How much do I dispise PeTA? Let me count the ways…
1.\tTheir stance on feral cats is to exterminate them, and TNR is not an acceptable solution except in very limited circumstances (which are almost impossible to meet). While they think that all animals should be in their natural, “wild” state, apparently when a cat does exactly that they should be killed.
2.\tThey promote veganism for animals. While this may (note: MAY) work for dogs if done correctly, it does not work for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores. They must have meat in their diet to thrive.
3.\tIngrid Newkirk, the President, is a hypocritical witch. She is Type I diabetic and depends on porcine (pig) derived insulin to live. But that’s OK because “the animals would want it”. She is/they are vehemently opposed to all animal derived products and medicine, including the same medicine she uses daily for other people. Apparently they aren’t worthy, but she is.
4.\tHave you heard the one about how Iams is cruel to animals in their product testing labs? That happened somewhere between 5-10 years ago. What you don’t hear is that the lab in question was a contracted company (not owned by Iams) breaking all kinds of federal and state laws, Iams terminated their contract with them as soon as they were made aware of the situation, and as far as I know there were never any charges pressed against the lab itself of employees thereof. They also don’t tell you that a PeTA member gained employment there and worked at that lab for months to get enough secret footage, but never once reported the cruelty they witnessed and documented to the authorities. This is standard procedure for PeTA. Why stop the cruelty when it makes such good publicity for them?
5.\tThey support and lobby for any and all legislation that would, if enacted and properly enforced, end the existence of many animals. They oppose all private ownership of exotic animals, and that includes birds, reptiles of any kind, as well as the species you think of as “exotic”. And as we’ve seen through John’s (AmbertheBobcat) wonderful example here, it is quite possible for responsible, mutually respectful and loving ownership of exotics. BSL (breed-specific legislature) is also supported, regardless of the breed. I saw an interview where they flat out said that, and that they would outlaw all breeding if they could. Couple this with their support of mandatory spay/neuter, with no exception for breeders, and there would be no more domestic animals. Granted, this is not anywhere near a reality since there won’t ever be true enforcement of the laws, but it’s a scary proposition.
6.\tWhat everyone else has already said…