The PETA Delusion
The PETA Delusion

Tuesday I heard a news story about PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) expressing interest in purchasing the serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home.

PETA wants to convert it into a vegan restaurant named  Eat for Life: Home Cooking, saying they “wanted to turn a place with a dark & tragic history into something beautiful – celebrating culinary compassion … the things that happened in that home are not far from what happens on factory farms.”

Just let that sink in.

PETA is essentially equating factory farming to rape, murder, dismemberment, cannibalism and necrophilia.

Now, I’m no fan of factory farming. I think it’s cruel, inhumane and largely unnecessary, but the last I checked no one was raping the farm animals — dead or alive — and as far as I know there aren’t any instances of cannibalism happening either, as most of the animals we eat are herbivores.

What I find even more startling, is that PETA  killed nearly 2,000 shelter animals at its Norfolk, Virginia shelter last year and more than 31,000 mostly adoptable pets since 1998.

In 2005 PETA employees were arrested after killing perfectly healthy and adoptable cats, dogs, puppies and kittens then dumping their bodies in a grocery store dumpster. 

You would think with an annual revenue in the $35,000,000 range they would be one of the better shelters for adoption, but PETA runs no adoption programs, has no adoption hours, does no adoption promotion, has no adoption floor. However, it is registered with the State of Virginia as a “humane society” or “animal shelter.”

There is nothing human or sheltering about murdering thousands of adoptable pets.

Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA says that they could become a no kill shelter immediately, but that they wouldn’t be able to do as much work.

I say that if that work includes buying serial killer cannibal’s homes, splashing people wearing fur with red paint and putting up ridiculous billboards meant to shame people for their eating habits rather than educating them about what happens in factory farms, they should immediately become a no kill shelter.

At the very least, PETA could start donating money to no kill shelters or rescue groups who are struggling to keep their doors open.


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PETA has brought a lot of attention to animal cruelty, and I appreciate that, but I absolutely do not agree with their hypocrisy.

You can not call your organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals if you are murdering thousands of animals per year.

If you are interested in a vegan and/or cruelty free lifestyle, there are better research resources and organizations than PETA.

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  1. John K
    Posted April 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I have huge problems with PETA but this article doesn’t touch on any of them.

    First, a smaller quibble: “as far as I know there aren’t any instances of cannibalism happening either, as most of the animals we eat are herbivores.” Animals on factory farms are forced to eat all kinds of things that aren’t natural to their diets – actually most of them don’t ever get anything that IS natural – and yes, that includes cannibalism. Your assumption is not the same thing as a fact.

    But the bigger problem: your killing statistics are presented entirely without context. Yes, PETA puts down thousands of animals a year. The problem with villifying them for it? The reality is that someone has to. Any individual pet could be called “adoptable,” sure, but as a group they are not. Our country does not adopt shelter animals in numbers anywhere close to the intake numbers of those shelters. This is disgusting and an enormous problem, but not PETA’s fault.

    What do you suggest as an alternative for PETA? Leave them on the street, where they further reproduce? Continue overcrowding them in shelters indefinitely, until those shelters are themselves bursting with inhumane conditions? You can glorify no-kill shelters all you want, but they get away with being no-kill by turning away animals all the time, essentially pushing the problem onto someone else.

    PETA has enormous problems. Some of its political stunts I find downright despicable. But if you’re going to go after someone for the killing of pets, go after the American people who aren’t willing to adopt them, or to work to curtail the stray population on the front end. And do your homework before you go after someone else.

  2. Mary
    Posted April 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    I have never been a big fan of PETA, because of their hypocrisy.

    The idea of making a restaurant out of Dahmer’s home is disgusting and is making me wish I had the money to outbid them, so I could tear the place down and make a garden memorial (no food plants, just flowers and trees) to his victims.

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