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State Of The Union Address gets television lead-in from

Washington, DC – Tonight, millions of Americans watching the State of the Union Address on the Fox News Channel will also catch a shocking new advertisement from the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom. Running right before the President’s speech, the ad blows the lid off of a dirty little secret about the sanctimonious People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: PETA kills animals—by the thousands.

WHAT: A new TV commercial advertising
WHERE: The Fox News Channel (nationwide)
WHEN: January 31, 2006, before the State of the Union address

Does PETA really kill animals? It’s true. Two PETA employees are facing dozens of felony animal-cruelty charges after police caught them tossing dead animals (including the bodies of six puppies and a kitten) into a North Carolina grocery-store dumpster. Police say the two visited a veterinarian and an animal shelter, collected 31 adoptable animals, and killed them less than an hour later in the back of a PETA-owned van.

And public records maintained by the Virginia State Veterinarian (and available at show that PETA operates a massive animal-killing program that has resulted in the deaths of over 12,400 “companion animals” since 1998. These records also indicate that PETA kills over 80 percent of the flesh-and-blood creatures left in its employees’ care. Last year, PETA’s income exceeded $29 million—more than enough to shelter every unwanted pet in Virginia and North Carolina.

“Pet lovers should be outraged,” said Center for Consumer Freedom Director of Research David Martosko. “PETA relies on the good will of compassionate Americans who will be shocked at its hypocritical angel-of-death routine. There are hundreds of worthwhile animal shelters that deserve Americans’ support, and PETA isn’t among them. Legitimate animal charities try to find homes for unwanted pets before killing them. PETA seems more interested in vandalizing restaurants and lobbying against life-saving medical research than actually helping animals.”

View the television ad and learn more about PETA’s hypocrisy 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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