I cannot support PeTA or HSUS!

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“We do not advocate right to life for animals.” Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President.

Many have wondered why I no longer support People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) or the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), so I thought I would try to explain here.

In spite of their name, HSUS has no affiliation to local or community humane societies; over 71% of the population believes they are the “umbrella” group over all of the societies. They are not, but they are cashing in on that misconception by advertising for funds to help shelter animals. They do not run even one single shelter and the money raised “for shelter animals” actually goes into operating costs, lobbying, large salary hikes for the CEO and directors, padded expense accounts and generous pension’s packages.

“You can help save the life of one desperate animal right now,” reads the narrator as pictures of adorable cats and dogs with sad expressions are paraded across the screen. “For just $19 a day you can make a difference in the lives of these shelter animals.” HSUS raises over $100 million a year from the public with ads like these yet gave only 1% of it to local shelters, usually to promote spay and neuter programs.

Let’s let them tell it in their own words:

“I don’t have a hands-on fondness for animals. I did not grow up bonded to any particular nonhuman animal. I like them and I pet them and I’m kind to them, but there’s no special bond between me and other animals…” – CEO Wayne Pacelle in Bloodties, 1994

“I don’t want to see another cat or dog born.” – CEO Wayne Pacelle in Bloodties, 1994

“We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding … One generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.” – CEO Wayne Pacelle, as reported in Animal People News, May1993

HSUS’s CEO has said that convicted dogfighting kingpin Michael Vick “would do a good job as a pet owner.” Following Vick’s release from prison, HSUS has helped “rehabilitate” Michael Vick’s public image. Of course, a $50,000 “grant” from the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t hurt.


This is how naïve I was. I donated hundreds of dollars to HSUS believing that they supported animal shelters just like I did. They do not. Their agenda does not support shelter pets; in fact they do not support pets at all!!

I also donated hundreds of dollars to PeTA believing that they truly supported animal rights for ALL animals. They do a good job of bringing the realities of animal testing, vivisection, inhumane slaughter houses and the atrocities practiced by the fur industry to light, but when it comes to domestic pets and shelters, they are sorely lacking in ethics. They call companion animals’ slaves and argue that sharing one’s life and home with an animal subjects that animal to bondage and oppression. Their core belief is that pet ownership is slavery and all animals that were bred and raised to be pets should be eradicated. It quickly became clear to them however that the majority of animal lovers were also pet owners and that was the core of their support, so they tried very hard to hide their agenda against pet ownership.

Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of PeTA, began her career in “animal welfare” at the Washington Humane Society, a shelter with regressive policies at the time. Here is how she describes her job:

“I would go to work early, before anyone got there, and I would just kill the animals myself… I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens every day.” Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President.

“The animals… got the gift of euthanasia, and to them it was the best gift they’ve ever had. How dare you pretend to help animals and turn your back on those who want an exit from an uncaring world?” Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President.

The rest of the story is equally distressing… Let’s let the messages from PeTA leaders tell the full story:

“Let us allow the dog to disappear from our brick and concrete jungles–from our firesides, from the leather nooses and chains by which we enslave it.” John Bryant, Fettered Kingdoms: An Examination of A Changing Ethic Washington, DC: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, (PeTA), 1982, p. 15.

“The cat, like the dog, must disappear… We should cut the domestic cat free from our dominance by neutering, neutering, and more neutering, until our pathetic version of the cat ceases to exist.” John Bryant, Fettered Kingdoms: An Examination of A Changing Ethic (Washington, DC: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), 1982, p. 15.


When it comes to shelters, Ingrid Newkirk has made it clear that she opposes No Kill because the No Kill movement represents the antithesis of her definition of animal activism. To her, killing is the goal because she believes that an animal’s life as a pet itself is suffering and therefore animals want to die. She refers to those laboring to bring an end to the unnecessary killing of all animals through simple, common sense alternatives such as foster care, adoption, working with rescue groups and TNR, as dangerous “slow-kill hoarders” who want to put animals in “hellholes.”

In defense of the high kill shelters, PeTA has told legislators not to listen to “fanatical” and “radical” reformers who have asked for less killing and more lifesaving in community shelters. How can this be fanatical or radical unless you are not at all interested in helping the companion animals and believe they should die? Is this why they say No Kill is unattainable?

Most shelters do not “euthanize” with an injection. The killing is done with horrific gas chambers or at the hands of workers, yet you won’t hear PeTA or the HSUS condemning them. They actually defend the shelters’ use of these torture chambers and other methods as a responsible way for shelters to control their animal populations with “euthanization.” Make no mistake here! They are not euthanizing them, and they are certainly not “putting them to sleep,” they are killing them!

Calling something “unattainable” when it already exists is a bold faced lie. There are, in fact, dozens of communities across the country that have ended the systematic killing of healthy and treatable animals, some of which have been No Kill for over a decade.

The reality is that PeTA and HSUS do not support our pets or any companion animal that we have decided to share our home and love with. Both have gone on record to say that they would be perfectly happy if all companion animals disappeared.

“[A]s the surplus of cats and dogs {artificially engineered by centuries of forced breeding) declined, eventually companion animals would be phased out, and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship–enjoyment at a distance.” Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA, “Just Like Us? Toward a Notion of Animal Rights”, Harper’s, August 1988, p. 50.

In a nutshell, this is their true agenda…