People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a non-profit animal rights organization, has backed a decision to remove potential pet adopters from California’s animal shelters based on their views on gun control.
“We do not support those who believe that the Second Amendment gives them the right to purchase lethal weapons,” wrote Shelter Hope Pet Shop in Thousand Oaks, California. Their website. “If your beliefs are not consistent with ours, we will not adopt pets for you.”
“If you are hesitant, because you have a basic belief that teachers need to carry a gun, you will not be accepted by us for adoption,” the shelter added. “If you care for us and believe in guns, please bring back our dogs and / or cats or we will arrange for them to be picked up.” People who lie about being members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) will likely be sued for fraud, the shelter further warned.
Katie Kryer, PETA’s assistant manager, told Fox News Digital that she “knows the shelters for good work and is convinced that their motives are the best, but from PETA’s point of view, because of the homeless animal crisis, it is important to treat adopted animals well.” Goes and they are taken care of and that is the criterion we consider important. “
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Shelter Hope Pet Shop is owned by actress Kim Seal, who defended Fox News’ expectations of potential adopters, especially given the impact of gun violence on her family.
“In 1998, my sister was shot dead by her husband,” she said. “He bought a gun two days ago without a mental health check and killed her.”
Seal said the tragedy prompted her to resort to animal rescue, which she said saved her from committing suicide.
She said the recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, as well as the shooting near the shelter in 2018 suggested a shelter policy.
“Adoption facilities like mine reject people for all sorts of reasons,” Seal noted. “They may refuse the kind of dog food you tell them for the dog or cat litter you want. I mean, seriously, we’re a private non-profit organization and we’re proud of that. We’re trying to find the best homes for dogs and cats.”
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“But adding this question to gun control, I think, has increased the conversation with people who don’t believe they have to tell me what their situation is,” she added. “So I think for most of them it’s a deal-breaker.”
During the Shelter’s hour-long interview process, she mentioned how some had been removed because they did not want to answer questions about gun control.
“I would say that your views on guns are relevant because, if you have had a stroke, God forbid, and your wife called me and asked me to come to your house and bring the dog,” Seal added. “I don’t think it’s safe to come to your house. You know, you’re very opposed to me, thinking it’s not right for an 18-year-old to carry a gun.”
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She has received hundreds of death threats from callers, but she says she forgives them.