UPDATED: PETA's Autism Lies and the Pet Blood on Their Hands
PETA's death rate is around five animals per day.
These are not just sick or aggressive animals, either. According to testimony from a court case against the group, in which PETA employees were charged with the illegal dumping of animal bodies in North Carolina, many of the animals that PETA euthanizes are "perfect" and adorable. According to examiner.com,
two employees admitted their guilt but were acquitted of the most serious charges, and instead were found guilty of littering. Update: According to PETA the two employees pleaded "not guilty" to the animal cruelty charges, were convicted of littering and the littering verdict was later overturned.
In 2013, PETA euthanized 2,000 animals, or 82 percent of the animals in the shelter at their headquarters in Norfolk, VA.
Think that's bad? It's actually better than the previous years. Read on...
In 2012, that rate was at 89 percent.
1,843 animals were taken by the group. 19 were adopted. 130 were transferred. 1,647 were killed.
In 2011, out of the 1,991 animals taken in by PETA, 1,911 were euthanized.
A 2010 inspection by VDACS found that 84 percent of the animals that PETA took in were euthanized within 24 hours.
There's not much to add about this one. It's just really heinous for any group, but it's especially heinous when this group claims to be the voice for animals.
And those statistics are not due to a lack of budget or manpower, either. PETA has a budget of more than $30 million, and plenty of manpower and celebrity support. Perhaps most of it is going to mindless campaigns, or perhaps they just have other priorities in mind.
After all, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk addressed the controversy in a statement to The Virginia-Pilot, stating that "[they] could become a no-kill shelter immediately. It means [they] wouldn't do as much work."
We reached out to PETA for a statement on their euthanasia statistics, but have yet to hear back. Update: We heard back.