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04/10/2013 06:47 pm ET | Updated Apr 12, 2013

PETA's Euthanasia Controversy Sparks Debate Among Animal Rights Activists (VIDEO)

Is it wrong for PETA, one of the world’s leading animal rights organizations, to practice euthanasia?

This question was at the center of a recent HuffPost live segment featuring Wesleyan University professor Lori Gruen, Jessica Harris, a former euthanasia technician, and Animal Ark executive director Mike Fry.

The conversation was inspired by a recent blogpost written by Nathan J. Winograd, director of the No Kill Advocacy Center. Winograd’s piece allegedly “exposed” that PETA euthanizes animals and raised questions over how well the organization's donors understood what their money was supporting. Although this is by no means the first (or even second) time the group’s controversial practices have inflamed other animal rights advocates, PETA insists they have always been 100 percent transparent about their use of euthanasia.

Despite the organization’s public records, some activists are still angered. Do you think PETA should be euthanizing sick animals? Watch the above HuffPost Live segment and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

CLARIFICATION: This post has been updated to remove the term "secret slaughter" and clarify that these are allegations by Winograd.

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