It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that PETA has decided to join forces with the most disreputable of the breed discrimination crowd. PETA has had a long standing vendetta against pit bull terrier type dogs. Below is a direct quote from Ingrid Newkirk, founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals from June 2005:
“Most people have no idea that at many animal shelters across the country, any pit bull that comes through the front door doesn’t go out the back door alive. From California to New York, many shelters have enacted policies requiring the automatic destruction of the huge and ever-growing number of “pits” they encounter. This news shocks and outrages the compassionate dog-lover.
“Here’s another shocker: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the very organization that is trying to get you to denounce the killing of chickens for the table, foxes for fur or frogs for dissection, supports the shelters’ pit-bull policy, albeit with reluctance. We further encourage a ban on breeding pit bulls. Those who argue against a breeding ban and the shelter euthanasia policy for pit bulls are naive. People who genuinely care about dogs won’t be affected by a ban on pit- bull breeding. They can go to the shelter and save one of the countless other breeds and lovable mutts sitting on death row.”
This is the same group that went to court to try and convince the judge to kill ALL of the Vicktory Dogs. I would never have had one of the great loves of my life, if PETA had won that case. In another dog bust trial, PETA argued that all of the dogs, including puppies born after the seizure, should be euthanized. PETA’s contention was that these little innocent puppies had somehow been tainted in the womb by dog-fighting.
I remember how horrified and disillusioned I was when the story broke about PETA killing adoptable animals, and then dropping them off in dumpsters. I couldn’t believe this could possibly be true. A group that I thought might be a little fanatic, but who basically believed, as did I, that we had a moral imperative to try and save animals. No, I rationalized to myself, this must have just been rogue members, who had lost their way and started killing animals instead of saving them. But then I read this Ingrid Newkirk quote:
“A terrible mistake was made with the dead bodies, but no secret was made of the fact that PETA euthanizes animals and that the animals retrieved from the pounds would be provided with a humane death.”
In other words, she was admitting that the bodies shouldn’t have been dumped in the trash, but has no remorse about killing them at all.
We have all seen the kill numbers for PETA’s Virginia “shelter”. Up to 95% of the animals they took in never made it out alive. PETA has become a cult of death. On a postcard to Nathan Winograd, leader of the No-Kill movement, Ingrid Newkirk had this to say:
We do not advocate “right to life” for animals.
She has also been quoted, in print as having said the following:
“The animals got the gift of euthanasia, and to them it was the best gift they’ve ever had”
So no, it is no surprise that they have decided to align themselves with the viscous extremists who form the core of Dogsbite.org. We now have an unholy trinity of fanatics: Merritt Clifton, Coleen Lynn and Ingrid Newkirk. As someone once commented on one of my posts, my hope and prayer is that their lives are saved…by a pit bull.