Take A Look At The Animals PETA Euthanized; Place Blame for Animal Overpopulation Where it Belongs

Some people are upset, surprised even, that PETA euthanizes animals.  That’s understandable; no one likes the idea of euthanasia—least of all the caring rescue workers and shelter technicians who are faced with the heart-wrenching task of ending animals’ lives. But they do it because they care. Because it is the kindest, most realistic thing to do. PETA does everything it can to curb dog and cat overpopulation and stop the cruelty and neglect that is so prevalent in our society, yet it is often criticized for not doing enough to make loving homes magically appear. Unfortunately, no amount of money or wishing can do that. I’ve heard plenty of tsk-tsking at PETA, but I’ve yet to hear anyone propose a humane and viable alternative to euthanasia.

If anyone has one, I’d certainly love to hear it.

But first, please take a look at some of the animals that PETA has euthanized. I’ll warn you, the photos are bloody and graphic. They’ll crush your soul and make you cry. But all you have to do is look at photos–PETA’s rescue workers had to rush to animals’ sides and mercifully put them out of their misery. They stroked their fur and said soothing, loving things while the animals drew their last breaths. Sometimes the only kind word or gentle touch a homeless or neglected animal ever receives is from the person who must end his or her life. 

Those who euthanize animals don’t forget about them after their day ends. The images stay with them long after the animals are gone–and long after they’ve fought for justice and worked to prevent other animals from suffering similar fates. It’s a thankless job, but PETA is proud to be a “shelter of last resort,” where animals who have no place to go or who are unwanted or suffering are welcomed with love and open arms. PETA won’t turn any animal away simply because euthanasia is unpopular.

Most of the animals PETA has taken in and euthanized were not adoptable. Many were severely injured, aggressive, or otherwise unadoptable, and we gave them a peaceful release from the world. Some had spent their lives on chains or roaming the streets; never having set foot inside a home. Some were sick and weak, covered with scabs and mange, or riddled with parasites.

Not all of them were as badly off as those in the pictures, of course, but most had a pain-filled life and were homeless. If you do the math, you’ll realize that there just aren’t enough loving homes (or even lonely cages) for the millions of animals who must be euthanized every year. No one who truly cares about animals is willing to stow an animal in a less-than-loving home just so they can say that they “saved” the animal.  

Warehousing animals in no-kill shelters, which quickly become so packed and overburdened that they must turn animals away, is not a humane solution—and it certainly isn’t a viable one considering that between six and eight million animals enter shelters every year in the U.S. alone.

Many people, often known as collectors or hoarders, try to “save” animals from euthanasia by taking in so many of them that they can be found cramped in kitchen cabinets, hiding under beds, crawling through basements or attics, and even wedged behind toilets or sinks. Merely keeping animals alive is not a compassionate goal; we don’t need dog and cat “zoos,” we need loving homes where animals can have quality lives.

The bottom line is simple:  There are too many animals and not enough good homes.

The solution, as I’ve written before, lies in prevention. By spaying and neutering and boycotting breeders and pet stores, we can reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats. That’s why PETA operates a SNIP (Spay/Neuter Immediately Please) mobile, campaigns against pet stores and puppy mills, places eye-catching billboards, public service announcements, and ads urging people to spay and neuter, and takes many other measures to curb animal overpopulation.

This, of course, is in addition to PETA’s campaigns to help cows, chickens, fish, rats, rabbits, elephants, tigers, and other animals—they matter too. PETA, for those who don’t know, is primarily an educational organization. It relies on attention-grabbing tactics to reach the public and teach them that all animals deserve compassion and mercy. Although PETA doesn’t operate a shelter, it actively campaigns against dog and cat overpopulation. Just this week, PETA encouraged newspapers nationwide to remind people to have their animals spayed or neutered, as the spring and summer months are the prime breeding time for cats and dogs.

But spaying and neutering is a solution that will help for the long-term. Euthanasia is a humane and viable solution to the current dog and cat overpopulation problem. If anyone has another compassionate, pragmatic, and well-researched solution, please share it.






Mary T.
Mary T4 years ago

thank you

Colin Wright
Past Member 4 years ago

"If the CEO of Godaddy.com is an animal abuser, so is anyone who has ever held a barbecue."

That is the truth. You ARE all animal abusers.

The question is, what are you going to do from this moment forward? Forget about PETA and focus on yourself. We don't need organizations like PETA. I wouldn't give them a dime, whether or not they really are "good" or "evil". You know why? 'Cause I know what the REAL power behind change is.

YOU decide whether you are going to harm animals, eat them, cause 200 BILLION animals to be tortured to death every year, allow millions of cats and dogs to be killed every year (NOT "euthanised", the word "euthanised" means killed because they are catastrophically ill, not healthy).

YOU can decide to CAUSE THE LEAST AMOUNT OF SUFFERING POSSIBLE by going VEGAN now. This moment.

If you have questions about Veganism, just PM me and we can discuss it.

Amanda S.
Amanda S4 years ago

They (animal welfare organizations, as opposed to animal rights organizations) typically staff their own veterinarians, animal behaviorists, local attorneys and cruelty investigators to rescue and re-home viable pets and farm animals from less-than-humane situations. Shelters with this philosophy are generally operated at maximum capacity on a constant basis.

