Hmm.. seems your original post disappeared and you "edited" it to what is below. Originally, YOU posted this link from Peta. http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=38
Does that link from Peta ANYWHERE state they recommend euthanasia?? Absolutely not! They say, sadly, it does have to happen. Your post before you edited it ALSO agreed w/ euthanasia being the inevitable in some cases, but it can be done the humane way. You even directed people in how it should be done! Everything you said is almost a MIRROR message of what Peta is saying in this article. Is that why you edited it and took it out?
AND, as far as you saying Peta has a "spotty opinion" , well- in my 'spotty' opinion- that's exactly what you have. If you're going to moderate a board, I think you should consider what you're educating people on. They DO NOT recommend euthanasia like you claim. I think, as a mod, you should research things before you go and state something like this. Insinuating that Peta is not compassionate and recommends euthanasia is simply not true- and I'm sure members of Peta will eventually read this and thank me for standing up for them. The lady that started Peta (Ingrid) many, many, many years ago is an amazing person - she loves animals and she has built an amazing company because of her beliefs, and her amazing passion for animals. Last known, her salary was $25,000 a year- that's IT! She does this because of her compassion for animals.
And for additional information so you aren't ill-informed about Peta (or anyone for the matter).. this was a letter that Ingrid wrote regarding a tragedy that put them in the headlines. And just an fyi, I normally would have no reason to post this, but you seem to have something against them (w/ this particular topic anyway). This post was about someone getting a cat for the first time, the link I gave was a perfect link to what can happen to cats outdoors. There was no need to get into mention of feral's at all.. at least on this board. But because of your post.. I feel the need to defend a company that has does nothing but amazing things for animals, including cats (stray or not).
From Ingrid Newkirk of Peta:
July 8, 2005
The heartbreaking issue of euthanizing dogs and cats and PETA's struggle with it has been put in the spotlight recently because of a terrible situation in North Carolina. I am writing to you today because I want to be sure that you have the details and background about this case and to give you an explanation for the controversy that has resulted.
As you know, PETA concentrates on exposing the cruelty to animals inherent in food, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment industries. But we couldn't turn our backs when we were contacted five years ago by a police officer in North Carolina who was distressed by conditions in a county pound. These rural counties had pitiful shacks that they called "shelters," where dogs drowned during floods and workers killed animals with a .22 caliber firearm or gassed them in a leaky, rusty metal box. Other dogs and cats were killed with an injection of a paralytic drug that causes respiratory arrest before loss of consciousness, leaving animals to suffer horrific deaths by suffocation while their organs freeze up.
I was a humane officer for many years before founding PETA, and I saw appalling things, but this was as vile and cruel as anything I had seen on the streets of Washington, D.C. Most shamefully of all, North Carolina has the second-highest kill rate in the nation - 35 animals are killed annually for every 1,000 residents! Others are simply left to die in the woods or abandoned to be shot or run over somewhere along rural roads.
So in answer to that good police officer's call for help five years ago, we went to North Carolina to see if we could stop the shooting and gassing. We had already created a special program called Community Animal Project (CAP) after PETA discovered that the Virginia/North Carolina border region was among the worst in the country for overpopulation and outright neglect of dogs and cats. In most communities, dogs were kept chained outdoors in all weather with little or no shelter, and there were no effective cruelty investigations and no ready access to spay/neuter services. The pounds were horrible, with sick and injured animals left to languish in their own waste with no vet care.
Through CAP, we began pushing for reforms in several North Carolina counties, including Bertie, Northampton, and Hertford, urging them to institute humane euthanasia procedures, adoptions services (they had no adoption programs!), spay/neuter services, 24/7 emergency vet services, and rabies clinics.
We managed to make arrangements with these counties to pick up and humanely euthanize animals - many of whom were suffering from illness, injuries, aggressive behavior, and old age. Not only were these animals unwanted, but in most cases they were unfit or adoption. And every single one was slated for a horrific and painful death.
We stepped in and changed that. And we also found homes for some of the animals, including 360 dogs in the past year alone - even though we do not run an adoption center ourselves. We even built a cat shelter from the ground up (before we came, the cats were being dumped on the premises to run into the woods, breed, and die). And we promoted and performed sterilization at no cost for hundreds of dogs and cats who would have otherwise started producing litter after unwanted litter.
