Turns out that when they aren't throwing paint on the rich fur coats celebrities often wear, PETA is busy killing the very same animals they claim to love so much.
WINTON, N.C. -- Lawyers for two PETA workers from Virginia charged with animal cruelty told a North Carolina jury that all the pair did wrong was to dispose of animal carcasses improperly.
The trial continues Thursday.
Adria Hinkle of Norfolk and Andrew Cook of Virginia Beach are being tried together on 21 counts of felony animal cruelty, seven counts of littering and three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.
District Attorney Valerie Asbell says the defendants acted with malice and falsely represented their motives when picking up a cat and her kittens at an animal hospital and later euthanized them in their van instead of taking them to Virginia to be put up for adoption.
Defense attorneys each said the only thing their clients did wrong was to illegally dump the animals in a shopping center's garbage bin.
One of Hinkle's attorneys said the pair had paperwork from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Norfolk that indicated they would pick up animals from the animal hospital and a shelter and that all would be euthanized.