PeTA’s Deadliest Year

I told you before about Adopt A PeTA Pet = Kill 9 More, and that was only a month ago based upon then current data documenting PeTA killings up through 2005. Now I’d have to revise that title to read “Adopt A PeTA Pet = Kill 248 More” based upon the release of PeTA’s 2006 death toll.

In all of 2006, PeTA only rescued 12 …. TWELVE… pets. One pet per month.

In that same time, they killed 2,981 companion animals of the 3,061 they took in. That’s an adoption rate that is LESS THAN HALF OF ONE PERCENT, and a kill rate that is OVER 97%. It also makes 2006 PeTA’s deadliest year yet. They killed 248 pets for every 1 they adopted.

This is a horrible update to PeTA’s continued pattern of companion animal slaughter, and the only way it could be worse is if PeTA got their hands on more dogs since almost every single dog they do get their hands on is killed.

Thanks to Steve over at DoggieNews for bringing this hot off the presses story to my attention.

PeTA’s Death Toll:

PETA Killed 97 Percent of ‘Companion Animals’ in 2006, According to VDACS

Death toll up to 17,400; overdue report describes PETA’s deadliest year ever

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

An official report from People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), submitted nine months after a Virginia government agency’s deadline, shows that the animal rights group put to death more than 97 percent of the dogs, cats, and other pets it took in for adoption in 2006. During that year, the well-known animal rights group managed to find adoptive homes for just 12 pets. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is calling on PETA to either end its hypocritical angel-of-death program, or stop its senseless condemnation of Americans who believe it’s perfectly ethical to use animals for food, clothing, and critical medical research.

Not counting animals PETA held only temporarily in its spay-neuter program, the organization took in 3,061 “companion animals” in 2006, of which it killed 2,981. According to Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the average euthanasia rate for humane societies in the state was just 34.7 percent in 2006. PETA killed 97.4 percent of the animals it took in. The organization filed its 2006 report this month, nine months after the VDACS deadline of March 31, 2007.

“Pet lovers should be outraged,” said CCF Director of Research David Martosko. “There are thousands of worthwhile animal shelters that deserve Americans’ support. PETA is not one of them.”

In courtroom testimony last year, a PETA manager acknowledged that her organization maintains a large walk-in freezer for storing dead animals, and that PETA contracts with a Virginia cremation service to dispose of the bodies. In that trial, two PETA employees were convicted of dumping dead animals in a rural North Carolina trash dumpster.

Today in Southampton County, Virginia, another PETA employee will face felony charges in a dog-napping case. Andrea Florence Benoit Harris was arrested in late 2006 for allegedly abducting a hunting dog and attempting to transport it to PETA’s Norfolk headquarters.

“PETA raised over $30 million last year,” Martosko added, “and it’s using that money to kill the only flesh-and-blood animals its employees actually see. The scale of PETA’s hypocrisy is simply staggering.”

To speak with a spokesmancontact Tim Miller at 202-463-7112.

For more information aboutPETA's massive euthanasia program, visit

Now, the Center for Consumer Freedom is an industry lobby group who is tasked with fighting back against PeTA (and others) for the harm they do smearing companies like KFC and Philip Morris. The eco-terrorist radical vegan PeTA sympathizers will complain that being a puppet for big business makes the CCF untrustworthy. Perhaps it does, but the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and PeTA is making a lot of enemies.

The report showing PeTA’s genocidal kill rate isn’t a CCF study or estimate, it’s a required and official report filed with the government by PeTA. Even worse, PeTA had to be forced to file the form and did so many months after the deadline.

In the wake of No Kill success around the country, there is no excuse for anyone, let alone a group who claims to fight for life of innocent animals, to execute over 97% of the animals they get their hands on. No one needs PeTA to get involved in the “shelter” business… they do this because they WANT to do it.

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Christopher Landauer is a fifth generation Colorado native and second generation Border Collie enthusiast. Border Collies have been the Landauer family dogs since the 1960s and Christopher got his first one as a toddler. He began his own modest breeding program with the purchase of Dublin and Celeste in 2006 and currently shares his home with their children Mercury and Gemma as well. His interest in genetics began in AP Chemistry and AP Biology and was honed at Stanford University.