After this article published, I was pleasantly surprised to get an email from Krissy, the young woman on the left in the photo (my right). I quickly remembered why I like and respect her. She is respectable and believes in what she is doing. Below is the text of her note along with a couple of links that I encourage you to follow so you can make your own judgment.

Hey Jon, Hope all is well up in Maine! Supposedly it's spring, but nobody has told Vermont yet. Since you posted that picture of Ashley and me with the article about euthanasia, I couldn't help but respond. I encourage you to please read this article by PETA's VP of Communications, Lisa Lange. You see, PETA is not a traditional shelter, meaning if an animal has a chance of being adopted, we send it to other shelters to have a better chance of being seen. Those animals aren't included in the figures. In 2012 PETA's Mobile Clinic spayed and neutered more than 9,200 dogs and cats, including 950 feral cats and 560 pit bulls at a discounted rate or free of charge. PETA has spayed and neutered more than 87,000 animals to help put an end to the overpopulation crisis. So I hope you will share both sides of the story.

Here's the link Krissy shared with me: PETA: A Shelter of Last Resort

Also, and importantly, she gave me the heads up about the Center for Consumer Freedom. I researched it and she was right on. Check this out from the U.S. Humane Society.

Below is the original article that was posted earlier today-

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) asks that chickens be treated more humanely...that fish (sea kittens, as they call them) be protected from being caught and eaten and the same for lobster. In fact, Mary Tyler Moore's famous protest at the Rockland Lobster Festival caused a record number of the crustaceans to be sold. So what's up with these PETA killing fields?

According to the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, they slaughtered 95% of the dogs and cats they rescued in 2011. Around 90% of those rescued in 2012. This from an organization who has no problem accepting donations from the public and celebrities (poor, dumb celebrities) in order to spread their gospel and line their pocketbooks (which we're told are not made of real leather).

In 2010, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported that 84 percent of the strays taken in by PETA were killed within 24 hours. Hmmmm...I guess maybe it's money they have and time they don't. So much for looking for adoptive families.

In all fairness, the two ladies pictured in Santa suits who were in town for a KFC protest that day were most sweet and respectful. I enjoyed them. They were fun, upbeat and passionate and, even though I didn't agree with their stance, I listened to them. They, I'm sure, are not making the decisions for the organization but they are ambassadors of a group that seems a bit hypocritical if not unethical.

I'll leave you with this...a quote from PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk who said: “a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.”

Well, the dog is dead. Morale, keep your boys away from PETA.

Bon apetite...I'm gonna go have me a chicken sandwich. Sorry, Ingrid.

Peta fur protest
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