The Center for Consumer Freedom, a non-profit group that targets groups known to antagonise food producers, has exposed evidence of more than 27,000 animal deaths since 1998, at the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

In a statement released on February 16, the consumer group said PETA killed 1911 cats and dogs last year, in its base at Norfolk, Virginia, finding homes for only 24 pets.

It is believed to have obtained the figures from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

“PETA hasn’t slowed down its slaughterhouse operation,” said Rick Berman, CCF’s executive director. “It appears PETA is more concerned with funding its media and advertising antics than finding suitable homes for these dogs and cats.”

In a statement released online, Berman added that PETA has an annual budget of $37 million.

The organisation also runs the website, which details their claims into the organisation’s seemingly shady operations.

PETA said in an April 2011 interview with Newsweek that the ‘no-kill’ policy simply wasn’t possible. ‘We would rather offer these animals a painless death than have them tortured, starved, or sold for research,’ Daphna Nachminovitch told the magazine.

Additionally, PETA media liaison Jane Dollinger told The Daily Caller via email that most animals that fall into the Norfolk centre’s care are “somehow unadoptable”, with “injury, illness, age, aggression, or because no good homes exist for them”.