PETA: Kill People But Please Don’t Scare the Animals
PETA is apparently more concerned about some frightened animals than thousands of dead human beings.
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 Feb. 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.”
The Feb. 3 grenade explosion at the Dehiwala zoo on the outskirts of the capital of Colombo wounded at least four people, the government said. Attacks including bomb explosions blamed on Tamil rebels have killed about 90 civilians so far this year, according to the military.
Tamil Tiger rebels have fought the government since 1983 to create a separate homeland for the country’s ethnic minority Tamils. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Bruce McQuain wins Headline of the Day honors for his piece on this, “PETA pleads with rebels to stick with murdering humans.”
Granted, PETA is in the animal rights business, not the concern for humans business. But you’d think they’d at least put in an offhand disclaimer that, of course, some frightened zoo animals aren’t a bigger tragedy than four wounded innocents and 70,000 human dead.
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