PETA and Euthanasia
Even among animal lovers, killing unwanted pets is a divisive issue.
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Updated: 12:43 PM ET Apr 28, 2008
Nearly a decade later, Daphna Nachminovitch still remembers the rerelease of the Disney classic "101 Dalmatians" and the tragedy that followed. First there was a spike in sales of the famous spotted breed. Then, in the months that followed, shelters took in hundreds of Dalmatians from disillusioned pet owners around the country. "As soon as the puppies outlived their cuteness and the kids didn't want to scoop the poop anymore, the dogs were dumped in shelters," says Nachminovitch, vice president of cruelty investigations for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). "Many of them had to be euthanized, because there was simply no place for them to go."
But what many animal lovers don't realize is that PETA itself may have put down some of those unwanted Dalmatians. The organization has practiced euthanasia for years. Since 1998 PETA has killed more than 17,000 animals, nearly 85 percent of all those it has rescued. Read More
PETA has been taking more and more heat lately because THEY are responsible for the deaths of so many animals. While the hard-core PETA supporters will defend everything they ever do, the public is starting to ask more questions about how PETA treats animals. Those who argue for the ban on horse slaughter state that death is not humane treatment. I guess PETA didn’t get the memo.