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PETA Rattles Its Sabers

Ahoski police departmetn Det. Sght jerremy roberts holds a dead dog retrieved from a dumpster, in Ahoski, NC, wastewater treatment plant. Wednesday, June 15, 2005. (AP Photo/Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Cal Bryant)

A police detective in hazmat suit prepares to bury a puppy killed by PETA. PETA is letting loose upon the world individuals who not only maniacally believe that killing is a good thing and that the living want to die, but who are legally armed with lethal drugs which they have already proven—29,426 times in the last 11 years—that they are not adverse to using. (Photo © A.P. All rights reserved.)

PETA has filed a petition in NY Superior Court demanding that the Huffington Post release names of anonymous commenters to an article I wrote about their killing, an article that has already received nearly a quarter of a million “likes,” has been shared roughly 85,000 times and has generated 5,000 comments.

I believe the purpose is to intimidate critics into silence. This is not the first time PETA has tried to do so. Many animal lovers who have publicly condemned PETA for their killing have received a letter from the PETA legal department. However, because a lawsuit would, among other things, allow for: subpoenas of PETA employees past and present; information as to where the PETA mobile van picked up animals, who it picked them up from, what they were told, who put them to death, when they were put to death, and where the bodies were discarded; the names of people and groups they’ve acquired animals from and what was said or not said to them; as well as records for all animals taken in and killed; and because a lawsuit would open PETA up to a counterclaim for chilling speech—a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation designed to silence, intimidate, or punish those who use public forums to right some wrong—I believe it is unlikely that PETA would ever follow-through with these threats.

Their donor-funded attorneys rattle their sabers, but they know they have a lot more to fear from the public disclosure that would result from a lawsuit than the animal activists who are—given PETA’s threats and intimidation—bravely reporting on PETA’s killing in the hope of bringing it to an end. When you donate to PETA, you not only fund the killing of animals, you fund the intimidation of animal lovers.

To read the Huffington Post article, click here.

To read the NY Post article, click here.


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