Recently, as you all may have heard, a ban against Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu brought out swaths of people on the streets in protest. While it is arguable whether or not it should be continued as a sport, let's have a look into the party involved in getting it banned. We are talking, of course, about People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). This animal shelter society is as popular and as rich as it gets. They are against the idea of pets and harm to animals of any kinds. But is that all? Or are they hiding something which paints and even uglier picture than what their rhetoric against Jallikattu is.
Let's get one thing out of the way. PETA never claimed a no-kill policy. They support euthanising as a last measure if nothing can be done to help the animal. Euthanising animals in nasty stuff. It could be argued euthanising is is indeed necessary to some degree owing to the condition of some of the animals that are handed over to PETA. Sometimes they are diagnosed with terminal illness, sometimes they are in too much pain and nothing can be done to help them get through it. But are all the cases like this? Let's have a look.
People for Ethical Treatment of Animals justifies its euthanising policy. They also claim that they try to give up the animals for adoption as much as they can. So let'ss check the numbers. From the second half of 1998 to 2015, PETA received 40,438 animals out of which they euthanised about 87 pc. So was there no other option that to Euthanise a staggering 34,970 animals?
In 2010, an inspection showed that Peta euthanised about 90 pc of the animals within 24 hours! Is it really possible for them to know in such a short time that all these animals they euthanised were beyond any help?. In other words, they also killed perfectly healthy and able animals. The list of such incidents goes on and on.
PETA claims they have to do this work as nobody else does it. But, if we look at other suck organisations, the numbers are different.
Take Lynchburg Humane Society for example. Situated in the same state of Virginia as PETA, they euthanised less than 10 pc of the animals they received. Let's assume for the sake of argument that PETA receives animals in a much worse condition than other organisations. But it still doesn't explain this massive gap! Why does this happen? Is PETA short on money? Is PETA short on manpower? A big NO.
Puppies killed and tossed into garbage (Source: Petakillsanimals)
PETA has about 5 million supports and operates all over the world. In 2015, it received more than $43 million in donations from unsuspecting donors. All donations were, no doubt, given hoping to get good treatment and livelihood for the animals. Despite this, many investigations have revealed that healthy and young puppies were killed by the organisation for no apparent reason.
It's time we looked up to PETA and grilled them about their work instead of joining the big star-studded support line that includes Virat Kohli, John Abraham, Vidya Balan and many others. We can argue on and on about prevalence of cruel animal sports but we should also argue about working of "ethical" organisations like PETA in the same breath.