March 10th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Do PETA's euthanasia rates make them hypocritical?


A domestic shorthair cat waits to be adopted. (PHOTO CREDIT: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here's something about PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - that might surprise you.

AOL News reports that the organization euthanizes more than 90 percent of the dogs and cats sent to its Virginia headquarters. According to state records, PETA euthanized more than 2,300 dogs and cats in 2009 - or 97 percent of all those brought in. It adopted only eight.

By contrast - in 2008, the Norfolk SPCA adopted 86 percent of its dogs and cats while euthanizing only five percent. And the Norfolk, Virginia city pound euthanized about half of its dogs and cats last year.

Critics are fuming, saying PETA's numbers can't be "ethically rationalized." They insist shelters should only euthanize those animals that are too aggressive or have health issues. They shouldn't put them down merely because they don't have room for them.

But PETA tells a different story. They say the Virginia facility is not an adoption center but rather a "shelter of last resort," taking in those animals that other shelters reject. PETA says its "euthanasia program has never been a secret" and that it is only one of the many things they do to alleviate suffering of animals.

PETA says that it is worse for animals to be caged up in over-crowded shelters. They put the blame on breeders and pet shops that create six to eight million shelter animals every year, which is why they also promote spaying and neutering of pets.

The irony is PETA has a reputation for instantly jumping all over any group or individual who they consider guilty of poor treatment of animals. And some people might think putting animals to sleep falls into that category.

Here’s my question to you: Do PETA's euthanasia rates for animals make the group hypocritical?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Clyde in Seattle writes:
PETA deserves some scorn for this and they've been hearing it for years from other animal rights groups. Euthanasia is a simple solution to a complex problem. Rates of 20% or less represent model shelters. 40% can represent an area where strays are a problem and attitudes towards spay/neuter are outdated. 97% is simply extermination.

Allison in Vancouver writes:
Where exactly would you find homes for 2,300 dogs and cats that are deemed un-adoptable by other shelters? What would their lives be like if they are kept in small cages, etc.? It’s far more humane to put them down. Those of you who are appalled by this, go visit some animal shelters and see what the conditions are like.

Chris writes:
Perhaps if PETA spent some of the money they currently throw at celebrities posing nude, on the actual health and well-being (read: placement) of the animals they're allegedly "rescuing," this would not be an issue.

Dean writes:
Absolutely not! PETA is right on about being a shelter of last resort. The only animals turned over to PETA have been refused by other lower kill shelters. PETA very effectively advocates for policies that if followed would significantly lower the number of animals who are turned into or picked up by shelters.

Reynard writes:
PETA is so critical of anyone one accused of unethical treatment of animals even before due process is granted. For them to have euthanasia rates that are so out-of-sync with other agencies makes me question their ethics. I wonder how Mike Vick feels about being socially, financially, and emotionally destroyed by people with this type of track record. They should protest outside of their own headquarters.

Eric in Houston writes:
Jack, It does make them appear hypocritical, but since they usually appear to be total lunatics, this is an improvement. Honestly, this may be the first thought-out, responsible thing they have ever done.

Michael in Phoenix writes:
Sure sounds like it. We have adopted 2 cats and one dog in three years. Terrific pets, but they act just like children.

Filed under: Euthanasia
soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri


    March 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  2. AlphaPoe1

    Euthanasia of healthy animals who aren't dangerous is just wrong PERIOD.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  3. Kim Smith, Dodge City, Kansas

    Does a Bear you-know-what in the woods?

    March 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  4. george coleman

    george from crofton , kentucky. when i was a kid as well as presently, we simply put the animal to death by shooting with a gun. Momentary pain for the animal and insured a sure kill. Like everyone else we love our animal pets but also value the dollar and the animal. Simplicity if the mother of all inventions. We're simple and responsible people in Kentucky and believe in the dignity and sanctify of our pets just like you.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  5. JENNA


    Why would that make them hypocrites? Sometimes you have to put down an animal that can't be saved so it is no longer in pain.

    I just wish that we treated people better than we treat animals, by allowing euthanasia for us.

    Roseville CA

    March 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    PETA has a rather poor track record, in terms of animal rights. They talk loud....but their actions tell a different story.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  7. John from Alabama

    JacK: It is better to put an animal down than to let them starve or suffer from pain. Having stated this fact I have 2 beauitful dogs who are my constant companions, and it would almost be impossible for me to have them euthanized. I have euthanized a dog in 2003, and the grief and emotional pain is bad. Jack, the real problem is that we need an organization like PETA at all.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  8. Michele Braun

    Absolutely ! No Animal should have to be put down unless it just can not be saved. Peta should fight the fights they can win. Forget about fishing ( Not that I like it ) But focuse on the puppy mills & Lab Animals.
    And fur. But if they are going to be for the Animal it should be 100% in saving it's life & getting it a good home. They do not belive in companion animals will that boat has sailed I have two rescues I love
    & they Love me. What should they have been killed because they where in need of a kind touch & a Loving home ?
    They have done a lot of good But they can be better & whats up with some of their dumb ads ? Michele KS

    March 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  9. Lene

    Ah....yep! Sounds like they care more about flys than domestic animals. If they really were worried about animals instead of the money they generate they would be funding spay/nueter clinics or programs so there are not as many unwanted animals in the first place and would of adopted more animals. That would of course require them to spend their precious money and all is it is a scam to get money...right?

    March 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  10. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Euthanasia is not the issue. Years ago I had to put down my dog. It was not an easy decision even though I had no choice, and yet that process still pains me. What makes them hypocrites is that some of them are not vegetarians. How does that square with ethical treatment? OK to eat animals but not use them for harmless entertainment? That’s the problem with wacko zealots.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  11. Susan Frost

    Unfortunately, euthanasia will continue to be the only merciful outcome for many poor animals because the stupid humans who run this planet won't have them spayed and neutered. The only solution is a federal law requiring that any pet owner who does not possess a valid breeder's license and fails to have the animals in his/her care sterilized by the age of six months should serve at least ten years on a chain gang AND be spayed/neutered themselves because they don't take any better care of their damn kids than they do their "fur babies".

    Tuscaloosa AL

    March 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  12. Danielle

    No, you want to talk about hypocrisy? How about the Christian fanatics who called themselves pro-life but cheer when we bomb and kill 1000's of innocent women and children in Iraq and other places to protect corporate America's profits? When are you going to bring that up?

    March 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  13. Aiyana

    They are hypocritical PETA has long been a joke , they used to stand for something worth while. But now they are all about the media if its not something they can get lots of press with they are not interested.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  14. Jim Z..Ft. Worth...Texas

    No, and Uncle Harry would have loved to end his suffering early, but we put our God in the way of humane treatment...who applied it to solely animals and left human's out. Seems like a word fit for human consumption...get it?

    March 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  15. Jim

    Absolutely! How can they claim to care about animals when they can't even operate a no kill shelter. It seems their main concern is keeping their name in the news, often with ridiculous publicity stunts. Local animal shelters struggle to raise money to provide a valuable service to people and animals. Does PETA? No, they would rather kill adoptable pets and toss them in a dumpster. It is a shame that the media accepts so much of the nonsense of PETA without doing any investigating. It is also sad, that so many people donate to this disreputable organization, thinking they are actually helping animals.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  16. frank

    PETA always was a bit screwy.

