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David Sparks Ph.d PETA KillsAnimals.com
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: July 06, 2017

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Got a shocking email with a link to a video from a group that calls themselves PETAKillsAnimals.com. Take a quick listen The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services requires all animal shelters to report the number of cats and dogs they take in each year. The records indicate how many cats and dogs were reclaimed by their owners, adopted out, transferred to other Virginia releasing agencies (i.e. animal shelters and animal control), transferred to out-of-state releasing agencies, died of natural causes, euthanized (killed), and how many the shelter held alive at the end of the calendar year. We added the dogs and cats euthanized and divided by the total number of dogs and cats taken in excluding those held only for sterilization surgery to determine the percentage of dogs and cats PETA killed in a given year. We obtained the reports by filing public records requests under Virginia’s sunshine laws with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Recent documents uncovered by PETAKillsAnimals.com indicate that the Commonwealth of Virginia was so shocked by the number of animals PETA kills each year that the state inspector attempted to revoke PETA’s license to operate a shelter.


In 2010, a Virginia resident called PETA to ask if it operated an animal shelter. PETA said no. Apparently perplexed, she sent PETA’s response to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the government agency responsible for overseeing shelters and animal welfare matters in the state. Responding to the complaint, Dr. Daniel Kovich, an investigator with the VDACS, conducted an inspection of PETA’s animal shelter at its Virginia headquarters in July 2010. Dr. Kovich determined “the facility does not contain sufficient animal enclosures to routinely house the number of animals annually reported as taken into custody.”


I guess my point in letting you hear these allegations is to help us all reject the claims by animal advocate groups that animal agriculture is inhumane. I have repeatedly brought on spokespeople from the Animal Agriculture Alliance and these good folks have pointed out the hypocrisy in the agenda of so many animal advocate groups. Just wanted to give you another source to substantiate their claims.

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