Re: Fwd: Thank you for contacting PETA about the "PETA Kills Animals" billboard.
Jim, they haven't responded to my message yet. Good to see yours.
It doesn't appear that they addressed the specific NC situation from the
message that started this. However, Just as I suspected, there is a bit of
a "conspiracy' behind it as they explain the background of CCF. About 20
years ago I was a PETA member, but dropped it after awhile. Then all you
ever read about was the radical, violent, idiotic things they do. But I
know that behind that, they are trying to do some good things for animals.
----- Original Message -----
From: "james singer" <email@example.com>
To: "Garden Chat" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, July 23, 2005 7:35 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Fwd: Thank you for contacting PETA about the "PETA Kills
> Okay. Here's the first response I got from from PETA. I'll send the
> second one in a moment.
> Begin forwarded message:
> > From: "info" <email@example.com>
> > Date: July 23, 2005 8:08:42 PM EDT
> > To: "james singer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Subject: Thank you for contacting PETA about the "PETA Kills Animals"
> > billboard.
> > Thank you for contacting PETA about the "PETA Kills Animals" ad and
> > the accompanying promotions for it.
> > We believe a lot of good will come from this shabby attempt to
> > undermine PETA's efforts to help animals. This campaign is the work of
> > the deceitfully-named Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), a front group
> > for Philip Morris, Outback Steakhouse, KFC, cattle ranchers, and other
> > animal exploiters who kill millions of animals every year, not out of
> > pity, but out of greed. These companies are worried about the strides
> > that PETA is making that are changing their industries and compelling
> > them to take animal welfare concerns seriously, so they hope to scare
> > people away from caring about animals by spending millions on ads like
> > this. To learn more about CCF-which USA Today recently opined should
> > rename itself FatforProfit.com-please see the following Web sites:
> > * http://www.ConsumerDeception.com
> > * http://www.CitizensForEthics.org/activities/campaign.php?view=3
> > * http://www.Prospect.org/web/page.ww?
> > section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=8984
> > * http://www.PETA.org/mc/NewsItem.asp?id=6401
> > Despite its deceptive intent, we're grateful for the opportunity that
> > this ad provides to discuss the animal overpopulation crisis. We are
> > on the front lines of the battle to turn back the tide of unwanted
> > dogs and cats, and we need your help.
> > Our caseworkers tirelessly rescue homeless animals from environmental
> > dangers, as well as cruelty and neglect
> > (http://www.PETA.org/feat/cap/). They crawl through sewers, poke
> > through junkyards, climb trees, and dodge traffic in order to reach
> > animals in danger. During floods and storms, they are out saving lives
> > at all hours.
> > We do not run a traditional shelter. In fact, we refer every healthy,
> > cute, young animal we can to shelters. And some of the animals we
> > rescue are lost companions whom we are able to joyfully reunite with
> > their families. Of the homeless animals we take in ourselves, the
> > healthy and adoptable ones are fostered, adopted, or taken to local
> > shelters. However, most of the animals we receive are broken beings
> > for whom euthanasia is, without a doubt, the most humane option. To
> > learn more, please see our factsheet at
> > http://www.PETA.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=39.
> > To cite a local instance, our caseworkers were able to gain custody of
> > a dog-locked to a 15 pound chain-who was starved until she was
> > severely emaciated. We had to carry her into the emergency clinic
> > because she could barely walk. On the doctor's advice, we gave her
> > food and water in a comfortable room and monitored her progress
> > overnight but, by the next morning, she couldn't keep the food down,
> > so we rushed her again to see a veterinarian. He recommended
> > euthanasia due to the severity of her condition, she was in a lot of
> > pain and faced an agonizing, lingering death otherwise. The most
> > humane option for her was a peaceful and dignified release from her
> > suffering. We are pursuing criminal charges against the person
> > responsible for her condition. To learn more, please see
> > http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/f-asiasstory.html.
> > On another occasion, when a power-line transformer explosion burned a
> > flock of starlings, PETA was the only agency to come to the birds'
> > aid; if our trained technicians had not been ready to end these
> > starlings' misery, the injured birds would have suffered in agony for
> > days before finally succumbing to a painful death. We also provide
> > free euthanasia services for local residents who have very sick,
> > critically injured, or geriatric companions but can't afford to take
> > them to a veterinarian. One family, lacking money for vet care and
> > transportation, turned to us for help for their cat, who had barely
> > crawled back home after being mauled by a pack of dogs. We were able
> > to help by giving the cat a peaceful end to her intense pain.
> > The best way to save the lives of homeless animals is to reduce their
> > numbers through spay/neuter programs, such as PETA's mobile SNIP (Spay
> > and Neuter Immediately, Please) clinic, which brings low-cost and free
> > alterations and other procedures to low-income neighborhoods
> > (http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/i-nobirth-snip.html). Since every
> > animal purchased from a pet store or breeder means that another
> > homeless animal must die, adopting an animal from a shelter or rescue
> > group is the only responsible way to bring a furry friend into your
> > life (http://www.PETA.org/factsheet/files/FactsheetDisplay.asp?ID=29).
> > To learn more about what PETA is doing for companion animals and how
> > you can help, please see the following Web sites:
> > * Save homeless animals: http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/i-nobirth.html
> > * More ways to help dogs and cats: http://www.HelpingAnimals.com
> > * Become an activist for animals: http://www.AnimalActivist.com
> > Thanks again for writing and for your compassion for animals. We hope
> > this information is helpful, and we look forward to working with you
> > to save animals' lives!
> > Sincerely,
> > The PETA Staff
> > http://www.PETA.org
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
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