PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has a history of embellishing facts for its own interests. PETA spends millions of donated dollars on the making of videos exploiting animal cruelty, their distribution and advertising, yet disgusting stories have emerged of PETA euthanizing animals and leaving them in dumpsters. Numerous law suits for inappropriate discarding of animals that have been filed against them.
PETA claims to be against the euthanization of animals, yet they have their own record of putting animals to sleep and then dumping their bodies into dumpsters. In 2005, PETA collected over 90 animals from shelters in the San Francisco area. Over 18 of these animals were found in dumpsters around the area after a registered PETA van had been seen dumping them. An additional 13 animal bodies were found inside the vehicle.
PETA later condemned these acts as against policy, and suspended the employees involved for 90 days. In the 2007 court case, the employees were charged with 42 combined counts of animal cruelty, and three counts of obtaining property under false pretences.
Strangely, employees were acquitted of all charges except a misdemeanour for improper disposal of euthanized animals.
Currently the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating how PETA euthanizes animals.
The sedatives and injections used by PETA are only legally available to veterinarians, so PETA employees are getting this substance illegally. PETA is taking animals from veterinary clinics and humane societies that supposedly have no hope of finding a new home on the understanding that they will find homes for them. These animals then disappear, only to be found later in dumpsters.
On April 13, petakillsanimals.com, a website documenting the poor decisions PETA has made, reported that PETA has euthanized more than 17,400 animals in their care.
In 2001, PETA gave a $1,500 donation to an FBI-certified terrorist group, the North American Earth Liberation Front, says the Canada Free Press. This group is responsible for numerous fire bombs and death threats in Nebraska. PETA has also given $70,200 to a group responsible for burning down Michigan State University’s research laboratory. Bruce Friedrich, campaign coordinator for PETA, openly stated at an animal rights convention in 2001 that causing explosions and smashing windows was a great way to bring about animal liberation. How is causing so much harm to a few buildings going to help animals? More than likely, animals were hurt in the events.
PETA is constantly targeting organizations that are doing research, not even solely animal-based, to find cures for such things as AIDS, cancer and birth defects. PETA president Ingrid Newkirk claims, even if there is a cure for AIDS found by the Paediatric AIDS foundation, that she would not support it, because it was reached through animal research. PETA has targeted useful institutions such as March of Dimes, which deals with prenatal research and premature births, the paediatric AIDS foundation and the American Cancer Society.
Celebrities are buying into PETA, as it is quickly becoming a hot trend. Last year, according to deceiver.com, a website devoted to exposing scams, Jenna Jameson, porn star, was featured in an anti-leather ad for PETA. Later the same year, myspace.com showed pictures of her holding up a huge dead fish… maybe she didn’t get the memo. PETA even tried hiring Britney Spears onto their team as a secretary.
John “J.P.” Goodwin, founder of the Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, stated “It’s time to say no to pie-throwing, manure dumping and naked models and get back to talking about animals.”
Even the Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade thinks PETA has gone overboard on their advertising and damage-causing endeavours.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports PETA was pestering an entire city to change its name. They had suggested that the city of Rodeo, California, should change its name because it evokes images of an entertainment, which exploits animals. PETA offered the city 20,000-veggie burgers in hopes of persuading the place to change its name. Rodeo did not sell out for veggie burgers.
The PETA website claims that it is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with a million members worldwide.
Sacrificing a few hundred rats for research on serious issues such as cancer and AIDS seems like a pretty good alternative. In the event that a cure for cancer is found, it would help more people in the long run. Yes, testing on animals for cosmetic products like makeup, shampoo, and even feminine products is cruel. PETA’s argument against testing on animals is somewhat justified, when it comes to unnecessary experimenting.
Overall PETA is a ridiculously overboard group of anti-lifestyle people. According to PETA, it seems as though we have no reason to deal with animals at all, no matter what cures they help us find. PETA has not suggested any other way to go about the important research methods laboratories use. An over-zealous effort PETA puts forth to help liberate all animals is questionable to how “ethical” their treatment of animals really is. They do not realize the harm that they are doing to themselves and the people around them.