Category Archive: Animal Rights Extremism

  1. PETA Sued for Spam Texts

    Leave a Comment

    Receiving spam is a pet peeve shared by almost everyone. It doesn’t matter the time of day or form of spam, we can all agree it’s extremely annoying. Except PETA and Beyond Meat, according to a recently filed class-action lawsuit

    The suit claims Beyond Meat and PETA violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which makes it illegal for companies to use automated systems to send messages without prior written consent. The violation allegedly occurred when PETA sent the plaintiff two spam text messages promoting Beyond Meat’s availability at a restaurant chain. 

    The plaintiff claims she never gave either PETA or Beyond Meat the proper consent needed to send them promotional texts. According to the lawsuit, Beyond Meat was fully aware of the texts and even had final approval on the texts that went out. Additionally, Massaro believes PETA used an autodial machine to target a list of sequential phone numbers and believes there could be several thousand or more plaintiffs.

    Each violation of the TCPA requires a plaintiff to be paid at least $500 per violation. If there are several thousand plaintiffs who each received two text messages, Beyond Meat and PETA could be on the hook for at least $4 million.

    It isn’t the first time an animal rights organization has been sued for spamming text messages. In 2018 the Humane Society of the United States was sued for allegedly spamming phones with at least 9 text messages relating to Proposition 12, then on the California ballot.

    This also isn’t the first time Beyond Meat has been in legal trouble either. The company was sued by Don Lee Farms, a food processor Beyond Meat previously used, for breach of contract, employing lax food safety practices, and several other claims. That lawsuit spawned a class-action lawsuit from investors claiming the company failed to disclose important details about the first litigation.  

    To view the original lawsuit click here.

  2. Protesting the PETA Protestors

    Leave a Comment

    Over the past several years, New York City has cemented itself as a nanny state. Local politicians have sought to restrict everything from the sizes of soda you can buy to forcing restaurants to post warnings about salt. The city entered new waters when Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council, introduced a bill seeking to ban New Yorkers from buying natural fur clothing in city shops.

    And now, we’re rallying the troops to defend consumer choice. 

    The speaker’s bill was met with support from animal liberation groups like PETA and Direct Action Everywhere, organizations that see fur as a first step to ban all animal-based materials including wool, leather, silk, and even feathers. These organizations won’t stop with fabrics–they want to ban everything from eating meat to owning pets.

    Thankfully, these animal extremists were also met with fervent opposition in the form of everyday people. If passed the ban would have caused the loss of an estimated 7,500 jobs. The groundswell of negative response led to the bill being stalled.

    But while the bill may have stalled, anti-fur activists have not. Several times a month, various animal activist groups with ties to PETA can be seen around the city protesting fur stores. But, these aren’t your everyday sign-holding protests. These protesters get nasty, berating and harassing customers for choosing to use a sustainable material.

    And we are not letting them go unopposed. 

    Recently, we learned that activists were planning a “silent vigil,” so we turned up the volume and let them know the PETA agenda isn’t welcome. We led a group of several dozen consumer choice advocates. 

    Our signs shared truths about PETA such as “PETA = Fashion Fascists,” “PETA Wants to End Pet Ownership,” and “PETA has Killed Over 40,000 Animals.”

    Judging from their faces, they were surprised–and angry–to see people calling them out for having a dictatorial agenda. Unable to harass customers, they were forced to the other side of the street where they eventually broke their “vow of silence.”

    Animal liberation activists want to force vegan lifestyles upon Americans, from the clothes we wear to the food we eat. We’re going to keep voicing support for individual freedom and consumer choice. 

  3. Animal Activists Convicted in Livestock Theft, Rejected by Iowa Authorities

    Leave a Comment

    Usually, referring to animal liberation activists as a “gang” may seem a bit far-fetched. But in the case of Direct Action Everywhere it seems accurate. Members of DxE all wear the same blue shirts–like a gang. The organization’s modus operandi intimidates others–like a gang. And if you oppose them, they’ll come after you–like a gang. 

    So who is the unlucky person who’s earned DxE’s ire? Iowa State Senator Ken Rozenboom.

