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  1. PETA Killed 1,700 Cats and Dogs in 2021

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    It’s 2022 and animal shelters are saving more cats and dogs than ever. Yet PETA is still killing pets. By the truckload.

    While PETA may act high and mighty, it has an alarmingly high kill rate at the “shelter” at its Virginia headquarters. According to new filings PETA made with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the organization killed 1,699 cats and dogs last year (and about 50 other animals), for an overall 76 percent euthanasia rate.

    The same database shows private shelters in Virginia euthanized 6 percent of their dogs and cats in 2021. Public shelters euthanized 11.24 percent of their sheltered dogs and cats.

    PETA is a ghoulish outlier.

    PETA reports adopting out only 27 dogs and cats. According to statistics from pet adoption organizations including, Shelter Animals Count, 24PetWatch and, “the uptick in adoptions that began during the pandemic last year has continued, with 977,202 pets adopted in 2021, resulting in a 61 percent adoption rate—the highest rate in the past six years.”

    As animal lawyers at Duane Morris note:

    As it has in the past, PETA continues to defend its euthanasia rate by asserting in its 2021 report that it is “the only private truly open-admission animal shelter in our region (and perhaps the entire state) . . . ,” but our prior research (here and here) belies that claim. There are numerous open-admission shelters in Virginia. They just don’t kill animals at the rate that PETA does. 

    Why would PETA kill pets year after year? Because PETA is an animal liberation group that is against pet ownership. Ingrid Newkirk, president and co-founder of PETA, has said, “If people want toys, they should buy inanimate objects.” If they want companionship, they should seek it with their own kind.” PETA sucks in many people who don’t know better. Make sure everyone knows the truth.

  2. PETA Begins New Hypocritical Ad Campaign

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    There are few certainties in life. Death and taxes head the list, but near the top is the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) using hypocritical rhetoric to obnoxiously push its radical vegan agenda. Focusing on the Newark, NJ, area and looking to expand to the New York City suburbs on Long Island, PETA has begun a new campaign near fast-food restaurants that reads “I’m ME, Not MEAT. See the individual. Go Vegan.”

    Known for its stunts like lettuce-bikini models and celebrity protests, PETA is perhaps the most well-known animal rights organization in the world. But its proclivity for rhetoric that equates rats to people flies in the face of the practice of its own “animal shelter.” Since 1998, PETA has killed over 36,000 animals at its Norfolk headquarters.

    What’s even grimmer, after being busted for dumping the bodies of dead animals in a strip mall dumpster, a veterinarian that turned the animals over to PETA testified that the dogs had been healthy and adoptable, directly refuting the popular claim by PETA that the animals it kills are “unadoptable.”

    If we follow the “logic” of the new ads (that animals and humans are equals) and its shelter philosophy of killing over 85% of the animals in its care, what is PETA’s position on “unadoptable” children? Let’s hope they stick to only killing animals.

    So as Newarkers and New Yorkers face a new onslaught of PETA propaganda, they should remember that PETA can’t even practice what it preaches.

  3. Former PETA Employee: PETA Killed Adoptable Puppies and Kittens

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    A new document filed in the ongoing dognapping lawsuit against the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) demonstrates the long-term, systemic pattern of trespassing, pet theft, and killing that occurs as part of PETA’s pet slaughterhouse operation at its Norfolk headquarters.

    Heather Harper-Troje, a former PETA employee who worked on its Community Animal Project, recently submitted an affidavit in the lawsuit making shocking claims that, during her employment, PETA regularly rounded up and slaughtered healthy cats and dogs and even misled their owners:

