Attention Virginia Residents: Two animal protection bills need your support. We are happy to report that SB 693 and SB 1381 passed the Senate Agriculture Committee and will face a full Senate floor vote.
SB 693: This bill would clarify that sterilizing and releasing feral cats back to their habitats is not illegal, allowing cat advocates to continue doing so without fear of prosecution.
SB 1381: This bill clarifies the language for what constitutes a private shelter in Virginia, requiring them to be “operated for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes and facilitating other lifesaving outcomes for animals.”
If you live in Virginia, please contact your state Senator and ask for a yes vote: http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/
There exists on this Earth, a lethal arrogance. We see it in kill “shelters”, at PETA, the HSUS, ASPCA, and elsewhere:
Some arrogant/ignorant humans treat pets as though we were omniscient gods‚ lying by deluding others into believing that death is our loving “gift” to them. We have no right to condemn healthy companion animals based on our limited understanding of their realities, as our mission should be exactly the same as children’s advocates: Establish more temporary safe havens, find additional permanent homes, and, most importantly, develop programs that reduce the number of homeless.
Do countless children suffer for many years trapped in overcrowded and substandard orphanages?
Of course, as do refugees and millions upon millions of other displaced people, and this suffering is a horrendous tragedy. However, compassionate people seek to remedy these problems through addressing the fundamental causes, not killing the victims.
Killing is done by the uncivilized. By the narrow minded. By the weak in soul.
No Kill Programs are implemented by those truly evolved enough to know that a cat’s life means equally as much to Him/Her, that a human animal’s life means to them!
It’s time to get over ourselves. We humans do not have the patent on life. We are but one of millions of species of animals on Earth, (most of whom were here long before us) and we are no more, and no less, deserving of rights, and of life, than anybody else.
Live and let live……..or f*ck off.
What happens when you hire a new director who refuses to hide behind excuses and has a passion for saving lives?
Fremont County, CO: “Before [Doug Rae] took over as executive director … every month nearly half the animals in the shelter were put down… In October, only 7 percent of animals in the shelter had to be put down. In November, 1 percent. And last month, no animals in the shelter were killed…”
New director turns Humane Society of Fremont County around: http://bit.ly/1sd5dWs
Madison County, AR: “The euthanasia rate…was at 74% and we’ve been able to decrease that to 2%” thanks to Shonna Harvey.
Madison Co. Pet Shelter Drops Euthanasia Rate to 2%: http://bit.ly/1AnJ7kc
Seagoville, TX: “Fewer animals lost their lives all year [under Karl Bailey] than used to be killed in a week.”
Atten-Hut: Sgt. Bailey in Command: http://bit.ly/XvRfQ9 (In 2014, Seagoville had a 99% save rate. They did not kill a single cat all year).
Hundreds of cities and towns across America, representing over 7,000,000 people, now have save rates above 90% and the numbers continue to grow; the majority achieved it in six months or less. Killing is a choice. Saving Lives is a choice too. Choose life over killing. Go No Kill.
Do you have what it takes to save lives? http://bit.ly/YGClCl We need No Kill advocates to take over shelters across the country.
Article By Nathan Winograd and The No Kill Advocacy Center
Graphic By SiameseCatTwins4Ever
WARNING: PETA may be in your neighborhood rounding up animals to kill.
The Theft and Killing of Maya
On October 18, 2014, in Parksley, VA, PETA stole Maya, a happy and healthy dog, from her porch while her family was out. They killed her that very day.
According to a spokesman for Maya’s family, PETA came to the trailer park where the family lives, where most of the residents are Spanish speaking with few resources. The PETA representatives befriended the residents. They got to know who lived where and who had dogs. In fact, they sat with the family on the same porch off which they later took Maya. Waiting until the family was away from the home, PETA employees backed their van up to the porch and threw biscuits to Maya, in an attempt to coax her off her property and therefore give PETA the ability to claim she was a stray dog “at large.” But Maya refused to stay off the porch and ran back. Thinking that no one was around, one of the employees—who was later charged with larceny—went onto the property and took Maya.
When the family returned and found their beloved Maya missing, they searched around the neighborhood before checking the video on the surveillance camera. That is when they saw the PETA van on the film and recognized the woman who had come to their house on prior occasions to talk to them about Maya. They called PETA and asked for Maya’s return. According to a family spokesperson, PETA claimed it did not have the dog. When PETA was told that its employees had been filmed taking the dog, they hung up. Shortly afterward, a PETA attorney called and informed the family that Maya was dead. PETA had killed her. She may not be the only one. On the day they stole Maya, other animals went missing as well. Had a surveillance video not been available, the killing of Maya would have remained unknown, as are the fates of the other animals. In the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 animals.
In a dishonest attempt at damage control, PETA put out a full page ad in the newspaper. The ad intentionally misleads people about their campaign of extermination against community cats. It says nothing of their theft and killing of Maya. It does not mention the arrests of PETA employees for larceny. It does not mention that this is not the first time PETA employees have been arrested for killing animals. In fact, PETA refuses to answer questions about why they stole and killed Maya: http://bit.ly/15kRPFX And though PETA takes in thousands of animals a year, only to put the vast majority to death, the ad offered two dogs for adoption, hoping to defray criticism for their killing of thousands of others. Given that they only adopt out 1% of the animals they take in, those two dogs, if indeed they are adopted out rather than killed, will be some of the few spared from the needle.
The No Kill Advocacy Center Response
The No Kill Advocacy Center has responded by:
– Asking the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (VDACS) to revoke PETA’s ability to kill animals: http://bit.ly/1zxqE5o
– Requesting a petition for rulemaking asking for regulations requiring more transparency in Virginia “shelters”: http://bit.ly/1BP4U3Z
– Drafting and asking the state to pass “Maya’s Law”: http://bit.ly/1zJoHDb
Today, I, and other animal lovers, also responded. We placed this ad in the same newspaper to counter PETA’s misinformation. The people who live near PETA headquarters and whose animals may be at risk should be aware of the danger PETA poses to their beloved animal companions so that they may take precautionary measures, such as not letting their animals go outside unsupervised. They also have a right to know that an organization located within their vicinity is letting loose individuals who not only maniacally believe that killing is a good thing and that the living want to die, but who are legally armed with lethal drugs which they have already proven—29,426 times in the last decade—that they are not adverse to using: http://bit.ly/1bdIqes
The Response By Others
We are not alone:
– A Senator calls for an investigation of PETA: http://bit.ly/1uAn44m
– The Richmond SPCA calls for an investigation of PETA: http://bit.ly/1sxijIO
– The Accomack County attorney calls for an investigation of PETA: http://delmarvane.ws/1JXDKOj
– The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies calls for an investigation of PETA: http://bit.ly/1ygmbFq
When you donate to PETA, you pay to kill animals like Maya and thousands of others every year
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Virginia Federation of Humane Societies (VFHS) has asked Attorney General To Investigate PETA’s killingPosted: January 5, 2015
The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies (VFHS) has asked the Attorney General to open an investigation into PETA’s theft and killing of Maya, a “happy and healthy” dog. You can read the letter here: http://bit.ly/1ygmbFq Surveillance video shows PETA stealing Maya from her home: http://youtu.be/hpOyHnvycKE. They killed her that very day: http://bit.ly/1pGUQcj
This is not the first time PETA has been accused of taking animals from people under false pretenses and putting the animals to death, thus suggesting that the taking and killing of Maya cannot be dismissed as the action of rogue employees. As such, PETA is using its designation as an animal shelter to deceive the public and acquire animals for the purpose of killing them. Rescuers, private individuals, shelters, and veterinarians have stated that they turned over animals to PETA after PETA promised to find homes only to learn that PETA killed the animals, in some cases within minutes of taking them. Nor is Maya’s story the first time that PETA employees have been arrested over their taking and killing of animals. In a 2007 criminal trial against two PETA employees in North Carolina, jurors heard similar testimony: http://bit.ly/XCSdI3
In a feeble attempt at damage control, PETA put out a full page ad in their local paper. The ad intentionally misleads people about their campaign of extermination against community cats. It says nothing of their theft and killing of Maya. It does not mention the arrests of PETA employees for larceny. It does not mention that this is not the first time PETA employees have been arrested for killing animals. But it does offer two dogs for adoption. Given that they only adopt out 1% of the animals they take in, with kill rates as high as 99%, those two dogs, if indeed they are adopted out rather than killed, will be some of the few spared from the needle. PETA is letting loose upon the world individuals who not only maniacally believe that killing is a good thing and that the living want to die, but who are legally armed with lethal drugs which they have already proven—29,426 times in the last decade—that they are not adverse to using.
And when they are not killing animals themselves, they are advocating for others to do so. In St. Paul, MN, they are the only national group that fought legislation to require shelters to save more animals. Despite some compromises, the St. Paul Companion Animal Protection Act is based on a similar Delaware law that helped reduce killing statewide by 78%. It is based on a similar California law that has increased rescue transfers by 370%, over 46,000 animals a year. And it is based on a similar Austin law that has made that city the largest in the U.S. saving over 90% of the animals. PETA argues that shelters should be allowed to kill as quickly as they want: http://kare11.tv/14psr1d
According to the VFHS, “PETA is ‘using’ its status as a ‘shelter’ to the great detriment of animals in the Commonwealth [of Virginia]”: http://bit.ly/ZgBzfb They are also working to the great detriment of animals elsewhere. But more people are learning the truth.
The letter by the VFHS follows the No Kill Advocacy Center complaint to the State Veterinarian, asking her to revoke PETA’s status as a shelter: http://bit.ly/1zxqE5oIt follows a request that the state pass Maya’s Law: http://bit.ly/1zJoHDb
It follows a complaint by a Virginia State Senator: http://bit.ly/1uAn44m
It follows a complaint by the Richmond SPCA: http://bit.ly/1sxijIO
And it follows a complaint by the Accomack County attorney: http://delmarvane.ws/1JXDKOj
Maya was stolen and killed by PETA. A police officer opens a trash bag with a dead dog, one of many dogs and cats found in a supermarket dumpster after they were killed and thrown in the trash by PETA despite a promises to save them. A healthy mother cat and her two kittens, also killed by PETA within minutes after promising to find them homes. Learn more: http://www.whyPETAkills.org