Daphna Nachminovitch, a vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, visited a home with ill-kept pit bulls.
By MICHAEL WINERIP
Published: July 6, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. — Even some supporters do not know what to make of it.
PETA, considered by many to be the highest-profile animal rights group in the country, kills an average of about 2,000 dogs and cats each year at its animal shelter here.
Other animal rescue groups have adopted the no-kill shelter approach, aiming to improve medical treatment at shelters and increase adoption rates to 90 percent.
And the shelter does few adoptions — 19 cats and dogs in 2012 and 24 in 2011, according to state records.
At a time when the major animal protection groups have moved to a “no kill” shelter model, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals remains a holdout, confounding some and incensing others who know the organization as a very vocal advocacy group that does not believe animals should be killed for food, fur coats or leather goods.
This is an organization that on Thanksgiving urges Americans not to eat turkey.