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Why is PETA Killing Thousands of Rescue Pets?

Posted on February 26, 2012. Filed under: News Worthy | Tags: , , , , , |

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February 26, 2012

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/peter-worthington/peta-kills-animals_b_1296370.html

Peter Worthington

Co-founder of the Toronto Sun

Arguably, the most people know about PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is that its members occasionally parade in the nude (or near nude), on the theme “we’d rather go naked than wear furs.”

It is especially newsworthy when the likes of Pamela Anderson and Kim Basinger participate. PETA justifies nudity on the basis of “advertising through the media;” nude activists for animals “consistently grab headlines.”

Founded in 1980, PETA has done stellar work in curbing cruel and often useless torturous experimentation on animals of all sorts — as reflected in a summary of its mission statement: “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.”

As such it opposes circuses, zoos, farms, pet stores and the like.

PETA advertises itself as the largest animal rights organization in the world, with over three million members and supporters. PETA stages “rescue” operations of abused animals, and can serve a useful purpose, which it is exceedingly adept at publicizing.

What PETA does not publicize, however, it euthanizes — kills — some 85% of the animals it rescues.

As far back as 2008, the Center for Consumer Freedom petitioned Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to have PETA officially reclassified as a “slaughterhouse.” It claimed PETA’s own official reports, which indicated that it put to death virtually ever dog and cat it took in for adoption. This policy extended from 2006 through 2011.

Virginia requires animal shelters to report the number of dogs and cats taken in each year — how many are euthanized and how many are adopted.

These statistics are available through Virginia’s Sunshine Law and, as incredible as some may find it, since 1998, of the 31,815 animals (mostly dogs and cats) admitted to PETA shelters, only 3,159 were adopted — and 27,751 were killed.

That’s a 9.7% adoption rate and an 87.2% kill rate — a ghastly record for an organization purporting to work on behalf of animals. To me that suggests a view that if an animal isn’t free and in the wild, it is better off dead.

But wait, it gets worse. Since 2006, the PETA adoption rate has dropped precipitously, and the kill rate risen dramatically. In 2006, of 3,061 animals admitted to PETA’s shelter, 12 (0.39%) were adopted, 2,981 (97.49%) were euthanized.

Last year – 2011 — some 1,992 animals were admitted, 24 were adopted (1.2%) and 1,911 (95.9%) were killed. And this is just Virginia.

PETA’s practice of euthanasia has resulted in an alliance with the Humane Society of the U.S. A zero birthrate is the goal for dogs and cats, not a zero kill rate.

Yet according to Newsweek, Humane Society shelters in Nevada, New York, San Francisco, and Texas have adopted a “no-kill” policy that saves money, gets dogs and cats adopted. The save ratio is 85%.

That strikes me as more humane than PETA — and is curiously mindful of what the Toronto Humane Society was aiming at before the provincial OSPCA took it over, with its kill rate secret, but around 50%. They must love PETA.

Today, Toronto Animal Services (TAS) seems to discourage adoption in favor of euthanasia, and prospective customers for adopting a dog or cat are often told none are available.

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Sturgeon Bay cat saves owner’s life Feline wakes woman from diabetic seizure

Posted on February 25, 2012. Filed under: News Worthy |

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20120219/GPG0101/202190639/Sturgeon-Bay-cat-saves-owner-s-life

 

Sturgeon Bay cat
saves owner’s life
Amy Jung of Sturgeon Bay credits her newly adopted cat, Pudding, with helping save her life the day she brought him home. The cat woke Jung from a diabetic reactive seizure and went to get help.
STURGEON BAY — A Sturgeon Bay woman
has a lot to be thankful for after her newly
adopted cat woke her from an insulin
reaction just hours after bringing him
home.

Amy Jung and her son, Ethan Jung,
originally went to the Door County Humane
Society on Feb. 8 to play with the cats, not
to bring one home. Then Jung, 36, saw
Pudding lying on a counter. She made a
quick decision to adopt Pudding and his
pal Wimsy.

When the Jungs arrived home, the 21-
pound, orange-and-white Pudding made
himself right at home, acting as if he had
always been there.

“He just really took right over. Really
second nature,” she said.

At around 9:30 p.m., she went to bed and
about 1½ hours later, the prodigious kitty
came to her rescue.

Jung, who was diagnosed with diabetes at
the age of 4, started to have a seizure.
According to Jung, Pudding planted his
weight on her chest and, when he could not
wake her, began swatting her face and
biting her nose.

“Anything he could to pull me out of it (the
seizure),” she said.

It worked. She woke up and the convulsions
stopped long enough for her to call to her
son for help. When Ethan did not respond
to the calls, the cat ran to his room and
jumped on his bed.

Ethan later told her that he didn’t know
anything was wrong until the giant cat
landing on the bed woke him up.

Jung is convinced that she would not have
survived the night if Pudding had not
intervened.

“If something or someone hadn’t pulled me
out of that, I wouldn’t be here,” she said.

The next day she spoke with her doctor
about her seizure and her cat’s unusual
actions. The doctor told her he had heard
of animals alerting their owners to a health
crisis but had never known anyone who
had experienced it.

“Realistically you can’t be without him,” he
told her. Jung is registering Pudding as a
therapy animal.

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150 Dogs Rescued from North Carolina Puppy Mill

Posted on February 16, 2012. Filed under: News Worthy | Tags: , , , , , , , |

February 7, 2012

150 Dogs Rescued from North Carolina Puppy Mill

The HSUS joins Stokes County Animal Control, Stokes County Humane Society, and the Guilford County Animal Shelter for life-saving mission

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  • The HSUS’s Ashley Mauceri carried a bulldog out of the puppy mill to a new and better life. Diane Lewis Photography

The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team and other area organizations were called in by Stokes County Animal Control to assist in the rescue of more than 150 dogs from a Danbury, N.C., property. The Stokes County Animal Control served a search and seizure warrant on the property Tuesday morning and found that the dogs were being housed in unsanitary conditions and lacked proper socialization and medical care.

The owner has surrendered all of the dogs to the Stokes County Animal Control.

“Many of these dogs were living in filthy cages so small that they could barely stand up and turn around. The conditions these dogs were housed in demonstrates why North Carolina must pass legislation regulating these breeders,” said Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “Large-scale breeders in our state currently face no regulations or routine inspections. These lax laws have made North Carolina a safe-haven for inhumane puppy mills like this one.”

Local law enforcement became concerned about this facility when the owner surrendered 11 dogs in very poor physical condition to the Stokes County Humane Society. When responders arrived on scene they found more than 150 dogs, mostly French bulldogs, chihuahuas and other small breeds, living crowded amongst their own feces in small wire enclosures. Many of the dogs were severely matted and suffering from a variety of medical issues. The property owner was selling puppies over the Internet to unsuspecting consumers.

“I can’t believe that something like this could happen in Stokes County, and I am relieved that we were able to come to the aid of these dogs today,” said Phil Handy, director of Animal Control for Stokes County.

The HSUS is safely removing all of the animals and transporting them to the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Responders from Stokes County Animal Control and Stokes County Humane Society are also assisting with intake of the dogs. Once at the shelter the dogs will be thoroughly examined by a team of veterinarians and receive any necessary medical treatment before being considered for adoption or placed in foster homes.

Media Contact: Jordan Crump: 240-654-2964, jcrump@humanesociety.org

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