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Dogs and Cats Thrown Under the Bus

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A message from PETA’s President Ingrid Newkirk:

Dear Blue,

Last week, some PETA members and representatives of two local animal rights groups who themselves came under attack asked us to help them respond to ads taken out against PETA.

The ads were created by a man who sits at a computer in his house and solicits funds, the overwhelming majority of which go to support him personally. He makes his living from spewing hate speech, launching vicious personal attacks, and using untruths and distortions to rile people up, all in the name of "no kill," while he himself does not rescue, shelter, or care for any animals anywhere! He also falsely and most damagingly claims that animal overpopulation is a "myth" and "the lie at the heart of the killing." His modus operandi is to demonize animal shelters and blame euthanasia on the employees who perform it.

PETA usually ignores such things, because vicious people are a fact of life—but because some people have asked us how to stop this trolling, I thought it would be helpful to address how we can come together instead. Obviously, none of us ever wants any healthy or adoptable animal's life to end prematurely, but some suggestions concerning how to achieve that goal spell disaster for animals. This "no-kill" (also called "turn-away sheltering") business is actually causing an increasing number of slow and terrible deaths—something it absolutely does not have to do—and it's also causing more breeding. It is encouraging hoarders to stash dozens—if not sometimes hundreds—of dogs and cats in cages for life (over 100 cats burned to death in their cages when one home caught fire), closing shelter doors to animals who need help the most, and imposing shelter admission fees on people who, not willing or able to pay them, dump their dogs and cats on the street or in the woods, bludgeon them to death, or even bake them alive or run them over. And abandoned animals keep right on breeding! Obviously, this is causing tremendous suffering to animals with nowhere else to go.

Who doesn't want a quick fix to a huge problem, like a pill that will allow you to live forever while eating anything you want? Similarly, the way to achieve our goal is not simply to hope that just demanding "no kill" will make the big problems facing animals somehow magically disappear. They won't, unless we put our efforts into doing useful things—some of which you'll see in this brief, compelling video—like cutting off the incoming supply of homeless animals at the source. I hope you'll share this video with everyone you know, perhaps on your social media pages.


The "no-kill" opportunist mentioned above is forever coming up with outrageous stories. One fantasy or myth is that if you just shuffle animals around in this country and even into other countries, there will be no homelessness problem. In real life, the overpopulation crisis is out of control, with millions of animals in desperate need of homes. Finding homes for one dog or cat or even a few thousand dogs and cats won't come close to solving the problem. Closing shelter doors, as he also suggests, hurts animals rather than helping them. Another myth is that trying to stop breeding, especially of pit bulls, is "racist"—something so absurd that it's hard to know how to respond, except to say shame on anyone who wants to carry on breeding dogs. It's hard to keep up with the outright lies that are hurting animals.

If you do nothing else today, please watch this short video and then this one—which is less than two minutes long—about the right way to help stop unnecessary euthanasia and to enact beneficial policies with respect to pit bulls. And please, pass these videos on so that you can help people think sensibly and helpfully about these important issues. And if you are up to reading more, here is one animal shelter worker's tale that brought me to tears just this morning.

Thanks for watching the videos. Let's join together to address the roots of homelessness and the euthanasia of healthy animals—something that we can do—not by pressuring shelters to manipulate their statistics by limiting their intake hours, requiring appointments, imposing admission fees, and turning animals away; not by bullying those who work in the trenches with the animals most in need; not by supporting hoarding and fake "rescues" that neglect animals; and not by using terms like "kill" and "no kill" but by working together to fund spay/neuter programs and to support open-admission shelters at every turn, realizing that we have real problems to solve and that spreading hatred and lies isn't the answer.

Thank you very much.

Kind regards,

Ingrid E. Newkirk



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