We’ve been exposing the lethal little secret of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for some time now. The animal rights activist group whose leader has said “a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy” has killed over 27,000 animals at its Virginia “animal shelter” since 1998.
So it didn’t surprise us that PETA wrote a letter to the editor bashing advocates who oppose killing pets in shelters. What is interesting is PETA’s solution to the pet “problem.” PETA argued that the Treasure Coast area of Florida (a state considering revising its shelter euthanasia regulations) should become a “no-birth” community. Yes, that’s right: PETA apparently wants to put dogs and cats on the path to extinction in that part of Florida. We’ve always enjoyed the quip that “animal rights means no animals left,” but it’s another thing to see the radicals actually advocate that it be put into action.
PETA’s call sounds shocking, but it shouldn’t be. PETA president Ingrid Newkirk has said that in her ideal world “companion animals [pets] would be phased out.” (Is that one reason PETA kills so many—to assist the “phase out”? And has PETA considered that a “no-birth” community means a shortage of furry little poster puppies for animal rights activists?)
Other animal rights activists have expressed equally chilling visions in their vegan utopias for the animals Americans cherish. Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (which gives only one percent of its budget to local animal shelters) once said, “I don’t want to see another cat or dog born.” (We’ve always wondered why his cat looks a bit bug-eyed in this photo.)
Animal rights groups might hide their agendas to eliminate meat, dairy, eggs, and all other use of animals behind dogs and cats, but don’t be fooled. “Total animal liberation” means that pets have to be “liberated,” too. We suppose it could be worse: they could end up at PETA’s shelter.