PETA will never run from the hard choices


A recent editorial published in June 25 Vidette misrepresented PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatement of Animals) vital work for animals.

PETA has never been one to shy away from controversy, even when it means that some of our actions — such as protesting outside the Westminster Dog Show or baring a little skin to urge others not to wear animals’ skins — raise eyebrows.

But that’s just a small part of what we do. We also roll up our sleeves every day and help animals in some of the poorest areas in North Carolina and Virginia.

Our free spay-and-neuter surgeries, veterinary care, behavioral counseling and other services have helped thousands of people keep animals they would otherwise have had to part with in communities that have no humane societies, adoption programs or affordable veterinary services.

Our doors are always open to animals in need, no matter how old, sick, injured or aggressive they are.

Although we wish every dog and cat could have a happy ending, many of the animals PETA takes in are badly broken in both body and spirit.

We are there for dying animals such as Jack, an elderly, emaciated dog who was wasting away and unable to stand.

After we gently counseled Jack’s guardians for several days, they made the kind decision to end his suffering and brought him to PETA so that we could give him a peaceful release from his pain, surrounded by his family.

We rescue dogs who have been chained their entire lives and are suffering from congestive heart failure as well as feral cats who are ravaged by disease. For these animals, euthanasia is often the only kindness that they have ever known.

“No-kill” shelters often refuse to accept unadoptable animals such as these — which makes their numbers look good but can leave desperate animals to endure fates far worse than a peaceful death.

We also work on preventing animal homelessness and the resulting need for euthanasia. Recently, PETA sterilized our 100,000th animal since 2001 — and celebrated with a 24-hour spay-a-thon, during which we “fixed” 400 more dogs and cats.

Animals count on us to do the right thing, even when it is not easy. I invite every caring person to visit PETA’s website to learn more about our lifesaving work.

Together, we can create a kinder world for all animals.


Daphna Nachminovitch is senior vice president of PETA’s Cruelty Investigations Department. For more infromation about PETA, visit


3 Responses

  1. LucyP

    Thank you for giving the full picture of PETA’s work. After watching this video showing the dire state of the animals PETA comes to the rescue of every day, there is no doubt in my mind that a painless release is the kindest thing anyone could do for these cats and dogs. My hat’s off to PETA for doing the right thing, even when it would be easier to simply look the other way.

  2. Suzanne Carlson

    Wanting to believe that “no-kill” is the answer is understandable, but turning a blind eye to the reality of what life is like on the streets is not. Dogs and cats need love, attention, play and to be part of a family … not sitting in cages waiting for a home that does not exist or struggling to survive for another hour on the street. . I applaud PETA and all the open-admission humane societies for doing the heartbreaking, thankless work and those who are condemning them are in profound denial about the scope and scale of this crisis.

  3. Lisa Clark-kahn

    I agree keep doing your amazing work and actions for animals,their will always be people looking for an excuse to bash you.How low some people are and misguided.


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