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PETA Saves 240 Cats, Then Kills 120

The furry fandom’s good, although sometimes manic and radical, friend PETA has struck a major blow against animal cruelty this month.

After a lengthy 6-month investigation, officials in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, have captured and removed over 240 cats from capture. Their prison, an unventilated storage facility under the surname, “Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary.” The owner and operator of the animal sanctuary is one Elizabeth Owen. Owens, according to PETA, “made no effort to find homes for the cats… [and] showed every indication that she is an animal hoarder.” The facility Owens ran housed over 300 cats all stuffed into wire boxes, four cats to a box. One litter box was given per crate and the cats were never allowed to roam free. These atrocities sparked PETA to report Owns to local authorities. Owens was convicted of animal cruielty in September of last year. It was not until March 1st that the cats were seized from their prison. 30 of the cats had died and 30 of the remaining 270 cats were considered “Owen’s personal pets” and were released back into her custody.

This story may seem like a cut and dry story of heroism. Evil cat hoarder, noble PETA swoops in to save the day, and 240 cats go free. However, there is a major rub to this story that some find shocking. Out of the 240 cats rescued, only 120 of them are alive as of now – due to the “noble” act of euthanizeing the cats. PETA wrote on their website, “Roughly half of the 240 or so cats that were seized fromOwen’s storage units were put out of their misery because of conditions such as anal maggots, herpes, ringworm, tumors, seizures, multiple abdominal abscesses, cracked and bloody paw pads, severe gum disease and missing teeth, – all things that cause pain and discomfort and that don’t happen overnight. These cats had long been languishing with no quality of life. For them, death was a release from a bad life of containment, stress, and pain. They are in a kinder place.”

After reading this, many were shocked. “I was with them until they decided to kill nearly half of the animals rescued. I understand them wanting to put the cats out of their misery, but some of those things were treatable. If they had cracked paw pads, those would heal! There is no reason for an animal who is suffering from a non-lethal ailment, which can be healed quickly with medicine, should be put to death!” a very alarmed furry said.

As a counterpoint, some Furries agree completely with PETA’s choice of action. “I condone and congratulate PETA for their unrelenting war on animal cruelty. This is a major blow and huge example to all animal abusers. On the subject of their decision to release the cats from their pain, I again congratulate them. Those cats had been through enough. They needed to be sent home to their Creator. As PETA said, ‘These cats had no quality of life!'” another fur explained.

“What else is new? PETA saves a bunch of animals from captivity, then “frees” them again from their physical prisons. They’ve been doing this for years,” an apathetic fur commented.

The question raised now is, was it right for PETA to euthanize all those animals? Or was it an act of mercy? You decide.

The full article from PETA, as well as the heart-wrenching photos of the cats and their prison, is available at http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/Hundreds-of-Cats-Suffer-and-Die-at-Hoarder-s-Warehouse.aspx



12 responses

  1. Nighteyes

    Peta is nothing more than an extremist group that serves their own agendas. PETA is a humongous PITA if you ask me.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

  2. No quality of life? Any life is better than none, that’s just forcing PETA’s beliefes in an afterlife upon animals that very well could have been saved.

    March 18, 2011 at 4:06 am

  3. Gearran

    Wait, PETA is a friend to furries? When did this happen?

    More pertinent to the story, this is (sadly) nothing even remotely new for the group. They have a dismal track record of “saving” animals and “finding homes” for them (read: euthanizeing, incinerating, and burying in the back yard). It appalls me to say this, but this latest story is no shock at all.

    March 18, 2011 at 4:22 am

  4. Rakuen Growlithe

    PETA is not a friend of furry, nor should they be associated at all. PETA is a bunch of loonies that sponsors terrorism and has ridiculous ideals that aren’t even practical.

    PS: Why can’t I post as myself when I’m logged into the site?

    March 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

  5. “The question raised now is, was it right for PETA to euthanize all those animals? Or was it an act of mercy? You decide.”

    What? Us? Look, having an opinion is one thing, but I’m no animal expert nor a vet so I feel it would be inappropriate to express whether what they did was right or wrong since I understand nothing of the circumstances or context.

    I presume PETA have animal experts in their ranks and therefore knew what they were doing. I’m highly suspicious of some people, if they have an area of expertise I can respect their view that PETA might of done the wrong thing, however if it’s from some inner emotional response without understanding of the situation, for instance merely assuming they knew better than it’s a flawed view.

    March 19, 2011 at 12:35 am

  6. wraith

    To PETA eating meat is “cruel”, but we are animals, are we not? To “free” animals being sold for food, only for them to die of starvation in the wild, become food for another animal, or just be captured again. PETA is a friend to no one, and no one should think their decision’s are rational.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:50 am

  7. Waffle McNuttington

    Bah, PETA’s antics are an endless exercise in Hypocrisy, when has this ever been different?

    March 19, 2011 at 6:47 am

  8. Crimsonwolf

    I have seen this “release” of animals from PETA before. I use to breed and show german shepherds. PETA got in to a German Shepherd dog show and “released” several dogs from their “horrible existance” by feeding them tainted meat. It drew enough attention that next time the show came thru the police were authorized to use extreme force if necessary to keep them out. Pffft PETA Dogs that were taken better care of than some childern were killed. What next PETA going to wal-mart and relasing children from the prison of un caring parents? ” hey kid I can help you with that unfair parent. Have a sucker.”

    March 19, 2011 at 8:05 am

  9. Maroonbunyip

    Well… was it just a cracked paw or a combination of these things?
    Seems that if one of them had arse worms, then there is a good chance of many of the others having it too.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:50 am

  10. Monfang

    This is just an example of how out of control PETA has become. It’s become less of ‘protecting animals’ and more of ‘we know how to take care of these things better than you’. And that’s lead to them over extending themselves. And when they, on their ‘holy mission’, attempt to save so many animals by themselves, they can’t house enough of them because they don’t have any money! Whether this is the fault of people who don’t donate enough or PETA for losing control of themselves… I’ll leave up to the reader.

    March 20, 2011 at 3:18 am

  11. Indo

    PETA needs to be euthanized

    March 27, 2011 at 12:59 am

  12. Icenshewolf

    As a vegan, an animal rights activist and someone who is also part of the furry fandom, I will say: 1) furry fandom =/= PETA (considering uh, how many furries actually CARE about animal rights?!) and 2) vegans/animal rights advocates =/= PETA or vise versa. I keep my animal rights activism to groups that actually DO SOMETHING.

    April 2, 2011 at 8:13 am

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