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 www.PETA.org.