It’s ironic that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) would urge prosecutors to seek harsh penalties for a woman charged with neglecting her animals, claiming she could be dangerous to people, too.

PETA itself has bankrolled convicted arsonists and other violent criminals, including a 2001 donation of $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front, an FBI-certified “domestic terrorist” group responsible for dozens of firebombs and death threats.

And testimony during a recent North Carolina animal-cruelty trial revealed that PETA employees killed and dumped dozens of animals collected on the promise that PETA would try to find them adoptive homes.

While loudly complaining about the “unethical” treatment of animals and raking in more than $29 million in donations during 2005, PETA itself put to death more than 90 percent of the animals it took in.

When it comes to helping animals or protecting people, PETA’s moral high ground has disappeared completely.