The last post had to do with PETA and (what seem to be) the growing number of accusations of animal cruelty against that organization. Here’s another side to the PETA rep’s response that was reproduced last time. The source of the following comment is a highly reputable writer on issues having to do with animals.
The State of Virginia’s Veterinary Office, however, is not a front group.
http://ow.ly/97CQs Office of the [Virginia] State Veterinarian 2010 report: PETA collected 1553 cats Killed 1507. Placed only 28.
http://ow.ly/97CQs Office of the [Virginia] State Veterinarian 2010 report: PETA collected 792 dogs Killed 693 and placed only 16.
When asked, “How can PETA run the risk of exposure or misunderstanding, or a combination, by turning in such numbers?” the reply was, “Evidently they count on public acceptance of this maltreatment of dogs and cats.”
Bottom line for now: It’s hard to judge credibility when numbers are being tossed around and when we know there are “front groups” whose purpose is to discredit organizations. I hope to add more from another animal welfare organization soon.