PETA opposes California animal shelter refusing to help those who oppose gun control measures

The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced that it opposes the decision of a California animal shelter not to provide animals to those who believe that the second amendment allows them to buy assault weapons.

Shelter Hope Pet Shop in Thousand Oaks, Calif., released a statement on its website that the shelter added a question asking what potential adopters think about gun control when deciding if they can adopt a pet from company.

The shelter wrote that the shooter who shot and killed 12 people at a restaurant in Thousand Oaks in 2018 came to Shelter Hope for community service hours. The shelter changed its volunteer policy after the incident, but now wants to go further.

“We believe that if we can make our voices heard about how we feel, we can have an impact,” the website says. “We do not support those who believe the 2nd Amendment gives them the right to purchase assault weapons. If your beliefs are not in line with ours, we will not adopt a pet for you.

PETA representative Catie Cryar said in a statement to The Hill that providing homeless animals with safe and caring homes should be a priority.

“We’ve known this adoption group for doing great work and are sure they have the best of intentions, but from PETA’s perspective, because there’s a homeless animal crisis, what matters, it’s that the adopted animals are well treated and cared for and that’s the criteria we think is important,” Cryar said.

Actress Kim Sill, owner of the shelter, told Fox News that the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in addition to the Thousand Oaks shooting, prompted her to introduce the policy.

An 18-year-old gunman armed with an AR-15 rifle killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last month.

“I would say your views on guns are relevant because, God forbid if you have a stroke, and your wife calls me and tells me to come to your house and get the dog,” he said. Sill said. “I may not feel safe coming to your house knowing that you are very radically opposed to what I think is not acceptable for an 18 year old to have a gun.”

The website says that if someone lies about being a National Rifle Association supporter, the shelter will sue them for fraud. It also states that those who think people should be armed in public places, that background checks are not necessary, or that teachers should be armed should not try to adopt from the shelter.

“Shelter Hope Pet Shop will in no way continue to operate if we are part of the problem, even remotely,” the website states. “We support teachers, children and businesses that provide services to the public, but we are tired of all the senseless killing.”

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