Tidbit on PETA
An interesting page on how PETA runs a pet shelter. For people who consider humans and animals morally equivalent ... let's just say most death camps had a higher survival rate.
Courtesy of This Is True mail-list.
UPDATE: The shelter is in Norfolk VA. I remember its policies making the papers when I was in DC in the early 90s. Apparently, the story is a bit bigger than I remember. They've contracted to prove euthanasia services to several counties.
Here's the story from a local TV station.
"From PETA headquarters in Norfolk Friday, Newkirk said that the dogs and cats did not suffer in their deaths, so there was no cruelty.
She did say that PETA's policy is to euthanize animals here and then cremate them, not throw away the bodies. So, an investigation has been launched into the actions of the two employees.
Ahoskie police arrested the pair Wednesday night as they disposed of some bags into a dumpster. Police said the bags contained the bodies of 18 dogs; 13 other animals were found dead in a white panel van that’s registered to PETA.
Authorities said the animals were alive with the pair picked them up from animal shelters in Northampton and Bertie counties. The two were picking up animals to be brought back to PETA headquarters for euthanization, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said Thursday.
Police have said that Cook and Hinkle said the dogs would be found good homes."
And here's a Virginia newspaper report:
"Both Northampton and Bertie [counties] currently use PETA for those services. Officials in both counties said they were under the impression that PETA would first have the animals fully evaluated by a veterinarian and then attempt to find them a good home. If that effort failed, they understood that PETA would euthanize the animals."
There were some other stories indicating that injectible drugs for euthanasia were found in the van, indicating the dogs had been killed shortly after being picked up, and ones from websites with an agenda saying that PETA's reports to the state indicate they'd euthanized over 10,000 critters.