Having been introduced to the bizarre mind-warp that is “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” back in 1985 and 1986 when they used every dirty political trick to have my boss then, Richard H. Lambertsen, denied tenure, I’m not surprised a bit as revelations of their program come to light. PETA’s not-so-public goal is to end all “abuse” of animals by humans, which translated into plain English means that they aren’t likely to be satisfied until every last domesticated species goes extinct. Once you’ve got that basic orientation in mind, every otherwise odd fact about the behavior of PETA organizers and shelters becomes explicable. Any step toward there being fewer dogs and cats around advances PETA’s apparent goal of extinction, therefore the absolutely atrocious record that various PETA-run animal shelters have in placing animals in adoptive homes suddenly makes perfect sense.
For more information on the disjunct between PETA’s carefully crafted PR and the rather grimmer reality behind their actions, see the No Kill Now! web site and their article on PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk.