End Euthanization in U.S. Animal Shelters

Target: Ingrid E. Newkirk, President of PETA; Wayne Pacelle, CEO of HSUS; Edwin Sayres, CEO of ASPCA

Goal: Support the No Kill Equation, a plan that guarantees adoption and life for all sheltered animals that are not gravely ill

About 90 communities in the US practice the No Kill Equation, a plan that guarantees adoption and life for all sheltered animals that are not gravely ill. However, so-called animal rights groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Humane Society of the United States, oppose the No Kill Equation throughout the US.

It is illegal, but still a common practice in many states, to kill puppies, kittens, and sick or elderly animals in gas chambers. Nonetheless, some shelters that gas animals have received praise and accolades from the ASPCA, HSUS, and PETA. In fact, HSUS helped defeat a bill preventing the use of gas chambers in Texas shelters. In similar cases, ASPCA and PETA both worked to defeat legislation that would allow rescue organizations to save animals in New York and Virginia shelters at their own expense. Instead, the animals were killed at the expense of taxpayers. Moreover, PETA has encouraged the euthanization of all pit bulls and dogs that resemble pit bulls, a beloved species with an unfortunate reputation thanks to abusive underground dog-fighting rings.

The No Kill Equation saves animals by lowering the cost of spaying and neutering services, spaying and neutering feral animals before releasing them, and offering volunteer foster care. It is outrageous that no kill communities must face opposition from huge ‘animal rights’ organizations like HSUS, PETA, and ASPCA, which make a combined income of $300 million per year. Implore these organizations to support, rather than fight, the No Kill Equation.


Dear Ms. Newkirk, Mr. Parcelle, and Mr. Sayres,

Although the No Kill Equation is becoming more and more popular nationwide, your organizations have fought tirelessly to prevent its widespread application. Animal rights advocates trust you to protect animals, and you cannot live up to that trust by encouraging the killing of animals in shelters. PETA, the ASPCA, and the HSUS have each individually fought legislation to prevent gassing and euthanasia. Your organizations have also prevented the progress of smaller animal rights groups, who wish to rescue animals at their own expense rather than let them die at the expense of taxpayers.

This campaign against the No Kill Equation makes no sense to the vast majority of animal rights advocates who have supported your multi-million dollar organizations. Please stop fighting the No Kill Equation and the work of smaller rescue organizations. Instead, support their proliferation throughout shelters in the US.


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  1. Bill Fife says:

    Every day we fail to keep the pressure on more animals die. Sir Winston Churchill said it best: “If you’re going through Hell … Keep Going!” It may sometimes seem hopeless, but it only is if we give up the fight.

  2. Rebecca Zucker says:

    The abuse of pets in shelters, puppy farms, private homes and on has gone on too long and seems to only growing more depraived. The issues of mass breeding, lack of medical care and inability for law enforcement to stop and punish perpetrators arr the links to be resolved. It is my hope we as a country confront this head on and begin corrections and the healing to begin. Thank you

  3. Paola Ballanti says:

    gli animali vanno AMATI non uccisi

  4. Sharyn Luedke says:

    This needless killing needs to end. We must spay and neuter

  5. Nora Edwards says:

    People need to be educated and understand that the puppy that is so cute will grow into a dog that will be a part of your life for about 15 years. It is not OK to dump your pet for becoming inconvenient.

  6. I DO hope this petition works since it is time to stop the work these shelters are doing.

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