Written by Jeff Mackey
article on CNN's website helps explain why many animal advocates—PETA included—support policies
requiring in-depth assessment before placing companion animals into new homes:
By screening properly, rescue workers and animal shelters can help make sure
that animals who have often survived cruelty, neglect, or abandonment will find
safe homes in which they will be treated with love and respect for the rest of
As a result of carelessness or negligence, adopted animals have
been killed, horribly tortured, fed to snakes, and sexually abused, among other things. And in response to pressure from "no-kill" supporters, there has been a push to increase adoption numbers and manipulate euthanasia
statistics, causing children and others to be harmed and killed by adopted animals, which is a tragedy for families as well as for
adopted animals and serves only to frighten people away from adopting vulnerable
animals from shelters.
Animals deserve to be treated like individuals, not
discounted merchandise, yet more and more animal shelters are resorting to a
variety of ill-advised tactics in order to increase adoptions, including free or grossly discounted
adoptions, black cat giveaways during Halloween, buy-one-get-one-free kitten promotions,
and other nonsense meant to make for more appealing adoption statistics—without
really checking where (or with
whom) the animals end up. These irresponsible "bargain adopt-a-thons" send
the message that animals' lives are worth little to nothing—the very mindset that
causes millions of animals to be relinquished to animal shelters in the first
If you or someone you know can no longer care for an animal
companion, never advertise the animal
on Craigslist or in a "Free to a Good Home" ad, and never adopt out an animal who
has not been spayed or neutered. Follow our other tips here to seek out a permanent home for your animal friend. A reasonable fee, an
application, a contract, and a home visit are essential to ensuring that animals
are placed in truly forever homes—after all, anyone not interested in being
part of the process to adopt an animal can hardly be expected to spend the
time, money, and energy needed to care for an animal for his or her entire life.
Want to help? Become an ABC (Animal Birth Control) volunteer today to help reduce the number of unwanted animals who need to be adopted in
the first place!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
a rare case of legal
protection for a rat, a Denver woman has pleaded
guilty to a cruelty-to-animals charge for torturing and killing a rat. Tashaya
Abbott and Alison Milke bought a rat from a pet store to feed live to a snake,
but the snake did not eat the animal for four days—during which time the
terrified rodent was confined to a tank with the snake. So the young women
reportedly electroshocked, shot with blow darts multiple times, and finally crushed
the rat to death. Evidently thinking that this animal's horrific suffering and
death were something to laugh about, Milke posted a photo of the rat to her
Facebook page and boasted about the crime that they had committed.
supporter alerted us, and we immediately notified law enforcement and pushed
for the women to be prosecuted.
judge ordered Abbott to pay
a $125 fine and complete 50 hours of community service and banned her from
owning any animals for a year. There is still an outstanding warrant for Milke,
who is believed to be in Florida now, and PETA is pushing hard for her prosecution
you spot any evidence of potential animal abuse on social-networking sites, contact PETA right away, and we will
work to have the offenders prosecuted.
Written by PETA
Fact: Violence against animals often leads to violence against humans. Conclusion? Require felony animal abusers to be placed on a public registry.
Sex offenders and arsonists are already required to be on registries, and soon California will consider a recently proposed bill that would require the same of animal abusers. By making residents aware of animal-abuse offenders in their community, California legislators would protect both animals and their human constituents.
California banned the use of gestation crates, battery cages, and veal crates when Prop 2 was passed. Then the state put an end to tail-docking of cows. West Hollywood recently banned the sale of dogs and cats at puppy mills, and PETA is opening up a new office in Los Angeles. Conclusion? If the Golden State passes this new bill (and stops abusing its unhappy cows), I will declare it the best state ever.
Written by Logan Scherer
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.