How Many Pets Did PETA Kill in 2012?
One of the year’s more depressing rituals is the annual release of PETA’s kill statistics. The numbers — just how many pets Ingrid Newkirk’s organization has “euthanized” in the past year — are never anything less than revolting. They are also never a surprise. Despite desperate efforts to rein in this ghoul, dogs and cats simply do not have much chance of emerging alive from the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
The law requires PETA to submit documents annually to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), and this year’s have just been released online: you can examine them here. A quick summary? In 2012 only 10.8 percent of the pets taken in by PETA at their headquarters in Norfolk Virginia escaped the hypodermic; 94.1 percent of the cats and 82.1 percent of the dogs ended up in Ingrid’s walk-in freezer.
PETA’s kill rate has hovered in the range of 95 to 97 percent. So this year’s 89.2 percent is, yes, an improvement. The Grim Reaper is now merely — what? — the Angel of Death?
PETA is not required to identify how many of the pets killed were perfectly healthy and adoptable. We can assume only one thing: we’re not going to find out. Newkirk has never been forthcoming in the past, apart from vague tearful remarks about the dreadful shape of the animals left on her doorstep. We know from various reports, however — including legal testimony from local veterinarians and shelter workers — that many of the pets killed at PETA headquarters were impeccably healthy, some of them puppies and kittens.
The former director of Norfolk’s SPCA, Dana Cheek, has said: “I often receive phone calls from frantic people who have surrendered their pets to PETA with the understanding that PETA will ‘find them a good home.’… Little do they know that the pets are killed in the PETA van before they even pull away from the pet owner’s home.”