Friday, June 17, 2005

Dr. Kevorkian, call your office

Get a load of this: two PETA employees have been arrested for cruelty to animals (via Drudge). I've mentioned PETA and its practice of killing animals before. They claim that they do it so as to spare the animals more painful deaths:
PETA euthanizes animals by lethal injection, which it considers more humane than gassing groups of animals, as poor counties are forced to do, O'Brien said.
"PETA has provided euthanasia services to various counties in (North Carolina) to prevent animals from being shot behind a shed or gassed in windowless metal boxes, both practices that were carried out until PETA volunteered to provide a painless death, free of charge," Newkirk said.
However the appalling reality is that apparently this is not the case:
But veterinarian Patrick Proctor said that authorities found a female cat and her two "very adoptable" kittens among the dead animals. He said they were taken from Ahoskie Animal Hospital.
"These were just kittens we were trying to find homes for," he said. "PETA said they would do that, but these cats never made it out of the county."
PETA had taken 50 animals from Proctor's practice over the past two years, he said. PETA also has taken animals from veterinarian James Brown in Northampton County. "When they started taking them, they said they would try to find homes for them," Brown said, adding that no one checked on the animals afterward.
Even more damningly all this killing wouldn't be at all necessary if PETA spent its significant resources on some less radical-chic ideas:
PETA kills animals. Because it has other financial priorities.
PETA raked in nearly $29 million last year in income, much of it raised from pet owners who think their donations actually help animals. Instead, the group spends huge sums on programs equating people who eat chicken with Nazis, scaring young children away from drinking milk, recruiting children into the radical animal-rights lifestyle, and intimidating businessmen and their families in their own neighborhoods. PETA has also spent tens of thousands of dollars defending arsonists and other violent extremists.
PETA claims it engages in outrageous media-seeking stunts "for the animals." But which animals? Carping about the value of future two-piece dinners while administering lethal injections to puppies and kittens isn't ethical. It's hypocritical -- with a death toll that PETA would protest if it weren't their own doing.
PETA kills animals. And its leaders dare lecture the rest of us.
These are radicals with warped minds. Where is the outrage?

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