    When he isn’t serving his district in the state legislature, where he has been since 2013, Rozenboom works as a farmer. The Senator, like many, understands that animal liberation activists are a hostile threat to agriculture. Last year Mr. Rozenboom introduced a bill that would impede activists’ ability to break into farms. 

    But DxE didn’t like that very much. Aside from grotesque demonstrations and bombarding politicians, the organization likes to make scenes by breaking into farms and sometimes stealing animals. The latter is exactly what they did to Sen. Rozenbaum. In late April, DxE broke into a pig facility owned by Rozenboom and leased out to a third party. 

    DxE apparently held onto the footage for around 9 months before reporting it to the police and publicly smearing Rozenboom. 

    Rozenboom was vindicated when a joint investigation by the county sheriff and the Iowa Department of Agriculture found there was no evidence of animal abuse. Senator Rozenboom plans to press charges against the activists to the fullest extent of the law. And rightly so. Wouldn’t you if someone who wants to harm your livelihood trespassed onto your property?

    Which brings us to part two. This week, DxE activists in Australia went on trial for allegedly breaking into a farm and stealing a dairy calf. They were found guilty, but one brazenly vowed to continue his actions after he was spared jail time. (Not the brightest bulb in the box, apparently.)

    DxE leaders in the US are also facing criminal trials in several states that are quickly approaching. Hopefully the courts here will send a message if they’re convicted: Trespassing and stealing are crimes, no matter how sanctimonious you are. 

  4. Farmer Dragged Through the Mud By Animal Activists

    Leave a Comment

    The California-based Direct Action Everywhere has made breaking into farms and “rescuing” (stealing) livestock a signature campaign. It may have inspired a similar situation involving a Maryland farmer who found himself in the crosshairs of vegan activists.

    In late April, Baltimore County Police were called to a family farm when Scott Braglio discovered that his family pet, a calf named Milly, had been stolen. Braglio had previously recorded the license plate of the vehicle two animal activists used to trespass onto his farm—just two days before the heifer heist.

    The two activists, Jennifer Lauren Sully and Erika Lynn Wilkinson, had charges including theft and trespassing brought against them in May. The calf was found by police at a sanctuary called Life with Pigs, after the two activists has posted photos with the calf to social media. Officers later recovered the stolen calf from Life with Pigs and returned the calf to the Braglio farm after finding there was no abuse done to the calf.

    Wilkinson runs the local group “DMV Actions for Animals” in the DC area. A message on the group’s Facebook page indicates she is interning for PETA this summer.

    Unfortunately the story doesn’t end here.

    Animal rights protesters have gone so far as to protest the Braglio farm and restaurants it partners with. This has even included the act of protestors pouring a bucket of fake blood on themselves outside the farm-to-table restaurant. In addition to the restaurant, the protesters have targeted the farm itself.

    Ryan Phillips, the owner of Life with Pigs, allegedly tried to buy the calf from Braglio. After a phone call in which Braglio refused to sell his beloved pet, Philips allegedly filed a complaint and had charges filed against the farmer. The charges were soon dismissed and Braglio feels he has been cleared of wrongdoing on all accounts.

    That hasn’t stopped Phillips though who continues to mount a campaign to try to get the calf back, going so far as threaten to “spend the next 20+ years if necessary fighting.”

    The Braglio farm, which was vindicated of animal abuse, doesn’t deserve this. No farmer does. Now, because of the events that occurred, the farm faces decades of harassment.

    Farmers love their animals. The fact that vegan activists refuse to understand that doesn’t give the right to break in and steal them.

  5. PETA’s President Still Loathes Humans

    Leave a Comment

    In the subtitle of recent interview of Ingrid Newkirk, The New Statesman asks an important question: “Has [PETA’s] founder gone too far?”

    We certainly believe yes. Why else would we write hundreds of posts documenting the hypocrisies and atrocities PETA has committed in its nearly 40-year history?

    But helpfully, Newkirk makes our case for us in this interview.

    Even at 70, Newkirk continues to show complete disregard for the Holocaust and slavery and continues to compare these horrible events to zoos and farms. In the past PETA exhibits have even shown slaves next to animals and earned condemnation from groups like the NAACP.

