The “exam room” is nestled quietly between two engaging murals of cats and dogs. The exterior of the room is bland and nondescript. It looks like a storage shed. It is not. No exam takes place in this room in preparation for adoption or treatment. All the animals that enter it never come back. It is the current kill room.
It surprises me that PETA uses a euphemism for this room because they openly argue that killing feral cats is much better than trying to save them under a TNR program. Why should they try and hide their killing room?
Nathan Winograd, the world’s greatest advocate for no-kill animal shelters, tells us on his Facebook page that a PETA employee told him:
“They would take the animals into that room and they would be euthanized… A litter of kittens, sometimes a mother with kittens… They were put in that room and when she went in that room, they never came out.”
Mr Winograd has asked the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture to issue regulations requiring shelters in Virginia to maintain and provide records for public scrutiny which covers when and how each animal was taken in, why the animal was taken in, the condition of each animal, what attempts were made to reunite the animal with his or her family, the kinds of care and treatment each animal received, the disposition of each animal, and if the animal was killed when and why the animal was killed.
PETA is a licensed shelter in Virginia but it is killing 90% of the animals with no effort to find them homes, says Winograd.
PETA standby their policy. They are convinced that it is better to kill than to save unwanted animals and that includes all feral cats. That is how I read their policy. I actually like the organisation but I disagree with them on this. It is a policy of failure. It is a policy which accepts failure. It is a depressing and negative policy. It sets the wrong tone. It undermines morale. It can psychologically damage employees. In terms of public relations it does them no good. I think they know that otherwise they wouldn’t be using a euphemism for their killing room.