By: Nicholas Allen
PETA (People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is trending again today after they made a post about speciesism and the appropriate words to use in certain contexts. For example: the abolition of words such as pig, rat, snake, sloth, cow and others as a method of insulting another human.
Many people reacted negatively to this and see it as an extreme, especially when there are certainly other issues out there regarding animal cruelty. Personally, I don’t believe animals are affected by the use of their names as insults because they don’t understand human communication.
Of the outward backlash towards PETA, there was one tweet made by a fact account which claims PETA has very high euthanasia rates for animals under their jurisdiction.
PETA euthanizes about 72% of the animals they take in— UberFacts (@UberFacts) January 28, 2021
Statistics backed by the State of Virginia (Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) share that PETA has a 72% euthanization rate for their animals, compared to the 12% state-wide euthanization rate of animals taken in.
For example: in the year 2018, PETA had 2,512 animals in their care and euthanized 1,798. The entire state of Virginia shows that 235,705 animals were taken in across all animal agencies and 27,528 have been euthanized.
PETA is an organization that radicalizes animal care but contradicts themselves due to the statistics of animals they take in. An organization which actively scrutinizes the lifestyles of the majority of the planet has no place to be hypocritical.