Sign the Petition to End PETA’s Status as an Animal Shelter

Shockingly, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is classified by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a legal animal shelter despite killing 93.8 percent of the dogs and cats it took in last year, according to filings with the state. Following a 2010 site visit of PETA’s animal shelter, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) discovered the following:

  1. PETA’s shelter consists of a mere three rooms and is not accessible to the public–even PETA’s receptionist didn’t know that PETA operated a “shelter”;
  2. PETA is not engaged in adopting out animals, and makes little effort to find adoptable homes beyond contacting its staff;
  3. A review of nearly 300 PETA custody records indicates that 84 percent of the animals it took in were killed within 24 hours, and;
  4. PETA didn’t meet its own published guidelines for a good animal shelter.

The VDACS inspector indicated that he believed PETA did not meet the statutory definition of an animal shelter under Virginia code because it does not primarily engage in finding homes for animals. PETA quickly retained lawyers and expressed a twisted interpretation of the state code. VDACS eventually dropped the matter.

However, you shouldn’t be satisfied. PETA cynically kills the vast majority of dogs and cats in its care. In fact, PETA has killed more than 25,000 adoptable dogs and cats in its care since 1998. There’s no way that PETA is a legitimate animal shelter.

If you agree, please add your name to the petition below to the VDACS Commissioner and join scores of others who believe that PETA should not be classified as an animal shelter.

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To: Douglas Shulman, Commissioner, U.S. Internal Revenue Service
RE: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

I, the undersigned, urge the United States Treasury Department to cancel the tax-exempt status currently extended to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and its affiliated organizations under Section 501(c) of the U.S. Treasury Code.

By repeatedly and continuously giving financial support to individuals and organizations devoted to domestic terrorism, PETA has demonstrated that it is incapable of conducting itself in a manner expected of nonprofit groups receiving federal tax subsidies. PETA should not enjoy tax-exempt status similar to that of universities, houses of worship, and legitimate social service and educational organizations.

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