On a DOMESTIC level, I do not agree with PETA's philosophy of humans being evil creatures who can only enslave or harm an animal. That's simply not true.
However, PETA does GREAT things for the protection of animals that are being abused by commercial endeavors, both nationally and internationally. They have done much to promote healthy vegan-ism, reduced fur trade, enacted laws to protect wild animals and prevent cruel animal testing and championed too many other wonderful animal causes to even list.
These are issues in which the other organizations simply don't meddle much.

Amanda S.
Amanda S4 years ago

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the AHA (American Humane Association) are less extremist organizations than PETA.
The issue here is "animal rights" versus "animal welfare". Listen up folks, there are stark differences between the two!
PETA supports "animal rights". They claim that it is an *indignation against an animals rights* to be kept as a companion animal or to be bred through human intervention (except in cases of species endangerment due to human activity).
Most staunch PETA supporters agree that it is better to *prevent* an animals suffering at the hands of humans by bestowing them a "death in a dignified manner".
There is the worst sort of misanthropy at the core of their philosophy. The premise: All humans are basically evil, selfish barbarians, and can do nothing to benefit any animals life. Therefore, "euthanasia" of a healthy animal that's presumed to be susceptible to "usage" or "enslavement" by humans is in the animals best interest.

The "animal welfare" organizations are pro-adoption, pro-life. They believe that there are good humans who will provide the animal a better quality of life than the animal had experienced previously. Only if the animal cannot be rehabilitated (physically and behaviorally) will they resort to euthanasia. They typically staff their own veterinarians, animal behaviorists, local attorneys and cruelty investigators to rescue and re-home viable pets and farm animals from less-than-

Emily Drew
Emily Drew5 years ago

PETA is a cruel organization that kills animals and abuses people's money!! Oh and by the way on charitynavigator.com they received only 1 out of 4 stars!!!
DOWN with PETA!!! Support other animal charities that are actually charities and help animals please!
PETA also supports BSL!!! Whic is Breed Specific Regulation which is causing loving pit bulls to be killed all around the world!!

Amy S.
Amy S.5 years ago

Also, when people claim only "animal abusers" are against PETA, keep in mind to the animal right's activist "animal abuse" includes: Breeding animals to be kept as pets, hunting, eating meat, raising livestock, etc.

For example, the post below me mentions GoDaddy.com's CEO is an animal abuser. Now, what did he do? He was in Africa and the villagers asked him to shoot an elephant, which are not endangered animals, that was destroying their crops. So he shot the elephant and the villagers received the meat, I believe feeding somewhere around 50 people. How is this any different than if he would have had 10 cows killed and shipped them all hamburger patties? It's no different at all. If the CEO of Godaddy.com is an animal abuser, so is anyone who has ever held a barbecue.

Remember, to the PETA supporter, if you eat meat you are on their list of "animal abusers."

Amy S.
Amy S.5 years ago

PETA employees were caught red-handed several years ago killing healthy animals, after lying to veterinarians that they were going to adopt them out, and then dumping their corpses in a Piggly Wiggly dumpster after killing them in the back of their van. Healthy dogs, cats, puppies and kittens killed without even trying to find them homes. PETA defended their actions.

PETA refuses to disclose any vet documents to prove the 2000 animals they receive are on the brink of death as they claim, and have sent threatening letters to people like Nathan Winograd for exposing their pet-killing ways. However, since you cannot sue for telling the truth, they never go through with their threats.

With PETA's beliefs that breeding animals to be kept as pets is morally wrong, their employees being caught lying in order to receive healthy animals to kill, their defense of said employees, and their refusal to provide any proof that the animals they continue to kill are as bad off as they say, I have no reason at all to believe them.

Jackie D.
Jackie D5 years ago

Not everyone is duped by pathetic attacks on PETA. PETA are being targeted because they are successful at what they do..ie expose companies and industries who use and abuse animals...including Nestle Tea, the livestock industry, circuses, the horse racing industry, McDonalds, Canadian seal hunters, GoDaddy etc etc.. The Washington, D.C.-based hired gun Richard Berman is paid by these corporations to set up grass roots organisations which spreads lies and distortions via places like Care2 where lots of animal lovers hang out. Berman was behind the attack on the Humane Society at the Oscars so there's no reason to doubt his involvement in these attacks on PETA .

Ellen Gagliano
Ellen G5 years ago

For anyone standing behind what PETA does and saying that they still do more good than harm - have you gone and looked at their own numbers reported to the VA Dept. of Ag Consumer Services? This is available to the public. Once again, they have a 98% kill rate of all the animals they took in...98%!!! The only ones lucky to have made it out of there alive were either transferred to another facility, which we still don't know if they were adopted or killed, or adopted out of their facility. They DO NOT do more good than harm and are the worst kind of deceitful organization by taking the public's money with false advertising. Their ultimate agenda is to rid you of your companion animal rights and to make the pit bull breeds extinct. Ingrid Newkirk is a lunatic. Laws do not get changed or created by extremist actions or terrorism. Please support your local shelters.

Elaine W.
Elaine W6 years ago

Dont be a PETA basher..........they still do more good than harm & at the end of the day it should be the dog breeders that you should get angry with. It is them to blame & them alone.