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Hoisted on Their Own PETArd

As a self-avowed cheerleader for AKC’s conformation shows, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I am an ardent anti-animal-rights advocate. While I have tried to be restlessly optimistic on Dog Show Poop, I admit to the occasional lapse into slobbering hysterical rage whenever the subject of PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) comes up. As evil, deranged, & dangerous as I think PETA and its Hollywood liberal sycophants are, one would be foolish not to acknowledge its mastery of media manipulation.

PETA routinely grabs headlines, even when pursuing the most transparent of publicity stunts. Witness their recent failed lawsuit seeking slavery protection for Killer Whales. So imagine my delight when the press-savvy organization gets hoisted on its own petard. In news outlets as varied as the Huffington Post, the Drudge Report, & the UK’s Daily Mail, PETA has been thoroughly exposed today as the money-grubbing, self-promoting threat to pets and pet owners that it is. The normally PETA-friendly media recoiled in horror at a report by the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) that PETA kills 95 percent of the animals it takes custody of, usually within 24 hours. The Huffington Post’s Danielle Crittenden put it better than I ever could have when she wrote, “It’s a little as if discovering a pro-life group was quietly performing abortions, with the excuse that the babies were ‘inadaptable’ anyway.”

Now, many of you knew this already, but despite having an annual budget of over $37.4 million dollars (funded by people whose generosity is in direct proportion to their ignorance), PETA makes no real attempt to find homes for animals they take in. According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture, only 24 of the almost 2,000 cats & dogs in PETA’s Norfolk, VA, shelter were adopted in 2011. “PETA hasn’t slowed down its slaughterhouse operation,” CCF executive director Rick Berman said. “It appears PETA is more concerned with funding its media and advertising antics than finding suitable homes for these dogs and cats.” Contrast that with the efforts of the Nevada Humane Society & its dedicated employees and volunteers who have managed to adopt out more than 90 percent of their animals since 2007.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture is threatening to revoke the status of PETA’s Norfolk facility as a recognized animal shelter. I encourage you to visit CCF’s site exposing PETA, PETAKillsAnimals.com and then share it with everyone you know who thinks of PETA as that “funny animal rights group.” And that’s today’s Back Story.

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Billy Wheeler has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 40 years. Billy is the man behind the popular Dog Show Poop. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis TN with his wife, Brenda, her Toy Poodle and his Cairn, Scottie, & IG. When he is not blogging, Billy can be found in the kitchen cooking, and listening to opera.
  • Mr.D February 26, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Thanks for the link.

  • Chanzie63 February 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Thanks, Billy! I HATE PETA and the HSUS! I’m glad more and more folks are not buying into the terrible lies they tell!

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