Last week, more reports of PETA's horrible kill rates for 2009 began spreading around the internet. In 2009, PETA impounded 2,366 animals, euthanized 2,301 found 8 new homes.
PETA is a richest Animal Rights organizations in the country -- that is supposedly a voice for PROTECTING animals. What message does it send to the rest of the American public when they kill 97% of the animals they touch?
I was going to let it go and just not even mention it. And then, I read aresponse to the criticism from a PETA writer over at CARE2 -- and I just...can't....let....it....go.
In the article (written byHeather Moore who works for PETA) , in typical PETA form, they placed the blame for euthanizing 97% of the animals they touch on everyone except the people who are actually doing the kiling. And then, say they do it because they care. Heather writes:
Some people are upset, surprised even, that PETA euthanizes animals. That's understandable; no one likes the idea of euthanasia—least of all the caring rescue workers and shelter technicians who are faced with the heart-wrenching task of ending animals' lives. But they do it because they care. Because it is the kindest, most realistic thing to do.
For starters, no one is upset when shelters "euthanize" animals -- but that is by the real definition of "euthanasia". There is no question that sometimes animals are too sick, too injured or too aggressive -- and as such, euthanasia IS the most caring solution. But killing 97% of all the animals you touch? That's not "euthanasia", that's killing. And people ARE upset when shelters kill animals -- it's neither caring, nor noble. It's slaughter. And it's slaughter by people who are supposed to be CARING for animals. She continues:
PETA does everything it can to curb dog and cat overpopulation and stop the cruelty and neglect that is so prevalent in our society, yet it is often criticized for not doing enough to make loving homes magically appear. Unfortunately, no amount of money or wishing can do that. I've heard plenty of tsk-tsking at PETA, but I've yet to hear anyone propose a humane and viable alternative to euthanasia.
If anyone has one, I'd certainly love to hear it.
At this point, the writer has admitted that many of the animals are killed -- not because they are sick or injured -- but because there aren't enough homes. Here's a solution - -find homes for them. In 2007, PETA raised more than $34 million. Surely, somewhere in that hefty budget, there are the resources available to find more than 8 homes. Heck, I think I personally accomplished finding that many homes last year, and I am not a rescue and have an operating budget more than a little below $34 million. As for alternatives to killing animals -- start here.
Heather goes on to blame the public for the killing. They equate the decision to not kil the animals to "warehousing." It's as if they have completely decided to just kill every animal they touch, feel comfortable blaming everyone else, and if someone mentions a solution to the not killing they just denounce it as "impossible" or "wrong" -- covering their ears and singing "Lalalalala" at the top of their lungs so they don't have to hear it.
The solutions are out there.
PETA is not a Humane organization. There are animal killers.
And the sooner that everyone realizes that and quits giving them money, the better off we'll all be. The sooner the media realizes that PETA is NOT the voice of the mainstream community that cares about animals, the more educated people will become. And sooner we can prevent people from making excuses for killing, and for blaming everyone EXCEPT the person with the needle in their hand fo rthe killing, the better off the animals will be.
No more excuses. No more killing. Killing is not caring. Saving is caring.