The thing with PETA is also true with many other groups. They simply don't allow common sense to enter the equation. They do some good things, working to control feral animal populations, providing humane euthanasia to animal shelters that do not have the facilities nor training, low/no cost, mobile spay/neuter programs and educating people on the problems of overpopulation and need for spay/neuter. I even agree with some of their efforts into humane treatment of experimental animals. It's too bad they did not stop there, and it is too bad they use inappropriate tactics.
It is easy to condemn PETA out of hand. However, like many such organizations, they do some good, and they do some not so good. Things are not so black and white alot of the time as we would like to think.
Originally Posted by Jerry
Look, I love animals, and I am saddened at the thought of euthenizing animals. I would love to see the people who abused them euthenized first. However, sometimes it is just the least bad solution in a world with limited resources and too many animals.
Like I said, people are stupid, and as long as we have stupid people, many animals will suffer. Some can be rehabilitated and saved, but that takes a great deal of time, money and effort. Unfortunately, many animal organizations are spread way too thin.
"There is a lot of talk coming from CitiGroup about how Dodd-Frank isn't perfect, So let me say this to anyone listening at Citi —I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn't perfect. It should have broken you into pieces." -- Elizabeth Warren
Now lets talk about reality. Lets say every year you had 2000 dogs and cats dropped off and you had a limited budget for vet checkups, space for kennels to hold them etc... with your best effort you could adopt out 24 of those dogs a year. Lets say you just do a bang up job and Peta does a horrible job adopting out dogs. You manage to adopt out 500 of the 2000 dogs and cats every year. Are you just going to keep on collecting 1500 pets every year? It's unmanageable. It's aweful but true. Even the best no kill shelters that my wife and I have worked with take in maybe 30-50 dogs a year, because they can't find homes for all the ones they already are taking care of. If they had 2000 animals dropped off every year, they would just have to turn them down and they'd end up going to a kill shelter anyways.
I can't get mad at PETA because some humans don't take their responsibility of caring for their animals seriously. I doubt they enjoy having to euthanize animals, but there really is no better option when you get that many every year.