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Names and Petitions

February 23, 2008


I found another email from PETA in my mailbox today. I think they might be a little bit confused though. They address me as Naresh, and while I do think Naresh is a very nice and interesting name, I have never used it as my own moniker in any shape, form, or fashion. Also, PETA thinks I signed a petition to stop circus cruelty. I don’t THINK I signed the petition; I know I didn’t intend to do so. I just tried to let you guys know that you could sign the petition if you wanted.

Now, before you start thinking, “Oh Kitty Mowmow, aren’t you being a hypocrite? You want everybody else to sign a petition, but you didn’t sign it yourself!” Well I think my personal decision to never sign petitions (for my own idiosyncratic reasons, I prefer making statements in other ways) should not deter me from letting you know that the option to sign a petition is available to you. How can I fulfill my role as an objective purveyor of animal-related information if I neglect to tell you about petitions? What a sad state of affairs that would be!

Anyway, this email, while it is addressed to someone other than myself, contains more information in which you may have an interest. Let me know what you think about it.
-Kitty Mowmow

Hi Naresh,

Thank you so much for signing the petition to stop circus

You can help stop the suffering of elephants, tigers, and other
animals abused in the name of “entertainment” by supporting
PETA’s vital work.

Here are some more ways that you can help animals.

1. Please take a moment to sign up for our Activist Network. It
is the best way to keep in touch with PETA about our campaigns,
events in your area, and animal rights issues across the world.

2. Follow our “Steps to Take When the Circus Comes to Town.”
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3. Visit for posters, leaflets, and stickers.
If you need some help organizing, contact PETA’s Campaign
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4. Sponsor an ad, billboard, or radio or TV Public Service
Announcement (PSA) in your local newspaper.

5. Start a campaign to end circus and other acts that exploit
animals in your community. Here is a list of local bans on
animal acts from across the United States.

Thanks for helping animals,

Ingrid Newkirk

I received this email from PETA recently…

February 21, 2008

… What do you guys think about it? Comment and let me know!

One good thing about zoos: they sometimes let the little kids ride the elephant. One of my favorite childhood memories is of riding an elephant at the zoo when I was 3 or 4 years old. The elephant was HUGE, but was I frightened? No, not THIS little preschooler! I BEFRIENDED the elephant. Some day we’ll meet on the plains of Africa or the jungles of India, and he will remember me, and greet me both nobly and joyfully, and together we will roam the wilderness, searching for adventures worthy of Mowgli himself. That’s what my young mind pretended, anyway. I hate to think that perhaps that elephant was abused at the circus.

I bet PETA wouldn’t like that though.

Fighting Animal Abuse Around the World
Dear Friend,I need your help to stop the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ abusive practices against animals.sign petitionFor elephants, tigers, horses, and other animals, a Ringling tour means another year of beatings and long days chained or confined to cramped, poorly ventilated boxcars. The circus’s cruelty to animals is indisputable.

Two PETA investigators tracked Ringling at nearly every stop on its 2006 tour. They documented on videotape that Ringling employees engaged in hideous acts of cruelty to animals in full view of the public. For instance, trainers aggressively hooked elephants with bullhooks, even causing a bloody wound. So you can imagine the hideous abuse that goes on behind the scenes. Former Ringling animal crew employees came forward with allegations of a 30-minute beating of a chained elephant that left her bleeding profusely. These beatings are absolutely horrible to watch and are even worse for elephants to endure.

You can take action today to help end these hideous practices by signing our petition to Ringling.

The abuses that PETA has uncovered have led to multiple open investigations of Ringling by the U.S. government and have cost the circus a national tour sponsor. But Ringling still refuses to retire its abusive animal acts.

Can I count on your support to help stop Ringling’s abuse in the name of family entertainment? I sincerely hope that the answer is “Yes!” You and I are the only hope that these animals have.

Thank you for caring about animals.

For all animals,
Ingrid Newkirk
Ingrid E. Newkirk

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Rights group asks LTTE to leave animals out of conflict

February 19, 2008

An international animal rights group called on Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil Tigers to “leave animals out” of the armed conflict, two weeks after a grenade attack blamed on rebels at the island’s main zoo.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, said in a letter dated February 15 to Velupillai Prabhakaran, the reclusive rebel leader, that “the explosive device that was set off near the zoo’s bird enclosures terrified many animals at the zoo”.

PETA president Ingrid E Newkirk pleaded with the rebel leader “to leave animals out of this conflict”, the letter said.

Newkirk added that the group has been inundated by messages from people saddened by the attack.

Click here for the full article.