PETA’s “Animal House of Horror” Killed 82% of Dogs and Cats in its Possession in 2013

Hypocritical Animal Rights Group’s Body Count Exceeds 31,000

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) released its yearly review of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) appalling record of killing pets at its Norfolk, VA animal shelter. In 2013 alone, PETA killed 1,792 cats and dogs, an average of 5 per day. The 1,792 figure represents 82 percent of all animals PETA took into its shelter throughout the year.

The numbers come from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), which requires such annual disclosures to be made. Since 1998, 31,190 animals have died at the hands of PETA. And in 2005, PETA employees were arrested in North Carolina after killing adoptable pets and tossing the bodies into a supermarket trash dumpster. Trial evidence showed they killed animals they described as “perfect” and “adorable.”

Will Coggin, senior research analyst at CCF, said this takes hypocrisy to a whole new level. “This delusional animal rights group is talking out of both sides of its mouth – on one side preaching animal rights, while on the other signing the death warrant of 82 percent of cats and dogs in its care. Labeling PETA as hypocritical would be the understatement of the year.”

Despite its $32 million budget, PETA fails to find homes for the deluge of animals it kills. PETA President Ingrid Newkirk previously indicated to The Virginian-Pilot that the animal rights group could stop killing pets. Of course it would mean cutting down on press stunts and celebrity photo shoots: “We could become a no-kill shelter immediately. It means we wouldn't do as much work."

Even more alarming is how quickly PETA chooses the death needle versus care and nourishment once an animal is left in its care. A 2010 inspection conducted by a VDACS veterinarian of animal custody records discovered that 84 percent of the animals PETA took in were killed within 24 hours.

Coggin concluded, “PETA’s so-called ‘shelter’ might as well be called a slaughterhouse. For an organization that once disgustingly compared the treatment of farm animals to the Holocaust, you’d think PETA would avoid the appearance of systematic killing.”

For more information, please visit PETAKillsAnimals.com.

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Pets Killed by PETA

Year Received† Trans-
ferred
Adopted Killed
2013 2,175 311 46 2.11% 1,792 82.4%
2012 1,843 130 19 1.03% 1,647 89.4%
2011 1,992 34 24 1.21% 1,911 95.9%
2010 2,345 63 44 1.86% 2,200 93.8%
2009 2,366 31 8 0.34% 2,301 97.3%
2008 2,216 34 7 0.32% 2,124 95.8%
2007 1,997 35 17 0.85% 1,815 90.9%
2006 3,061 46 12 0.39% 2,981 97.4%
2005 2,165 69 146 6.74% 1,946 89.9%
2004 2,655 1 361 13.60% 2,278 85.8%
2003 2,224 1 312 14.03% 1,911 85.9%
2002 2,680 2 382 14.25% 2,298 85.7%
2001 2,685 14 703 26.18% 1,944 72.4%
2000 2,681 28 624 23.27% 2,029 75.7%
1999 1,805 91 386 21.39% 1,328 73.6%
1998* 943 125 133 14.10% 685 72.6%
Total 35,833 1015 3,224 9.00% 31,190 87.04%
* figures represent the second half of 1998 only
† Other than spay/neuter animals
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What is Peta Kills Animals?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a problem. Despite its mission to advocate for "total animal liberation," government documents obtained through public records requests indicate that each year PETA kills thousands of animals at its headquarters.

According to records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA has killed more than 29,000 animals (mostly dogs and cats) at its headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.

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