Skip to comments.AKC and VVMA Express Outrage at PETA Approach to Euthanasia in Animal Shelter
Posted on 07/10/2013 1:37:00 PM PDT by Jean S
Dear Dog Lover,
The American Kennel Club® (AKC) and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) have today issued statements to highlight their vehement disapproval of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)s apparent policy of euthanizing animals frequently at its shelter in Norfolk, VA. Furthermore, the AKC has called for the PETA shelter to take steps towards balancing its adoption and euthanasia rates for dogs and cats in its shelter.
While most shelters strive for a 90% re-homing rate, PETA is apparently proud of their 99% killing rate and callously boasts that the animals it rescues are better off dead. That is an alarming ratio that should be fully investigated. PETAs track record is absolutely unacceptable, said AKC Chairman Alan Kalter. Legitimate animal shelters in America re-home most of their sheltered animals. If some of Michael Vicks fighting dogs can be rehabilitated and re-homed then PETA can and should do better. If they cannot or will not then they should leave sheltering to others.
Re-homing a dog is not always the easiest but it is AKCs preferred route. PETAs apparent lack of commitment to re-homing is hypocritical. Our experience, through AKC clubs rescue network, proves that a rescued dog can often thrive if given the much-needed love, medical care, rehabilitation and responsible placement into a new home. AKC is disgusted that euthanasia is seemingly so easily employed by PETA.
While it is true that some animals at shelters are too physically injured or psychologically scarred to be adoptable, many of them can be successfully treated, rehabilitated and adopted, said VVMA President, Mark Finkler, D.V.M. Veterinarians throughout Virginia work with numerous shelters and rescue groups to assist in the care of these dogs and cats. It is disappointing to hear that PETA has a different philosophy regarding the handling of these abandoned and unwanted pets."
“Typical leftist disregard for life. They’d do it to people, too, if they could. “
They already do it for the unborn (abortion) and they’re looking to expand (Obamacare).
yeah, well KFC is my lunch destination today. in a gesture of a one finger salute to PETA.
Actually, they do. Their history of looking the other way when groups come in is legendary. Of course, they may have started changing due to a light being shown on their lax attitudes, but the charges against the AKC for “looking the other way” go wayyyyy back.
I was big into the dog game 30 years ago, not recently.
BTW, what can they do? They are a registry and show sanctioning club.
Google “AKC and puppy mills” and you’ll see a host of links between them and the mill puppies. Like I said, they are notorious for looking the other way and giving legitimacy to puppy mill dogs — thus helping to perpetuate the problem. No, they aren’t the USDA, but without their tacit approval of the animals the industry wouldn’t be able to claim “status”.
Forgot to add that the AKC has also opposed many laws attempting to establish minimal breeding standards....
If pets have the same reality as humans, then perhaps they have their own Karma or Fate . Que sera sera?
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