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  1. PETA’s Body Count: 50,000 and Counting

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    Few things in life are guaranteed in life except for death, taxes…and PETA killing cats and dogs. New figures filed by PETA with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed this sad reality. PETA’s lone shelter, located at its Norfolk, Va. headquarters, killed 1,759 cats, dogs, and other pets in 2020.

    Even during a global pandemic that slowed lives to a near halt, PETA still managed to kill 10% more animals than it did the year before. Of the animals euthanized in private shelters across the entire state, PETA killed nearly three-fourths of them. What’s more, the average euthanasia rate of private animal shelters in Virginia is less than 6%. PETA’s is more than ten times larger.

    A state inspector once likened the shelter to a “euthanasia clinic.” During his investigation, that same doctor discovered most animals were euthanized within 24 hours of intake. 

    PETA only adopted out 41 pets, less than 2% of the total number of animals it took in last year. Such a low adoption rate is shocking–especially when considering most the country has faced a shortage of animals to adopt. Across the country, news headlines have been filled with stories of shelters “running out” of animals or how the pandemic has created a “thriving economy” for pet adoptions. 

    In 2015, a law defining the role of a private shelter was passed by the state of Virginia in direct response to PETA’s high kill rate. As recently as last year, similar legislation was introduced seeking to further curtail PETA’s kill shelter. 

    This year marks a grim accomplishment for PETA: Since records became available in the late 1990s, PETA has now officially killed more than 50,000 pets. Tell that milestone to anyone who mistakenly believes PETA stands for the “ethical treatment” of animals.

  2. PETA’s Woke on Woke Violence

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    Yet again it has been confirmed that the so-called People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) cares more about offending reasonable people than caring about animals or people. According to a recent report, there was infighting at the organization over PETA president Ingrid Newkirk and her latest plan to exploit Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    The infighting arose after Newkirk sent out an email to all of the organization’s staff in an attempt to quell employees’ questions and concerns about its plans to hijack MLK Day to talk about animal abuse. The email, which had the subject, “Please absorb this,” called employees’ concerns “extremely saddening” and attempted to pull out all of the stops to convince employees she’s not a racist.

    One of Newkirk’s references compared Japanese internment camps to a hippopotamus in captivity. She also likened PETA to Christians helping Jews in Nazi German and suggested that without white landowners Harriet Tubman wouldn’t have been able to free slaves.

    When a couple of staffers tried to point out the inaccuracies and inability to understand nuance, Newkirk went nuclear and chastised the employees for responding to her email despite her previous email telling employees to “let us know” if they had an issue with the first email. She then mentioned that the 60s were, “actually a time when going vegetarian was very much a Black value.”

    In the words of William Shakespeare, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

    This isn’t the first time PETA, whose leadership landing page is very homogeneous, has attempted to co-op minority issues in an attempt to shoehorn its agenda. During the Minnesota protests over the killing of George Floyd, the organization argued that its own campaigns are parallel to fighting racism. Earlier that same year PETA faced universal backlash over its Super Bowl ad that compared Colin Kaepernick to a medley of animated woodland creatures.

    It’s not just race. PETA has a well-documented history of being out of touch on almost any nuanced issue. So many that we were able to compile a list of our top ten most offensive PETA campaigns.

    In a response to the article, PETA promised to post the entire back and forth, as of the time of this posting, we can’t find it on their website. Regardless, it is apparent that Ingrid Newkirk doesn’t care about animals or about race–even when her own employees tell her she’s wrong.
  3. The Dark Side of Animal Rights

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    Everyone believes animals should be treated humanely. But some groups want animal “liberation”–meaning people would not be allowed to own a pet, buy a wool sweater, or enjoy real ice cream. To them, using animals is immoral and is comparable to slavery or child abuse. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has compared eating chicken to the Holocaust, and argues that “it would have been in the animals’ best interests if the institution of ‘pet keeping’…never existed.”

    Not only is this agenda radical, but the groups advocating for it conduct themselves in extreme ways. Consider:

    • PETA paid $70,000 to support the defense of an arsonist who burned down a university laboratory. PETA also gave money to the Earth Liberation Front, considered a domestic terrorist group by the FBI.
    • Groups including the Humane Society of the United States and ASPCA paid $25 million to settle a fraud and racketeering lawsuit that alleged animal activists had secretively paid someone who lied under oath in court proceedings.
    • The Humane Society of the United States raises money on the promise to help save pets, yet it doesn’t run a single pet shelter. Instead, according to its tax return it has hoarded over $20 million in offshore accounts in the Caribbean, and pays its CEO over $300,000 a year.
    • Many animal activists are willing to break laws to push their agenda. Several activists served time in federal prison after they were convicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The FBI has estimated that the Animal Liberation Front network has been responsible for over 1,000 criminal acts and over $100 million of damages.
    • Not only is PETA against pet ownership, but it kills the vast majority of animals it takes in every year. Since 1998, official government records show that PETA has killed about 40,000 animals. A state inspection found that most animals are killed within 24 hours. PETA paid $50,000 after it was caught stealing and killing a family’s dog in Virginia.

