The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has apologized for confiscating- and killing- a little girl’s pet chihuahua. Additionally, the organization paid the family $49,000 after two people affiliated with the group went to the mobile home park where the family lives because they claim they had been asked to pick up wild dogs and feral cats. Once there, they absconded with an “unattended” chihuahua named Maya, who was subsequently put to death. Turns out, Maya was a Christmas gift to nine-year-old Cynthia Zarate. Oops.
Who knew roving bands of PETA members patrol our lands looking for pets to put down? Cynthia’s father sued PETA for its actions, which included euthanizing Maya the same day she was abducted, in violation of a state law which requires a five-day grace period. Legally, PETA was given the proverbial “slap on the wrist,” in the form of a $500 fine, for assassinating the Zarate’s beloved pet. However, it did agree to settle the lawsuit, in order to avoid trial, by paying the Zarates as well as giving a $2,000 donation to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. So, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has to pay the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) two grand for treating an animal unethically and cruelly? You can’t make this up.*
Mr. Zarate avers that PETA operates under a policy of putting down healthy animals because it “considers pet ownership to be a form of involuntary bondage.” PETA denies the charge, and asserts that this incident, which occurred in 2014, was a “terrible accident.”
People for the Euthanizing of Tamed Animals: “Better Dead Than Led!”
*(See my post of March 20, 2017: “PETA Files” for more on this topic).