A representative for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals explained why the organization wants people to change the way they speak about their pets.
Jennifer White, a senior media officer at PETA, spoke on Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan and co-host Susanna Reid about using the term “pet” to refer to one’s domestic animals.
According to White, the animal rights organization feels “pet” is a derogatory term and suggested people should stop using it since it is not animal-friendly language.
The owners of the most prominent vegan restaurant chain in Los Angeles were found to be raising and "harvesting" animals at their Northern California farm. Now Hollywood's vegan community is angry, and death threats have been made. "People have taken up the mob mentality," says Cafe Gratitude owner Matthew Engelhart.
Liberal, Character, Oops
A blind man claims he and his blind pal were verbally “accosted” by a self-proclaimed animal rights activist while they were at a bar with their guide dogs.
Amit Patel, a disability activist, took to Twitter Sunday to detail the drama at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel in the UK after he spoke at an awards ceremony that gives recognition to animals and humans.
“Last night: two blind guys & our dogs at a bar, having a quiet drink,” Patel tweeted. “We then get accosted by aggressive women screaming that we’re cruel for having Guide Dogs.”
Liberal, Hate, Violence, Threats, Terrorism, Vandalism
Attacks on small businesses by vegan activists are on the rise, according to the Countryside Alliance. Death threats, stoked by social media and encouraged by international groups of activists, have caused butchers and farmers to "live in fear."
Marlow Butchers, in, Ashford, Kent, was targeted earlier this month by activists who daubed red paint on the doors and windows of the shop...
"They want to close us down and people are threatening to smash the windows or petrol bomb the store. We live in fear and we’re up worrying at night - they are terrorising us."
Tim Bonner, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance told The Telegraph: "There's been an escalation of attacks on butchers, markets, and even abattoirs and it's an extension of animal rights campaigns we have seen around other areas, using the same tactics including online abuse.
"They usually attack small independent businesses rather than taking on the big boys - it's quite cowardly."
Liberal, Violence, Character, Theft
A family has settled a lawsuit against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) after it took a girl’s unattended dog and put it down. The legal outcome ends an attempt to in effect put Peta on trial for euthanising hundreds of animals each year.
Wilber Zarate from Virginia had sued the group for taking his daughter’s chihuahua from a mobile home park on the state’s eastern shore and euthanising it before the end of a required five-day grace period.
Zarate alleged Peta operated under a broad policy of euthanising animals, including healthy ones, because it “considers pet ownership to be a form of involuntary bondage”.
Liberal, Incompetence, Brilliance, Oops
Between 30,000 and 40,000 farm-raised minks were released into the wild near Eden Valley, Minnesota, earlier this week when burglars—presumably animal rights activists—cut the fence to a mink-pelt farm and opened the cages holding the mammals, letting them run into the wild...
Farm-raised minks aren’t really able to make it in the wild. Many of the minks died once released because of the heat. The ones that were recovered alive were haphazardly thrown into pens, which disrupted their social groupings and drove the minks to kill one another.
Rubin plotted attacks with like-minded criminals. She carried gasoline meant to destroy private property. She participated in arson. After an October, 2001, firebombing, which destroyed a horse corral in California, Rubin left her fellow terrorists and slipped back into Canada, where she eventually went “underground.” -Brian Hutchinson
Liberal, Hate, Threats, Tolerance
Foie gras is the hot seller once again at Hot’s Kitchen in Hermosa Beach, and restaurant owner Sean Chaney couldn’t be happier even though he is getting death threats. ... Animal rights activists like Shani Campbell believe the practice is cruel. “If people want to eat foie gras, they should know where it comes from,” said Campbell. “They should see these animals.”
Liberal, Hate, Character, Misogyny, Threats, Smears
A Colorado mother is being cyber-bullied by animals rights activists after she posted a picture online of her posing with a mountain lion she had killed. 'They were calling me horrible names. They were saying they wanted to kill me, they wanted to see me dead, they called me fat, they called me ugly, they called me the B-word, they called me the C-word,' said Argys to CBS. 'There really wasn’t anything they weren’t willing to call me and to say.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Oops, Murder
Animal rights group PETA may go to extreme lengths to save animals from the slaughterhouse but the Virginia-based organization's animal shelter killed nearly 2,000 stray cats and dogs at its shelter in 2013. The Center for Consumer Freedom released its annual review of PETA's Norfolk shelter and it shows a surprising 82 percent euthanization rate.
Liberal, Hate, Character, Threats
A Lake Tahoe couple filed a police report saying they received numerous death threats and harassing messages after reporting problems with a black bear that was captured and euthanized by Nevada wildlife officials... Ann Bryant of the Bear League says members of her citizens group are urged not to break any laws, but “emotions are going to be high as long” as bears are being killed.
What happens when the Earth Liberation Front comes to town? Colorado residents are grappling with that question in the aftermath of 200 minks being released from a local breeding farm by animal rights activists associated with the group. Rather than “liv[ing] out their lives along the Little Snake and Yampa Rivers,” as the activists had hoped, most of the animals now face an early death.
Liberal, Crime, Character, Degeneracy, Vandalism
An animal welfare group intent on sending a message in support of veganism hid until closing time then poured red paint over the Iowa State Fair's butter cow... Iowans for Animal Liberation claimed responsibility for the attack in a news release emailed Sunday night, saying members hid in the cavernous Agriculture Building on Saturday night and emerged after the fair closed for the day. They then broke into a refrigerated room where the sculpted cow and other butter sculptures are displayed and poured red paint over the cow.