    Watch and share the video below to help more people understand the true nature and dirty secrets of animal liberation activists.

  4. Will PETA Condemn This HSUS Sanctuary?

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    “The welfare of the chimpanzees seems to be last on the priority list at Project Chimps.” So stated a whistleblower complaint recently given to PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Project Chimps is a Georgia facility controlled by the Humane Society of the United States that has come under fire after an employee says she was fired in late March after seeking to improve conditions for the chimpanzees at the facility.

    In a series of Facebook posts, she has produced documentation showing a chimp with a nasty laceration that she says festered after it wasn’t properly treated. Another chimp shows massive hair loss after entering the facility. Another chimp displayed stereotypic behavior that may indicate some psychological issues. The whistleblower says the veterinarian at the HSUS facility is a cat and dog vet–not a primate vet.

    You can get caught up here.

    The whistleblower–who says she speaks for about 10 others who are also concerned about animal mistreatment at the HSUS facility–says she attempted to handle it internally but got nowhere. She also reached out to the so-called Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, a private nonprofit that accredits sanctuaries–only to discover that it is heavily influenced by HSUS and has a huge conflict of interest. She also reached out to PETA–and apparently has gotten the organization’s attention to nudge Project Chimps/HSUS behind the scenes.

    Project Chimps recently posted a note on its Facebook page attempting to get ahead of negative press. This all smells like the same damage control we saw two years ago when HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle was accused of sexual harassment. The board of directors voted to close an investigation into Pacelle, while he blamed nameless conspirators. He eventually resigned along with a number of board members.

    Clearly, the strategy from HSUS seems to be to sweep everything under the carpet. But that wouldn’t work if an organization like PETA made noise.

    Isn’t it strange that we haven’t heard a peep from PETA publicly?

    Consider: If this was a medical research laboratory using the chimps, PETA would be screaming to high heaven about the conditions of the animals and publicizing the whistleblower’s allegations. Say what you will about PETA’s liberate-the-goldfish agenda, but it can get media attention.

    Yet so far, nothing–while the chimps allegedly face poor conditions. That’s probably because HSUS and PETA share the same social/political agenda (animal liberation) and a number of PETA personnel have wound up at HSUS, including current CEO Kitty Block.

    If PETA stands on the sidelines, would it be fair to say PETA is complicit in any mistreatment?

  5. Animal Activists Pounce on Pandemic to Push Propaganda

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    The coronavirus has impacted everyone across the country, killing thousands and costing millions of jobs. And several animal rights groups have disgustingly turned the virus into a marketing campaign to push their ideology.

    With most Americans remaining quarantined, the internet and social media have become essential to survival tools. PETA, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and others have taken advantage of the situation by attempting to tie the virus meat consumption.

    PCRM’s website is littered with blogs and podcasts tying meat consumption to the virus outbreak—an idea that has been disproven. On a recent podcast, the organization equated the exotic animals found in wet markets to everyday farms and livestock processing facilities. In a blog post, PCRM tried to connect whether or not you eat meat to coronavirus mortality rates. Despite PCRM’s name, don’t count on the group for medical advice—only a small percentage of its members are actually medical doctors, and it has been condemned by the American Medical Association in the past. (In fact, its website concedes, “The site does not provide medical or legal advice.”)

    PETA has been just as dishonest, if not worse. In a recent blog, we covered how toxic the group’s social media has become as of late. The organization went as far as to suggest meat consumption caused the coronavirus because the word “coronavirus” is an anagram of “carnivorous.” The animal liberation group has also used the situation to attack the use of animal research, despite the fact that trials for coronavirus vaccines and treatments depend upon that very same research. Keep in mind that PETA has attacked charities such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for their support of medical research that uses animals–proving that PETA values rats over finding cures for sick kids. 

    Most of the claims being pushed by vegan organizations come from the theory that a Wuhan “wet market” is the origin of the coronavirus. But experts now think that the virus may have actually come from a research lab.

    Last week it was announced that U.S. intelligence agencies would look into the possibility that the coronavirus started in a biological lab in Wuhan, China.  While the Chinese government has denied this (go figure), there is solid evidence to the contrary. The Wuhan Institute of Virology is within close range of Wuhan’s wet market. As recently as February, Dr. Botao Xiao, a scientist who previously worked in Wuhan, claimed the virus “probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.”

