Press Release

Ad Campaign Targets PETA for Killing Over 14,000 More Animals than Michael Vick

WASHINGTON- Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) ran a full-page ad in The New York Times highlighting the hypocrisy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA’s campaign against NFL quarterback Michael Vick is disingenuous given that PETA itself has killed over 14,000 more animals than the NFL star.

The text of the ad reads:

Who’s killed more animals? Vick (8) or PETA (14,400):
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) loves to point the finger at others, when they should be looking at their own record of killing more than 90% of the animals left in their care. According to government records PETA has killed more than 14,400 animals since 1998.

“PETA has shamelessly used the horrific Michael Vick case to pad their group’s coffers, even though their track record of slaughtering thousands of helpless, adoptable animals is far more damning,” said CCF Director of Research David Martosko. “Americans need to be aware of how PETA treats animals in their care and reject the group’s overt hypocrisy.”

Documents obtained by the Center for Consumer Freedom from the Virginia State Veterinarian show that between 1998 and 2005 PETA killed more than 14,400 dogs, cats, and other animals.

In addition to the thousands of animals that were killed at their headquarters, two PETA employees in North Carolina admitted to killing dozens of dogs and cats in a roving “death van” and tossing their bodies into a trash dumpster.

“Instead of weighing in on the actions of others, PETA’s leaders need to take a look in the mirror,” Martosko concluded. “If their group is going to euthanize thousands of healthy dogs and cats each year, Americans will never take their criticism of Vick and others seriously.”

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