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PETA Under Fire for Amount of ‘Mercy Killings’ at Shelters

PETA animal shelters are being investigated due to the troubling amount of animals being euthanized. 

The main animal shelter for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Norfolk, Virginia is being investigated due to high numbers of euthanasia cases. As much as 80 percent of the animals in their care last year were put down, self-labeled as “Mercy Kills.”

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These statistics were so alarming it caused Virginia lawmakers to pass a bill in February, aimed specifically at PETA, stating that an animal shelter’s main goal should be to find homes for the animals.

“It’s sanctimonious to say they are lovers of animals,” said Republican state Sen. William M. Stanley Jr., the lead sponsor of the bill. “It’s a way station of death, and it’s a shame.”

PETA is well-known for its radical protests and media campaigns aimed at hunters and meat eaters. This specific shelter in Virginia seems to counter all that PETA so fiercely stands for.

The Virginia shelter is not the only PETA shelter that euthanizes their animals. Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA’s senior vice president and head of its cruelty investigations unit, confirms that a vast majority of animals in PETA’s care are euthanized each year.

According to PETA records, of the 3,017 animals it brought into its shelters last year, 2,455 animals were put down, equaling 81 percent. In prior years the euthanization rate has been as high as 91 percent.

PETA says such staggering statistics are due to the fact that they take in the animals that “no kill” shelters turn away. They also say that the real problem is that there are so many homeless animals to begin with. PETA also claims that 500 of the animals it put down last year were elderly, leading the owners, who couldn’t afford veterinary euthanization fees, to request the act.

PETA is still the most controversial animal welfare group in the country. The Humane Society won’t even comment on PETA’s high euthanasia rate.

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PETA Under Fire for Amount of ‘Mercy Killings’ at Shelters