So I’ve seen like 20-30 people posting stuff from a website called petakillsanimals.com. They say they have proof of everything. I’ve never heard of the nonprofit group behind it, so I’m wondering what the heck is going on. Is this real or fake? I looked it up on Snopes, and got nothing. Anyone know what’s going on?
First off, it’s important to make it clear that this anti-PETA campaign is the work of a “front group” for Outback Steakhouse, KFC, cattle ranchers, and other animal exploiters who kill millions of animals every year, not out of compassion, but out of greed. These companies are worried because the progress that PETA is making forces them to take animal welfare concerns seriously, and they hope to scare people away from caring about animals by spending millions on ads like this. To learn more about anti-PETA activists from this group please visit http://www.ConsumerDeception.com. They’re hiding some pretty disgusting stuff, so try not to hurl while you read about them. (They have even launched a campaign against Mothers Against Drunk Driving! Can you believe that?!) After reading this message, chances are you’ll join the tons of other people who end up being even more motivated to work with us than ever before!
Anyway, we’re glad to have this opportunity to discuss the animal overpopulation crisis which is often ignored. Despite a couple online rumors, PETA’s caseworkers have never been convicted of cruelty to animals, and they tirelessly rescue homeless animals from environmental dangers, as well as cruelty and neglect (www.HelpingAnimals.com/about_cap.asp). They crawl through sewers, poke through junkyards, climb trees, and dodge traffic in order to reach animals in danger. During floods and storms, they are out saving lives at all hours. We even pulled many staff members from their normal jobs in our office to rush to the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina left countless animals without homes, food, or water!
While some of the healthy, adoptable homeless animals we rescue are fostered in homes (often our own) or taken directly to local shelters to await adoption, the reality is that thousands of animals are euthanized every day across America for lack of good homes. This is sad, but it is the reality at most shelters as the alternative is to keep animals suffering by the millions every single day. Don’t you agree that a peaceful death is better than suffering indefinitely?
Since we’re not set up as a traditional shelter, most of the animals we receive are so physically and/or psychologically abused that euthanasia is definitely the most compassionate choice (to learn more, please see our factsheet at http://www.PETA.org/feat-overpopulation_crisis.asp). We provide free euthanasia services for local residents who have very sick or critically injured animals but can’t afford to take them to a veterinarian. For example, our caseworkers were able to gain custody of a dog (she was locked to a 15 pound chain!) who was starved. We had to carry her into the emergency clinic because she could barely walk. On the doctor’s advice, we gave her food and water in a comfortable room and monitored her progress overnight but, by the next morning, she couldn’t keep the food down, so we rushed her again to see a veterinarian. He recommended euthanasia due to the severity of her condition, she was in a lot of pain and faced an agonizing, lingering death otherwise. The most humane option for her was a peaceful and dignified release from her suffering. Would you want to keep this poor animal alive with no end to her pain in sight? Of course not! We pursued criminal charges against those responsible for her condition, leading to their convictions for cruelty to animals, though, and you can read more about this at http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/f-asiasstory.asp.
However, the best way to prevent suffering for many of these animals is to spay and neuter them, and that’s why PETA’s mobile SNIP (Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please) clinic offers low-cost and free alterations and other procedures to low-income neighborhoods (http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/about_snip.asp) . Since every animal purchased from a pet store or breeder means that another homeless animal must die, adopting an animal from a shelter or rescue group is the only responsible way to bring a furry friend into your life (http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/ga_petstore.asp).
To learn more about what PETA is doing for companion animals and how you can help, please see the following Web sites:
Thanks again for writing and for your compassion for animals. I hope this helps explain a bit more and offers some proof of how desperate some companies are to keep killing animals to pad their pockets with blood money. We look forward to working with you to save animals’ lives!