Readers Respond

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Letter to the Pilot

ETA's true motives

To the Editor:

In his 2003 book "Animal Rights: The Inhumane Crusade," Daniel Brooks wrote that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has a long record of extremism adding, "It's more eager to violate human rights than protect animal welfare." His words were stunningly prophetic given the Virginia-based outfit's recent activities.

The story goes like this. Last month, two North Carolina PETA employees

were charged with 31 felony counts of animal cruelty each. The action was

taken after authorities found them disposing 18 animal carcasses they had just picked up from an animal shelter in a dumpster. The Associated Press reports that 13 more dead animals were also found in a van registered to PETA.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the arrest followed a rash of unwelcome discoveries of dead animals dumped in the area. The story is eerily similar to 1991 when PETA killed 18 rabbits and 14 roosters it had previously "rescued" from a research facility.

Needless to say, PETA is in big trouble and the news is only getting worse.

The Center for Consumer Freedom (www.petakillsanimals) reports that data filed by PETA with the State of Virginia reveals the activist group killed more than 10,000 animals from 1998-2003. In fact, PETA euthanized more than 85 percent of the animals it took in while finding homes for only 14 percent. That seems a bit ruthless, considering PETA's annual budget

totals nearly $25 million.

PETA's long history of extremism is well documented. The group has

encouraged young people to drink beer instead of milk, belittled former New York City Mayor Rudy Giulliani with a "Got Prostrate Cancer?" billboard and compared modern livestock farms to Nazi concentration camps via its "Holocaust on a Plate" traveling display. In fact, the list of tactless displays, campaigns and stunts conducted by PETA in Iowa and elsewhere is almost endless.

Given the recent headlines, PETA isn't so chipper today and is in

full-blown damage control. That's because the group has been exposed for what it is... Brooks was right on target with his analysis and growing legions of consumers are questioning PETA's motives. I say welcome to the club.

- By Aaron Putze, Director,

Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers