HumaneWatch: PETA Killed 1,400 Cats, Dogs in 2016

March 14, 2017 03:46 PM
HumaneWatch: PETA Killed 1,400 Cats, Dogs in 2016

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a controversial reputation, and now a report from the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) highlights some shocking numbers.

In the report filed by PETA and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), 1,411 cats and dogs were killed in 2016, bringing their total kill number since 1998 to more than 36,000.

According to Will Coggin, director of research at CCF, the kill rate at PETAs headquarters in Norfolk, Va. is roughly 72 percent. He said the numbers are “appallingly high” when considering data from private shelters in the state that kill around 17 percent.

When asked by AgriTalk host Mike Adams where PETA received those animals, Coggin said they were either brought to the shelter or they could have been rounded up by the group, citing a recent lawsuit.

“PETA’s disregard for the lives of animals is disgraceful,” said Coggin in a release. “PETA claims the moral high ground but routinely kills over 1,000 pets each year.”

There has been a blog making its way through social media, asking where PETA is during the western wildfires, killing tens of thousands of livestock and wildlife.

Coggin said people would expect the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) or PETA to help, but he said from what he knows, “they’re not very involved at all.”

“Haven’t heard a peep,” said Coggin.

Listen to Coggin’s full remarks on AgriTalk above.

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Spell Check

Moseley, VA
3/15/2017 07:03 AM

  Disgusting. I am a strong supporter of animal welfare as well as protections of farmers; and fringe-extremists such as PETA give animal rights a bad name, by throwing paint, screaming 'meat is murder', and consistently violating the law. This is just one reason among many that they should have no influence over the animal rights community, or society at all. They are hypocritical, immoral, and ridiculous.

Buck H.
Madison, WI
3/16/2017 03:53 PM

  Most sense I've heard about PETA. Euthanizing animals is a good way to control their numbers, and the Humane Society should get on board.. do it, but do it humanely.


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