"A joint investigation between the Ahoskie Police and the Bertie County Sheriff's Office led to surveillance set-up on that particular day where a white panel van was observed stopping alongside the dumpster. A person in the van tossed several dark-colored bags in the dumpster before the vehicle attempted to pull away.
A traffic stop was initiated on the van - a vehicle registered to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) based in Norfolk, Va. The van was occupied by Andrew Benjamin Cook, 24, of 504 Tree Top Street, Virginia Beach, Va. and Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, of 1602 Claremont Ave., Norfolk, Va..
They were arrested and charged with 62 combined felony charges of cruelty to animals and eight counts each of illegal disposal of animals, a misdemeanor. An additional charge of illegal trespassing was later filed against both individuals.
The bags located in the dumpster contained 18 dead dogs, including one bag containing seven puppies. An additional 13 dead dogs were found in the van, along with a digital camera and a tackle box containing numerous items."
Seriously frightening stuff from those purveyors of moral outrage, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
What is more it seems to be a cut and dried case, as Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA's Director of Domestic Animals and Wildlife, said "I can't tell you why Adria did what she stands accused of." However PETA do claim that the 24 year old was just along for the ride. Eh, doubt they would accept that excuse from somebody who was watching a cock-fight.
However it seems that this is hardly new, according to an article linked to from PETA’s own website,
“State documents in Virginia showed that PETA euthanized about 6,100 domestic animals from 2001 to 2003, according to the AP.
Daphna Nachminovitch, director of PETA's domestic-animal and wildlife department, said in a press conference:
"Did we euthanize some animals who could have been adopted? Maybe. The point is that good homes are few and far between. Our aim here was to stop them from dying an agonizing death."”
Just listen to that that self serving and morally ambiguous use of the word Euthanize.
You assist death
If we go to wikipedia what do we see under Animal Euthanasia,
“Additionally, many stray and feral animals, in particular, cats, are euthanized due to the lack of adoptive homes. In this latter case, the simple presence of the animals may be considered objectionable by those who live or work nearby, and who trap the animals (or request the assistance of animal control services to do so) and surrender them to the local animal shelter…
Some in the animal welfare or animal rights movements consider the use of the term "euthanasia", with its connotation of being done to ease suffering, to be a misnomer when applied to the euthanasia of homeless (or soon-to-be homeless) animals that are otherwise healthy and free of behavioral disorders.”
Well obviously not the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Under their own terminology and damned by their own words
"Did we euthanize some animals who could have been adopted? Maybe. The point is that good homes are few and far between. Our aim here was to stop them from dying an agonizing death." – Euthanizing animals who could have been adopted counts as murder in her own book. But she doesn’t care and seems to be trying to justify her actions. Surely if they could have been adopted they wouldn’t have died “an agonizing death”. So PETA sanctions murder of puppies.
Pretty pure and simple.
Now I recognise that looking after strays is a difficult and expensive business. The Battersea Dogs Home for example puts down many, many dogs. But it doesn’t spend its time progandising to children or supporting terrorism, unlike PETA.