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July 9, 2013 at 6:30 AM

PETA not a part of the no-kill-shelter community

Euthanasia is sometimes compassionate

For 30 years, I have loved People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and I still do today. [“No-kill-shelter activists target holdout PETA,” News, July 7.]

The article by Michael Winerip does not emphasize the fact that PETA is not and has never claimed to be a shelter. However, I have often heard it described as “a shelter of last resort.” Cats and dogs who end up at PETA’s headquarters are the ones nobody wants, and are often unadoptable.

PETA is humane, and wants to stop the suffering of an animal’s hopeless situation. In such cases, euthanasia is merciful. From day one, they have advocated a spay-and-neuter policy, helping people find low-cost clinics.

This new no-kill movement is not very realistic and it often fails. For example, it is inhumane to spay or neuter a stray cat and then release him or her into an alley without a caregiver. But Kate Hurley, director of shelter medicine at University of California, Davis, now thinks: “If they came from an alley, they know how to live in an alley, and if they’re spayed, they’re not making new cats.”

This is terribly insensitive. Horrible death can occur by predators, cold winters and starvation. Besides being unrealistic and inhumane, this new movement entices people, who cannot say no to one more rescue, to become hoarders and keep animals in horrid conditions.

Truth always prevails. Someday, someway, PETA will emerge victorious from these false accusations. After 30 years, PETA is the best, and always will be, for all animals.

Claudine Erlandson, Shoreline

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