Friday, June 17, 2005

 

Animal Cruelty? No. Hypocrisy? You Decide

Two PETA employees have been charged with animal cruelty for dumping the corpses of euthanized animals in trash bins near a shopping center. It's not clear from the article how the animals died, but painless euthanasia is not generally considered to be a criminal offense.

Assuming the animals were euthanized humanely, I don't think PETA or its employees are guilty of animal cruelty for desecrating the dead bodies of Fido and Felix. I do think they are guilty of breathtaking hypocrisy.

Anyone who still thinks PETA is an ethical organization should check out Penn & Teller's wonderful expose on Showtime.
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