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You've probably heard of PETA. No, it's not People for the Eating of Tasty Animals. It's People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. According to their website, they have more than 800,000 members and a budget of $17 million, and they'd love to have you join them. PETA is against the use of animals for food, clothing, entertainment and medical research--not just against these things, but disgustingly overboard. The extreme nature of their agenda was exposed by Michael Specter of the New Yorker magazine in an April 14, 2003 article.* Specter reported, among other things, on the group's repulsive tactics. "To protest the use of fur in the pages of Vogue, PETA once deposited a dead raccoon on the plate of Anna Wintour, the magazine's editor, while she was eating lunch at the Four Seasons in Manhattan." They even deplore the use of milk, maintaining that it causes cancer. With its own version of the "Got Milk?" slogan, they put up a billboard with Rudy Giuliani wearing a milk mustache. It said, "Got prostate cancer? Drinking milk contributes to prostate cancer." They will go out of their way to vandalize the inventory of fur traders, manufacturers of fur products and users. A favorite method is to splash fake blood on the fur. Once they dumped buckets of money soaked in fake blood on audiences at the International Fur Fair. I'm afraid, however, that their cause is falling on a deaf ear at my house. Not that we are fur users. My only fur is a fake fur collar on my winter coat, and my wife owns no fur. It's not that we're fur aversive. The truth of the matter is that my wife and I are devoting all of our time to People for the Ethical Treatment of People.
* See http://www.michaelspecter.com/ny/2003/2003_04_14_peta.html
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