Press Release

CCF Launches Global Campaign To Expose PETA’s Animal-Killing Track Record

Washington, DC — While loudly complaining about the “unethical” treatment of animals by restaurant owners, grocers, farmers, scientists, and clothing retailers, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been hiding its own dirty little secret. Public records from the State of Virginia show that PETA has killed at least 14,479 dogs, cats, and other “companion animals” at its headquarters. Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) re-launched its wildly popular website focusing on this hypocrisy — — in the English, French, Italian, German, and Russian languages.

“PETA is not what it seems,” said CCF Director of Research David Martosko. “The group kills around 90 percent of the flesh-and-blood animals it takes in. As PETA tries to globalize its appalling ‘animal liberation’ message, people all around the world need to know about the group’s horrible hypocrisy.”

PETA raises more than $30 million (US) every year, largely from pet owners who falsely believe their donations help animals. In reality, PETA has been killing pets for many years. Meanwhile, it has spent tens of millions of dollars on programs equating meat eaters with Nazis, opposing live-saving medical research, scaring young children away from drinking milk, and even defending arsonists and other violent extremists.

“Someone needs to tell the world the truth about PETA,” Martosko added. “PETA accepts animal-lovers’ donations with one hand while administering lethal injections to puppies and kittens with the other.”

Documents and photos related to PETA’s massive animal-killing program are now available online at:






During a 2007 U.S. criminal trial, a PETA employee acknowledged killing pets and disposing of their bodies in a trash dumpster. Another PETA employee testified that PETA has a walk-in freezer for storing dead pets, and that PETA uses a crematory service to discard over a ton of dead pets each month.

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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