PETA: The true villians

Tayla Taylor

In recent months criticisms against PETA, People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals, have been rampant. PETA focuses on four key areas concerning the protection and safety of animals: laboratories, food, clothing, and entertainment industries. They spread their efforts by educating the public, investigations, and campaigns. However, for an organization advocating peace, so many controversies have popped up recently questioning their ethics.

One of the major concerns brought to attention was PETA calling out Steve Irwin, and Animal conservationist and popular TV show host, for his “wild” actions. This all started when a Google Doodle was made in honor of Steve Irwin, showcasing his passion towards the protection of wildlife.  However, Google’s harmless memorial was contested by PETA in numerous tweets. PETA’s called out Irwin for “wrestling wild animals who were minding their own business” and calling his actions on his show harassment towards the wildlife.

After this,  others on social media stood up for Irwin. Many tweeted back in response to PETA, calling them out for the many accusations of the high killing rates in their own shelters. For example, in 2014 alone, PETA took in 3,107 animals into their shelters. This number seems amazing at first; however, out of that 3,107 animals, PETA euthanized 2,455 or 81 percent of those animals.  

Sadly this isn’t the only thing Peta has done that goes against their own ethics. PETA founder, Ingrid Newkirk, wrote in a newspaper advocating for the killing and banning of all pitbulls. PETA wrote in 2013, “PETA also recommends a ban on the adoption/release of dangerous dogs and fighting breeds (commonly known as ‘pit bulls’).” Instead of supporting the protection of all dogs, they made a hasty generalization about them and wanted to put an end to a whole breed.  

Overall, the idea of advocating for safety and security of wildlife is beneficial and important, but the actions of PETA fall short and have proven to cause more harm to those they are trying to protect. It’s not right for an organization to claim to be ethical, then turn their back on that promise.