PETA as 'last resort'
In his letter “PETA & its tactics II” , Will Coggin of the Center for Consumer Freedom failed to mention that he is paid by a front group for enterprises that profit from intensively confining and slaughtering billions of animals every year. The group is run by notorious lobbyist Richard Berman, who has fought legislation to curb drunk driving and claims it is a myth that obesity lowers life expectancy.
The group's self-professed strategy is to attack the messenger. It sees the impact PETA has in changing buying habits and educating consumers about cruelty to animals. That's why Mr. Coggin and his colleagues carefully mischaracterize euthanasia PETA carries out to help animals whose appalling condition can be seen at PETASaves.com.
PETA is proud to be a “shelter of a last resort” and to provide a merciful release to abused and broken beings, especially when guardians cannot afford veterinary services. We welcome aggressive dogs who have been chained 24/7 and suffer heart failure from advanced heartworm disease; feral cats ravaged by contagious, fatal diseases; and other suffering and unadoptable animals. We transfer adoption candidates to other open-admission shelters — those that, unlike “no-kill” shelters, never turn animals away — for a chance at finding loving homes.
Unlike Coggin's group, PETA believes all animals deserve respect. Sometimes, that means respecting their need to leave behind a world of suffering.
The writer is senior vice president in the Cruelty Investigations Department of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (peta.org).