Imagine you’ve just been a Good Samaritan and rescued a lost dog walking along a busy highway. You get the dog to the safety of your car. A quick Google search on your smart phone leads you to an animal shelter operated by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
You get directions, head their way and think to yourself – I’m saving this dog’s life.
Well … you’re tragically wrong.
By the time you get home, that dog will have been killed.
When they’re not getting celebrities to pose nude, engaging in over-the-top PR stunts or weaseling contributors out of millions of dollars, PETA is busy killing tens of thousands of cats and dogs in one state alone.
Only now is PETA being exposed for their horrendous practices in a major way.
The organization with “Ethical Treatment of Animals” in their name is operating facilities that have an animal kill rate ranging from 86% to over 90%.
It’s shocking and outrageous – almost a pet genocide perpetrated by an “animal rights” organization.
And they have been fooling the public for a long time.
From 1998 to 2013, public records show Virginia shelters operated by PETA killed over 33,000 animals. You can check out the numbers linked to the government report yourself.
Finally, a whistleblower has come forward offering heartbreaking and horrifying details of PETA’s systematic killing policies.
Douglas Anthony Cooper wrote for The Huffington Post this week about a former shelter employee, Heather Harper-Troje, who worked at PETA’s Norfolk, VA shelter fifteen years ago. Mr. Cooper shares Ms. Harper-Troje’s chilling accounts of the culture of death that guided operations at this so-called shelter.
“A woman employed by PETA fifteen years ago is now alleging that she was encouraged by its president, Ingrid Newkirk, to steal and kill pets, and to falsify records.
Heather Harper-Troje is the wife of a US diplomat serving at the American embassy in Honduras, and her eyewitness account is unprecedented. For three years I have investigated People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ regular slaughter of dogs and cats at their headquarters in Norfolk, but I have never encountered first-person testimony of this nature. According to Harper-Troje, Ingrid Newkirk authorized her staff to steal pets — animals that were then killed, immediately — and records of killing were routinely doctored. Ms. Harper-Troje is an exceptionally brave woman — she is willing to go on the record and use her real name. She will be eviscerated.”
The article quotes Ms. Harper-Troje’s heartbreaking blog post telling how her experiences transformed her view of an organization she once felt was committed to the well-being of animals.
She begins her heartbreaking tale recounting the story of a starved dog she rescued, only to have PETA kill it hours later. It goes on.
“I remember one day bringing a tiny white dog into Ingrid’s office, to tell her I wanted to adopt her out, not euthanize her. She rolled her eyes and asked why that dog was any more worthy than any of the countless other animals in shelters waiting for a home. I told her she was an adoptable dog: small, social, sweet; could be placed with very little trouble. After sarcastically berating me, with a smile on her face, she turned to a man in her office and asked what he thought. He said she was very cute. She sighed and said something along the lines of, “fine, do what you want.” So I found her a home.”
“I had to fight hard for each adoption and, increasingly, I encountered great resistance. I heard phrases like “a waste of resources” and “not adoptable” — my desire to save each animal was belittled as naive and trivial. I was told that I was missing the bigger picture.”
For an organization that calls itself a leader for animal protection, this heartbreaking account is shocking, sad and must not be overlooked.
Even though Ms. Harper-Troje’s story is from fifteen years ago it looks like PETA has not changed its euthanize-first policy. Look no further than PETA’s 2014 theft and killing of a family pet in Virginia and the fact that this shelter at the center of this saga had a kill rate of over 88% in 2014.
PETA’s shelter of death has now drawn the ire of the Virginia state legislature. The Commonwealth is working to enact legislation to put an end to the deaths.
So next time you see another PETA publicity stunt or receive a PETA donation solicitation, remember these poor pets that were never given a chance.