*dogs not included
I went to the Ringling Brothers Circus in Everett last Sunday and was greeted by many members of PETA holding signs, most of which protested the treatment of Elephants. Specifically allegations of beating and deaths. A number of the signs they were holding just showed a chain around an elephant leg or said something about the elephant not choosing this life. The odd thing, at least one of these signs was held by a lady who had a dog on a leash.
It took all of my strength not to walk up and ask her if her dog gave his permission for her to put on that leash and if he had any say in being at the protest.
Now PETA is not against animal deaths, just if someone else is responsible.
According to the Wally Swett, President of Primarily Primates, PETA killed 1,946 pets in its home state of Virginia in 2005, transferring or adopting out 215, and killed 141 wild animals in the same year, transferring or releasing 52. In 2004, PETA killed 2278 animals while finding homes for 368 animals. Columnist Debra J. Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle, quoting the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) data based on PETA's filing with the state of Virginia, has said that PETA killed over 10,000 animals from 1998 to 2003.