PetSmart Is Suing An Animal Rights Activist For Infiltrating The Store

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Tim Pearce Energy Reporter
PetSmart sued a paid animal rights activist Monday for allegedly infiltrating the pet store chain to collect footage of company practices and employees.

The footage the agent collected appeared in a film posted on PETA’s YouTube channel March 29, The Washington Free Beacon reported. The video is part of a larger campaign to get people to boycott PetSmart for allegedly cruel treatment of animals. The animal rights organization advocates against any pet ownership.

PetSmart’s lawsuit targets the former employee and PETA agent Jenna Jordan for holding back information that, if put on her resumé, would have influenced management’s decision to hire her. Jordan had left off her application that she had previously been fired from a zoo for collecting information for another PETA campaign, The Free Beacon reported.

“PetSmart filed this lawsuit to set the record straight and defend itself against this coordinated attack form PETA and Ms. Jordan,” PetSmart attorney Tom Clare said, according to The Free Beacon. “We are confident that justice will prevail and expose Ms. Jordan’s unlawful conduct.”

Jordan abused animals by withholding medical care from animals in violation of company policy “in an attempt to besmirch the company,” Clare said.

PETA distanced itself from the case since it is not a defendant. The group, however, offered support for Jordan. (RELATED: PETA Killed More Than 1,800 Cats And Dogs In 2017 — Only Got 44 Adopted)

“We know what was seen inside PetSmart would be upsetting to anyone who cares about animals,” PETA senior media liaison Catie Cryar said.

PETA claims to fight for animal rights and against mistreatment, but the organization has a record of euthanizing thousands of animals annually. The animal rights group killed 95 percent of the animals in its care in 2011, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). (RELATED: Documents: PETA Kills More Than 95 Percent Of Pets In Its Care)

PETA killed roughly 1,800 animals in 2017 while finding alternate homes for just 44, according to PETA filings with the VDACS.

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