Yesterday, millions of families celebrated the spirit of Christmas (excuse me, “the holidays”). But I suspect that a few folks, such as activists who want to control what we eat and drink, found some coal in their stockings. Figuratively, of course.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) surely got its annual lump of the black stuff for being rather unethical with the animals in its care. Since 1998, PETA has killed nearly 30,000 adoptable dogs and cats in its custody. If PETA believes that these dogs and cats are better off dead than as pets, then that’s certainly a new spin on “killing with kindness.” (Meanwhile, PETA thinks it can lecture the rest of us about the “inhumanity” of eating BLTs.)
The group that deserved a mountain’s worth of West Virginia’s finest is the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), PETA’s big brother in the animal rights world. Why? Because HSUS raises money with ads full of abused and needy dogs and cats — and then gives very little to pet shelters, while using the donations to shelter dozens of lawyers and lobbyists and attack farmers.
According to data provided by the Campaign Media Analysis Group, more than 85% of the animals in HSUS TV ads between January 2009 and September 2011 were dogs and cats. It’s no surprise to see that, according to public polling, a majority of Americans thinks HSUS is a pet-shelter umbrella group and a majority believes HSUS gives most of its money to shelters.
However, HSUS doesn’t run any pet shelters and only gives 1% of its budget to pet shelters. So while HSUS raises money off the backs of these abused and abandoned animals, it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of actually helping care for them.
Instead, loads of these donations from dog-and-cat lovers go to political initiatives aimed at, among other things, bankrupting America’s livestock farmers. HSUS’s then vice president for farm animal issues laid it out a few years back at an animal-rights conference: “We don’t want any of these animals to be raised and killed.” Read: Goodbye omelets, bacon cheeseburgers, and grande lattes — unless you can figure out a way to produce them in a lab.