PETA: Transparent or Not? – Victoria, Linda, and Kelsey

Do You Really Know PETA? When you think of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), you think of standing up for animals. At least I’m pretty sure you do, considering all the heart-rending photos of animals shared on social media. Founders Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco created non-profit organization PETA in March 1980. With more than 3 million of us supporting, PETA accumulated approximately $45,000,000 in revenue for 2015. Where are those $45,000,000 donations going? I bet you answered to yourself “Rescuing animals.” Think again.

PETA’s mission is to fight against the use of animal fur and animal testing, fight against animal use in the entertainment, promote vegan and cruelty-free lifestyles, and to educate the public through its interactive website. This is great but stick around to find out what really happens behind closed doors at PETA.

Now, for the million-dollar question, “Is PETA transparent or not?” In 2013, a New York Times article showed that PETA killed nearly 2,000 shelter animals that year. If you examine PETA’s statements carefully, they don’t state that PETA saves all animals they rescue, however they have portrayed themselves in such a positive light for decades until now. The result? A worldwide shock among supporters.

THE GOOD Now we know PETA has a lack of transparency, but let’s not forget that the organization has drastically improved the lives of animals around the globe too. How did they do this? By fighting for changes in laboratories and helping the quality of life for animals in the food industry – that’s a start. However, as much good as they do, the bad has started to overshadow their good work. In order to gain back our trust, PETA needs to show us why they decide to kill these animals and reevaluate their delivery. Is it really for the animal? Or is PETA trying to keep a secret. You be the judge.

THE BAD… AND THE UGLY These 2,000 animals are claimed by PETA to be injured and unadoptable; PETA’s reasoning is that it’s the “humane thing to do”. PETA took a reporter around Norfolk, Virginia to show them the horrible places dogs and cats are found, and upon request of the reporter, she was taken and shown the back room of the PETA headquarters where the dogs and cats are euthanized in a windowless room. Did you know that PETA has killed 33,000 animals since 1998? Click here for the proof. Where do you stand among the controversy? Let us know in the comments!

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