Press Release

Donations to PETA Support Animal Killing, Says Ad in U.S. News And World Report

Norfolk, VA—Two employees of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will face felony animal-cruelty charges in a North Carolina courtroom this week, for allegedly killing healthy cats and dogs in the back of a PETA-owned van and abandoning their bodies in a grocery-store dumpster. Today the Center for Consumer Freedom is using a full-page ad in U.S. News & World Report to alert PETA supporters that their financial donations help PETA treat animals in a way that’s clearly not “ethical.”

The ad features a news photograph showing a police officer in hazmat gear, preparing to bury a puppy discovered at the scene of the June 15 PETA arrests. It reads as follows:

What are your donations funding?

Official government records show that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has killed more than 12,000 animals since 1998. PETA employees now face felony animal-cruelty charges for killing puppies and kittens — and throwing many of them in a trash dumpster. This news photo shows police preparing to bury a puppy that PETA’s “ethical” employees left to rot in the trash.

Find out what PETA doesn’t want you to know:

“PETA is best known for its flamboyant PR stunts that demonize restaurant owners, grocers, farmers, scientists, and Americans who enjoy eating meat, cheese, or seafood,” said David Martosko, director of research at the Center for Consumer Freedom. “But the group continues to mislead animal shelters, veterinarians, and the donating public about what really happens when it takes in animals.

“PETA has put to death nearly 80 percent of the animals it took in since 1998. That’s a horrible record compared to other animal shelters in PETA’s neighborhood. Healthy puppies and kittens deserve better than PETA’s trash-dumpster ethics. Americans who want to help animals should donate to their local shelters, not to PETA.”

See the U.S. News ad and learn more about the current case
against PETA at

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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