Here are five things you may not know about PETA, which it keeps quite about.
Charities almost always solely dependant on the donations of the public to keep it going, PETA is no diffrent, however, much of the money that PETA does recieve, is directed into companies which often are known to exploit the planet, and animals the worst.
PETA does have a page on its website acknowledging its shares, see here http://www.peta.org/about-peta/learn-about-peta/success-stories/shareholder-resolutions/
They share that they have a stake in owning parts of 80 meat businesses, clothing, retail, and gorcery stores, along wwith fast food chains.
PETA alos has shares in Seaworld, and McDonalds.
Although they have listed some of the successes that they have made on their website, mainly successes in animal testing, there doesn't seem to be any information on how they have stopped McDonalds, or Seaworld in harming the environment, and animals.
Seaworlds main demise seems to have come on the back of Blackfish, a documentray highlighting the reality of Orcas.
Surely a better approach by PETA would be to educate the public, like making documentaries, rather than buying parts of companies. Although those who have shares can be very powerful, and change the course of a company, it needs support from most of it share-holders - which seems to make the effort of buying shares redundant. Buying part of a company helps it survive, and thrive, if you are only a minority holder, therefore, you help what you're campaigning against, to thrive.
PETA often, quite rightly, argues for animals to be able to roam free, but, it doesn't seem to think so with cats.
Bizarely, PETA thinks that cats should either be walked on leashes like dogs, or, that they should be kept indoors. Mainly they should be kept indoors because of dangers like traffic (ok, that's a fair point), or, because they will eat birds, and go in peoples gardens...right.
There is two problems to this. One, is that trying to control a cats nature to eat birds, is like trying to control any wild animals will to eat other animals it's impossible. And two, cats, even though they're domesticated, are still quite wild - surely keeping a cat locked in a house for the duration of its life, is as bad as keeping a bear locked up in a zoo, for its life.
We can't control animal behaviour, or keep them boxed up - the world is a dangerous place for everyone, not just cats. But that shouldn't have a knock on effect to the quality of life.
3) Stealing pets
There has been numerous stories, both by the general public, about PETA stealing pets, then killing them.
A woman called Heather Trojie claimed that she was told to steal pets by PETA, Heather even goes as far to say that PETAS founder and owner, Ingrid Newkirk, told the woman to steal pets. She then goes on to tell that once these pets are captured by PETA, the pets are killed, and all records of it are destroyed.
You can read the story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/douglas-anthony-cooper/whistleblower-peta-employee-allegations_b_6648696.html
2) Stray cats
PETA is against neturing cats, then returning them. They claim that neutering stray cats, then releasing them back into the wild kills the cat in the long run. They don't show any evidence of this on their supporting page. Also, it's a strange claim to make from an organisation who wants to see all animals free? Rather conflicts.
There are about as much cats, as there are pigs in the US, but, PETA advocates to save pigs from death - with no idea about how these pigs would be looked after, or rehomed. Yet, with stray cats, they don't seem to want to save homeless, and in shleter cats, their first action seems to be killing them.
1) PETA kills
...which leads to the last point, PETA kills.
For an organisation that is very outspoken about killing animals, it is strange, ironic, and largely hypocritical that PETA participates in killing animals.
In fact, the likelihood is, is that if a pet cat, dog, or any other animals end up in PETAs care, they will be killed by PETA.
PETA has a massivley high kill rate; they kill 96% of the animals they withhold, or take in.
They don't only kill most of the animals in their care, they don't disgard of the animals bodies in a dignified way...
This picture was from the Huffington post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-j-winograd/peta-kills-puppies-kittens_b_2979220.html
Instead of PETA killing pets,why not build places to home them, afterall, they don't agree with pets going outside.
Given that PETA is a very wealthy business, I mean charity, who rakes it in nicely - over $44 million annually, they could keep such pets alive, and look after them. They just don't.
Surely money that they get, should be going on keeping animals alive, that is what they campaign for. Seems as if PETA needs to practice what it preaches.
You can see PETAs donations here: http://www.peta.org/about-peta/learn-about-peta/financial-report/