Monday, June 27, 2005

PETA hypocrites

POOCH-KILLING PETA BANNED

June 25, 2005 -- THE canine-killing animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has been banned from two North Carolina counties after the corpses of 31 pooches were discarded in a convenience store dumpster. PAGE SIX reported on the hound slaughter last week. Local authorities were told PETA would try to find homes for the dogs, but it euthanized them just hours after collecting them. Documents filed with the state of Virginia showed that PETA exterminated about 6,100 domestic animals from 2001 to 2003. Daphna Nachminovitch, director of PETA's domestic animal and wildlife department, said she didn't know how many were from North Carolina. "Did we euthanize some animals who could have been adopted? Maybe," she admitted. "The point is that good homes are few and far between. Our aim here was to stop them from dying an agonizing death." The PETA operatives arrested last week, Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, Andrew Benjamin Cook, 24, both of Virginia, have a court hearing July 19 on charges of animal cruelty, disposal of dead animals and trespassing.

I love most animals, but PETA just goes too far. They claim it's "cruel" for us to raise animals despite useful purposes (food, leather, etc.), yet we see their hypocrisy and outright lies. And throwing the bodies in the trash?

Some years ago, the Salt Lake Tribune published an article on all the dogs and cats that Utah euthanizes. My father, who loved dogs, had to stop teary-eyed after only two paragraphs; I had to do the same. It's heartbreaking, but what is the alternative? This exemplifies what Thomas Sowell said: "There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs."

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