    • “While employed at PETA, my primary responsibilities included gaining possession of as many cats and dogs and possible, almost all of which were euthanized.”
    • “Ingrid Newkirk was in charge of the Community Animal Project and Ingrid became my supervisor.”
    • “[Newkirk] said that an effort to adopt out an animal was a waste of PETA’s money and effort.”
    • “I was specifically told by my supervisors at PETA to tell people that we would find good homes for the dogs and cats, even though we knew the animals would be euthanized.”
    • “If we saw animals loose, even on someone’s property, we were to take them whenever we could. PETA would not hold them for five days. We would not obtain signed releases if an animal was stolen, but would euthanize the animals immediately.”
    • PETA focused on impoverished neighborhoods because “people from low income neighborhoods were more likely to relinquish their pets to us.”
    • “We would routinely euthanize healthy puppies and kittens and other highly adoptable animals.”
    • “I was instructed by Erica to over-estimate the size of the dogs and cats when euthanizing them so that there would be additional drugs that could be used kill dogs and cats ‘off the books,’ meaning that dogs and cats could be euthanized without reporting their death to the State. Erica told me these instructions came directly from [Newkirk].”
    • “Killing animals ‘off the books,’ was done so that PETA’s kill rate would not look as bad.”

    These claims, made in a sworn affidavit, finally shed light on the abhorrent practices that PETA has engaged in over the past two decades.  Earlier this month, we reported that PETA had killed 1,411 cats and dogs last year, which brought its pet slaughter total – since reporting began in 1998 – to 36,000 animals killed.

    The lawsuit heads to trial in September. There’s little doubt if it gets that far that PETA will be scrambling to settle with a gag order and sweep the mess under the rug. But that would just be setting things up for PETA to continue business as usual. Hopefully Mr. Zarate, the plaintiff, will do the world a favor and expose PETA’s internal killings to the public.

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  4. PETA’s the Best—At Killing Dogs and Cats

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    Another year, another pile of dead dogs and cats for the crematorium, courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Late Tuesday night—almost literally at the last minute—PETA filed its 2016 animal custody information with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) admitting it had killed nearly 72% of the cats and dogs that came through the “animal shelter” at its headquarters. That’s 1,411 dead dogs and cats at the hands of PETA last year alone.

    Since reporting euthanasia statistics became mandatory in 1998, PETA has killed over 85%, or 36,000, of the animals at its Norfolk “shelter.” A 2010 audit by a VDACS veterinarian found that most animals were killed in their first 24 hours at the facility.

    A deeper look at the numbers shows even more appalling statistics: PETA’s kill rate for dogs was 16.3 times the rate of other private shelters in Virginia.

    Bear in mind that PETA is under no government responsibility to run a shelter or to euthanize animals. They openly admit to the killings of these animals because they say these animals are in some way “unadoptable.” But even a cursory look at statistics from other shelters in the commonwealth shows that PETA is an extreme outlier in their keenness to utilize euthanasia. And when they were caught throwing recently-killed dead dogs and cats in a strip mall dumpster, their victims were cute, adoptable pets.

    PETA should know better but they continue to act in ways that are antithetical to their grandiose name. Join us at and share the news about PETA’s hypocrisy with your friends.

  5. India Has a Cow About PETA Bull

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    PETA has really stepped in it. The organization is facing calls to be banned from India after its advocacy to shut down Jallikattu, a tradition in southern India. People have taken to the streets to protest PETA—both in India and in Norfolk, Va., where PETA’s headquarters is located. (And where PETA has killed tens of thousands of animals.)

    Haven’t heard of Jallikattu? We hadn’t, either. It’s a several-thousand-year-old tradition during the January harvest festival whereby a bull is released into a crowd and individuals try to ride or hold onto the bull long enough to grab money or tokens from its horns. It seems a little like rodeo—a test of manhood (some might say stupidity) for the participants, but the animals aren’t harmed or killed. After all, cows are considered sacred in India.

    But PETA, which wants to ban everything from owning goldfish to eating cheese, naturally doesn’t like the tradition and wants to get rid of it. And what’s a more PETA-like thing to do than launch a campaign of cultural imperialism? (PETA gave $650,000 in cash and services to its India office in 2015, according to its tax returns.)

    PETA has found some traction. India’s supreme court banned Jallikattu following a petition from PETA, despite the country’s legislature attempting to protect the tradition. And that has people in southern India all riled up this month. The provincial government has pledged to look into banning PETA India, with a minister saying they’ll consider it. PETA has received a demand for apology and legal threat from a famous actor. And tens of thousands took to the streets in protest in India, along with a bunch of people at PETA’s HQ and in Dallas this past weekend (see video here).

