Demand PETA Stop Euthanizing Shelter Animals

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Target: PETA president Ingrid Newkirk

Goal: Stop euthanizing animals at PETA shelters.

PETA, one of the largest animal rights groups in the world, is constantly slamming other organizations for their treatment of animals. However, it was recently reported that one of PETA’s animal shelters located in Norfolk, Virginia euthanized around 84 percent of its cats and 68 percent of its dogs. It doesn’t seem logical that a group dedicated to the fair treatment of animals is committing mass murder of animals it’s supposed to protect and find homes for. The majority of these pets were brought in voluntarily by owners who probably had no idea there was such a high chance that their poor animal would be killed rather than found a new home with someone who could care for it.

PETA makes millions of dollars from donors and merchandise sales, so much that the organization actually still had a budget surplus after expenses last year. So this certainly leaves a question of why it was necessary to execute over 2,000 shelter animals at one shelter alone. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported the statewide euthanasia rates for shelter and rescue groups as 38.5 percent for cats and 17.5 percent for dogs, far below the percentages of the PETA shelter. Most of these shelters, if any, do not have the kind of budget that PETA does, so murdering these animals is inexcusable.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk claims euthanizing is necessary and says the blame is not on the organization, but on the owners who abandon their pets. This claim is completely invalid seeing that other shelters are not having the same issue as a million-dollar company like PETA. Demand Newkirk and PETA be held accountable for their sickening actions and demand PETA behave like an animal rights organization should.


Dear Ingrid Newkirk,

It was recently reported that one of your organization’s animal shelters in Norfolk, Virginia euthanized 84 percent of its cats and 68 percent of its dogs. Most of these pets were brought in by owners who probably had no idea your shelter would murder their poor animal rather than find a new home with someone who could care for it like it’s supposed to.

Your organization takes in millions of dollars, so it doesn’t make sense that it was necessary to execute over 2,000 of its shelter animals at one shelter alone. The statewide euthanasia rates for shelter and rescue groups in Virginia are way below the percentages of the PETA shelter. These shelters manage to do this with a budget far below PETA’s so this mass euthanasia is inexcusable. Start living up to your supposed values and stop euthanizing your shelter animals.


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  1. Looks like this a charity I will no longer be supporting financially. Very sad and disappointing.

  2. Haven’t supported PETA since the early 2000’s, after Alex Pacheco (who I personally met) left, and I soon discerned that unlike Pacheco, Newkirk was a hypocrite. Imo, the evidence of her twisted brain has become quite clear enough by now. See:

    …just for a taste of what’s REALLY been going on at PETA since that time. (I’d say the same of the HSUS & Wayne Pacelle), too) I fully agree with Winograd’s non-hypocritical stance and statement, “There is no such thing as “humanely” killing an animal who does not want to die.” No exceptions. And that punts PETA/Newkirk right out of any truly “humane” movement.

  3. SHUT PETA DOWN — they’re a farce! They do NOTHING for animals … just lip service ….

    • How do you propose we “shut down” PETA since they are a privately held agency? (Can’t wait to hear this.)

      Yes, we should stop funding them. I have NEVER funded them or sent them anything. DH is right. After Pacheco left, Kewkirk, who is obviously mentally unstable, took over and it changed completely.

      So how do we get rid of PETA? We don’t. However, we can seriously affect their fund-raising abilities by spreading the world of what they are really about and keep sharing!

  4. Peta should practice what they preach. Maybe a withdrawl of subscriptions will make them sit up & think of what they are doing. Or are the millions raised going to feed the bosses of Peta. Shame on you.

  5. I have long thought that PETA is not an organization I want to support. If this information is true,they should be investigated. IMO, this is just like Sea World, a happy face but cruelty behind it.

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