PETA angles for attention with catchy flier
Written by Times Herald-Record   
Tuesday, 22 November 2005 12:09

"Over the edge" are the only words that can describe the pamphlet you are looking at in this column. Some of you may recall a few months ago when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had a pamphlet depicting a dog with a hook in its mouth. This flier was distributed to kids at fishing tournaments and tackle shops across the country during PETA's "Fish Amnesty Day."

It's an attempt to dissuade kids from fishing. Some might argue that by printing this pamphlet in this column, I'm giving them free publicity. I don't think so.

My bet is that most folks who see this will only see just how out of touch PETA really is. It shows that PETA will go to just about any length to get its message out. I don't think I'm going out on a limb by saying that even non-anglers would be offended by the way the message is crafted to children.

Don't think so? Look how they depict "Daddy" on the front cover of the pamphlet. The picture of "Daddy" is with a bowie knife in hand, and fish blood and guts everywhere. Isn't that nice?

Wouldn't you find this picture just a bit disturbing for children? Think of the minds that created it. I imagine them sitting in their PETA offices, trying to come up with messages and things to impress kids. Just the thought of these folks sitting around and coming up with ideas like this makes me shudder. What will they do next? Just how far out will they go?

You have to read the back of the pamphlet to see just how wacky this message to kids gets. Check this out:

"Until your daddy learns that it's not 'fun' to kill, keep your doggies and kitties away from him. He's so hooked on killing defenseless animals that they could be next," goes the message.

I know many folks who don't fish or hunt, and I doubt any of them would approve of this approach to crafting a message.

Had enough? Then take action and write or call PETA and let them know just what you think of their latest anti-fishing campaign. People who object to the message can write to PETA, 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510, or call 757-622-7382.

Certainly PETA is entitled to get its message out. We are a free country last time I checked. However, the ways in which they frame their message is over the edge. Apparently, PETA isn't just over the edge, they have fallen off the cliff of sanity. It's probably dark down there.

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