    Their euthanasia rates mean DONOT DONATE TO THEM. find a no kill shelter. You want a recommendation? International Cat Society, Happy Tails, there are others. find a local home grown group in your area. You know who they are. Work on a shoestring and really care about the animals.

    They show up at all hours of the day or night, care about animals. Donate to them.

    Not the local 'we kill when full' pounds. There are no killls. They need all the help they can get, and most are tax deductable. Win win for you and the animals.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  17. Zach - DC

    In order for them to be hypocritical they have to have some sort of credibility in the first place. However, PETA has time an again shown they are, as a collective, chemically imbalanced. It must be some sort of requirement to get in. I won't anwser the question because that implies that I give their opinion on anything some sort of weight.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  18. richp the poconos

    People Eating Tasty Animals ? I would love to see their payroll, big money there for sure.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  19. Homeless D in Atlanta

    Gee, what IS their euthanasia rate?

    And, would it make them hypocritical if they want to EUTHANIZE as opposed to doing a "Michael Vick" on some poor animals!

    March 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  20. Jill

    There is a huge difference between putting an animal to sleep because it may be suffering and slaughtering elephants for their tusks or sharks for their fins or other inhumane acts perpetrated on animals by humans.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  21. Darren - Detroit

    With pet over population and them taking care of them humainly, I don't really see what the problem is.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  22. Loredana LoVegan

    "euthanasia" means sweet death. Killing healthy animals is not sweet, is murder! This is not the soultion, it just worsen the problem

    March 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  23. Phil Gray

    Not if its directed to their Terrorist Wing! Guess this one won't make the cut eh!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  24. Jim S

    Being who we are means loving the unloveable, and leading them where the should go. I don't like many people, but it is my obligation to tell them what they need to hear, and Lead them whrere I think where God wants them to go.

    You are a good man. Let go of your abger and many more will listen to you..

    March 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  25. Tina Tx

    This is the American way. Be two faced but want everything your way.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  26. Doug - Dallas

    It proves that hypocrisy isn't just reserved for politicians. PETA's cause sure isn't helped by this, but I'm sure they'll figure out how to put a positive spin on it. Of course, the public will forget about it tomorrow, so they may not have to do anything.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  27. Miss M

    As with most statistics, the numbers are useless unless you have all the facts. If PETA is taking in animals that other shelters reject, that are ill, are aggressive or can't be saved, then it makes sense that they euthanize at a higher rate. PETA is an organization that loves animals – it's dedicated to saving as many as possible. I'd be willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  28. Rich McKinney, Texas

    PETA cares more about cutting into their advertising budget than finding homes for the six pets they kill on average, every single day. Hypocritical is way to kind a word for these money hungry people.
    PETA has a $33 million annual budget. But instead of investing in the lives of the thousands of flesh and blood creatures in its care, the group spends millions on media campaigns telling Americans that eating meat, drinking milk, fishing, hunting, wearing leather shoes, and benefiting from medical research performed on lab rats are all “unethical.”
    It is time to revoke PETA'S tax exempt status.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  29. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, sometimes there just isn't a "nice" solution to a problem. While I don't always agree with the PETA folks, I think they are doing all they can here.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  30. Joanne

    Yes they are hypocrites ! What do you expect from far left liberals – it is "do as I say and not as I do".

    March 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  31. Loren, Chicago

    Not necessarily, but it does make you wonder. I've always felt that PETA would be happier if there weren't any people on the planet. Given the high numbers that they are euthanizing, it wouldn't surprise me if they wouldn't mind doing the same thing to people.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  32. Mark

    PETA is the Mother of All Hypocrites! I honestly believe they want to see to it that animals are raised in an environment that "they" approve of and if PETA can't control that, then they are not interested in the animals getting to live....period!

    Oklahoma City

    March 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  33. People Eating Tasty Animals


    If God din't want us to eat meat, then why did He make it taste so good? By the way, I thought PETA was an acronym for People Eating Tasty Animals.

    Billings, MT

    March 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  34. Beth Calaveras County CA

    PETA is hypocritical 100% since if they REALLY cared about the animals they would devote money to adoption as well as spay/nueter before adopting a cat, or dog out. This is what out local shelter does. Vets volunteer their time to spay/nueter . How are we helping animals if most are killed?

    March 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  35. Bev

    No, we have an over population of animals. A lot of the pet shops etc. are selling animals that have diseases. I see now that some orginizations are asking for donations to take care of animals. If people really wanted them, they would provide for them. I say euthanize any of them that aren't adopted within a week or so.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  36. Sue from Redwood City

    No it does not. It's better to euthanise than cause these animals to suffer by being caged up in overcrowded conditions. This is the fault of people that are irresponsible pet owners and the breeding mills, not PETA.

    People should be required to get a license to be able to own animals, especially dogs, which can become an increbible nuisance and even dangerous if not handled properly. The license should require taking classes in animal care and training prior to adoption or purchase of an animal.

    There is way too much neglect and abuse that goes on when the excitement of a new pet wears off after the first few days, especially with puppies. Puppies are a lot more work and responsibility than most people are truly prepared to handle.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  37. Emden (Deep in the Heart of Hurst Texas)

    "shelter of last resort" is that like "Final Destinnatin 2"

    People for the
    Torture of
    Can my wife go back to wearing her mink coat?

    March 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  38. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Sounds to me like PETA has learned how to spin a story from listening to members of Congress. I wonder if they gome home for a big rib eye at the end of a long day being a PETA person? Betcha some do. In fact I know a PETA person here in Phoenix that has been known to enjoy a steak.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  39. Angie

    I have a question:

    Has PETA tried to spay and neuter the animals they received and adopt them out before euthanasia?

    It just seems no one at the Virginia Headquarters even tried.

    So with that in mind I have to say, Yes in this case PETA is hypocritical!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  40. honestjohn in Vermont

    I am no big fan of PETA but what in the world are they ever going to do with all the cats and dogs people send them? Maybe ship them to China for...chop suey.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  41. sharon

    Jack......."putting animals to sleep?"..........this is VERY incorrect.......
    they are not putting an animal in bed............tell it like it is.........killed.
    killed.........burried......burned up...............
    There is no nice way to say this.
    The truth the animals are put to death.
    Yes........they do not suffer any more..................
    If people were responsible.............they would spay and neuter their pets.....then no one ,anywhere would have this duty.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  42. Melissa

    No, it shows they have the tiniest modicum of brains.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  43. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, it's reassuring that hypocrisy isn't limited to our politicians.

    David, Las Vegas

    March 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  44. James of South Texas

    No question about it. All that money they rake in complaining about the treatment of animals, and they can't find homes for pets. Less time cavorting in the spot light, and more effort getting their hands dirty caring for animals is what they should be doing. Talk to the volunteers at a local shelter.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  45. Michael Alexandria, VA

    No. This is a non-issue, Jack, for the reasons you cite yourself. Slow newsday?

    March 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  46. Michael McDowell from Ft. Worth, Texas

    I don't know if it makes them hypocritical or serves to highlight the fact that people don't use common sense when buying animals for pets. I live in a nice gated area of Ft. Worth, and see people's pets running around the neighborhood all day long. I have grown weary of taking in animals that my idiot neighbors don't have the intelligence to even do the minimum in caring for them. Like anything, we have become so callous that honoring life at any level doesn't affect us anymore.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  47. Linda in Arizona

    I am not one of the "some" who think euthanasia is cruel. I don't know enough about the truth of this situation in Norfolk to answer your question. I think the question itself is a thinly veiled attempt to hype your ratings by getting the knee-jerk jerks who hate PETA to write in. Whose idea was it? I don't like it.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  48. K

    you betcha!!!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  49. The Broker.