    “To animals all humans are Nazis. I’m ashamed of many humans,” she says. But not, apparently, of her fellow travelers at PETA, who kill close to 2,000 cats and dogs every year.

    Newkirk reveals she sterilized herself at the age of 22 because she thought that humans were equivalent to Nazis. And after she dies, she plans on having her body mutilated to make a point.

    She also does not seem to have mellowed from her past defense of extremism. “I wouldn’t mind razing a building if it was used as a terrible place to torture living beings,” she admits. Keep in mind that her definition of animal torture apparently encompasses zoos, aquariums, farms, and the local fish market.

    Elsewhere, she says she doesn’t believe the blind should have guide dogs and that she’s against animal research on rats even if it led to a cure for AIDS. These positions—radical enough in  their own right—seem almost mellow compared to the other outlandish views she espouses.

    It’s clear Newkirk has some serious self-hatred based in her membership to the human race. Over the years Newkirk has built an organization that will stop at nothing to push the vegan agenda. The self-described “press-slut” holds a tenacious grip on the steering wheel of the clown car that is PETA. The real question is: Can PETA survive Ingrid Newkirk?

  6. Will the IRS Crack Down on Animal Activists?

    Leave a Comment

    It seems harassment from animal activists is on the rise. And it’s high time the IRS and FBI do something about it.

    Last week, we filed a complaint with the IRS and FBI regarding PETA and two California-based groups called Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) and Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation. These are radical groups lobbying to dictate lifestyle decisions on Californians–and we believe these organizations have abused the nonprofit tax code.

    Consider:

    • Direct Action Everywhere breaks into farms and terrorizes farmers. The group has also intimidated shoppers at Whole Foods, Chipotle, and other businesses. Its actions may well be in violation of the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The group’s activists are facing criminal charges in several states and may have violated the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. DxE is a network funded by a tax-exempt charity called Friends of DxE.
    • Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation has been accused of leaving dogs to die horribly in Asia instead of rescuing them—the group’s supposed charitable mission. Its executive director also served time in California prison for felony kidnapping.
    • PETA has given tax-exempt donations to fund the efforts of Direct Action Everywhere, according to its most recent tax return. PETA has also given money to the Earth Liberation Front (considered a domestic terrorist group by the FBI) and to defend an arsonist who burned down a university laboratory. PETA activists have also been arrested on numerous occasions.

    These groups have been involved in lobbying for fur bans in California, at the local or state level. But make no mistake. This radical lifestyle dictation from PETA and other extremists won’t end with fur. These activists don’t believe people should be able to buy leather, wool, and other clothing derived from animals. They don’t want people to be allowed to buy a hamburger. PETA is even against owning pets.

    While everyone has free speech rights, harassing people and getting arrested aren’t legitimate nonprofit activity. It’s time for the feds to end the charade and hold activists accountable.

  7. Former PETA Employee Speaks Out

    Leave a Comment

    There’s a limit to how brainwashing a person can take. Even for a PETA employee.

    Laura Lee Cascada, an ex-employee of PETA, took to Medium to air her grievances with the hypocritical, pet-killing organization. Given the article’s long length, we have decided to highlight the most important and damning details:

    1. PETA starts its cultish indoctrination process from the start.

    The article’s author goes into great detail to describe how “all employees are carefully groomed through issues training.” This training includes claims that euthanasia is what’s best for the animals and that PETA has a savior complex, believing that they are fixing the mess that humans created.

    1. If you go against them they will find you.

    On multiple levels PETA likes being in control of its employees. The author describes receiving long emails from a boss for helping an ailing aunt find a shelter for her pets. It also has a network of employees who will monitor your activity—even outside the workplace.

    1. PETA still likes to kill fast.

    A moment is described in which the author told her mom of a dog she recently rescued. When the mom quickly told her daughter she would be interested in adopting the animal—a pit bull—the author found it was too late. Only a few days had passed, but PETA had already killed the animal, which seemed to show no indicators of poor health.

    1. PETA doesn’t seem to care about what it does to its employees’ health.

    In an emotional few paragraphs, the author describes working 50-60 hour work weeks to prove her dedication to PETA.  She mention how working at PETA desensitized her and warped her view of animal death. When she aired her stress with her coworkers, they looked at her like she was crazy. The stress was so intense that she had a panic attack in HR and felt she had to leave.

    1. PETA likes killing animals.

    According to the author, an employee described to her that, “staff believes that their ability to euthanize animals makes them ‘badass’ — to not want an animal euthanized is considered ‘weak.’” When employees would ask about the conditions of animals given to PETA, they would be directed to ask the head of the department. This often didn’t happen because employees at PETA live in fear of their bosses.

    Although dismal and disheartening, this article reveals what many of us already know: PETA is not a good organization and is definitely isn’t ethical.

  8. Is This PETA’s Most Hypocritical Protest?

    Leave a Comment

    PETA continues to prove that no one knows how to waste over $50 million like it can. As it has done in years before, PETA is protesting during the 143rd Westminster Kennel Dog Show.  

    This year’s antics include protesting behind “blood”-soaked “dead dogs” while holding signs that say “Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances.” The irony and hypocrisy is hard to miss given that PETA kills shelter dogs (and cats) at its own headquarters. A government inquiry into PETA’s shelter found the organization kills the majority of the animals within 24 hours of intake.

    This has to be one of the most disturbing Westminster Dog Show protest PETA has done in recent memory–even rivaling the time PETA wore KKK outfits to protest the show, comparing dog breeders to the supremacist organization.

    It’s egregious that PETA —which currently is trying to ban Bull Terroirs in the UK— acts as though it truly cares about the wellbeing of animals.

    The Westminster Dog Show, which set up five different charities to help fund rescue activities, veterinary scholarships, and service dogs for veterans and people with illnesses, certainly seems to have done more to help animals in need than PETA has.

    If PETA truly cared it would put its money where its mouth is and spend money on helping the same shelters they say are struggling to house homeless dogs—and we mean actually help, not just kill them within a day.

  9. Lawsuit Seeks to Take a Bite out of PETA

    Leave a Comment

    Enough is enough for a small business called Paws for Effect, a company that adopts and trains animals to perform in various types of media.

    According to documents obtained by TMZ, Paws for Effect is suing PETA for defamation. This comes after, as part of its smear campaign against the film A Dog’s Way Home, PETA sent an email to an executive at Sony and an “unknowable” number of others alleging Paws for Effect had numerous citations under the Animal Welfare Act.

    The problem is, according to Paws for Effect, it has never received a single citation under the AWA. The company says PETA lied. We’ll keep an eye on this case.

    It’s quite sad that PETA, an organization that killed 73% of the cats and dogs in its care last year, would attack Paws for Effect and its owner Debbie Pearl, who in her spare time runs a nonprofit that rescues pups from streets and shelters and turns them into service and emotional support animals. But what is to be expected from an organization that promotes women dressed in lettuce bikinis?

  10. PETA’s “Kill Mill” Slaughtered 1,800 Pets Last Year

    Leave a Comment

    In 2018, PETA killed 50 times more animals than it adopted out. Worse? PETA killed the vast majority of animals within 24 hours of intake.

    It’s crazy that PETA, an organization with total revenue last year of more than $56 million, continues to care more about lettuce bikinis, frivolous lawsuits over animal selfies, and telling you not to use certain idioms like “bring home the bacon” than actually finding homes for animals in the shelter it runs out of its headquarters.

    PETA’s animal custody records, which it filed with the Virginia state government, show that last year PETA took in about 2,500 cats and dogs. PETA slaughtered almost 1,800 of them–a kill rate of about 72%. See below for the full data:

    That’s about one animal killed every hour of the business day.

    Worse? A veterinarian with the state of Virginia inspected PETA and found that PETA killed the vast majority of animals within 24 hours of intake.

    Even more horrendous? Only 35 cats and dogs were adopted. That means PETA killed 50 times more animals than it adopted out.

    When looking at PETA’s “Year in Numbers Report” the organization mentions how many free vegan kits were sent out but not how many pets were saved. Why doesn’t PETA publicize these numbers? Presumably, because the public would find PETA’s dark side revolting.