- Wayne HsiungFounder, DxE
- Almira TannerEvent Coordinator, DxE
- Jane Velez-MitchellSpeaker
- Amy Jean DavisSpeaker
Stop the Butcher of Norfolk from Coming to Berkeley
Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) says killing animals is violence. So why do they promote people who kill animals?
DxE has invited PETA President Ingrid Newkirk to speak in Berkeley on October 20. Newkirk is the architect of PETA’s campaign of companion animal extermination which has claimed the lives of at least 32,744 over the last 13 years. These animals are often acquired through trapping, lying, and even outright theft, and most are killed immediately, without ever being made available for adoption. When not killing animals, PETA is advocating for others to kill them, including pit bulls and community cats.
People who care about animals don’t invite people who advocate for their killing and who slaughter them by the thousands to speak at a conference about protecting animals. They speak out, loudly and without equivocation, against those who preach and practice harm against them.
We demand that DxE live up to its claim to oppose all violence against animals by revoking it’s invitation that would bring the Butcher of Norfolk to Berkeley, and we demand that DxE stop partnering with PETA, a relationship that legitimizes and amplifies the power, wealth, and influence PETA uses to the great detriment of animals. We also call on the other speakers at the event -- Jane-Velez-Mitchell and Amy Jean Davis -- to stand with the animals and refuse to participate in a conference which features a speaker responsible for so much harm, and so much killing, of animals. Because all animals, including dogs and cats, have the right to be safe, happy, and free.
Supporting PETA isn’t activism, it’s violence.
Learn more: whyPETAkills.com
Photo taken by a PETA employee, shows pit bull dogs killed by PETA. Not only does PETA kill pit bulls, PETA supports the killing of all pit bulls in all shelters in the U.S., writing, "People who genuinely care about dogs won’t be affected by a ban on pits." PETA also belongs to an umbrella group working to have pit bulls banned throughout the country, “a move which seems to lead, inexorably, to the dogs being killed.”
- Founder, DxE
- Event Coordinator, DxE
Amy Jean Davis
We demand that DxE live up to its claim to oppose all violence against animals by revoking it’s invitation that would bring Ingrid Newkirk to Berkeley, and we demand that DxE stop partnering with PETA, a relationship that legitimizes and amplifies the power, wealth, and influence PETA uses to the great detriment of animals. We also call on the other speakers at the event to stand with the animals and refuse to participate in a conference which features a speaker responsible for so much harm, and so much killing, of animals. Because all animals, including dogs and cats, have the right to be safe, happy, and free.
Here is the data, self-reported by PETA to the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, showing roughly 9 out of 10 animals they seek out are killed by them: https://goo.gl/NZ02XD
Here is an inspection report by the Virginia State Veterinarian showing PETA kills 90% of animals within 24 hours without even trying to find them homes: http://goo.gl/I41Bvm
Here is an OpEd piece written by PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk which appeared in newspapers across the country where PETA says it supports a policy that all pit bulls should be killed in all shelters in America: http://bit.ly/XrvcKf
Here is an article about PETA joining a group whose mission is to kill all pit bulls: https://goo.gl/Dbsu6a
Here is an article about PETA joining with hunters to fight legislation that would have spared the lives of community cats: https://goo.gl/LeW3pj
Here is a newspaper article about the trial of PETA employees after they were found to be rounding up and killing animals in the back of a van after promising to find them homes: http://bit.ly/XCSdI3
Here is the news station report of PETA stealing Maya, a “happy and healthy” dog and killing her: http://bit.ly/1EIsEHq
Here is the surveillance video of the theft: whypetaeuthanizes.org/maya
Here is a judge’s ruling calling out PETA’s attorney for “unprofessional” and “contemptuous” conduct in the case of their stealing and killing of Maya; a case they settled for $49,000 after losing a motion where they called the dog worthless: https://goo.gl/WMHuhJ
Here is an article by a former PETA employee who was told to kill highly adoptable animals and to lie in order to get them: http://bit.ly/1KGBzMx
Here is an interview with the former PETA employee who says that killing and lying are “standard operating procedure”: http://huff.to/1CSqUyY
Here is an article where PETA says community cats are better dead than sterilized and fed: http://goo.gl/WwXhQ5
Here are the intake and disposition records of kittens PETA had killed: https://goo.gl/rSU4Cj
Here are more records showing PETA rounds up to kill cats and kittens: https://goo.gl/3YAgAr
Here are even more records showing PETA rounds up to kill cats and kittens: https://goo.gl/vxcEkS
Here is a video made by Shelby County KY shelter volunteers after PETA celebrated when that shelter announced it was going to resume killing after four years as a No Kill shelter: http://vimeo.com/48651351
Here is a letter by the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies asking the State Vet to revoke PETA’s ability to take in and kill animals: http://bit.ly/ZgBzfb
Here is a petition to the State Vet that the No Kill Advocacy Center wrote asking the same: http://goo.gl/eVDA8Y
Here is a letter written by PETA to a Mayor telling him to kill all pit bulls, not to foster animals, and not to work with rescue groups: http://bit.ly/ZAnrvQ
Here is a video where Ingrid Newkirk admits they kill healthy, adoptable animals: https://goo.gl/9Y8ZvE
And most frightening of all, here are photographs of animals PETA has killed: https://goo.gl/2EsQok
If that is not enough, a dog died after three days of suffering in this kennel, in this position, with no medical or supportive care at Sumter County Animal Services (SCAS) in Florida. In response to criticism, county officials maintain that their job is not to save lives, but to provide “euthanasia services” and “culling” of animals. Despite this neglect, PETA accepted the county’s “assurance that animals in the county’s care and custody are provided timely medical care when needed” and went on to thank pound staff even though they do no adoptions, have no veterinarian on site, do not allow volunteers, and do not allow the public to photograph or videotape in the facility (in violation of the First Amendment and Federal law). PETA — telling county officials that No Kill is impossible — also thanked pound staff for “standing firmly” against citizens who are working to ensure that neglect is eliminated, lives are saved, adoptions occur, volunteers are allowed, and constitutional rights are protected: https://goo.gl/t7sfHz
Supporting PETA isn’t activism, it’s violence.
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