    "My only question. Why the padlock?"

    March 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  50. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Not at all, Jack. PETA is being humane in euthanizing unwanted, sick animals. The country is overpopulated with dogs and cats. No one neuters their pets. And so the pets must reap the failures of the population to care for them.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  51. Greg H - Minneapolis

    PETA has long been hypocritical in their "love" of animals. While they are trying to justify their high euthanasia rates, when you take a closer look you can see that they are "selective" at best in what they think of animals. Look what happens to the animals "liberated" from a laboratory and released into the wild. They end up being tasty meals for other animals, who are far more cruel in the treatment of animals than any human. Is PETA hypocritical? OH YEAH!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  52. ed in ri

    If Peta equates putting an animal to sleep with doing the proper thing - Yes.
    We adopted a "coon- hound " from Virginia eight years ago. My son named him Strider. He's been the brightest member of the family ever since, and has welded this family together. If Petas' idea of saving animals is to put them down, I'm sorry for all the familys that will never realize what was lost.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  53. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    I guess it all depends on how you define Ethics. Euthanasia in some cases is warranted, just like in some cases water boarding prisoners is warranted. It all depends on how much is contributed to the common good of animals or man.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  54. Scott Stodden

    Absolutly that makes them hypocritical! To say we should free the killer whale at Sea World and then PETA is killing hundreds or thousands of cats and dogs a year is beyond hypocritical and inhumane!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  55. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    It kind of makes them what's the right word, lame. They talk the talk but sure don't walk it. Whatever happened to "Lead by Example". Next time I hear about one of their protests, I'll be sure to pay little if any attention to it. People Euthanizing Their Animals.........

    March 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  56. Steve Batts Edna Kansas

    NOTHING!, about these nut cases surprizes me. From their protest of farmers and Hamburger, to people wearing fur. I am for a little gas chamber for these folks.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  57. Maria

    PETA has been considered highly hypocrtical in selected cases over the years. So I think this is nothing new. If you had any idea how many thousands of dogs and cats are gassed in the southern states of this country, or injected in the more northern states every day you would become a dedicated crusader for spay/neuter and no-kill shelters. These are animals killed simply because the shelters are full or there are no rescue groups with any more people who can or will foster or adopt.

    And these are not vicious animals, they are strays, owner abandoned, animals found in repo houses and apts, tortured animals. Yet, the other day I went to our local animal control shelter and they are almost totally empty. That's good, but it's also a sign that shelters should be talking to each other and shifting populations so mass killings don't take place every day. Just up the road in Baltimore they were begging for space and here was that space at their back door.



    March 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  58. Jane (Minnesota)

    Absolutely they are! PETA isn't trying very hard to place them with a percentage like that. I work with an animal rescue & the only animals that are put down are untamable animals that are either too ill or have an incurable disease.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  59. joe m

    maybe PETA should use all those dollars they use on those ads that they claim are only there to 'provoke', but instead offend most, into programs that could actually help these animals they are taking in. to say that the reason is b/c they are a shelter of last resort is weak at best. in essence PETA is taking these animals out of the shelters, prolonging their lives, but in the end killing them anyway. what's more inhumane, giving false hope or doing what needs to be done? I'd like to see the ads aimed at PETA for this revalation;maybe it could go like this, a cow is being released from his pen into a pasture, but at the other end is the slaughter house.

    Hillsborough, NC

    March 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  60. Judy

    No Jack, having adopted many dogs and cats from the city pound, let me tell you euthanasia is probably a better deal for some of the poor creatures I have seen there. Every time I go there, I leave wishing I could take them all home with me. The misery and fear the dogs display is heart breaking. The mere thought of having to make the decision to euthanize one of my best friends brings tears to my eyes right now. I would NEVER make the decision unless the animal was suffering, and I doubt PETA does either.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  61. Layne Alleman

    Jack, I'd raise my eyebrow to any organization that has Bill Maher as a board member. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  62. Eric - Houston

    Jack, it does make them appear hypocritical, but since they usually appear to be total lunatics, this is an improvement. Honestly this may be the first thought out responsible thing they have ever done.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  63. Clyde in Seattle

    PETA deserves some scorn for this and they've been hearing it for years from other animal rights groups.

    Euthanasia is a simple solution to a complex problem, rates of 20% or less represent model shelters. 40% can represent an area where strays are a problem and attitudes towards spay/neuter outdated.

    97% is simply extermination.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  64. BEVERLY-Mystic,Iowa

    WITHOUT a doubt! A neighbor has a young niece, whose cat had kittens. The little girl was only able to keep 1, and she loved them all. Homes were found for all but 1, so her mother took the kitten, & the little girl to a PETA shelter. The man behind the counter assured the little girl that they wouldn't let just anybody adopt the kitten; it would have only the best, most loving home. The little girl was very sad, & wanted to go back to say goodbye to it. She & her mother were still in the parking lot, when they saw a man take their kitten from the shelter, into a van. They went to see what was going on, & saw the van disappear behind the shelter. When they got to the van, the man was throwing their dead kitten into the dumpster! DOES THAT SEEM ETHICAL TO YOU?

    March 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  65. Michael and Diane, Phoenix AZ

    Sure sounds like it. We have adopted 2 cats and one dog in three years. Terrific pets, but they act just like children.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  66. Ryan- Galesburg, IL

    Jack, humanely putting down animals who have no chance for adoption is not hypocritical, however the media turning a blind eye to the dangers and inhumanity of factory farming, is.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  67. Allison - Vancouver B.C

    Where exactly would you find homes for 2300 dogs and cats who are deemed unadoptable by other shelters? What would their lives be like if they are kept in small cages, etc. Far more humane to put them down. Those of you who are appalled by this; go visit some animal shelters and see what the conditions are like, or better yet, go adopt an "unadoptable" animal. I took in two, not from Peta, but from an equally horrible situation.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  68. Allison - Vancouver B.C

    Another comment; I would bet that most of the people who are "up in arms" about this think nothing of eating "factory " animals who live in horrid conditions and then are slaughtered, often inhumanely.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  69. jim Blevins

    America seems to have lot of people with a phobia about death - as long as it is done humanely death is not bad. Remember the Klingon saying - today is a good day to die. The real problem is people creating more animals that there are potential pet owners.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    March 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  70. Kyle Irvine, CA

    I have 2 dogs from the Orange County (CA) Humane Society and saw first hand how the animals are cared for. I was told by the Director of the Humane Society that the dog I was looking at is just days away from being put down because he was living in the clinic for the past month. "PAST MONTH"

    Oh yeah I forgot to mention, the dog was only 9 months old at the time! So yes, PETA is hyppcritical when it comes to this issue.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  71. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    I like to go to local Humane Society and tell all the kittys that I love them.
    Then I walk out the door without adopting a single one.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  72. Charlie

    It's a complete atrosity that they have so much power when it comes to animal rights, and yet they can euthanize (kill) such a high percent. This is ethical treatment? How about a new activist group? PAHP (People Against Hypocritical People).

