta is highly successful at campaigning for animal welfare and at pursuing court cases for animal welfare. It has an important role to play for animals. It should not be condrmned. People should just be made aware to avoid leaving animals with them.

  4. Peta is the most successful animal advocacy group in the world. They alone are feared by animal abusers. Therefore, they have enemies amongst animal abusers. It is even possible that this petition has been started by such a person or persons, or by someone who has been duped into acting for such people’s interests. I advise against signing this petition. Peta are invaluable to animals. Let them remain so.

  5. Peta is no better than the very people they call abusers. Anyone who sticks up for them is no better than they are. Who the hell do they think they are to decide who gets to live or die. I know one thing, all killers will go to hell. May their punishment be, to be executed everyday a different way. Killing innocent animals is disturbing and down right cruel. Peta is feared because they are bullies. they have become like the very people they went after. Do the math.

  6. Diana Kretzschmar says:

    Unbelievable. Unacceptable. I can’t beleive so many celebrities support PETA!!! They probably have lavish parties and vacations too. It’s not the first time I’ve heard, they don’t really give a shit about Animals or just do it for the funds! What a shame and disgrace for Humanity!

  7. Just want to say shame on peta… Please don’t do this to poor animals..

  8. joan silaco says:

    every organization has people that don’t support them. no one group is perfect! what about the other animals PETA rescued from a life of imprisonment? did you forget about the SILVER SPRING MONKEY’S? you may not agree with everything PETA stands for, i certainly don’t agree with everything PETA says or does, but i do know that the world would be a much crueler place if it wasn’t for PETA! i’m not passing judgement, and i still support them! if you can do a better job and speak for all the animals around the world, then go for it! and when you need help, who you gonna call? their euthanasia stance was never a secret.

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