Healthy, Adoptable Kittens Given to PETA, Allegedly Killed and Left in Dumpster

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A shocking photo published by Jason Winograd, Director of the No Kill Advocacy Center, show a dumpster filled with garbage bags that he claims are full of dead kittens given to The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for adoption.

Winograd claims the animal rights group is guilty of abuse, and that over the course of 11 years PETA has killed nearly 30,000 animals. In 2011, 96 percent of animals that went to the organization's Norfolk, Va., headquarters failed to survive survive, he wrote in a Huffington Post article.

Winograd provided this and other photos on a long blog post he wrote in Feb. Citing a report from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Winograd reported that PETA euthanized 602 of the 733 dogs given to them for adoption in 2012. They also took in 1,110 cats and killed 1,045. PETA only found homes for 12 dogs and seven cats last year. Nearly 90 percent of the animals sheltered there in 2012 were killed.

The dumpster photo resulted in the arrest of two PETA employees June 15, 2005, who were charged with 21 counts of animal cruelty each, the Roanoke Chowan News Herald reported. Both employees were later acquitted of all charges.

Veterinarians testified that the cats were healthy before they died.

One veterinarian, who gave some of the kittens to PETA hoping they would be placed in homes, testified that they were “healthy” and “adoptable.”

PETA told the Mail Online last month that the animals they shelter are “unadoptable.” Euthanizing 89.4 percent of the animals impounded is much higher than the organization’s claim that only half of pets in shelters end up being killed.

Another photograph shows an open tacklebox of vials and syringes, which Winograd describes as a “pet killing kit,” was allegedly found in a van that belonged to PETA.

An inspection report by the VDACS show that PETA, "does not contain sufficient animal enclosures to routinely house the number of animals annually reported as taken into custody... The shelter is not accessible to the public, promoted, or engaged in efforts to facilitate the adoption of animals taken into custody."

Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA, wrote a postcard to Winograd saying that despite the widely held belief that PETA is an animal rights group, “We do not advocate ‘right to life’ for animals.”

Newkirk blogged for HuffPost this morning calling the response to the statistics on its euthanasia practices “hysteria.” Images provided in her article are extremely graphic and show very sick animals in deplorable states.

“PETA's statistics are also often used, as they are being used now, in a truly perverted way by some 'no-kill' evangelists to try to turn people away from the 'evil' of what is actually a dignified, merciful release from suffering,” Newkirk wrote.

Newkirk says critics should consider if they are doing their duty to spay and neuter animals so that shelters aren’t filled with animals. “They should also look carefully at the photographs of the animals who come out of the impoverished areas that PETA serves,” she added. “Of course, they should definitely not be eating or wearing animals or their skins, using products tested on animals (who are usually killed at the end of the tests), or engaging in any activity that results in killing animals not out of mercy but for selfish reasons."

Sources: Mail Online, Huffington Post