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Opinion
Thursday, 11 April 2013 10:08

By Teresa Chagrin, Animal Care & Control Specialist

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
The front group behind a recent opinion piece attacking PETA’s work is no friend to animals. It is funded by the meat, tobacco and alcohol industries, which needlessly abuse and kill hundreds of millions of animals every year, not out of compassion but out of greed.
PETA often has no humane alternative except to provide a painless death to the unwanted, abused, and suffering cats and dogs who end up in our care. Most of the animals we take in are society’s rejects; they are abused, sick, elderly, aggressive, unsocialized, or otherwise unadoptable. We send most adoptable animals to high-traffic open-admission shelters. I invite readers to visit www.PETASaves.com to see some of the animals PETA has helped.
Unlike many “no-kill” shelters, which make their statistics look good by refusing to accept animals in need, shuffling animals off to hoarders posing as “rescues,” or sending animals out the door with incompetent or cruel people, PETA never turns away any animal who needs help. Virginia officials acknowledged this to USA Today, saying, “PETA will basically take anything that comes through the door, and other shelters won’t do that.”
Every caring person wants to end the need for euthanasia, but no amount of money can buy dogs and cats what they need most: loving, lifelong homes. That’s why PETA has spent millions tackling the overpopulation crisis at its roots, sterilizing nearly 90,000 animals at low cost to no cost to their guardians and educating millions of people about animal adoption, respect, and the importance of sterilization with our ads and PSAs. PETA’s Community Animal Project fieldworkers are on the road every day and on call 24/7, providing help to abused and neglected animals. We’ve called on the National Governors Association and even the White House to promote mandatory spay-and-neuter legislation, and more.
We need everyone’s help. To save lives, let’s always have our animals spayed or neutered, adopt from shelters, and never buy animals from pet stores or breeders.
 
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