PETA Kills Animals

by April Redmon

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) They would have citizens believe that their motivations are altruistic. In reality, they are an extremist group that is nothing more than a group of domestic terrorists who monetarily and idealistically support arsonists and violent criminals.

According to The Center of Consumer Freedom (CCF), who describe themselves as “a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the full range of choices that American consumers currently enjoy,” in 2001, PETA donated $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front (ELF), a group who claims responsibility for dozens of death threats and firebombs, and is classified by the U.S. Government as domestic terrorists. In the 1990's, PETA donated over $70,200 to a member of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), who was found responsible for burning down the University of Michigan Research Laboratory. It was widely reported in 2001 that PETA's vegetarian campaign coordinator Bruce Friedrich told an animal rights convention that “blowing stuff up and smashing windows” is “a great way to bring about animal liberation.”

In their supposed ideal world, as described by PETA co-founder and president Ingrid Newkirk, there would be “total animal liberation.” There would be no meat, no milk, no fishing, no hunting, and no pets. That's right. No pets. Not even seeing-eye dogs. The irony of it all?

PETA kills animals.

The CCF website, http://www.petakillsanimals.com , reports from July 1998 to the end of 2003, PETA killed over 10,000 dogs, cats, and other “companion” animals. CCF also disloses that PETA put to death over 85 percent of the animals they ”saved” in 2003. When confronted with facts such as these, Ingrid Newkirk admits in 2000 “it costs more to take care of animals than to kill them” and that “We could become a no kill shelter immediately.”

But, as CCF states, PETA has other financial priorities. PETA uses unethical methods to achieve plot points on their self-serving agenda. Of the 29 million dollars gained by PETA last year, largely contributed by well-meaning private citizens, most of it was spent on tasteless stunts such as impersonating religious figures, equating people who eat chicken with Nazis, and scaring our children away from drinking milk.

How? By telling them with propaganda pamphlets that say “Your Mommy Kills Animals,” distributed just outside of school boundaries. By throwing a pie in the face of a fifteen-year-old girl who'd just been crowned queen of a livestock event. By circumventing school officials and promoting their agenda and recruiting children as young as six years old into their campaign. The website of National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA, http://www.naiaonline.org ), posts an article regarding PETA's tactics, written by Denny Bannister, Assistant Director of Information and Public Relations to the Missouri Farm Bureau.

One example of PETA methodology was recently noted in the Amarillo Globe News article on May 31, 2005. The report featured PETA operative Lisa Leitten, a fine example of PETA's stealth bombing.

The Amarillo Wildlife Refuge (http://www.amarillowildliferefuge.com) is a clean, safe environment for animals that need care. They possess exemplary feeding and sanitation methods, and are regularly inspected by the USDA. Many people who visit the Refuge have witnessed this. Leitten's film and other PETA sponsored pictures like it could not have been made unless they were staged.

In Genesis, after creating man God says, “Rule over the fish in the sea and over the birds in the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

If the world were still as pristine as God created it, we could live and let live with animals in the wild. But it is not. No one is doing any animal a favor by releasing it back into the wild when it's lived among humans their entire life. It's our responsibility to care for those animals, wild or domesticated, which for one reason or another, cannot care for themselves.

Leitten mentions going home to her two dogs weeping as she wrote her reports. Isn't it hypocritical to own pets as a true PETA disciple? Does she weep for the animals PETA “rescues” then condemns to death instead of finding homes or placements for them?

Amarillo Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing optimal care and shelter for the wildlife entrusted into their custody as their habitats slowly disappear. They work hard to educate the public about these extraordinary animals. Both the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Potter County in the State of Texas license them. Only organizations such as Amarillo Wildlife Refuge can provide the care, housing, and feeding of these magnificent creatures. The refuge is dedicated to the education of school children and community groups.

I would encourage anyone to schedule a tour of the refuge and find out for themselves the good they are doing.

April Redmon is a freelance writer from Amarillo; this column first ran in the Amarillo Globe-News on June 6, 2005.

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