    There were also warnings of theory several years ago. In 2017, several experts wrote an article voicing concern over the possibility of pathogens escaping the lab. In 2018, officials from the State Department wrote of safety concerns after visiting the laboratory.  They noted that the lab was conducting hazardous experiments involving coronaviruses from bats. 

    Don’t count on PETA, PCRM, or other vegan activists to retract anything even if there’s a smoking gun that the virus came from a lab and not a market. In their world, ideology comes before facts. 

  6. PETA Sued for Spam Texts

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    Receiving spam is a pet peeve shared by almost everyone. It doesn’t matter the time of day or form of spam, we can all agree it’s extremely annoying. Except PETA and Beyond Meat, according to a recently filed class-action lawsuit

    The suit claims Beyond Meat and PETA violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which makes it illegal for companies to use automated systems to send messages without prior written consent. The violation allegedly occurred when PETA sent the plaintiff two spam text messages promoting Beyond Meat’s availability at a restaurant chain. 

    The plaintiff claims she never gave either PETA or Beyond Meat the proper consent needed to send them promotional texts. According to the lawsuit, Beyond Meat was fully aware of the texts and even had final approval on the texts that went out. Additionally, Massaro believes PETA used an autodial machine to target a list of sequential phone numbers and believes there could be several thousand or more plaintiffs.

    Each violation of the TCPA requires a plaintiff to be paid at least $500 per violation. If there are several thousand plaintiffs who each received two text messages, Beyond Meat and PETA could be on the hook for at least $4 million.

    It isn’t the first time an animal rights organization has been sued for spamming text messages. In 2018 the Humane Society of the United States was sued for allegedly spamming phones with at least 9 text messages relating to Proposition 12, then on the California ballot.

    This also isn’t the first time Beyond Meat has been in legal trouble either. The company was sued by Don Lee Farms, a food processor Beyond Meat previously used, for breach of contract, employing lax food safety practices, and several other claims. That lawsuit spawned a class-action lawsuit from investors claiming the company failed to disclose important details about the first litigation.  

    To view the original lawsuit click here.

  7. PETA Exploits Coronavirus

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    In the age of social media, the danger posed by the Coronavirus is multiplied as disinformation, often posing as expert knowledge, is shared and believed without a second thought. Case in point: This recent tweet from PETA:

    This is the latest instance of PETA attempting to connect a catastrophe to eating habits. It’s not just PETA either; several websites and celebrities, including disgraced music mogul Russel Simmons, have echoed the same sentiment. The rumor-mongering even caused the fact-checker PolitiFact to weigh in.

    PETA claims that the Coronavirus wouldn’t exist if everyone was vegan. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Coronavirus is a zoonotic disease (zoonoses); meaning it’s caused by germs spread between animals and humans. You can catch zoonoses by touching live animals, being in an animal’s habitat, bug bites, and a few other ways. This disease and many others would exist if everyone was vegan.

    Historically, zoonoses haven’t come from eating meat. Ebola most likely spawned from patient zero, a two-year-old, putting an object in her mouth that was contaminated with bat droppings. MERS was spread via live contact with camels. In the case of Covid-19, it is believed that interactions with an animal at a “wet” market in China caused the outbreak. “Wet” markets are marketplaces in Asia where live fish, meat, and produce are sold. No scientist has concluded the Coronavirus sprouted from anyone actually eating meat–after all, pathogens in meat are killed during the proper cooking process. (That said, it’s fair to wonder about animal handling and other regulations at Chinese live markets.)

    Unfortunately, the animal rights activists’ disinformation doesn’t stop there. Recently, in a PETA tirade about the use of animal models in the development of medicine. The organization touted how one of several organizations developing a Coronavirus vaccine didn’t use clinical trials that involve animals. But the animal rights group failed to mention a few important details.

    Moderna, the lab developing the vaccine, has previously used animal models to develop similar mRNA vaccines in the past. Additionally, Moderna is still conducting animal trials in tandem with human ones. Many in the scientific community find it important to use lab animals to avoid disease enhancement, a situation in which you are more severely affected by a virus if you have received a vaccine for it.  According to one expert we spoke with, “From a safety perspective [not using animal trials] could hurt people. From an efficacy perspective, it could not fully wipe out the virus and leave the patient even more vulnerable than before with re-occurrence.”

    When it comes to a situation as serious as the Coronavirus pandemic it is best to trust actual doctors, not vegan extremists who opportunistically spin current events to push their ideology.

  8. Protesting the PETA Protestors

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    Over the past several years, New York City has cemented itself as a nanny state. Local politicians have sought to restrict everything from the sizes of soda you can buy to forcing restaurants to post warnings about salt. The city entered new waters when Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council, introduced a bill seeking to ban New Yorkers from buying natural fur clothing in city shops.

