WASHINGTON — Alec Baldwin, Pam Anderson, Paul McCartney, and other celebrity animal-rights activists will be shocked to discover that their beloved People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has killed thousands of animals during the last decade. And this year, the Virginia-based group has ignored its legal obligation to report the number of animals its employees have snuffed out.

Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services requires every humane society in the state (of which PETA is officially one) to file an “Animal Record” report each year, specifying the number of animals it cared for and the number it killed. PETA’s report for 2006 was due on March 31. Between 1998 and 2005, the group’s filings documented the deaths of 14,479 dogs and cats in its employees’ care.

“We already know PETA killed over 90 percent of the animals that came through its doors in 2005,” said David Martosko, Director of Research at the Center for Consumer Freedom. “What could PETA possibly be hiding that’s worse than that?”

In sworn testimony during the January 2007 animal-cruelty trial of two PETA employees, a PETA manager acknowledged that her organization has a walk-in freezer for the purpose of storing dead pets. She also testified that PETA contracts with a Norfolk-area crematorium to dispose of the dead bodies.

“Just wait ’til Hollywood’s A-List finds out how many puppies and kittens meet the business end of a PETA syringe,” Martosko continued. “Without celebrity help, PETA would be just another whiny group of vegetarians. It’s just a matter of time before Tinseltown publicists will stop taking calls from these nuts.”

For more information about PETA’s massive pet-killing program, visit www.PETAKillsAnimals.com.