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Va. Bill Targets PETA Shelter for Killing Thousands of Animals

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 07:34 AM

The Virginia legislature has passed a bill that, if signed into law, could put an animal shelter operated by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals out of business, The Washington Post reported.

The bill solely defines an animal shelter as "operating for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes," a change in definition that would largely turn the state's private shelters into "no-kill" zones, the Post said.

PETA facility in Norfolk euthanized all but about 300 of the 2,631 cats and dogs it took in during 2014. This compares to a roughly 25 percent euthanasia rate at Virginia county animal shelters.

Critics say PETA made little effort to put its animals up for adoption.

"PETA is a huge, rich, mean bully," blogged Robin Starr of the Richmond SPCA.

The most humane way to handle unwanted pets is euthanasia, PETA argued. "Because of the high number of unwanted companion animals and the lack of good homes, sometimes the most humane thing that a shelter worker can do is give an animal a peaceful release," according to the organization's website.

The animal rights group says that the real problem is humans whose "selfish desire to possess animals and receive love from them," that "has created an overpopulation crisis."

PETA, which promotes veganism and loathes zoos, recently drew unwanted publicity in Virginia when it euthanized a Chihuahua its owner said had been wrongly taken by a PETA contractor, the Post reported.

Republican state Sen. William Stanley, who has dogs and a cat, was the driving force behind the bill to change the current code, which lists finding permanent adoptive homes as just one of several criteria for defining an animal shelter.

"I think it's important the public know that [the PETA facility] is not a private animal shelter that finds forever homes for these animals, but rather puts them down," the Post reported.

Stanley's bill is opposed by the Virginia Alliance for Animal Shelters.

The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services also warned that the bill could lead private shelters to halt accepting animals difficult to put out for adoption.

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