Saturday, March 29, 2008

PETA: "People Euthanizing Thousands of Animals"

The numbers, above, are Virginia state data for PETA's notorious kill shelter run out of PETA's headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.

Note the 97.4 percent kill rate for FY 2006 (the latest year for which data is available).

The paragraph, below, is from a letter to PETA [PDF] from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services informing them that they will not be allowed to lie on their reporting forms to the state by counting as "received" and "adopted" those animals that they spayed or neutered as part of spay-neuter clinics.

This letter was copied to PETA general counsel Jeffrey S. Kerr.

Why is this particular paragraph imporant?

Simple: Because under Virginia law, PETA's license is to run an animal shelter or humane society rather than a slaughter house.

Under Virginia law, an animal shelter means "a facility, other than a private residential dwelling and its surrounding grounds, that is used to house or contain animals and that is owned, operated, or maintained by a nongovernmental entity including, but not limited to, a humane society, animal welfare organization, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or any other organization operating for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes for animals."

Under Virginia law, a humane society means "any incorporated, nonprofit organization that is organized for the purposes of preventing cruelty to animals and promoting humane care and treatment or adoptions of animals."

Under Virginia law, "adoption" means "the transfer of ownership of a dog or a cat, or any other companion animal, from a releasing agency to an individual."

If PETA claims it does not have the money or the facilities to run a true animal shelter or humane society (never mind their $27 million a year annual budget!) where animals are kept for 5-10 days and then placed for adoption as other Virginia shelters do, then their animal shelter license needs to be revoked by the state, and PETA needs to re-apply with the state Department of Agriculture to run ... a slaughter house.

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-J. said...

What an excellent tack to take. Perhaps people could call VDACS as described here:

...and request that their facility be inspected for compliance review.

Better still we should launch an on-line campaign for VDACS to yank their license, although they're a lot more likely to listen to VA residents.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I prefer exterminating to euthanizing, since the misuse of the term euthanasia really fries my 'taters, has for years.

Eliminating would be another possiblility.

I suppose you could put euthanizing in quotation marks to make the point.