    March 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  73. Mark Eades

    Don't kill animals unless you're PETA? What it really shows is that PETA's hypocritical members really are disingenuous.
    How do we know it's a place of last resort when many PETA members don't practice what they preach.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  74. Darin

    Jack, are you really that concerned with cats and dogs? I don't think you're losing any sleep, so get a life.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  75. Banned in Hartwell GA

    If someone out there hasn't seen abused or thrown-out animals they need to get out and see what PETA is talking about. When they say that euthanasia often is the most humane treatment for these animals they aren't talking about the cute puppies and kittens you normally see in pictures.
    Hartwell GA

    March 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  76. Heidi

    Just noticed your email stories on CNN – it shocks me that some drivers have no fear of their car spinning out of control………..and not being able to stop it.
    If anything, the foolish Americans who like to think?? That non American car companies are any better is just plain stupid!
    It’s as bad as acting as your own lawyer, the client who does this is a fool!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  77. Jafsie


    March 10, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  78. Arline

    As a (prior as of now) PETA supporter, I am shocked

    March 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  79. Jay DeKing

    Of course these numbers make PETA hypocritical, but this is only the latest and most egregious instance. They are obnoxious and hypocritical on many levels.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  80. Krista White of Indiana

    No. Animals don't want to live in cages and/or in pain. If no one can take care of them, they are better put to sleep peacefully than forced to "live" a life that isn't really living (ie. in cages and alone).

    March 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  81. John

    Killing animals for overcrowding? Can we put them in charge of the prison systems?

    March 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  82. Matthew (Lake Charles, LA)

    YES, Jack...that's it...YES.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  83. Patrick in Madison

    to call PETA hypocritical for putting down unwanted animals is an unfair charge, a charge which comes from an unenlightened mind

    March 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  84. Elizabeth

    I think it is AWFUL that PETA puts all of those animals to death. Yes they are hypocritical and shame on them for spreading so much hate while being hypocritical.
    Why don't they take all of the money they get from all of their celebrity clients and build a facility for those animals to live.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  85. KathyZ

    Absolutely.... I don't believe we relieve overcrowding in our prisons by knocking off the prisoners! shame on them!!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  86. Tom Arndt, Memphis TN

    Sure it does. It makes them approximately as hypocritical as people who simultaneously believe in the Ten Commandments (specifically, Thou Shalt Not Kill) and in the death penalty.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  87. Steve, Clifton, VA

    No they are not being hypocritical, they are merely behaving like the political animal they strive to be......You know, just like our Congressmen and Senators of both parties.......

    March 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  88. Ron Bell

    I highly doubt all of the animals euthanized by PETA had medical issues and were not suitable for adoption. This leads me to the question, "Where is the humaneness in PETA's actions?"

    March 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  89. ed from Ohio

    humans are responsible...just like we're responsible for over-breeding news reporters like you; the kind of reporter kennedy is fire-up over...reporting stuff we couldn't give a hoot about and leaving important issues of little interest to the ignorant masses alone daily

    March 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  90. Darren

    Ironically enough, this is one of the few things they do that isn't hypocritical.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  91. Kevin, Carthage

    Of course it is hypocritical. PETA is always quick to criticize others regarding treatment of animals. Pot meet kettle...

    March 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  92. Anita Mehryari

    If they truly cared about animals, they could give the millions of dollars to no-kill shelters that are crying for funds. Instead it goes to pay outragious salaries for upper management. Someone should euthanize their CEO. The animals would thank them.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  93. Rob Anderson

    Absolutely not! Have you seen the suffering animals that are put down? I have! They are injured beyond any surgical procedure could repair. I wish you would report the story correctly and actually go to see the animals you're speaking of, then you would understand. PETA is a top notch group who wants to do what? Reduce animal suffering, pretty noble cause I think.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  94. Chris

    Perhaps if PETA spent some of the money they currently throw at celebrities posing nude, on the actual health and well-being (read: placement) of the animals they're allegedly "rescuing," this would not be an issue.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  95. Larry Brown

    Peta is a big hypocritical dangerous mess. They once even gave money to a man that advocated bombing people who had shelters or kept animals in cages. so i think them being hypocritical about this is the least of our worries. i was a member until they started displaying not only hypocritical but extreme views.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  96. Ray Walnut Creek, CA

    Every Damn thing PETA does is hypocritical. Their ethics are highly suspect. They can find "justification" for every action that the take.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  97. Gray

    PETA stated it's case quit clearly in 2008. They are devoted to the extinction of domesticated canines and felines. They fail to acknowledge that dogs and cats chose us as companions thousands of years ago. PETA should be euthanized.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  98. Mark Tully

    Euthanasia is synonymous with Mercy. That's why people bring their pets to be "put down" – out of mercy for the animals, from the people who love them most. We as a society should be so merciful with each other. PETA's program is inseperably consistent with their mission.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  99. David - New Hampshire

    PETA has never been about helping animals, just helping themselves raise money. Their stated goal is to eliminate all human use of animals, including all pets. Same with U.S. Humane Society. To help animals, the American Humane Society is the only stop. Wake up media! You are beinng used!!! What else in new?

    March 10, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  100. Ken in NC

    I don't know Jack. They don't seem to be doing anything to animals that health care companies aren't doing to sick and or older customers.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  101. Terry Washington State

    Jack, I'll support many animal rights groups. PETA is a major exclusion. Years ago I saw a poster on the subway in DC ... it had a young boy with aids and a rodent of some sort, (this is not verbatim) Would you make this choice? Meaning the young boy vs. the animal testing for a cure.

    There is NO question in my mind that a human life is important enough to use laboratory animals for medical research. Yet, I have every respect for nature and abhor mistreatment of our dumb friends.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  102. Ron in IL

    I guess I can understand their anger with Mike Vick, he was killing them to slowly!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  103. June

    To me euthanasia is the same as taking a human life. All animals have feelings and hearts that beat as a human. For peta to ask for money for the care of animals and then kill them they are no different than Michael Vic fighting dogs. They will never get my money again.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  104. Chris

    I think PETA is right. Another problem is this wide spread mentality of us humans owning animals and reducing them to mere christmas gifts after which a lot of pets are being abandoned. Acting humane towards animals also includes not objectifying them and treating them like a commodity. But we have a long way to go in all these aspects.
    Frankfurt, Germany

    March 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  105. Dean

    Absolutely not! PETA is right on about being a shelter of last resort. The only animals turned over to PETA have been refused by other lower kill shelters. PETA very effectively advocates for policies that if followed would significantly lower the number of animals who are turned into or picked up by shelters. Come on Jack, see the light. I am a rescuer!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  106. Lee Juslin

    I support several terrier rescue groups, and I have a certified therapy dog with whom I visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities in our home town every week.
    If PETA had its way, my dog and many others would be eliminated along with the wonderful bond shared by people and our companion animals. PETA epitomizes hypocrisy.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  107. Steph

    This is not news, Jack. Anyone who has worked with a shelter or rescue organization will tell you that there is no way to place all strays and abandoned pets. Unless some wealthy donor wants to create a no-kill shelter in Norfolk, some animals will have to be euthanized. I applaud any organization, include PETA, that is at least trying to do something for these animals, even if that means ending their suffering.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  108. mary cramer

    Better to criticize the President over batting at a fly, than admit putting down healthy cats and dogs because that will make them (the cats and dogs) happier than being in a cage? I believe PETA is not only hypocritical but have their priorities misplaced.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  109. Nita Hemeter


    I usually agree with you but regarding PETA, they are right. The folks responsible for the euthanasia of pets are the breeders, pet shops and anyone who breeds dogs and cats when so many are available in shelters across the country. It is inhumane to keep animals in cages for their entire lives and sometimes euthanasia is the only humane option. If people are worried about euthanasia, they should neuter their pets. Even pure-bred animals end up in shelters, go look. The last statistic I read was 85% of pet owners don't keep their pets for the animal's life. A sorry fact. I support PETA, they educate the public about pet-overpopulation.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  110. Mike in TX

    Probably no more than the Republicans that euthanise every bill that comes through the congress while at the same time claiming to be looking out for the fair treatment of all our citizens.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  111. Brian Manning

    AOL news only talks about one specific headquarters out of many for PETA. What would be more interesting to know is what their euthanasia rate in the US as a whole?

