As a vegetarian and animal lover, I have tried to defend PETA. I believe the they are at least partially responsible for the decline in the fur trade, and that’s wonderful. However, PETA also has a prevailing stance that it’s better to be a dead pet than to be a pet in a loving home. As someone who has a family that includes two dogs and a cat, that’s too much, even for this animal rights activist.
Now, PETA is being sued for $7 million, because they allegedly stole a little girl’s beloved Chihuahua, broad daylight, and then killed the dog.
Wilber Zarate Llaven of Norfolk, VA filed suit against PETA, after the management of the trailer park that the Llaven family lives in called the animal rights organization to take away animals that had been left behind by previous tenants.
Zarate claims PETA employees Victoria Carey and Jennifer Wood came to the park and began to ingratiate themselves with the residents, telling them they would try to find good homes for the dogs they captured. They also allegedly told them PETA would be glad to provide vaccinations for the residents’ pets and to have them spayed and neutered.
Carey told Zarate that PETA would be glad to have Maya, his pet chihuahua, vaccinated, according to his lawsuit.
Zarate says he agreed, and based on PETA’s representation and assurance, he opted to wait for PETA to provide a time to give Maya her annual vaccination as agreed.
Only instead of making an appointment, PETA, as caught on tape, lured the dog away from its porch and took it. They also had the dog euthanized before the mandatory five day waiting period. PETA did, however, send a fruit basket.
While PETA alleges to love animals, they have never loved pets, or shall we say the idea of pets. Their website says this:
This selfish desire to possess animals and receive love from them causes immeasurable suffering, which results from manipulating their breeding, selling or giving them away casually, and depriving them of the opportunity to engage in their natural behavior. They are restricted to human homes, where they must obey commands and can only eat, drink, and even urinate when humans allow them to.
Because domesticated animals retain many of their basic instincts and drives but are not able to survive on their own in the wild, dogs, cats, or birds, whose strongest desire is to be free, must be confined to houses, yards, or cages for their own safety.
Dogs and cats have lived with humans for millennia, so much so that few could survive in the wild. Most of us eat, drink and urinate only when circumstances allow, even when we’re allowed to run free, but the bottom line is that to dogs, the human relationship is the most important relationship in the world.
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