Press Release

PETA Slays 1,411 Dogs and Cats in 2016

PETA’s Body Count Exceeds 36,000 Animals Since 1998

Washington, D.C. — Today the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) announced that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has once again massacred scores of potentially adoptable pets. According to documents filed last night by PETA with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), PETA killed 1,411 cats and dogs last year at its headquarters in Norfolk, Va. PETA’s veritable slaughterhouse has now killed over 36,000 animals since 1998.

View PETA’s public report here:

In 2016, shelters in Virginia euthanized only 16.9% of animals in their care, while PETA killed 71.9% of cats and dogs in its “shelter.” PETA puts down most animals almost immediately: A 2010 inspection of animal custody records conducted by a VDACS veterinarian discovered that 84 percent of the animals PETA took in were killed within 24 hours. PETA has bought a walk-in freezer where it stores the bodies in trash bags.

Will Coggin, Director of Research at CCF, said PETA clearly isn’t living up to its name: “PETA’s disregard for the lives of animals is disgraceful. PETA claims the moral high ground but routinely kills over a thousand pets each year.”

PETA is also being sued in Virginia for allegedly stealing a dog from a family’s front porch and killing it. And PETA’s culture of death isn’t limited to pets that unfortunately wind up at its headquarters. PETA advocates the mass killing of outdoor cats, arguing they’re better off dead than being released back into the community.

“It would be better if PETA never even touched the animals, that way they might actually have a chance at life. PETA holds itself out as a savior, but it is really just a Grim Reaper,” Coggin concluded.

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