At the same time, PETA staff has been working to promote statewide spay/neuter legislation in North Carolina and funding for that program, as well as increased funding and standards of care for local animal-care facilities, and to raise awareness about the incredible tide of unwanted domestic animals throughout the state.
On June 15, things went terribly wrong. Two of our staff members working in North Carolina had put bodies of euthanized animals into a Dumpster. Obviously, this violates PETA policy. We have apologized profusely, in ads in the papers and on the air, for this hideous act. We immediately suspended the staffer in charge from duty. Some county officials, apparently afraid of public relations fallout, are now falsely denying that they knew euthanasia was taking place, but the facts will come out when this case goes to trial.
As you can well imagine, our opponents, those whose profits are made from raising and killing animals, have seized on this story and are doing their best to exploit it as much as they can. The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) and the Foundation for Biomedical Progress, both front groups for industries in which billions of animals die every year, are running ads and opinion columns that promote a distorted view of what PETA does and this situation. That is no surprise, and most of the public can see through it.
Some well-intentioned people are also being swayed by the "no kill" shelter people who have criticized us, suggesting that we should have diverted funds and staff to care for all these thousands of animals whom no one wants. Their dream will remain a dream unless people do the dirty work and focus on prevention. That's because we're not talking about a few thousand animals, but more than 3 to 4 million animals who would have to be housed in some sort of compound each year in the United States. The number is too huge to comprehend. The average cost for a 3-day stay for a single animal properly cared for in a regular shelter is $105, not counting spaying. That means that it would take nearly $420,000,000 to care for these animals for just three days!
Sadly we deal with an ever-increasing number of complaints regarding cruelty cases involving no-kill shelters (in many instances, little more than "animal warehouses") where dogs and cats suffer for months and years on end waiting for an adoption that may never come.
Of course, the real solution to this crisis of too many animals for too few good homes is spaying and neutering, supported by appropriate local laws. For that reason, our far-reaching humane education programs promote spaying and neutering. For that reason, we operate a model mobile spay/neuter clinic, which has sterilized more than 25,000 animals, many of them free of charge or well below our own costs. For that reason, PETA runs aggressive campaigns encouraging people not to patronize puppy mills, pet shops, or breeders and to improve their local laws.
The silver lining to this tragic story is that it is opening a misbelieving and ignorant public's eyes to the plight of animals in such horrific shelters and to the lack of good homes in this country for all the animals who deserve one. In typical PETA fashion, we will do everything possible to make sure that this vital facet of the controversy gets covered as well.
I also want to add that we are continuing full-steam ahead with all our other important work to help animals. Nothing will deter us from fulfilling our mission to relieve the suffering of animals in factory farms, slaughterhouses, and fur ranches, in vivisection labs and circuses, and wherever else animals' pain and suffering goes unchecked and unheard.
Again, I want to apologize to you if this has caused you any concern or upset, and I want to assure you that we have launched an internal investigation into all relevant CAP policies and procedures to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.
If you or anyone you know has any concerns about our work in North Carolina, please contact Allison Smith, Major Gifts Manager. Allison can be reached at 757-962-8356 or AllisonS@petaf.org
. We want to be sure that everyone knows the facts, and we want to do everything we can to maintain your trust and support, not only as it relates to this situation, but for all our hard and effective work to help animals.
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk
P.S. We aren't including photos of what we found in North Carolina - the dilapidated "shelter," the horrible box used for gassing, the heart-wrenching images of sick and dying cats and dogs - but if anyone doubts how bad things really are there, we will send photos, or they can be seen on our Web site www.HelpingAnimals.com
. We also show examples of some of the many "happy ending" stories for hundreds of animals we have been able to place in loving homes.
Originally Posted by TNR1
I do not recommend the PETA brochure for working with Feral Cats. If someone would like to order brochures on working with feral cats...Alley Cat Allies has some wonderful brochures that show compassion and do not recommend euthanasia. Simply because there is a CHANCE that a cat could die...does it make sense to recommend an automatic death sentence?? Even outdoor cats deserve to live.http://www.alleycat.org/tools.html