Friday, March 2, 2012
PETA Responds to Bunny's Blog
"We are writing about your recent post about the animals PETA had to euthanize in 2011. We know that you care deeply for animals, which is why we were disappointed by your post's unfair and untrue statement that 'PETA … doesn't like pets—which it sees as a form of animal slavery.' On a daily basis, PETA works to encourage people to adopt animals from animal shelters, and most PETA staffers (including me) share their homes with animals as well.
"PETA has a small division that does hands-on work with animals, and most of the animals we take in are society's rejects; they are abused, broken, sick, elderly, aggressive, unsocialized, or otherwise unadoptable. We have posted many blog posts about this over the years. PETA's euthanasia rate is, in part, a result of our refusal to turn away any animal who needs our assistance, whether it's veterinary care, affection, food, shelter, or a painless release from a world in which they were abused and unwanted. As Virginia officials speaking of PETA's euthanasia rate acknowledged to USA Today, 'PETA will basically take anything that comes through the door, and other shelters won't do that.'
"As demonstrated by PETA's undercover investigation into Caboodle Ranch—which, as your blog notes (although it doesn't name PETA), broke just this week and resulted in the seizure of hundreds of injured, ill, and neglected cats and the property owner's arrest—a blanket refusal to euthanize can have tragic consequences for animals. The only long-term solution to the animal overpopulation crisis is prevention. That's why PETA focuses on promoting and performing lifesaving spay-and-neuter surgeries, including the more than 10,000 low-cost to no-cost sterilization surgeries that we performed for low-income residents in Virginia and North Carolina last year.
"I hope that this sheds some light into PETA's work and that you will update your post about Caboodle Ranch to include PETA's involvement. If you would like any further information, please let us know. Thank you for your time and for your efforts to help animals."
I appreciate PETA's effort to clarify their position regarding companion animals and the euthanasia rate at their Norfolk shelter, as well as their participation in the Caboodle Ranch rescue.
As always, I am open to hearing opinions regarding my posts. My readers are welcome to leave comments or contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: this post is not meant to imply support of PETA's euthanasia practices or any other policies, practices or methods employed by PETA.