When PETA wins, we all loose.

PETA or rather People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are in fact not for the ethical treatment of animals at all. Let’s get that straight right away. Any animal that is brought in to their shelter will more in likely be euthanized rather than adopted out (PETA believes this is more humane then finding them furever homes), if you carefully look over this pdf from 2011 about their Virginia shelter. They claim that they will take in any animal, not just cats and dogs of course but rabbits and other no longer wanted animals even “the sick, the scarred and broken, the elderly, the aggressive and unsocialized…” But in 2011 Virginia animal shelters as a whole had a much lower kill rate of 44 percent. PETA’s Virgina shelter kills 84 percent of supposedly “unadoptable” animals within 24 hours of their arrival.

Now I did study veterinary medicine and was a certified vet tech for many years and I know that it takes more than 24 hours to determine whether an animal is adoptable or not. I have done my rounds in shelters and have never heard of such a turnaround.

Amanda Schinke, a spokesperson for the organization, sent a thoughtful and detailed response to these numbers. In it she explained how “euthanasia is a product of love for animals who have no one to love them.” She called their killing a “tragic reality,” one that forthrightly acknowledges how “sometimes [animals] need the comfort of being put out of their misery — a painless release from a world in which they were abused and unwanted.” Noting that PETA, unlike many “no-kill” shelters, turns no animal away, Schinke added, “we do everything in our power to help these animals.” The harsh reality behind the grim numbers, she noted, should never be forgotten: “Millions of homeless animals are euthanized in animal shelters and veterinary offices across America because of simple math: too many animals and not enough suitable homes.”

Nathan Winograd, a Stanford Law graduate and former corporate lawyer, is the author of Irreconcilable Differences: The Battle for the Heart and Soul of America’s Animal Shelters. When the data on PETA dropped, he posted a scathing article insisting that the organization’s almost 100 percent kill rate was due not to laziness or poor management but to “something more nefarious.” Winograd asserts that PETA’s failure to find homes for impounded companion animals is the result of founder Ingrid Newkirk’s “dark impulses.” Performing a virtual psychological vivisection, Winograd diagnoses Newkirk as a “disturbed person,” a “shameless animal killer,” and the executrix of a “bloody reign” of terror over dogs and cats. At one point, he even compares her to nurses who get a thrill from killing their human patients.

Winograd has an important case to make. Schinke wrote, “Winograd dishonestly and viciously attacks all open admission shelters, those that do not shut the door to any animal, even those for whom peaceful release is a mercy.” This is another way of saying that because PETA accepts so many dire cases, cases in which euthanasia may very well be justified, it should be excused for killing over 99 percent of the animals under its care. Winograd, however, argues persuasively that PETA euthanizes far more than just the unadoptable cases. In the following excerpt from his blog, he reveals that Newkirk admits to killing animals that are “adoptable”:

In a December 2, 2008, interview with George Stroumboulopoulos of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Stroumboulopoulos asks Newkirk: “Do you euthanize those pets, the adoptable ones, if you get them?” To which Newkirk responds: “If we get them, if we cannot find a home, absolutely.”

PETA has a $30 million budget. And this is the best they can do? Yes the data is four years old. But the data they have on SeaWorld is from the 70’s and they refuse to let that data be euthanized. They love to bring it up any time SeaWorld is mentioned. “SeaWorld takes killer whales from the wild!!”

The reason for my title, is because of what just happened in California. While SeaWorld did get the okay to build a better more beautiful killer whale habitat, it came with harsh and unjust strings. SeaWorld is no longer allowed to breed their 11 killer whales currently in San Diego, nor are they allowed to get whales from anywhere outside of the state. All because some uneducated idiots (apparently you cannot confuse lack of education with stupidity) believed the lies the mockumentary Blackfish showed and how much PETA has attacked them and their lies. So now, if this hideous ban isn’t overturned SeaWorld is going to loose precious ability to study and learn more about killer whales, breeding habits and pods that cannot be studied in the wild. And once those 11 killer whales die, what then? Generations after us will not be able to enjoy killer whales as we can now. With humans terribly polluting the oceans, global warming (another human caused event–go figure) not to mention what other horrors greedy uncaring humans will unleash on this planet.

PETA and other uneducated animal “lovers” want all the captive creatures on this planet to be released into the wild “where they belong.” Because we’ve been doing so very well with keeping wild animals alive and well out there in their wild. Not only are we not keeping animals alive in the wild, captive born animals have different difficulties than their wild born cousins. Captive born are far more trusting of humans than they should be, thus in the wild will make for better targets for hunters looking for trophies. Captive born are not immune to the diseases their wild cousins are as protection is passed down from parents and most captive born are born to captive born parents who do not have these antibodies. Captive born are not capable of fending for themselves or feeding themselves. Look at Keiko, the whale from Free Willy who although was released back into the wild from which he came, or at least the ocean (he wasn’t released anywhere near the area from where he was taken when he was a baby and so had no connection to his previous pod which would have helped him greatly) and the fact that although for a bit he did follow a pod and seemed to be accepted by a pod, he eventually seeked out human companionship. He followed ships into harbor and would stay as people would come to see him, feed him and give him the attention he desired.

This nonsense is like people thinking their dogs or cats will be just fine if they release them in a field or in the woods. “Some nice family will find them and give them a good home.” or they’ll go back to their wild roots. These animals need us to survive. We can try as hard as we want to get them back to being wild creatures, but it’s not going to happen. Not now, not ever. The word domesticated was created for a reason. And there is a reason there is a big difference between wild and domesticated. It is animal cruelty to even think the way PETA and other mislead organizations do about these domesticated creatures. Just because they do not live in people’s homes, does not make them any less domesticated. There are species alive today that would be extinct had we left them in the wild due to the inability of humans to just leave them alone. I’m not talking those who take animals for food. I’m talking those who take animals for ivory or any mythical bullshit they are led to believe an animal is going to do for them. Or the ignorant belief that certain animals (ie wolves) are destroying an area and must be removed/killed. If it weren’t for zoos, aquariums or preserves then there would be nothing stopping every animal to go extinct, which in case you don’t know is a very bad thing.

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