Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has published statistics of animal shelter records for 2019, and the numbers for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are shocking. According to the report, PETA killed 1,593 dogs, cats, and other pets last year–a repulsive 66% kill rate.
Of the 2,380 pets the organization took in, only 32 pets were adopted out. (Several hundred other pets were sent to other facilities.) Since 1998, PETA has killed over 40,000 cats, dogs, and other animals in Virginia.
In comparison, 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 72% 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.
Learn more about PETA’s unethical slaughter of pets at www.PETAKillsAnimals.com.