PETA actually kills animals

Peta says she is committed to animals. But is that also a good idea to entrust them with animals? An online article causes a stir on social media: American animal rights activist Nathan Winograd raises in the Huffington Post serious allegations against the organization. Every year Peta USA kills around 2,000 animals in her main district in the US state of Virginia - in the past eleven years the organization has killed more than 29,000 animals, most of them dogs and cats.

"They claim to stand up for the rights of animals. But they do not grant animals the right to life. Instead, they allegedly want to kill the animals 'as painlessly as possible', even if it were not necessary at all," writes Winograd. Winograd wanted to know about a huge walk-in cold room in the nearest crematorium, especially for Peta's purposes.

His allegations are not new. The activists have been criticized for years for supporting the euthanasia of animals in homes. Peta also comments on this on her website. But that it affects more than 96 percent of the animals entrusted to Peta? Animal rights activists swallow it first, and rightly so. According to a 2010 report by the Virginia Department of Agriculture posted online by the Center for Consumer Freedom advocacy group, the shelter at Peta headquarters is lacking space and "no efforts are being made to facilitate the adoption of the animals." 90 percent of the animals are said to have been euthanized within 24 hours of their arrival. According to Peta, however, the majority of the animals cannot be placed.

The report contains statistics on how many animals Peta has already killed in the accommodation. However: The numbers come from the organization itself. "There is nothing secret or revealing about it. Peta does not admit anything, but transmits these numbers to the responsible authority", says Edmund Haferbeck, advisor at the sister organization Peta Germany Süddeutsche.de.

In the United States, between four and five million pets are euthanized annually in state animal shelters. The reason: There is no alternative because there is simply not enough space. In his most recent book, Winograd describes this overcrowding as a myth and refers to figures from various associations. His conclusion: there are even more homes than needed, the main reason for the killings is the poor management of the homes.

Winograd heads the "No Kill Advocacy Center" in Oakland, California, and there is a whole movement in the USA called "No Kill". And two types of animal shelters: those that take in all animals and, if necessary, euthanize them if there is no new owner. And so-called no-kill shelters. They want to avoid that and only shelter animals that are still considered to be employable. Not a single one should be put to sleep. But it is precisely these facilities that Peta attacks again sharply. After all, there is torture - because the homes are overcrowded.