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.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: George Hodan via Public Domain Pictures