These people truly disgust me.
Did you know some of the animals PETA kills have names? Neither did we. But pictures of Dalmatians named Toby and Annie tugged at jurors' heartstrings today. The defendants described animals they were about to kill as "adorable," "perfect," and "pregnant." And guess what? PETA isn't licensed to dispense its preferred lethal-injection drug in
. North Carolina
"They came to the shelter to take all the dogs that were not being quarantined or on hold for any reason and take them back to
… My understanding was that if it's an animal that's good or adoptable, you try to find homes for them … especially the two Dalmatians that were running around. And I asked her [Hinkle] if she thinks that those two dogs were adoptable. And she said yes, you know, she thought that they shouldn't have a problem at all finding homes for those Dalmatians." Virginia
Ahoskie, NC newspaper editor Cal Bryant reported this morning (in the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald) that unnamed "PETA officials attending the trial" now acknowledge Hinkle killed animals from Anderson's shelter -- including those two Dalmatians -- while the PETA van was still in the parking lot. Presumably, this was just minutes after Hinkle assured
that the dogs were adoptable. Jurors may never hear this disturbing detail, but coffee shops in Ahoskie are buzzing about it. Anderson
was optimistic that PETA would give these animals (and all the others that eventually turned up dead) a good-faith effort at adoption. He even handed over his own dog to Hinkle -- a spirited terrier that he and his wife had trouble housebreaking: Anderson
Each line on the log has a space to record an animal's breed, sex, age, and condition. Here are just a few of the actual examples read into evidence, as Hinkle and Cook described them:
Age: 6 months
Breed: DSH [Domestic Shorthair cat]
Age: 7 years
Question: If these defendants weren't PETA employees, who do you think would be outside the courthouse protesting? Yep. PETA employees.
On cross-examination, defense attorneys tried to get
to concede that he knew his shelter's animals would all be euthanized after PETA picked them up. After 15 minutes of badgering, the animal control officer finally answered "yes" when he was asked if he ever "saw PETA employees injecting animals." Anderson
But this was quickly put into context by prosecutor Valerie Asbell during her "re-direct" questions:
Asbell: When you'd see PETA employees inject an animal, what were you told they were doing?
: Sedating the animals for the ride. Anderson
Asbell: And did you ask them, when you saw them inject an animal, what they were doing?
: Yes. Anderson
Asbell: And what did they tell you?
: That's what they were doing. Anderson
Asbell: Which was what?
Anderson: Sedating the animals for the ride, to take back to . Virginia
Asbell: Did anyone, including Ms. Hinkle, ever tell you that they were killing the animals by injecting them at the shelter?
: No. Anderson
Reise produced a DEA Certificate of Non-Registration (in his words) "certifying that there is no registration in North Carolina for PETA to handle, in any capacity, controlled substances" -- meaning that PETA may not legally "administer, nor handle, procure, manufacture, or distribute controlled substances as a practitioner, retail pharmacy, animal shelter, distributor, researcher, medical lab, importer, exporter, and/or manufacturer in North Carolina."