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Posted August 19, 2013

Dear Editor:

From my office, it is a short walk to the spot where, 50 years ago, on August 28, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, and crowds must have streamed along this very street on their way to the March on Washington. Who alive then would have believed that just a few short decades later, Americans would elect their first black president?

We broke through one significant barrier, but we cannot stop there. We must shed today's prejudices as surely as we rejoice in having shed yesterday's.

We know that all living beings experience maternal love as we do; that if you burn a child or a cat, they feel the same pain; and that all of us with a heart beating inside us desire freedom. Yet young elephants are still removed from their families, confined by chains to stinking, squalid boxcars, and beaten into performing ridiculous tricks for human amusement. Monkeys, dogs, and rats are still burned, shocked, infected, poisoned, blinded, and surgically mutilated in laboratories despite breakthroughs in science that provide reliable and far more relevant non-animal testing methods. Animals on factory farms are treated more like widgets than the thinking, feeling beings they are: Chickens and pigs are crammed into cages so small that they cannot take a single step in any direction, calves are torn from the mothers who love them, pigs are prodded and kicked and deprived of everything that makes their lives worth living.

Fifty years after Dr. King’s stirring, unforgettable speech, I have a dream that we will embrace animal rights as being as deserving of our energy as the other hard-fought and slowly accepted struggles for social justice. As Dr. King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Let’s honor his memory by pledging to oppose all oppression, prejudice, violence, and cruelty, no matter how novel the idea or how inconvenient the task.

Very truly yours,

Ingrid E. Newkirk
President
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
1536 16th
St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
202-540-2174           

 

 

Posted Dec. 28, 2012 (archive)

Dear Editor,

Now that House Republicans have rejected Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B”—pushing us that much closer to a looming fiscal crisis in January—PETA has a suggestion that would save animals and help avoid the fiscal cliff: Cut all funding for wasteful experiments on animals.

We can save billions if we stop addicting monkeys to crack cocaine, cutting up rats’ genitals in erectile dysfunction studies, injecting chicken eggs with pure alcohol to see how the exposure affects baby chicks, and harming animals in other pointless experiments. In fact, nearly half of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) current $30 billion annual research budget is awarded to experimenters for projects that involve experiments on animals that are cruel, do nothing to advance human health, and contribute to the country’s expanding deficit.

NIH should be funding sophisticated research that will help humans rather than squandering billions of federal funds on irrelevant experiments that should have been relegated to the dustbin long ago. To find out more, please visit www.PETA.org.

Sincerely,

Kathy Guillermo, Senior Vice President, Laboratory Investigations
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

KathyG@peta.org

 

Posted July 6, 2012 (Archive)

Dear Editor:

STOP THE DEADLY MASSIVE WILDFIRES IN THE U.S. SOUTHWEST, NOW!

Strategic assets in the way of water-dropping Supertankers are being withheld from wildfires for profit.

By using ALL the Supertanker water-bombing fire fighting jumbo-jet aircraft available at present, which is about 20 Supertankers, including the DC-10 now in use, and including the Russian Supertanker fleet, these fires can be controlled almost immediately. However, our racketeering forest service types must be forced by public and legal pressure, to actually USE THE SUPERTANKERS TO STOP THE FIRES, NOW. Also, we should contact our political officials to this end immediately and pursue the appropriate legal action against the fire officials in the public safety sector.

Google or contact 'Evergreen Supertanker': phone: 503-472-9361    and 'Global Emergency Response': phone,  1-804-240-4065  for more information.

SINCERELY,

ED NEMECHEK,

Landers, Calif.

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Posted May 4, 2012

Dear Editor:

ONLY BY POLITICALLY FORCING OUR SO-CALLED POLICE AND POLITICAL POTENTATES to uphold our U.S. Constitution - that THEY have sworn to uphold, but do not, - can we stop the violent crime and return our communities to security, sanity, and prosperity, and we need our U.S. Constitutional 2nd Amendment gun rights, with no ifs, ands, or buts (that most police DENY us) to protect ourselves, families, and communities, - otherwise we will continue to be maimed and killed by the armed criminals that most police and their bosses protect by unconstitutionally disarming average citizens on the streets who are trying to protect themselves (that's us) - and they (the police-bosses) should be prosecuted for it, as they have betrayed us and our U.S. Constitution that they have sworn to uphold and defend! - See: (JBS.org (gun control) - and also contact Congress to Stop the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty which Hillary Clinton supports to enable the United Nations to confiscate the private guns of American citizens. - We must act now to stop government and City Hall - and the U.N. from taking our private firearms - CONTACT CONGRESS!

Sincerely,

Ed Nemechek,

Landers, California

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Dear Editor,

Doctors recently announced some disappointing news for diabetic children and their families: The only pill that’s approved in the U.S. to treat kids with type 2 diabetes has been highly ineffective. But research shows that people can prevent—and even reverse—diabetes by eating healthy vegan foods rather than meat, eggs, and dairy products.

Vegan foods are cholesterol-free and generally low in saturated fat and calories. Studies show that vegans are nine times less likely to be obese than meat-eaters are, which is significant since obesity is considered the principal precursor to type 2 diabetes in young people. 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports that vegans have a lower risk of death from diabetes and researchers have found that diabetics who eat low-fat vegan foods are able to stop taking medications—or at least take fewer of them—to manage the disease.

Veggie burgers, hummus wraps, bean burritos, and other plant-based meals are a whole lot tastier than medicine, too. If you want to keep your kids—and yourself—trim and healthy for life, visit www.PETA.org for free vegan recipes and product suggestions.

Sincerely,

Heather Moore
The PETA Foundation
501 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-622-7382     ext. 8106
HeatherM@petaf.org

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