    This sounds like cherry picking a news story from a myoptic sense. We should be asking what the overall rates of all associated organizations that deal with animals. They did state is was a place for end-of-life care.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  112. Stacy Cates

    Yes, it does make them hypocritical. Especially because of all the strict and many times searing messages about the mistreatment of animals they send out, they should do everything they can to be a no-kill shelter. They are a large, well-known organization, and I think this could be a possibility for them. The only reason an animal in their shelter should be euthanized is if they have a terminal illness and are suffering.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  113. L.M.

    I have friends involved in local animal rescue shelters, they first told me about PETA's high euthanasia rates. They do not support PETA. There are so many more organizations that are more deserving of our dollars. And, yes, I think PETA is hypocritical.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  114. Ken Pineo

    Don't even get me started on PETA, Jack – most certainly their euthanasia rates make them hypocritical, but they are hypocritical on so many levels. I love animals more than I love most people (you, Wolf and my family excepted, of course) but I would never align myself with PETA.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  115. Clint

    There doing something that seems bad for a good reason. This is the first thing that I have seen them do that wasn't over protective.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  116. Nicole from the Netherlands

    Hi Jack, I always believe you, but I can´t believe these `euthanasia` numbers of Peta. Euthanasia for animals (and humans) who ere endlessly suffering (sick and in pain) with no chance of recovery or getting better is a good thing. Ending lives who can be lived by an organisation as peta. Yes thats hypocritical.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  117. Reynard

    PETA is so critical of anyone one that is accused of unethical treatment of animals even before due process is granted. For them to have euthanasia rates that are so out of sync with other agencies makes me question their ethics. I wonder how Mike Vick feels about being socially, finacially, and emotionally destroyed by people withthis type of track record. They should protest outside of their own headquarters.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  118. Rick Clark

    No , I only wish we could euthanize the brainless people
    who dont have the sense to spay there animals!!

    Exeland wi

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  119. Guy from Hawaii

    I have and never would hurt an animal. I loath those who are cruel to them. However, anybody who is highly engaged in the cause of "Animal Rights" better not be having meat, chicken fish or any of their bi-products for dinner tonight. When we're still years behind on "human rights" world wide I find it hard to spend a lot of mental energy on the rights of "Animals." I feed my dog, pet her, exercise her and take her to the doctor for check-ups...millions of people don't have the same luxury!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  120. Billy in Austin

    Of course they are hypocrits , they were caught euthanizing and dumping dogs and cats in a dumpster not to long ago . Isn't this the same group that had a cow about Obama swatting a fly on tv ? This organization is a joke !

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  121. Kevin

    Yes. But what makes PETA truly hypocritical is that they waste their time trying to correct injustices against animals when Children in Africa are being mutilated, killed, or forced to join with Joseph Kony's Lords Resistance Army. The LRA murdered over six hundred and abducted more than one hundred and sixty children to fight amongst its ranks in 2008-09. Lets fix the humanitarian problems of the world, then we can worry about people wearing fur.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  122. Brenda Shreve

    If more people knew PeTA's REAL objective they wouldn't give them money. I save more dogs every year than they do through collie rescue. You can bet your boots they're hypocrites!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  123. Pet lover

    PETA could care less about pets or any animal. They want them all exterminated. I guess they forget that they are a type of animal too. I wonder what it would be like if the shoe was on the other foot like in Planet of the Apes. I doubt they would want to be spayed & neutered which is another form of genicide, & eliminated for no reason other than the fact that they just exist.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  124. Michael Roepke - Dallas, TX


    Is it true? I heard that over 20,000 people die of hunger each and every day. The fact that PETA spends so much time, money and resources on pets while ignoring foul and livestock treatment shows that their priorities are fund raising and cute animals bring more donations.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  125. Michel Gratton

    PETA needs to do better on this issue...if the SPCA has good success in finding new homes for abandonned pets, no reason why PETA can't find more ethical ways to deal with the pets they have...

    but it comes down to the people who abandon these pets...what are people thinking? I think PETA should focus on the root of the problem, people abandonning pets...they are the ones that are responsible for unethical 'disposal' of their pets...

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  126. Carol Onstad

    Of course, Peta is hypocritical on this and many levels. Their practice of letting loose crated dogs at dog shows, when as runaways they will suffer a sure death in the wild, is another example. Their protest at Westminster is so laughable because dogs at dog shows are the most well fed, well exercised, and well loved in the country. Just another example of attempting to foist extreme beliefs on the rest of us.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  127. lonie

    Jack, a few question need to be answered related to PETA's behavior. Is that their only site? How long do they keep the animals before euthanasia? If the animals have already spent time in kennels, the move to PETA's is just another injustice to them. PETA's rate of euthanasia is highly suspicious. Hypocritical maybe. Unfair to the animals–YES.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  128. Reinhard

    PETA has always been hypocritical in my opinion, the organization is based on a notion that stems from emotion rather than rationality. They view euthanasia as "humane", but the real question is: Who are they to make such decisions and call them 'based on the animal's best interests' when it really means it is based on their best interests?

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  129. Cynthia

    Yes, PETA is a bunch of hypocrites. Why anyone would listen to and support a group of people who euthanize animals in record numbers is simply amazing. PETA's message is about sensationalism and not about what is humane and ethical for animals. PETA likes the attention it gets for their political statements against others including the animals it claims to protect. For example, PETA feels pit bulls should be banned. What group for animals would be against them? PETA is nothing but a joke, unethical and INHUMANE to animals and anyone who supports them is an idiot.

    St. Louis, MO

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  130. Case Nieboer

    I think that if PETA is created to protect animals from people, then isn't this hypocritical? If you want to protect animals, you don't kill them except in cases where it is necessary. Maybe we should have a group to protect animals from PETA.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  131. Lou Dobbs2010

    I like you Jack, but that is a really dumb question!!!!! OF COURSE it is very hypocritical. How many Michael Vick's would it take to kill that many animals? And yet they bash Michael Vick at every chance they get. SHAME on you P.E.T.A

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  132. Michael from Jacksonville FL

    I'm surprised that the rate for euthanasia wasn't greater than 90%. We did have to give them an occasional day off to rest.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  133. DotS

    Peta has long been recognized as PET NAZI'S of the rescue community.
    They not only kill the pets but will dump their carcasses in the dumpster behind your local restaurant.

    They have great photo opts and rake in millions from the poor saps who THINK they are helping abused and unwanted animals.

