People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), known for massive campaigns against animal cruelty, is found to have euthanized almost all of the animals it takes in.
Figures from 2011 have emerged, which puts PETA in a very hypocritical light regarding the ratio of animals adopted out to those euthanized, as revealed by The Atlantic.
It's not simply a majority. In fact, the figures (PDF) show that only 2.5% of rescued dogs are adopted. The rest are killed by PETA.
They took in 760 dogs in 2011 and of those, 713 were killed. Only 19 were adopted and the remaining 36 were sent to shelters, not all of them "no kill". Their records for cats show 1211 taken in, 1198 killed, eight transferred and a mere five cats were adopted. That is .04% of the cats taken in that PETA found homes for.
PETA claims that they only euthanize "unadoptable" animals, yet one of it's shelters kills 84% of the animals it takes in within 24 hours of their arrival.
George Stroumboulopoulos of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation interviewed PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk on December 2, 2008, asking, "Do you euthanize those pets, the adoptable ones, if you get them?"
Newkirk replied, "If we get them, if we cannot find a home, absolutely."
Natahn Winograd, author of the book Irreconcilable Differences: The Battle for the Heart and Soul of America's Animal Shelters, claims that this greatly imbalanced kill rate is not merely due to incompetence or mismanagement, but rather "something more nefarious". He claims that Newkirk has "dark impulses" and likens her to nurses who get a perverse thrill from killing patients.
Winograd calls PETA's claim that they only euthanize "unadoptable" animals a lie, saying,
"It is a lie because rescue groups and individuals have come forward stating that the animals they gave PETA were healthy and adoptable. It is a lie because testimony under oath in court from a veterinarian showed that PETA was given healthy and adoptable animals who were later found dead by PETA's hands, their bodies unceremoniously thrown away in a supermarket dumpster. It is a lie because, according to The Daily Caller, "two PETA employees described as 'adorable' and 'perfect' some of the dogs and cats they killed in the back of a PETA-owned van."
The veracity of Winograd's claims are uncertain, however, the numbers seem to speak for themselves. PETA has issued a rebuttal regarding these figures.