    Now, momentum seems to be turning against PETA. On Sunday, the ban on Jallikattu was lifted temporarily following the massive protests. And considering India banned Greenpeace in 2015, PETA ought to be worried it’s overplayed its hand. Instead of Jallikattu, it could be PETA India that’s history.

    Memo to PETA: If you mess with the bull, you get the horns

  6. PETA Tries to Make Nice with Congress

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    Sad_dogWe received notice today that PETA will be handing out awards on Thursday night in advance of the Presidential Inauguration. Awardees include Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.).

    We’re wondering: How much does the party cost—it’s at the ritzy Willard hotel in D.C.—and how many animals could that money have saved from death at PETA’s own hands? Since 1998 PETA has killed 35,000 animals at its headquarters, while wasting money on countless press stunts.

    The event is being hosted by longtime PETA spokes-bimbo Pamela Anderson and political strategist Mary Matalin. Curiously, Matalin is married to political consultant James Carville—reportedly a big fan of The Palm, a high-end steakhouse. In fact, Carville said last year that he and his wife re-opened the Caribbean Room at the Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans. The menu there includes animal products in every dish—including foie gras, a big PETA no-no.

    Do you want Members of Congress taking legislative tips from PETA—a group so crazy that its president calls pet ownership an “abysmal situation”? Do these legislators endorse PETA’s vision of killing healthy, adoptable animals and banning everything from bacon cheeseburgers to zoos and aquariums?

    Write them on their Facebook walls and ask:

    And, please do spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. If there’s one thing most Americans on both sides of the aisle can agree on, it’s that if PETA makes policy, the country is truly going to the dogs.

  7. PETA Hit With Two Lawsuits in One Week

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    PKA-syringe-picPETA, say hello to 2017. Last Thursday, the animal rights group was slapped with a defamation lawsuit filed by a primate facility in Missouri. That follows a belated Christmas present PETA received the previous week: A second defamation lawsuit, this one filed by a zoo in Michigan.

    Both lawsuits claim to be responding to PETA harassment, and it’s certainly great to see people sticking up for themselves against animal-rights bullies. Both facilities claim that PETA has been threatening to sue them under the Endangered Species Act to try to take away their animals. The frivolous theory goes roughly like this: The ESA prohibits “taking” endangered species, meaning to “harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect.” It seems clear this is meant to apply to creatures in the wild, but PETA believes that zoos are a form of slavery and imprisonment, and so it’s hoping to use the courts to do what it would never get through elected representatives.

    Sound familiar? This was the same legal theory floated by the Humane Society of the United States in a lawsuit one of its entities pursued against the Ringling Bros. circus. That lawsuit fell apart spectacularly when the court found that HSUS and other groups had secretly paid their key witness almost $200,000 (see here for one check from HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle) and that this witness has lied under oath. Ringling Bros.’ owner countersued HSUS and others and got $25 million in settlement.

    We can only hope similar fortunes await for the facilities suing PETA.

    Meanwhile, PETA is off wasting about $22,000 running a guilt-trip campaign at a metro station in London attempting to guilt-trip people into going vegan. As we told the Southwest Londoner, “If PETA truly cared about individual animals, then what of the 35,000 animals it has killed at its US headquarters?”

    Perhaps PETA should save the money for its defense counsel.

  8. PETA: Still Wasteful An Ocean Away

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    As we approach the end of 2016, charities across America will be passing the hat. As usual, people should do their homework and make sure they give to a group that will use their money as intended. That means cross the Humane Society of the United States (doesn’t run a single pet shelter) and PETA (wastes money on juvenile street theater) off your list if you’re a discerning donor.

    It turns out things aren’t much better overseas. According to PETA Germany’s financials—viewable here if you sprechen some Deutsch—almost half the group’s donations are spent on staff salaries. Most of the remainder is spent on PR. And not a dime from these financials appears to go towards feeding a cat, dog, or any other animal, with other expenses being for legal work, rent, depreciation, and travel.

    Perhaps it’s for the better that PETA doesn’t appear to run any animal centers in Germany. PETA does run an animal shelter here in the US at its Virginia headquarters, but the food it gives to pets may consist of their last meal. According to a filing PETA made with the state, in 2015 it killed about 1,500 animals at its headquarters and had an adoption rate of just 3%.

