Ethical Treatment: PETA Steals Family Dog and Kills It

I know that part of PETA’s marketing campaign is convincing people how much they care about animals. However, the truth is that PETA is nothing more than a slaughterhouse. They get rich celebrity endorsements, because of their image as an animal shelter. But they kill the majority of the animals they take in, in the first 24 hours they have them. That’s their version of “ethical treatment” of animals.

They harp on and on about how meat is murder and eating animals is cannibalism, but at the same time they go around collecting stray animals and putting them to death. Of course, they call it euthanasia, because that’s doesn’t sound as mean.

There’s a case in Norfolk, Virginia where a couple PETA workers got a little overzealous with their public service. They went to a trailer park to collect stray dogs that had been left by previous tenants. They saw a Chihuahua on someone’s front porch and assumed it was a stray dog, took it into custody and then killed it that evening. State law requires a five-day waiting period before euthanizing stray animals to allow the owners to be able to claim their pets, so that incidents like this don’t happen.

Now, the family is suing PETA and the two employees for stealing their pet and killing it that evening, in violation of state law:

A family is suing PETA for $9.7 million after they say workers from the organization euthanized their Chihuahua.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Wilber Zarate and his daughter each sued the group Tuesday in Norfolk Circuit Court for $2 million. They are also suing PETA workers Victoria Carey and Jennifer Wood for $350,000 each and are asking for $5 million in punitive damages.

The family says Carey and Wood went to their trailer park home in Oct. 2014 and took the girl’s Chihuahua off the family’s porch. The pet was euthanized that day.

Zarate says the workers came to the trailer park to catch dogs that were left behind by previous residents. PETA says they mistook the Chihuahua for another pet.

A PETA official declined to comment to the newspaper Tuesday.

Pilot Online added:

A security camera shows two children trying to lure Maya off the porch, according to the lawsuit. When they fail, Woods plays lookout while Carey snatches the dog. Carey and Woods paid the kids to coax the Chihuahua, Zarate said in the suit.

Four months after euthanizing the dog, PETA admitted it euthanized Maya and apologized.

In February, Daphna Nachminovitch, a PETA senior vice president who oversees the team that was responsible for the euthanization, said Carey mistook Maya for another Chihuahua.

Zarate said Carey met Maya during one of her visits and promised to get her vaccinated, Zarate said in the suit, adding that she never did.

The state conducted an investigation and determined that PETA violated state law by failing to ensure that the animal was properly identified and failing to keep the dog alive for five days before killing it, according to the notice from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Because of this “critical finding” and the “severity of this lapse in judgment,” the agency issued PETA the organization’s first-ever violation and imposed the largest fine allowed, $500.

On my bike route at my old house, I used to have to go past a trailer park area where there were always these two Chihuahuas that would chase me, and then when I’d have to stop at the stop sign, they’d bite my ankles. I wanted so badly to just kick those little annoying brat dogs, but I knew if I did, and the owners found out that I seriously injured or killed them, I’d probably get in trouble. So, I understand wanting to snatch as many of these dogs as possible.

But this wasn’t exactly like that. They were just picking up what they thought were stray pets and then almost immediately killing them. That’s not very humane or ethical.