People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or simply PETA, is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 5 million members and supporters.
PETA focuses on rescuing the animals that are being harmed and treated cruel, around the globe especially in fields where large number of animals are involved for a long period of time like in the food industry, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry.
Formed in 1980, over a period of 36 years PETA has reached several milestones in protecting animals. From filing law suites against many of the world’s leading companies like Avon, Benetton, Mary Kay, Amway, Calvin Klein, Wendy’s and conducting aggressive campaigns against the use of fur, exotic leathers, testing on animals for medical researches, etc., organisations like NASA, McDonald’s, Burger King, Honda, PUMA, Polo Ralph Lauren, H&M, have stopped using innocent animals like cats, monkeys, elephants, etc. or have brought in many changes to their policies regarding their safety.
Their major aim has been in preventing usage of animals for laboratory experiments, science researches and entertainment.
Some of their greatest achievements that are worth notice are mentioned below:
- Stockholm-based international retailer H&M becomes the first retailer to adopt a policy banning products made from exotic skins in all of its 1,800 stores worldwide
- PETA’s investigation into animal dealer U.S. Global Exotics prompts the largest animal seizure in history—more than 26,000 animals. The owner flees the country to evade federal charges
- PETA convinces Polo Ralph Lauren to stop selling fur. The furs were pulled from store shelves and donated to those in need in Mongolia.
- In 2000, PETA convinces Gap Inc., J.Crew, Liz Claiborne, Clarks, and Florsheim to boycott leather from India and China, countries in which leather production causes immense animal suffering.
- In 2010, following a year of vigorous campaigning, NASA cancels plans for a $1.75 million study in which dozens of squirrel monkeys would have been exposed to a harmful dose of radiation.
You can visit this link to know more about PETA’s achievements.
So they are good, aren’t they?
Well, this being the face that PETA has been staging to the world, it has many horrific underlying truths that many countries and organisations have uncovered. In case of India, this stays very much unknown to a vast majority.
So what does PETA actually do with the animals that they adopt or rescue from various labs and zoo.
PETA itself has agreed that it is not a animal welfare organisation. A postcard written and signed by Ingrid Newkirk, PETA’s founder, admitting that PETA does not believe animals have a right to live, despite its public perception of PETA as an “animal rights” organization.
PETA has killed more than 36,000 animals since 1998.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) requires all animal shelters to report the number of cats and dogs they take in each year. The records indicate how many cats and dogs were reclaimed by their owners, adopted out, transferred to other Virginia releasing agencies (i.e. animal shelters and animal control), transferred to out-of-state releasing agencies, died of natural causes, euthanized (killed), and how many the shelter held alive at the end of the calendar year. We added the dogs and cats euthanized and divided by the total number of dogs and cats taken in excluding those held only for sterilization surgery to determine the percentage of dogs and cats PETA killed in a given year. In 2009, Virginia modified its policy and eliminated animals held for sterilization from the records.
From 2010 to 2016 alone, PETA has killed over 12, 741 dogs and cats out of 14, 923 dogs and cats that they have received i.e., 85.4%. And around 84% of the animals that are brought to their shelters are killed within 24 hours due to inadequate space for accommodating them. In 2016 out of 1,963 cats and dogs received, 1,411 were killed and only 57 were adopted.
PETA “Kill” Shelters:
It is observed that PETA’s shelter do not meet PETA’s own published guidelines for operating a humane animal shelter. The article PETA’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad History of Killing Animals notes that “the PETA adoption rate in 2011 was 2.5 percent for dogs and 0.4 for cats”. A state inspection report indicates that the “shelter” inspected had no adoption hours, no way to promote adoptions to the public, and employees that were not even aware it was a “shelter”.
Puppies killed by PETA in the back of a van — a donor-funded slaughterhouse on wheels. Despite $35,000,000 in annual revenues and millions of “animal-loving” members, PETA does not even try to find them homes, but is registered with the State of Virginia as a “humane society” or “animal shelter.”
PETA is Facing a $9.7 Million Lawsuit for Killing a Family Pet.
PETA Celebrity activists:
Indian celebrities who have endorsed for PETA, Sherlyn Chopra, Ileana D Cruz, Rakhi Sawant, John Abraham, Sangram Singh. These are some of the celebrities who have stripped for PETA in the name of activism, against the killing and caging of animals. PETA’s unique way of promoting support for right’s for animals and to stand against use of animals for anything.
“INK NOT MINK”, “I’D RATHER GO NAKED THAN WEAR FUR”, these are some the most famous slogans raised by the supporters of the organisation and people stage protests in various forms to put forward their strong opposition towards inhuman attitudes towards animals.
While killing, chaining and torture of animals are cruel and are to be condemned, honor kills do not make it even.
PETA does bring the issues of violation and cruelty towards the animals to the spot light, but surely its solutions are inhumane.
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