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PETA’s letter to Yasser Arafat

I am wondering how other furs who sympathize with peta feel about their apparent lack of compassion for human victims of violence while at the same time, being concerned for the animal victims of violence

This is not fake.

This does not come from some secondhand source.

This is directly from peta's website and proves that they hold animals in higher regard than people.

Note that there's no indication of compassion for the innocent people killed, no call to end the violence, only the request that animals be left out of it.

How is that not putting animals above people?


Following the recent bombing in Jerusalem in which a live donkey, laden with explosives, was blown up, shocking people of all nationalities around the world, PETA has written to Palestinian National Authority President Yasser Arafat asking that he urge those who listen to him to keep animals out of the conflict.

At PETA, we strive to end violence every day. As Albert Schweitzer stated, “Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”PETA’s letter to Yasser Arafat

February 3, 2003

Yasser Arafat, President
Palestinian National Authority
Ramallah, West Bank
Palestinian Authority

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Your Excellency:

I am writing from an organization dedicated to fighting animal abuse around the world. We have received many calls and letters from people shocked at the bombing in Jerusalem on January 26 in which a donkey, laden with explosives, was intentionally blown up.

All nations behave abominably in many ways when they are fighting their enemies, and animals are always caught in the crossfire. The U.S. Army abandoned thousands of loyal service dogs in Vietnam. Al-Qaeda and the British government have both used animals in hideously cruel biological weaponry tests. We watched on television as stray cats in your own compound fled as best they could from the Israeli bulldozers.

Animals claim no nation. They are in perpetual involuntary servitude to all humankind, and although they pose no threat and own no weapons, human beings always win in the undeclared war against them. For animals, there is no Geneva Convention and no peace treaty—just our mercy.

If you have the opportunity, will you please add to your burdens my request that you appeal to all those who listen to you to leave the animals out of this conflict?

We send you sincere wishes of peace.

Very truly yours,

Ingrid Newkirk
President, PETA


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Apr. 8th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
I bet he laughs and uses it to wipe his butt with.
Apr. 8th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
I am not the biggest fan of PETA, but:

1) This is years old now, and has already been kicked around a million times.
2) their apparent lack of compassion for human victims of violence -- I don't actually see anything in there that is inconsistent with also feeling compassion for human victims of violence.
Apr. 8th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
"I don't actually see anything in there that is inconsistent with also feeling compassion for human victims of violence"

No offense, but I do because, as I pointed out in my OP, "there's no indication of compassion for the innocent people killed, no call to end the violence, only the request that animals be left out of it"
Apr. 8th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
This letter proves nothing, except that PETA cares about animals. You obviously have some other issues with PETA, because if you really wanted to come trolling around here, and attempting to put together a cohesive argument against them, you could do much better than some old letter to a dead man, that incidentally leaves out those details that really go without saying. Just because a special interest group focuses on their interests doesn't mean they lack compassion for everybody else.
Apr. 8th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
I was going to reply to cloudchaser_s, but this says everything I wanted to say.
Apr. 9th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
I can't speak on behalf of PITA supporters, namely because I'm not one of them, but I don't think you can infer a negative from a lack of positive, otherwise you obviously don't care about anyone either because you didn't explicitly state that you do. I've heard some very crummy things about PITA and I believe that vast majority of them, although I'm too lazy to dig them up right now.

Even though it fails to acknowledge that humans are also animals being harmed by the conflict, based on their past behavior, I have to say this letter falls kind of flat. PITA deserves criticism, but I'd have to hope better criticism than this. On a side note, if one does count humans as the animals they obviously are, I have to say I want all animal violence to end in the Middle East too, including but not limited to the entirety of its human population.
Apr. 9th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
On a side note, if anyone believes my stance on this group is incompatible with my status as maintainer, they're welcome to bring it up. I took on the function because a friend passed it on to me.
May. 26th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
belated response
I won't take issue with it, because you're totally justified here. :> I came to animal rights through PETA, but they've shown themselves to be kind of... tunnel-visioned... over the years, not really understanding the social context of their actions or how human and animal issues intersect.

And on a purely AR note, their endorsement of slaughterhouse designer Temple Grandin ended my membership for good.
Dec. 6th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
So, PETA's an animal rights organization.
So, they do animal rights things.

And that's how this fucking works.

You don't ask an environmentalist organization to comment on the interplay of religion and the state.

Organizations stay with the area of their concern.
Jan. 11th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
The only appropriate adult answer would have been, "Hey Arafat, quit killing innocent animals in your attempt to kill innocent humans (many of whom have innocent companion animals also being killed. PERIOD. But "Your Excellency"?? Oh Pleeeeze. And bulldozers and cats? I'm a vegan LONG time animal person and used to work in my fathers construction firm and, sadly often feral cats and other wildlife got in the way. It has nothing to do with Israeli's "loving to kill cats with bulldozers". I cried every time I hit one and prayed they steered clear. Israel FYI has been the 1st nation to outlaw the fur industry. Don't you wonder if PETA will ever even come close to anything that humane? Women on posters "I'd rather go naked" are entertaining, but hardly humane; and quite mysogonist. Ingrid Newkirk's anti-Israel bias is so transparent the visuallly-impaired would recognize it. PS Wonder if Israeli vegan Natalie Portman who has worked with PETA knows her Ingrids anti-Semitism? She will soon.
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