PETA doesn’t harm; they save

In response to your opinion piece “Animal rights activist group exposes murderous hypocrisy” (3/31/09), it was disappointing to read Mr. Boyer’s inflammatory and misleading article about the dog and cat overpopulation crisis. There are many companies and front groups that profit directly from the exploitation of animals and attempt to discredit PETA because we hurt their bottom line. They aim to damage our organization by misrepresenting the situation and the number of unwanted and suffering animals PETA euthanizes because of injuries, illness, age, aggression and other problems; because their guardians requested it; or because no good homes exist for them. Most of these animals are unsocialized-they have never lived indoors and instead spent their entire lives suffering outside on a chain all year round, often becoming aggressive. Most of the animals PETA took in and euthanized were not adoptable-and were taken in precisely because they were not adoptable.
?PETA handled far more than 2,124 animals in 2008. In fact, we took in more than 10,000 dogs and cats, spaying and neutering all of them at low or no cost. The figures cited also do not include the hundreds upon hundreds of dogs whose owners are indigent and whose suffering PETA works to alleviate by providing them with free food, clean water buckets, sturdy wooden doghouses, straw in the winter and much more. The figures also do not include the hundreds of adoptable dogs and cats we do not take in but instead refer to walk-in animal shelters and adoption centers.
?The fact of the matter is that overpopulation is an issue that animal shelters are dealing with nationwide, and for Mr. Boyer or anyone else to place the blame for this issue on PETA or other animal protection organizations that are trying to help combat the crisis is misguided at best. ?

Ryan Huling
College Campaign Coordinator