Target: Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia
Goal: Support measure requiring animal shelters to focus on rehabilitation and adoption rather than indiscriminate euthanasia.
A measure prohibiting animal shelters from euthanizing animals unnecessarily has been passed by the Virginia Senate. The bill will redefine a private shelter as a facility that seeks to find permanent homes or other lifesaving options for animals. This would effectively force the private PETA shelter in Virginia, which euthanizes over 70 percent of its animals, to either shut down or drastically alter its operation.
Legislators took aim at the animal welfare group in late 2014, when a member was caught on a security camera stealing a family pet from a porch. When confronted, the group initially denied the claims, but a PETA lawyer later contacted the family to tell them that their pet, Maya, was euthanized almost immediately after arrival. Allegations of PETA members kidnapping and euthanizing animals later surfaced from other pet owners in the area.
While PETA openly advocates veganism and an end to killing animals for food, their shelter has some of the highest kill rates in the entire country. Last year in Virginia, only 39 of 3,369 animals in PETA’s shelters were adopted out, with 2,454 of them being euthanized almost immediately. In comparison, the average kill rate at similar registered shelters in Virginia is 40 to 50 percent lower. While they claim that all of the animals euthanized are unadoptable, they euthanized family pet Maya, who was in perfect health, within a day.
While the PETA member was charged with larceny, the case could not proceed as Virginia law does not consider a pet to be personal property. Lawmakers responded by attacking the root of the issue—PETA’s tendency to quickly euthanize animals before even giving them a chance. Sign the petition below to support Maya’s law, which will force animal shelters to give animals a fair chance at a new life.
Dear Governor Terry McAuliffe,
A bill aiming to force animal shelters to focus on rehabilitation and adoption before euthanasia has passed the Virginia Senate with overwhelming support. The bill would force the PETA shelter, which euthanizes the majority of animals that enter the facility, to make significant changes to their operation or close down. The law was drafted in response to a PETA member’s kidnapping and euthanasia of a healthy family pet chihuahua named Maya.
While PETA claims that all the animals that were euthanized were absolutely unadoptable, the fact that they euthanized Maya says otherwise. Surely, a sub-one percent adoption rate can be improved upon with diligence and effort. We, the undersigned, ask you to show your support for Maya’s law, which will be passed to the State House for a vote.
[Your Name Here]
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