PETA has responded to our PETA Kills Series and while the letter is filled with glowing stats, stats do not tell the whole story.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) requires all animal shelters like PETA to report the number of cats and dogs they take in each year.
The rather very detailed letter is filled with links that make PETA look like they are a wonderful, caring organization. But for those people not familiar with these organizations a person can easily overlook keywords or “tricks.”
PETA main trick is to make the reader believe that they only “rescue” animals. “Rescue” is PETA’s way of saying euthanize animals.
But numbers don’t lie. It seems far fetched that of the 1,963 animals brought to PETA’s Virginia shelter 1.411 were beyond saving. Isn’t any wonder why endyulin2017 have labeled PETA’s Virginia shelter “Animal Auschwitz.”
The problem we have with PETA is their dishonesty.
It is fine for them to believe in their “Final Solution” each company can be whatever they want. What we consistently are against is hiding what you are in order to protect donations.
PETA’s very name is hypocritical in itself. Their advertising claims ‘humans have no right to do as we please to animals’ and then PETA decides unilaterally an animal brought to them needs to be ‘Rescued.’
They now are claiming they are similar to a “Human Hospice.” This blatant attempt to distract a potential donor from seeing the truth is beyond dishonest.
People should always be aware of is just how quickly any organization defending itself goes to the blame game. I see this a lot with the Marc Ching defenders. I can see how people can easily be manipulated into believing the reporter is the bad guy.
Step by Step
But seeing this every day it become almost comical in its step #1… Step #2 etc. In any critical story, no matter who writes it, when an organization responds look for these telltale signs.
- Remove the post.
- Tell the reader all the wonderful things they have done
- Sight one or two extreme example of why they needed to euthanize the animal
- Point to an organization that is really horrible, making you look better
- Claim a conspiracy based on jealousy, or the writer has an agenda
- Create doubt by claiming the writer is somehow getting paid.
- Blame the people or government for creating this mess, and claim you are being victimized because all you are doing is what needs to be done.
- Finish it all off with how great you are and how evil it is for any writer to even suggest that their organization is anything but angelic.
Again, we have no problem if PETA believes in their “Final Solution” policy. We do have a huge problem with their dishonesty.
The moment you ask for donations then lie, cheat and mislead people we will hold you accountable.
The numbers don’t lie. When your most compassionate year PETA killed 71.9% of the animals brought into its shelter, something is very wrong.
The only reason the numbers have come down from their ‘Kill R Us’ glory days is the fact that your workers were killing and dumping animals in dumpsters.
What we are investigating now is the convenient “Transferred” numbers. As we had mentioned many times “We do not believe in coincidence.” The moment their kill numbers came down these “Transferred” numbers skyrocketed.
Now we must discover where these “Transfers” actually go. It’s not hard to imagine, but we will do our due diligence.
Ever since PETA escaped justice in the Maya the chihuahua case PETA is becoming more and more exposed.
In November 2014, WAVY-TV reported that PETA employees stealing a family’s Chihuahua. A surveillance video showed a van branded with the PETA logo pull up into the driveway followed by a worker seizing the dog and driving off. Wilbur Cerate, the dog’s owner, said that PETA employees later returned to his home with a fruit basket and news that the dog had been killed.
As in the case of the Kristin Lindsey the woman vet who shot and killed a neighbor’s cat with a bow and arrow and then gloated about it on Facebook. Uninterested or paid off DA’s claimed there was not enough evidence to prosecute.
In the PETA case, a video shows the PETA van and it’s two workers snatching Maya off the families front porch. Then later bringing a fruit basket as a “My bad” apology. It’s amazing how weak these district attorneys are to prosecute sick individuals and/or organizations. All because it’s an animal and they don’t deem it worthy enough to waste resources on.
This is why PETA and individuals get to do whatever they wish to animals.
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In PETA’s response to us, they wrote We ask that you please remove these posts, which leave readers with an incomplete and skewed impression of our organization’s work. Beyond the fact that their letter is the very definition of giving readers an incomplete and skewed impression of PETA.