    Uthanasia is not cruel, BUT, it should not be the 1st thing you do.
    Many people have turned over animals to them THINKING they were going to get a good home only to find out the cute kittens and puppies had been destroyed.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  134. Chris

    PETA's euthanasia numbers alone don't tell the whole story. They admit their Virginia shelter is not an adoption facility, like others, so why compare it to those facilities? If they were using cruel methods to end those animals' lives there might be something to complain about, but that hasn't been asserted. Giving animals a humane ending is highly ethical. I wish the medical system for humans was as humane.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  135. Linda Clarke

    Peta is not hypocritical. It is kinder to humanely euthanize animals than to keep them in little cages for their life. Peta does so much good this is being grossly misinterpreted.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  136. stephanie

    peta members may act like a bunch of crazy people, but this time, i agree with them. it's the fault of the general public that pets have become the latest disposable item. if the irresponsible and selfish public would spay and neuter, peta would not have to euthanize. the public has left them no choice!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  137. Ted

    They sound like those anti abortion folks who scream that life is precious, yet firmly support the death penalty. Either life is precious or not, folks.

    Virginia Beach, VA.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  138. Kevin Brantner


    As a hunter I hear about PETA all the time and how much they hate what we do to animals. At least we put the animals we euthanize to use by eating them.

    Hypocritical? Were those that slayed Jesus religious? Or Hypocritical?

    March 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  139. Erin

    No. To find the problem look to the puppy mills. Where are the laws limiting breeding in the united states?

    March 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  140. Aaron from Maryland

    these euthanasia rates are absolutely ridiculous. PETA looks like they are running slaughter houses much like the ones they decry in their frequent handouts.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  141. Ray Neander

    PETA is also against TNR (trap/neuter/return) of feral cats, which has proven to be the only humane and successful solution to the feral/stray cat problem. PETA does not like pets because they eat meat, especially carnivores like cats. A major agenda of PETA is for all humans and animals to be vegans, which carnivores like cats cannot be. PETA feels that every person is a potential animal abuser and that any animal adopted to a home is a potential future abused and abandoned animal. This was a premise that animal welfare organizations were founded on decades ago, prior to low cost spay/neuter and education of the public about kindness to animals. PETA is an animal rights group (ie-the right to be euthanized) as opposed to animal welfare groups, which try to find adoptive homes for adoptable animals.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  142. Vick , Orange Park, Fl


    That does not surprise me the group is made up of fringe radicals who think they know everything!!! They should be outlawed!! They have been known to open cages at dog shows and have been accused of putting anti freeze in water bowels. I would not trust them with my pets!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  143. Judith Millburn

    Jack, PETA has made no secret of the fact that they do not believe animals should be "owned" by humans. They would take all pets away and do away with them if possible. What is appalling is that people who listen to the PETA propaganda continue to believe that PETA is a do-gooder group, and continues to send them money. Neither PETA nor HSUSA are animal rescue groups. Ask the people who really love and work for animals in need.
    Valley Center, CA

    March 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  144. Dwight

    Can I give a big Texas HECK yes. These people just don't have a clue. They jump on hunters for going out and bringing home meat for the table. fishermen for hurting the poor fishes mouth. They need to get a life and move on. They did a study of child molesters in prison asking how many of them were hunters. eighty something percent said they were. They then starting saying that eighty percent of hunters were child molesters. That was really an intelligent study. Just shows how smart they really are and how rediculous their claims are.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  145. John Doring

    PETA wants the best for animals, how anyone can find fault in that is beyond me. Check out MEAT.ORG to see what they do to help animals, all animals..

    March 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  146. Catherine Ives

    Peta saying that they are a shelter of last resort is no excuse for euthanizing all those animals. Many shelters take in what they call "special needs " dogs and cats and find new good homes for them. Many people take in such special needs pets and feel very good about caring for them. With good medical care such pets can have a high quality of life for years. Basically PETA does not believe in what are called "no kill" shelters at all. The head of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, is a former pound animal control officer. She has a very old fashioned view of animal welfare. She thinks that pets should be euthanized and not brought to shelters. She doesn't give shelter pets any chance for a new good life. So if PETA offers to take your pet run a mile. Find any other "no kill" shelter, like the Norfolk SPCA, in your area.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  147. David K, New Hampshire

    Anyone involved in REAL animal caretaking knows that PETA dees not promote the humane treatment of animals. This organization has NO-PETs as its core objective, even if that means having a store front shelter "death camp". Their fur bashing and legal lobbying efforts attempt to veil a hideous agenda. PETA IS HYPOCRTICAL .... CAPITAL "H".

    March 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  148. claritynow

    Absolutely not, Jack.

    I've known some PETA folks, and they're rhetoric gets old in a hurry. Like a lot of animal activists, they're hearts are in the right place; they just don't know what they're talking about or how to communicate with the public.

    As euthanasia, however, I think you'd have to not know anything about animal control or animal rights to think that you're calling them out on something here.

    What did you think that were doing we them, suckling them in some hippy commune and praying to the sun and moon to heal them.

    Actually, I can totally see some of those guys doing that...

    March 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  149. Rebecca

    I would definatley say by my definition of hypocrite, that yes they are hypocrites. Maybe we should ask them to give us their definition of ETHICAL.
    Las Vegas

    March 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  150. Angel of Los Angeles

    I agree with Melissa. Killing animals at any reason is not right. (except for those wd rabies or whatever) PETA is supposed to be taking care of those animals, NOT KILL THEM???? I find it ridiculous. They should change their name into (PUTA) People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals!!! So if they can't find homes for those poor little animals,they rather kill them??

    March 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  151. MLF

    They are worse than hypocritical. They are merely a moneymaking machine whose ability to persecute in the name of compassion is almost unlimited. They have hoodwinked many genuine animal lovers into supporting them. Their real goal is to make the lives of those who love living with companion animals miserable. Their method is the unprincipled slander of anyone who opposes them, or doesn't pay "protection" money to them. They may have had good motives once, but have become gangsters who use the term "Humaneness" cynically, to pay their people fat salaries, buy billboards and stage outrageous events. They do essentially nothing to alleviate the suffering of animals--or the people who love them. They increase it. They are thugs in sheep's clothing.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  152. Linda in IL

    Sure has taken folks a long time to figure this one out. It's about time it came to light.....thanks, Jack. Hopefully, people won't be pouring any more money into this organization. Maybe they can take the "Ethical" part of their name OUT, since they aren't.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  153. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    I was quite shocked, especially since there are shelters all around the country that take unwanted dogs from other shelters that are going to be euthanized.. My contributions to them ends now. My brother has spent many a Saturday picketing against the use of fur and for circuses to stop mistreating their elephants. I hope that this will change his mind. I must say that I will still contribute to the ASPCA . They do a thankless job protecting our helpless animals.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  154. Devin Jones of Jackson, MS

    Listening to your comments regarding PETA, we are shocked!!! PETA was the same group who led the opposition against Michael Vick! He was not killing 90% of the dogs. They ruined this man's life and now this! Unequivocally, YES! They are very hypocritical! The killing of an animal is very cruel! Enough with the hypocrisy! Let the animals live! Seems like they are simply raising money to build fiefdoms to and for themselves!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  155. Pete Deal

    We adopted a beautiful feral kitten that was trapped near an apartment complex by a "no kill" shelter and when the rescuers when back to trap the rest of the colony, they found out that PETA had trapped and KILLED to rest of the colony. Cover is a very sweet, special, and lucky girl in that PETA did not get her. If they will not adopt out the animals that they take, I wish the State of Virginia would prosecute PETA.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  156. Cedric Tucher

    Jack, these animals were in pain and needed to be put down. PETA was right to do this, as they are right about the Fur issue.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  157. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Yes and they need to learn some managerial skills and campaign to reduce their euthanasia rate (there will always be some from the sick and agressive pets as you mention yourself) to at least to what others animal agencies are managing to a more somwhat acceptable level of the reality of the situation!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  158. Catherine

    Anyone who says no should go out and rescue a dog, its a sad fact our pounds are overcrowded

    March 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  159. James Flom

    Absolutely not, being from Montana we have a lot of PETA followers here. Thats People Eating Tasty Animals. It makes it much easier to handle them. After all have you ever tried to bbq a live chicken?

