On coming to power in January 1933, the Nazi Party passed a comprehensive set of animal protection laws. The laws were similar to those that already existed in England, though more detailed and with severe penalties for breaking them.
In April 1933 they passed laws regulating the slaughter of animals; one of their targets was kosher slaughter. In November the Tierschutzgesetz, or animal protection law, was introduced, with Adolf Hitler announcing an end to animal cruelty: “Im neuen Reich darf es keine Tierquälerei mehr geben.” (“In the new Reich, no more animal cruelty will be allowed.”) It was followed in July 1934 by the Reichsjagdgesetz, prohibiting hunting; in July 1935 by the Naturschutzgesetz, environmental legislation; in November 1937 by a law regulating animal transport in cars; and in September 1938 by a similar law dealing with animals on trains. Several senior Nazis, including Hitler, Rudolf Hess, Joseph Goebbels, and Heinrich Himmler, adopted some form of vegetarianism, though by most accounts not strictly. Despite the apparent concern for animals, Arluke and Sax (1992) write that, to earn their stripes, SS personnel who worked with German shepherd dogs allegedly had to break their dog’s neck in front of an officer.
And thus we learn of another similarity between PETA and the Nazis.
I just don’t get Hitler. Mass murdered Jews but couldn’t bring himself to eat chicken. Treated blacks as a lesser species yet passed laws to protect cats from the dangers of car travel. Was a known dog lover yet forced SS personnel to break their German Shepherd’s necks to prove themselves. It was all over the place with this guy. Almost like the man was insane or something.
Pick a level of hatred and stick with it, Hitler.