Liberal, Crime, Character, Terrorism, Vandalism
The FBI and local authorities confirmed Monday they are investigating vandalism that self-styled animal-rights “anarchists” claimed to have done last week at San Diego’s only furrier shop, as well as at the homes of the store’s owners. The Animal Liberation Front, which the FBI has labeled a domestic terror threat, has taken credit for the damage at the Furs by Graf store in Clairemont and at the owners’ East County residences.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Oops, Murder
Animal rights charity PETA killed almost 90 per cent of dogs and cats placed in the care of the shelter at its Virginia headquarters last year, it has been revealed today. The charity, well-known for attention grabbing publicity campaigns such as the 'I'd rather go naked' anti-fur campaign, euthanized 1,647 cats and dogs last year and only placed 19 in new homes according to the data submitted to the Virginia Department for Agriculture and Consumer Services... They say that since 1998 the shelter has euthanized a total of 29,398 pets.
Liberal, Hate, Incitement, Character, Threats, Protest, Convict
An animal rights activist, Camille Marino, has pleaded guilty to trespass and unlawful posting of a message with aggravating circumstances, The Detroit Free Press reported. Marino was arrested in May when she chained herself to the doors of the library at Wayne State University. She had been posting messages online in which she said that a Wayne State researcher who works with animals -- whom she named, listing his home and office addresses and phone numbers -- should be tortured.
On Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie posted a video showing him smashing a spider on his desk in front of a group of visiting school children... This isn't the first instance of a high-profile politician killing an insect on film. In 2009, President Barack Obama swatted a fly during a televised interview. President Obama's fly-killing provoked a similar response from PETA, which released a statement dubbing it an "executive insect execution" that criticized peoples' thoughtless treatment of insects.
Liberal, Hate, Incitement, Violence, Threats
"You know, those people - I think they should appreciate that we're only targeting their property. Because frankly I think it's time to start targeting them." -Rodney Adam Coronado, founder of Animal Liberation Front
Liberal, Incitement, Violence, Threats
Macpherson, a mother of two, recently received a letter from PETA vice-president Dan Matthews, warning that she would become a "target" for agreeing to promote Blackglama. "By making yourself the new face of fur for Blackglama you are also making yourself a top target for PETA and animal activists around the world," Mr Matthews wrote. "When you take money from such a violent industry you also must carry their baggage."
Liberal, Incitement, Violence, Character, Terrorism, Assault, Murder
Vlasak has defended the use of violence on two grounds. On moral grounds, he believes that any tactics – ranging from threats and break-ins to sabotage and even assault or murder — are legitimate given the suffering exploiters inflict on animals, the impossibility of ending their misery through legal systems that cater to exploitation industries and define animals as property, and the moral imperative to save animals from the violent clutches of exploiters. On pragmatic grounds, Vlasak believes that the use of violence would be an effective intimidation tactic and would stop numerous individuals from exploiting animals while preventing others from ever embarking on that heinous path. -Dr. Steven Best
Liberal, Incitement, Violence, Character, Threats, Vandalism
In the wee hours of March 7, 2009, David Jentsch was startled out of his sleep by the sound of an explosion. The UCLA professor ran outside to find his car engulfed in flames. The fire quickly spread to a nearby tree before firefighters were able to douse it. The next day, self-described members of the “Animal Liberation Brigade” claimed responsibility for the firebombing. They also warned ominously: “we will come for you when you least expect it and do a lot more damanage [sic] than to your property.”
In the letter, Dina Kourda, on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, asks the city's street maintenance superintendent to place the sign at the site of the crash on Walnut and Yale avenues. The sign would read, "In memory of hundreds of fish who suffered and died at this spot," to remind tractor-trailer drivers of their responsibility to the animals who are "hauled to their deaths every day," according to the letter provided by PETA.
Liberal, Hate, Character, Threats
One female Harlan worker told the Observer: "When you arrived in the morning, you would have to queue for up to five minutes to get through the gates. Their loudhailers were deafening. They would scream at you that you were a puppy killer and would bang on your car. It was horrible. I was left shaking for hours afterwards." A male colleague was equally affected: "It is part of their methodology to equate animal work with paedophilia. If they find out your name, you will appear on their website as a paedophile. It is disgusting." Another Harlan worker found out that his neighbours had all been sent notes claiming that he was a rapist.
Liberal, Crime, Violence, Academia, Terrorism, Convict
ALF's crimes during that period included a 1987 arson at a University of California-Davis veterinary laboratory, causing damages of $3.5 million, and a 1992 firebombing at an animal research laboratory at Michigan State University. Rod Coronado, a veteran animal rights advocate, was convicted for his role in the firebombing and served a three and a half year prison sentence.
Liberal, Incitement, Violence, Terrorism
The decision to ban Best was made after the British government announced that it will tighten measures to prevent foreign extremists who support criminal and violent acts from entering Britain.
Liberal, Hate, Incitement, Violence, Smears, Hoax
Websites are posting the addresses of scientists. Last month, the Times of London obtained an animal rights “hit list” targeting 150 people, including 21 children. The document advised: “Whatever you do, just do it and show them no mercy.”
Liberal, Incitement, Violence
In recent U.S. Senate testimony and in a "60 Minutes" interview that will air tonight on CBS-TV Channel 2, Dr. Jerry Vlasak, a trauma surgeon, said he believes that researchers, slaughterhouse workers and others who kill animals "should be stopped using whatever means necessary."