    March 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  160. Marsha from VA

    Yes sir,they are hypocrites. They feel that a dog is better of dead than owne, let alone in a shelter temporarily . Many many rural a/o overcrowded shelters go to great lengths to send their charges to rescue groups that DO have the resources to care for these animals, are "no-kill" and DO have good homes available.PETA is NOT wanting for funds. The have no excuse for a euthanasia rate that is unparalleled.
    I have participated with such transports,work with pilots who volunteer their time and expenses to transport such dogs and have spent the last 20 years with a group of breeders who have helped to rescue some of the sickest ,oldest dogs you can imagine.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  161. Jess Morse

    The outrage at this concept is one more example of this country massive death denial. Why is it so hard to grasp the putting an animal (or person, for that matter)out of suffering IS ethical treatment. I am not a big fan of PETA, I think they' went a bit off the deep end with the fly insident, but I completely support euthanizing animals that have no quality of life (quality being a stable, healthy and safe home and support system).

    March 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  162. Catherine

    Anyone who says no should go out and recue a dog its a sad fact our pounds are overcrowded

    March 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  163. Cedric Tucher

    Does this mean that we'll need a group to protect animals from PETA?

    March 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  164. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    Yes and they need to learn some managerial skills and campaign to reduce their euthanasia rate (there will always be some from the sick and agressive pets as you mention yourself) to at least to what others animal agencies are managing to a more somwhat acceptable level of the reality of the situation!

    Unfortunately, we no longer know what it is to live in concert with nature. If you take something from nature you also need to give back to nature...it is what the word sustainable ought to mean to us!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  165. Randy from San Diego, California

    I don't believe it is hypocritical, but it does expose some of PETA's core beliefs that nobody should have animals as pets or companions. This is why they have a 97% Euthanasia rate in their Virginia Facilty. The facts are that they have no real intention of rehoming any of the animals they confiscate. This underlines the need to thoroughly research your charity of choice. Many times they are not what they appear to be.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  166. Judy Shaffer

    Absolutely hypocritical. Why don't you investigative journalists really look into how much money PETA, the SPCA & HSUS rake in from the public vs. how much money is actually spent by these organizations to alleviate animal suffering. These high-profile businesses spend more on fundraising, salaries, benefits & retirement plans for their executives and employees than they do on animals.

    Our local no-kill shelter is financed by our community, and to my knowledge has never received a dime of support from any of these high-profile national fundraising businesses.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  167. Julie St. Louis, MO

    PETA is a group of extremists who have a twisted sense of what it means to "help" animals. Time and time again they call for animals to be put down who don't need to be. Case in point the Michael Vick dogs. Almost all of whom were able to be rehabilitated and placed in homes. So unless their goal is to help rid the world of animals I would say I find them very hypocritical!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  168. Richard Fairview, Texas

    Jack here is something to think about. PETA is a tax exempt entity that answers to no one. They are not required by law to save even one animal. They receive over 33 million dollars a year in donations yet they kill over 90 percent of the animals sent to its Virginia headquarters. Sorry Jack. That sounds like a losing proposition for the animals as well as those donating to their cause. It is time to revoke their tax exempt status and do away with their money hungry organization.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  169. Diana

    Yes! Have you ever heard the term the pot calling the kettle black..or maybe they never heard what's good for the goose is good for the gander. I do believe breeders and pet owners are apart of the blame with the situation we are in......but at the same time PETA behaves as if it's firm is spotless, when they are no different.....death is death.no matter how you put it.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  170. Catherine

    Jack, I challenge you to volunteer for one week with PETA and then do a follow-up on this story.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  171. Karen - Nashville TN

    I guess they're too busy throwing paint at old ladies in fur jackets and releasing laboratory rats (which can't fend for themselves) to waste a lot of time finding homes for desperate house pets.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  172. Haley

    The hypocrits are the people who breed dogs and cats.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  173. Jane R

    People for the Euthanasia Treatment of Animals is a terrorist organization. They lied in North Carolina about finding homes for cats and kittens and then promptly killed them. They care Nothing about animals and would rather see them exterminated.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  174. Jeremy G

    IF you want to talk about hypocritical, look at peta's website and what they call "Win it Wednesday" they are giving away a set of "vegan Chocolate Bars" from a company called Vosges Chocolates, after checking out Vosges's site they also sell Chocolate wrapped Bacon. Did Peta not do enough research, I can't imagine a organization such as PETA wanting to give away Vegan products from a company that slaughters pigs!!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  175. Andrew

    PETA claims that all animals should be allowed to roam free and that people have no right to keep them as pets. If that's the case then why is it ok for them to kill an animal by lethal injection. PETA must think it is more merciful to euthanize an animal in order to protect them from the "captivity" of a caring pet owner who can provide them with food and shelter.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  176. Charlotte

    OK, I didn't see anything in this article that said the animals were healthy. If PETA's is a shelter 'of last resort' it may be that they get a lot of the unhealthy ones (either physically or otherwise). That having been said, they are absolutely correct that a huge part of the problem is the puppy mills, irresponsible breeders and STUPID, IRRESPONSIBLE people who buy those dogs and then don't get them neutered. If people would wake up to the terrible breeding industry – in fact there is no defensible reason for anyone to be breeding dogs or cats on purpose right now, there are millions and millions of them out there available – and not be so snooty they have to buy a purebred (that likely has horrible congenital problems because of these breeders), the problem would go away. That having been said, PETA could take a page out of Best Friends' book and establish an actual sanctuary to maintain these animals until they are made adoptable or live out their natural lives.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  177. Joe, Portugal

    It does depend on the circumstances (either the animal was unhealthy, an owner was found for that particular animal) but indeed their quasi-extremism (ideology wise) about how animals should be treated will seem not as justifiable as once was since the the organization, as of now, will indeed be perceived by the public as being incredibly hypocritical.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  178. Kelvin Jenkins

    Hypocritical to say the least.. It puzzled me to see Peta go after Michael Vick the way they did and Pow!!!! At least Michael Vick took good care of his top dogs and didn't give them the death penalty at the rate that Pita has done. Peta should focus there efforts to spade and nutter programs. You Thank!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  179. Karen Roddy

    The finances made available to Peta are given in good faith and should be used to manage the population of cats and dogs with a program of vision for future generations....had this policy been adopted in the past decade... animals requiring assistance would gradually be relocated in the proper humane manner as originally intended...as it stands now, it is no more than a subconscious search for the human species seeking a murderous release. A serious look into their ability to uphold Animal Rights is gravely needed as well as a psychiatric evaluation with which they defend their actions.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  180. Marnie - Mequon Wisconsin

    Hooray Jack – For once someone in the press is calling (these animal rights groups like HSUS and Peta) a spade a spade. Of course they are hipocritical. Their agenda is not the protection of the animals – rather it is the "rights" of the animals – i.e. no animal should be owned by someone, they should not be on a leash or in a crate/cage, i.e. there would be no police dogs or service dogs or search and rescue dogs; there would be no zoos; and, our food would not include any meat. They continue to fill their coffers for lobbying purposes to further state laws that would eliminate breeders of pure bred dogs (not just puppy mills), dairy farmers and the like. When is the world going to wake up to their antics!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  181. Phill Heagy


    You bet it makes PETA hypocritical! My only surprise is that people don't see them as that already. As with all other animal rights cults PETA feels it and it alone has the authority to decide when animals should be destroyed. As a wildlife professional employed by the federal government it saddens me to watch middle america get fooled by PETA's self serving, pocket lining agenda, while groups that make thier living off of wildlife and domestic animals are criticized for using sound management practices.

