So I'm an animal lover, as are most of my friends. As a result it's not uncommon for me to see animal rights stuff in my feed on facebook. A good few of my friends are also involved in animal adoption, two of which directly work for local shelters, not just volunteer. I adopted my dog through a network of people who use facebook to find homes for dogs in need. I love animals, I don't think they should ever be harmed, but I still eat meat.
And I hate PETA. I hate them so much. They're just a bunch of media hounds looking for attention in my honest opinion. For example: They'll boycott and protest the big name rodeos that treat their horses and bulls like living gods (not kidding, go look into it), but don't even look at the small time rodeos that are way more prone to cruelty. I've heard so many horror stories about them from people who had gotten involved. They take a good message and twist into this horrible freak show. But people think they're so wonderful, that they're doing so much good.
Most people also don't realize that PETA isn't just against using animals for agriculture or industry purposes (ie meat and fur and leather) they're against owning animals at all
. That includes cats and dogs. They think that when you own a pet dog, you're keeping that dog as a prisoner, and that that dog would be better off dead than enslaved and subjected to such cruelty (yeah, my chubby little corgi mix sleeping on her own giant bed right this moment after eating her breakfast sure is mistreated).
I know this, so I'm not surprised at all by the recent stir in the media about how incredibly high their kill rate it at their Norfolk, VA, facility is. I've known about this for years and years. They kill nearly every animal they get, and not just at the Norfolk location, every location that takes in pets. They kill 90% of them. They don't even try
to find them homes, just take them into the back, gas them, and dump them. Their Las Vegas (I believe... I could be wrong, I'll try to find the article) location got fined for improper disposal of animal carcasses because they were just tossing them into the dumpster behind the building. I had a friend who was involved with PETA briefly who went with a bunch of volunteers out to a puppy mill to take all the dogs that spent their entire lives in cramped cages, with the understanding that the dogs would be cared for and then rehomed. She took almost all of her savings and donated it to PETA to help cover the costs, but a month later, almost all of the dogs had been put down, they only adopted out three or four. And when she asked what was done with her donation money, they told her it was none of her business.
This is a statement from the AKC (though I find their stance on this pretty hypocritical but I'll go into that another time) about PETA's policy on euthanizing pets instead of rehoming them. http://links.mkt2242.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NTM0MTIxNwS2&r=MzQyNTE1Njg5NzIS1&j=MTU1NjcyNDcyS0&mt=1&rt=0
and an article a friend posted today on the issue http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/07/us/peta-finds-itself-on-receiving-end-of-others-anger.html?pagewanted=all&_r=3&