Animal Rights

PETA Defends Euthanization of Sick, Injured Animals

| by PETA

It’s disingenuous, to say the least, for the deceitfully-named Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) to complain about the number of unwanted and suffering animals whom PETA has been forced to euthanize because their guardians requested it, or because no good homes exist for them.

CCF is a front group for Philip Morris, Outback Steakhouse, KFC, cattle ranchers, and other animal exploiters who kill millions of animals every year, not out of compassion, but out of greed. CCF promotes meat-eating and defends corporations that send billions of cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals to terrifying, gruesome, and painful deaths in slaughterhouses.

PETA makes no secret of its shelter of last resort. We have never tried to hide the fact that we euthanize animals. Euthanasia is a kindness for sick or injured, suffering, and elderly animals, and those who have been discarded and for whom no good homes can be found. We are proud to be here for elderly, sick, aggressive, and injured animals—those whom so-called “no-kill” shelters often turn their backs on.

Most of the animals we take in are broken beings for whom euthanasia is, without a doubt, the most humane option. To cite just one example, PETA caseworkers were able to gain custody of a dog who was locked to a 15-pound chain and who was starved until she was severely emaciated. We had to carry her into the emergency clinic because she could barely walk; the veterinarian recommended euthanasia due to the severity of the dog's condition. PETA pursued criminal charges against those responsible, leading to their convictions for cruelty to animals.

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We also provide a peaceful, painless release to suffering animals whose guardians can’t afford to take them to a veterinarian for expensive treatment or euthanasia. We generally refer adoptable animals to a local open-door shelter, where they have a chance at finding loving homes, and we have managed to find excellent, lifelong homes for many animals ourselves. While euthanasia is an unavoidable necessity for PETA and animal shelters across the U.S.—thanks to breeders, pet stores, and people who don’t spay and neuter—it is only a tiny percentage of our work to help animals.

In the past decade, PETA’s Community Animal Project (CAP) has delivered more than 4,200 doghouses stuffed with straw to chained "backyard dogs" who previously had only a plastic barrel—or nothing at all—to huddle under during snowstorms and driving rain. CAP transports animals to veterinarians for treatments and vaccinations—often footing the bills ourselves—and provides priceless moments of love and attention to animals who have known only suffering from human hands.

Most important, PETA works to end the overpopulation crisis (and the abuse and homelessness that result) at its roots, by preventing more animal births. PETA’s mobile SNIP and ABC clinics sterilize hundreds of cats and dogs at little or no cost to their guardians each week, preventing hundreds of thousands of animals from being born only to end up on the streets or euthanized for lack of homes. To date, we have sterilized more than 50,000 animals.

We’ve spent thousands of dollars in print and TV ads and other educational materials for our Animal Birth Control (ABC) campaign, which has reached countless people with the urgent message that spaying and neutering are the keys to ending animal homelessness.

PETA works tirelessly to reach the day when every animal has a loving home, but we can’t solve this crisis alone. Please, help us stop overpopulation: Sterilize your animals, push for mandatory spay/neuter ordinances, and adopt animals from shelters instead of buying them from breeders or pet stores.

Read the original article from the Center for Consumer Freedom, PETA Killed 95% if Adoptable Pets in Its Care in 2008.

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