Why Is PETA Opposing No-Kill Animal Shelters?

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Why Is PETA Opposing No-Kill Animal Shelters?
Sat, 09-08-2012 - 2:35am


Are you for or against PETA?

"Perhaps the most sickening aspect of PETA's assault on the No Kill movement is that it blocks groups from rescuing animals in high-kill shelters. Winograd's model legislation makes it illegal to kill a shelter animal unless "rescue groups have been contacted and are not willing to save the animal."

"Winograd succeeded with the legislation in California: "Before this, only about 12,000 animals were being transferred from shelters to rescue groups statewide per year. That number now stands at almost 60,000.

"But when we tried to pass a similar law in Florida last year, PETA fought against it and won."

Think about this. You have rescuers ready and willing to save animals from certain death in a shelter, and PETA is fighting to deny them access." 

Read the whole article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/douglas-anthony-cooper/peta-so-many-pets-so-litt_b_1607518.html  

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Sat, 09-08-2012 - 1:04pm

I know what you mean. PETA does seem to work at cross-purposes with rescue groups and shelters... 

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Registered: 11-15-2001
Sun, 09-16-2012 - 9:31pm

"Animal hoarding is the result of mental illness, and is not as common as many animal protection organizations would have us believe. Psychologists estimate that only 2 per cent of the population suffers from hoarding, and of those, not all of them "collect" animals -- many collect inanimate objects. By contrast, killing is endemic to animal shelters in the U.S. In fact, killing is the number one cause of death for healthy dogs and cats in the United States. At your "average" shelter, an animal has a 50 per cent chance of being killed, compared to the rare chance of ending up with a hoarder."

I agree.

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Thu, 09-20-2012 - 6:08pm

I'm certainly not knowledgeable about all of PETA's policies, but I've read stories like this before.  Animal rescues on the whole are not "hoarders".  I know that when the rescue coordinator where I volunteered would hear of an animal in need she would very often attempt to rescue that animal and then place it with one of her foster families.  She would almost immediately put that animal up for adoption.

I've also read all the pros and cons about no-kill shelters.  But...is it better to have an animal in a shelter for a long period of time being cared for by shelter personnel with the "chance" of adoption...or have that animal euthanized with no chance at all?


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Registered: 05-29-2012
Thu, 09-20-2012 - 8:24pm
I can't see any pros for shelters that euthanize, especially if, as the article says, they're not necessary. Shelters that euthanize, it's kind of an oxymoron, isn't it?
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Re: Why Is PETA Opposing No-Kill Animal Shelters?
Wed, 09-26-2012 - 4:18pm
Wow, that's great!

My local SPCA is a no-kill shelter too, and they're always posting pictures on Facebook of the animals (not in cages) playing with the workers, and outside.

I don't understand how one SPCA can operate like that, and another can't. Granted, my local one is small, but still...