What should I say when people say things like this?
1.) PETA is always preaching about animal rights and animal cruelty but the founder of PETA doesn’t believe that people should have pets so the organization was caught euthanizing cats. That doesn’t sound very “animal friendly” to me.
2.) Most vegans and vegetarians hate PETA. Their last 2 presidents saw them as a business and not a charity, so they started a lot of hypocritical programs. Their current president is barely a vegetarian. He’s been seen wearing leather gloves and he uses cattle derived insulin
3.) PETA is the co-sponsor of 90% of the breed specific legislation that states have adopted, in which pit bulls are euthanized simply for being pit bulls, the minute they hit the shelter. An organization sets the standard for MOST of the people involved with it. I commend people for being intellegent enough to set thier own standard, but sadly, most people just follow the buyline of the company.
I can give you some pointers on clarifying these questions:
1) Our stance on “pets” (we prefer the term “companion animal”) is that people should only have companion animals if they are fully able to care for them and give them the care that they need. Ingrid Newkirk (our president) personally doesn’t have any companion animals, since she’s incredibly busy and travels a lot. If someone is able to give an animal ALL of the love and care that they need, that’s fine, as long as the animal is adopted and not purchased from a breeder or puppy mill! Learn why here: http://www.peta2.com/issue/puppy-mills-dogs-abused-for-the-pet-trade/.
As for the euthanasia stuff, I definitely understand why this can be a complicated topic, but here’s a run down of our stance on euthanasia: we believe that animals have the right to a painless, peaceful release from suffering. Euthanasia is completely painless and extremely humane, so when an animal is brought to our shelter (we have what’s called a “shelter of last resort” that mainly takes in neglected, suffering, or dying animals) and we are unable to rehabilitate or adopt out this animal, we believe that euthanasia is the most humane option rather than forcing an animal to suffer any further. Of course, when we can rehabilitate an animal and find them a loving home, we do so! Learn more about this here: http://features.peta.org/petasaves/!
2) Hmmm, whoever said this seems to be a bit confused: we’ve only ever had ONE president, and she is a SHE (Ingrid Newkirk, who was one of the original founders of PETA in the 1980’s) and she is a strict vegan! You would NEVER catch her wearing leather gloves, and trust me when I say that not many people in this world are as committed to animal rights as she is! She even spends much of her time in India spearheading a program to help rescue animals used for labor (the program is called Animal Rahat, you can check it out here: http://www.animalrahat.com/). And although some vegans and vegetarians don’t agree with our approach to animal rights, many of our over 3 million supporters and members are definitely vegan or vegetarian! You can’t win ’em all, but that’s okay! As long as they’re not eating animals, that’s all that matters 😉
1) Of course PETA doesn’t believe in ‘pets’, the concept of pets are things that are owned by humans. However, animal companions have the same status as human children. I’m not sure where you got the information about PETA euthanising cats because they were pets?
2) Ingrid Newkirk is the president of PETA and she’s most definitely vegan! She’s been the president since the 1980’s so who do you think have been the previous presidents and who do you think is the current one (who you say wears leather and isn’t veg*n)?