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PETA Slammed for Killing 2K Animals a Year
Animal rights activists say its shelter should go no-kill
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2013 3:58 PM CDT
The San Bernardino County Animal Shelter in San Bernardino, California.   (AP Photo/San Bernardino County Animal Shelter, C.L. Lopez)

(Newser) – PETA is usually the one accusing others of animal cruelty. Not anymore. Though the group is well known for loudly objecting to things like goldfish racing and backpacks made from fur, it is now drawing attention for a very different reason: its animal shelter kills around 2,000 dogs and cats a year, while only adopting out a handful (19 last year, 24 the year before), the New York Times reports. "No-kill" shelters are now increasingly common amongst animal welfare groups. In 2003, 31,701 dogs and cats were euthanized in New York alone. Last year, the figure was down to 8,252. But PETA didn't get the memo.

PETA says the animals it takes in are often too far gone to be saved. "It’s nice for people who’ve never worked in a shelter to have this idealistic view that every animal can be saved," says a spokesperson. "They don’t see what awful physical and emotional pain these poor dogs and cats suffer." But no-kill advocates disagree. The director of shelter medicine at the University of California, Davis, says she used to think that euthanasia was often the most humane option, but has now found that shelters offering better care to animals can lower disease and increase adoption numbers. She also says it isn't just a choice between adoption or death—some shelters take in stray cats, spay or neuter and vaccinate them, and then release them back. "The pieces for no-kill are in place," she says. "We just need to spread the word and make sure shelters have the resources and know-how."

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Spirit_of_1776
Jul 10, 2013 9:08 AM CDT
Peta is a joke
Fashionfan
Jul 8, 2013 5:15 PM CDT
By blaming the organizations such as PETA who have to do society's dirty work and euthanize animals, you point the finger in the wrong direction. The “no-kill” philosophy is dangerous because it leads people to believe that they don't have to change their behavior at all. They can go on buying dogs from pet shops and puppy mills, letting their animals reproduce, and not worrying if they tire of an animal and decide to abandon him or her—all while they enjoy a clean conscience. The “no-kill” philosophy makes people believe that euthanasia is not their fault, but the fault of the shelters workers—who are left holding the needle because there are more homeless animals in the U.S. than there are homes, by the millions.
KDickley
Jul 8, 2013 4:07 PM CDT
PETA is run by phony, dollar loving hypocrites. I personally think they should focus on the skunks in Washington. They should euthanize all the power hungry hypocrites there.