    If you want to send some holiday cheer to needy four-legged friends, try your local shelter or rescue. They’ll thank you a lot more than the grim reapers at PETA.

  9. PETA Blames the Victim

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    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sure has a weird way of showing what it’s all about. In a recent lawsuit against the organization, PETA is accused of stealing and murdering a Hispanic family’s beloved dog named Maya in southeastern Virginia.

    PETA’s response has hit a new low in hypocrisy and stupidity. It has filed several motions to dismiss the case on the grounds that the dog was legally worthless and that what they did was not “outrageous” conduct. This from the group that tried to make the case that killer whales housed at SeaWorld should legally be considered slaves and released because of the 13th amendment.

    PETA has even stooped as low as blaming the family for the death of their murdered dog. PETA has suggested that the family was “negligent” because “they did not keep the subject dog restrained and did not keep proper identification or marking of ownership which resulted in the dog being removed at the time.” (The dog was sitting on the owner’s front porch when it was stolen by PETA.)

    That’s like saying the burglary victim asked for it by leaving his back door unlocked. And the gross euphemism of “removed” highlights the contempt with which PETA has for people’s pets like the deceased Maya.

    Surveillance video of the theft shows that it was quite obvious that Maya was obviously not a stray dog. The footage shows a dog sitting on her porch, timid of the intruders, and only willing to leave the porch briefly because of the coaxing of the two defendants in this case throwing a biscuit to her. But like most dogs belonging to a family, Maya returned – to dismay of the defendants – to the safety of her porch.

    Unfortunately for Maya this did not stop the defendants from trespassing illegally onto the property and ripping her from her home.

    Maya was killed that very same day.

    Don’t mistake this tragedy as an isolated incident, PETA routinely engages in the activity of killing domesticated animals like Maya every year. PETA’s body count exceeds 30,000 animals and its sympathy seems nonexistent.

    Justice may be served in the end for the family of young Maya, but that will do little to rid them of the grief of a family and their young child losing their loyal furry companion.

  10. PETA Has Ally in Bid to Slaughter Cats

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    The Wrath of the Animal Rights Groups is upon us and their radical new solution to prevent the killing of animals is to … kill some animals. Yes, PETA, the organization that claims to be for the “ethical treatment of animals,” has found a new ally in its crusade against outdoor cats in the new book Cat Wars by Dr. Peter Marra, director of the Smithsonian’s migratory bird center in Washington.

    Dr. Marra advocates the rounding up of all stray cats and euthanizing them if they are not found a proper home. His reasoning for this is based off of his belief that blood is on the paws of 8.1 million British cats for the death of the 55 million birds killed every year in the UK. He elaborates his view by saying that “From a conservation ecology perspective, the most desirable solution seems clear—remove all free-ranging cats from the landscape by any means necessary.”

    But many are skeptical about Dr. Marra’s conclusion, as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds suggests that Dr. Marra doesn’t provide any evidence for his drastic conclusion. One spokesman for the RSPB stated that “Although cats kill millions of birds and small mammals each year, there is no evidence that this is the main cause of decline in any bird species in the UK.”

    In other words—talk about a birdbrain.

    Dr. Marra’s plan is not unique to him as this idea of thinning out the cat population has been brought up before by PETA, which has stated that euthanizing outdoor cats is more humane than letting them live outside where they might—some day—experience pain, such as getting injured over or contracting disease. (Like other wild animals). With regards to the public’s apprehension to this idea of euthanizing stray cats, PETA’s president, Ingrid Newkirk, has stated, “It’s no kindness; it’s because people feel uncomfortable with euthanasia.”

    People might “feel uncomfortable with euthanasia” because in this instance it would involve the killing of scores of healthy cats. With the availability of other options, it begs the question of why PETA and other animal rights groups would continue their fight on this issue.

    In PETA’s case, a group that advocates against humans meddling with nature and routinely compares farms to Nazi concentration camps, it is impossible not to chuckle at the irony. Maybe they’re just not cat people.