    And now, we’re rallying the troops to defend consumer choice. 

    The speaker’s bill was met with support from animal liberation groups like PETA and Direct Action Everywhere, organizations that see fur as a first step to ban all animal-based materials including wool, leather, silk, and even feathers. These organizations won’t stop with fabrics–they want to ban everything from eating meat to owning pets.

    Thankfully, these animal extremists were also met with fervent opposition in the form of everyday people. If passed the ban would have caused the loss of an estimated 7,500 jobs. The groundswell of negative response led to the bill being stalled.

    But while the bill may have stalled, anti-fur activists have not. Several times a month, various animal activist groups with ties to PETA can be seen around the city protesting fur stores. But, these aren’t your everyday sign-holding protests. These protesters get nasty, berating and harassing customers for choosing to use a sustainable material.

    And we are not letting them go unopposed. 

    Recently, we learned that activists were planning a “silent vigil,” so we turned up the volume and let them know the PETA agenda isn’t welcome. We led a group of several dozen consumer choice advocates. 

    Our signs shared truths about PETA such as “PETA = Fashion Fascists,” “PETA Wants to End Pet Ownership,” and “PETA has Killed Over 40,000 Animals.”

    Judging from their faces, they were surprised–and angry–to see people calling them out for having a dictatorial agenda. Unable to harass customers, they were forced to the other side of the street where they eventually broke their “vow of silence.”

    Animal liberation activists want to force vegan lifestyles upon Americans, from the clothes we wear to the food we eat. We’re going to keep voicing support for individual freedom and consumer choice. 

  9. Animal Activists Convicted in Livestock Theft, Rejected by Iowa Authorities

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    Usually, referring to animal liberation activists as a “gang” may seem a bit far-fetched. But in the case of Direct Action Everywhere it seems accurate. Members of DxE all wear the same blue shirts–like a gang. The organization’s modus operandi intimidates others–like a gang. And if you oppose them, they’ll come after you–like a gang. 

    So who is the unlucky person who’s earned DxE’s ire? Iowa State Senator Ken Rozenboom.

    When he isn’t serving his district in the state legislature, where he has been since 2013, Rozenboom works as a farmer. The Senator, like many, understands that animal liberation activists are a hostile threat to agriculture. Last year Mr. Rozenboom introduced a bill that would impede activists’ ability to break into farms. 

    But DxE didn’t like that very much. Aside from grotesque demonstrations and bombarding politicians, the organization likes to make scenes by breaking into farms and sometimes stealing animals. The latter is exactly what they did to Sen. Rozenbaum. In late April, DxE broke into a pig facility owned by Rozenboom and leased out to a third party. 

    DxE apparently held onto the footage for around 9 months before reporting it to the police and publicly smearing Rozenboom. 

    Rozenboom was vindicated when a joint investigation by the county sheriff and the Iowa Department of Agriculture found there was no evidence of animal abuse. Senator Rozenboom plans to press charges against the activists to the fullest extent of the law. And rightly so. Wouldn’t you if someone who wants to harm your livelihood trespassed onto your property?

    Which brings us to part two. This week, DxE activists in Australia went on trial for allegedly breaking into a farm and stealing a dairy calf. They were found guilty, but one brazenly vowed to continue his actions after he was spared jail time. (Not the brightest bulb in the box, apparently.)

    DxE leaders in the US are also facing criminal trials in several states that are quickly approaching. Hopefully the courts here will send a message if they’re convicted: Trespassing and stealing are crimes, no matter how sanctimonious you are. 

  10. In 2019, Nearly 1,600 Cats and Dogs Were Killed by PETA

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    Animal shelter records for 2019 have been published by Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the numbers for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are disturbing. According to the report,  1,593 dogs, cats, and other pets last year were killed by PETA–a revolting 66% kill rate.

    Of the 2,380 pets the organization took in, only 32 pets were adopted out. (Several hundred other pets were shipped to other shelters.) Since 1998, over 40,000 cats, dogs, and other animals in Virginia have been killed by PETA.

    Unlike PETA, other private animal shelters are doing much better when it comes to finding homes for animals. Official records show private animal shelters in Virginia had a euthanasia rate of just 5% and an adoption rate of 73% last year. PETA was ultimately responsible for nearly three-fourths of the dogs and cats killed at Virginia’s 45 private shelters.

    A ledger of PETA’s official body count can be found here.

    PETA has a history of unethical behavior when it comes to their “angel of death” shelter program. In 2014, PETA dognapped a healthy Chihuahua off its owner’s property. The poor pup was euthanized the same day it was taken; PETA paid about $50,000 to settle a subsequent lawsuit. In 2005, two of the organization’s employees faced 31 felony animal cruelty charges for killing and dumping dogs in a dumpster.