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Fwd: Thank you for contacting PETA about the "PETA Kills Animals" billboard.

  • To: Garden Chat gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: [CHAT] Fwd: Thank you for contacting PETA about the "PETA Kills Animals" billboard.
  • From: james singer islandjim1@verizon.net
  • Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 20:35:28 -0400

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" <info@peta.org>
> Date: July 23, 2005 8:08:42 PM EDT
> To: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> 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
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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