According to a press release issued by the animal rights group No Kill Advocacy Center, it has filed a petition with the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (VDACS) asking the agency to rescind People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) status as an “animal shelter” in order to prevent PETA from continuing to euthanize thousands of animals each year. –Outdoor Pressroom
The No Kill Advocacy Center, a national animal rights group, filed a petition with the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (VDACS) asking them to rescind People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) status as an “animal shelter” in order to prevent PETA from killing thousands of animals every year.
“Removing the designation will prevent PETA staff from putting to death thousands of animals every year without making any effort to find them adoptive homes,” said Nathan Winograd, director of the No Kill Advocacy Center. “That’s because employees of animal pounds and animal shelters are the only non-veterinarians authorized by the Virginia Code to kill animals.”
According to VDACS records, for the three year period of 2009-2011, PETA killed 6,412 of the 6,703 animals it acquired, a killing rate of 96 percent. It adopted out only 76 animals, or 1 percent of the total it took in. By contrast, Virginia shelters as a whole adopt out roughly 60% of all animals they impound in any given year and several communities in Virginia have save rates in excess of 90%. PETA has no adoption hours, it does not keep animals alive long enough to find homes, and it does little adoption promotion.
“In the last 11 years, 29,426 animals have died at PETA’s hands including those they themselves described as ‘healthy,’ ‘adorable,’ and ‘perfect,’” said Winograd. “In some cases, this includes animals they promised to find homes for, only to put them to death within minutes in the back of a van—a donor-funded mobile death squad on wheels. It includes kittens and puppies.”