    One of the sad facts of life is that animals must be put down, and according to this report, PETA even admits that. Do it without their almighty say so however and you must face the wrath of all of the people that they have fooled.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  182. Nathan Winograd

    The answer is yes. They killed 20,000 animals over the last decade including healthy and adoptable ones in the face of readily available lifesaving alternatives. An agency with a 30 million budget, millions of animal loving members, and a global reach claims it cannot find homes for 2,000 animals per year? Give me a break. Find out more at nathanwinograd.com.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  183. Emmet Wilson

    I think Peta is a well organized and well meaning organization. It is easy for some to pick apart individual interests or comments that Peta has stood up for. They have no control over discarded abondoned animals, backyard pet factories, negligent owners and the like. But Peta is constantly pushing forward to make the public aware of how all animals are treated whether as pets or food source. Picking our one state or one animal shelter's action with caging and euthanasia is unfair.
    Non-kill centers do their best to adopt but depending on their location there may be more animals turned in than adopted so over crowding is unavoidable. At that point, again, it is up to the shelter to decide who and how many to euthanise not Peta.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  184. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jack Cafferty and CNN friends,

    I do not think, that the PETA's euthanasia rates for animals
    make the group hypocritical,
    Unless the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of
    United States Department of Agriculture declares
    that PETA is hypocritical!


    Let us Now make our world
    a Better Healthier and Beautiful World
    for You and for Me!

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    March 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  185. Reynard

    I wish PETA would work more for the ethical treatment of people. There are people who are treated like dogs and there is no outrage on their behalf. As smart as these people claim to be when telling us how best to care for our animals, they should be able to come up with a better solution than killing cats and dogs.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  186. Gary Cooper

    I think it was hypocritcal for our government to send Michael Vick to prison and make him out to be a monster when this very same government thinks it just fine for any woman in America to have an abortion on demand. I don't hear PETA beating any war drums about the ethical treatment of babies. And besides, I like my cheeseburgers and fried chicken too much to ever say anything nice about PETA.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  187. Cache

    Peta has the money to put together commercials, all sorts of activism stunts nation-wide, and it's trying to tell me it can't find a way to buy some cat kibble?

    March 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  188. Dean in Orlando

    PETA is not an animal welfare organization. It is an animal rights organization which says animals have and have a right to an agenda that has nothing to do with us humans.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  189. Martin in Alabama

    Peta and Toyota are in the same boat,
    they take no prisoners because the
    care package is too expensive!!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  190. Don in Las Vegas, NV

    PETA or no PETA, a lot of animals do not get the care they need and deserve, and should be killed. Any place that says they are a No Kill operation just takes them across the street to the place that does it.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  191. Rosemarie Molettiere

    I am shocked to hear about PETA's inhumane treatment of animals. They are the biggest hypocrites of all time. They even beat politicians. They are disgusting and despicable. No one should support them.Their logic that animals are better off dead is insane.I hope contributions drop to zero because that is all they're worth

    March 10, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  192. kay

    Glad to see you are calling attention to just one of PETA's hypocritical practices. In the show dog world they are considered the "dog terrorists" and as a result many dog shows are heavily policed to protect show dogs from being released from crates or in some cases physically harmed. This is a scary organization to be sure.
    Kay in Ky.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  193. Margaret

    Peta is not only hypocritical but dangerous. I would love to see an investigation into what happens to the millions of dollars that they collect from people who think their money is going to help animals.
    Peta does not want us to have any animals period. They use dangerous tactics and justify everything they do as being in the name of their love of animals.
    Don't send money to them, send it to places who actually are in the trenches and helping animals, places like you local SPCA or DogTown who take in the ones nobody else can help, like the Michael Vick dogs. There are lots of rescues that are working on a showstring and doing their best to place animals.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
  194. Jacob Sapaugh

    PETA is definitely hypocritical in this poor choice of their actions, especially with the name People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, euthanasia is definitely not ethical, in any sense. 97% of their animals are being euthanized, not all of them could possibly be 'too mean', or 'due to over crowding in the shelter'. Send the animals to another shelter, they are PETA for crying out loud, they have connections, or train them to be nice, again they have connections. It is unacceptable for PETA to do this.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  195. Martin of CA

    Jack, please! Look at the mob you incited. To all the people out there shouting "hypocrite!" : Will you pay PETA to keep these neglected animals alive indefinitely? Of course not, which makes you just as guilty. Does anyone ever react objectively to anything anymore, or has it come down to the first immediate thought needs to be shouted out passionately as the one and only right one?

    March 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  196. Mary

    PETA's excuse that "breeders" put animals in shelters and they have to kill them is a red herring. All breeders, at least of cats, take any kitten or cat, of any age or health problem, back into their home. Rarely do pedigreed cats show up in shelters. Mixed yes, but pedigreed, no.

    Peta also do not want us to "own" pets. They discount the health benefits to people of all ages that are well documented from owning a pet. They even have materials in some schools to promote vegan diet. Trying to get them into their cult young.

    PETA kills animals and throws them in dumpsters away from the public eye. They were busted for that "humane" act several years ago.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  197. Yvonne Gurbada

    Hypocritical doesn't even scratch the surface. They are working undercover to kill dog shows, greyhound racing, horse racing,
    circuses and zoos etc. They have no respect for any opinion other
    than their own.

    Basically these animal rights groups are after one thing – make money!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  198. Matt

    PETA is not hypocritical. People give them a bad rap. I have donated and will continue to donate. No one goes to their lengths to promote animal rights. I grew in their headquarters city, and it amazes me that so many people have no clue of all the good they do for animals. People love to jump to conclusions with a negative headline. Now I better stop writing before I say something nasty about the eating tasty animals people.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  199. Gary Cooper from Ohio

    Didn't Michael Vick serve time in federal prison for the crime of euthanazing a couple of unwanted dogs? Why is PETA held to a different standard that Michael Vick? Ask one of those euthanized dogs in Virginia if PETA is really it's friend...

    March 10, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  200. Terry

    If the story is true, as is , it's not just hypercritical, it is beyond despicable!
    Thanks for the report!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  201. Diane

    This is the reason I left PETA 25 years ago. They seem to think dogs and cats have no right to even live. They don't like that we 'use them' as pets. This is WRONG. They would rather kill cats and dogs than to have people have them as pets. And they don't think they should be outside roaming either. YES, this is hypocritical. Just what makes PETA think humans only have the right to this planet?!! What the heck gives them the right to take so many lives that those animals had every right to live??? Who made them God?

    March 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm |