Exclusive for zoos.media – 09.03.2017. Author: Philipp J. Kroiß
The figures for the PETA animal home have been published by the competent authority. There was a kill rate of almost 72% as opposed to an adoption rate of 3%.
PETA: The killing goes on
Animal friends must now be very robust: the kill shelter of PETA in Virginia last year again killed animals on a massive scale. This exploited the fact that there are not such strict control mechanisms in the USA on killing animals as in Germany. While modern zoos try to save as much animals as they can, PETA’s killing goes on.
Killing beyond the average
PETA has been killing animals in its shelter for over a decade and is being criticised for it by animal advocates and animal rights activists.
It is estimated that 40% of the US animals are killed. PETA stands at over 70% this year, which does not include the killing of the animals transported to other animal killing shelters and whose fate is not exactly known.
An animal killing shelter in Los Angeles has, according to the SZ, in bad years a kill rate of 60% and in good years one of 30%. PETA had never reached these figures since the beginning of records (mid-1998) – the opposite is the case: 85% is the average killing rate in the PETA animal home.
Two animal shelter concepts
When it comes to animal homes, a distinction is drawn in the US between two concepts for the killing of animals: the Kill animal homes and the No-Kill animal homes. The latter consider euthanasia only after strict medical indication by an independent veterinarian. The aim of this no-kill movement is to reduce the kill rate to around 10%. This is a realistic goal. The no-kill animal homes resemble the German system: here, too, you cannot just kill animals.
Things are different in the US, and the loophole is used by killer animal homes, like PETA’s, to put down even healthy and viable animals. If PETA were to nurse the animals, which would be medically meaningful, they could immediately go to the no-kill shelters. Most animals die in PETA custody, according to research, in the first 24 hours of their arrival. PETA does not make any significant efforts to pass on animals, improve the care of animals in the animal home or increase their size. Although they have an average revenue of double-digit millions per year, only a small part of it goes to this animal home which essentially kills animals, rather than pass them on: the rate of adoption in 2016 was less than 3%.
In the past two years, there have been fewer killings than in previous years. This was achieved by intensifying the outsourcing to other kill shelters. So, they are doing cosmetics on the statistics, which is still terrifying when you know the background.
This is not the only way PETA is trying to get round the problem: there are smear campaigns against those who uncover the numbers and conspiracy theories regarding an involvement of the meat industry.
All this is unsuccessful because of the naked facts and figures, which have been published by a government agency and not by volatile interest groups or similar people. Similarly, the no-kill shelters lied that they do not kill any animals and accept only those who could be passed on. This is simply not true. If it is in the interest of reducing the suffering of the animals and is also determined by an independent veterinarian, there is indeed euthanasia in such animal homes. Only killing for reasons other than euthanasia is rejected by No-Kill homes, not indeed for non-comprehensible reasons.