Something that is not skewed and shows exactly what PETA is from PETA themselves. In trying to get the lawsuit brought against PETA for killing Maya dismissed
PETA admitted it illegally took and killed the dog. But according to PETA, the court should dismiss the lawsuit because the dog was “worthless.” They also stated that their conduct was not “outrageous.”
Thankfully, the Court ruled PETA ‘excuse’ was nonsensical and ordered the case proceed to trial.
This information is available on the VDACS website for public inspection.
As is our policy we will publish verbatim what they have sent.
Greetings from PETA.
I’m writing with regard to a series of inflammatory and misleading blog posts by Dominick Mezzapesa about PETA’s work to help animals in our community. We ask that you please remove these posts, which leave readers with an incomplete and skewed impression of our organization’s work.
Last year, PETA helped more than 2,000 impoverished families keep animals they would otherwise have given up by providing them with free veterinary care—including repairing prolapsed organs, treating life-threatening uterine infections, removing tumors and ruptured growths, and performing drainage surgery for hematomas and infected wounds, as well as treating ear, skin, and upper respiratory infections.
But not every animal can be saved, and for animals like Trina, who had a mammary tumor the size of a cantaloupe, and Chi-Chi, who was suffering from advanced lymphoma and congestive heart failure, a painless death through euthanasia is the kindest thing that anyone could offer.
That’s why PETA also provides—free of charge—a “shelter of last resort” for animals who need euthanasia. Our doors are open to every animal in need, including dogs dying from painful cancer or advanced heartworm disease after being chained or penned outside for their entire lives; feral cats ravaged by feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia, or other contagious and fatal illnesses; and animals whose guardians have been referred to us by other shelters or even veterinarians because they can’t afford to pay the going rate to end their beloved companions’ suffering. Please visit our website and watch our video to see some of the animals whose terrible suffering we’ve alleviated.
Just as a hospice for humans has a high mortality rate, so, too, does a shelter that primarily takes in animals who are geriatric, catastrophically injured, diseased, and dying. For some of the animals we serve—who’ve spent their lives in isolation, neglected and deprived of all that makes life worthwhile—it’s the only kindness that they’ve ever been shown. Others are beloved family members whose guardians cradle and comfort them in their final moments.
These are the animals who are often refused entry by “no-kill” shelters, precisely because admitting them would lower the facility’s “live-release” statistics. Someone has to help these animals, and in our area of Virginia and North Carolina, that’sPETA. We’re honored to provide the dignity of a painless death when life has no more to offer.
When adoptable animals come our way, we transfer them directly to high-traffic shelters for a chance at finding a loving home, or we find them a home ourselves. Many of PETA’s staffers live with dogs, cats, rabbits, or other animal companions adopted from our shelter or help us find foster homes. We urge everyone who has the time, patience, and resources to care for an animal for life to adopt one (or better yet, two) from a shelter, instead of buying one from a pet store or breeder.
The best way to address the dog and cat overpopulation crisis in the U.S. is to stop the flow of unwanted animals. That’s why—in addition to reaching millions of people through high-profile campaigns and urging them always to have their animals spayed or neutered—PETA operates three low- to no-cost mobile veterinary clinics, which have sterilized more than 143,000 animals.
PETA also spent more than $2.2 million last year helping animals in some of the poorest areas in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina—including areas that lack an animal shelter, an animal control officer, or even a veterinary clinic. These are animals whose guardians may live in a trailer without running water or be unemployed, on drugs, or living on disability or other low fixed income.
Our rescue teams go out every day (and are on call 24/7, including on holidays) to provide dogs who are kept chained or penned in backyards with free sturdy, custom-built doghouses and straw bedding. They replace heavy chains that sometimes weigh as much as or more than the dogs themselves with lightweight tie-outs and provide neglected, abandoned, and abused dogs and cats with flea and flystrike preventive medications, food, water, and much more.
As you can see, Mr. Mezzapesa’s posts misrepresent PETA’s work. Please let me know when you have removed them. And in the future, please give us the benefit of the doubt by calling us for comment before running posts that criticize our work. Thank you for your consideration.
Animal Care & Control Specialist
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
501 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510