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February 13, 2013
Re "Woof, bark, bowwow," Opinion, Feb. 10 As John Homans points out, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals won't shy away from reminding everyone that Westminster, and the breeding industry it props up, contribute to the need for shelters to euthanize millions of dogs and cats. Nor will we turn away suffering animals, as many shelters with no-kill policies do to improve their statistics. When adoptable animals come our way, we send them to high-traffic open-admission shelters, where they will have the best chance of being adopted.
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April 23, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Cat haters, read no further. Cat lovers, rejoice. Your feline fantasy is coming true, in the form of a cat cafe. For four days starting Thursday, humans can hang out with friendly cats while eating, drinking and dangling feathery toys from fishing lines. Purina One and the North Shore Animal League, the country's largest no-kill shelter, teamed to create the pop-up cafe. They hope New York soon will be home to permanent cat cafes, which are catching on in cities known for tight living spaces and no-pet apartment buildings.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2012 | By Dean Kuipers
Activists with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals like to nude up in their demonstrations, and last week was no exception. On Friday, three ladies stripped down (well, they were wearing panties) in front of a Farmer John sausage processing plant in Vernon to protest the consumption of meat and what they claim is the inhumane treatment of farm animals. The activists were laid out in human-sized meat trays and then bound in plastic wrap to drive home the message that animals and humans are all meat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A man who owned an exotic reptile business in Lake Elsinore, where thousands of rats and reptiles were found in appalling conditions, has been ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution, prosecutors said Friday. Mitchell Steven Behm, 55, of Coto de Caza, pleaded guilty this month to a dozen misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty while he owned Global Captive Breeders. There, in December 2012, investigators discovered more than 18,000 rats, bred as food, and several hundred emaciated and decomposing snakes.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2012 | By Nathaniel Popper
Will JPMorgan Chase & Co. play its part in makingO.J. Simpson's house into a "Meat Is Murder" museum? That is the question the animal rights group PETA is asking in what must be the most bizarre letter received by the bank Thursday. PETA wrote a letter directly to JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon asking if the bank would donate Simpson's former home in Florida to the group for use as a museum. "Our museum will contain exhibits that give visitors a sense of the terror that animals used for food experience.
OPINION
October 23, 2011
The city of Glendale and the Tournament of Roses Parade go together like, well, carnations and marigolds. The city first entered a float in 1911 and hasn't missed a parade since, except during World War II, when the event was called off. That long streak was nearly broken this year when boosters ran short of money and city officials feared the float would have to be canceled, but local businesses ponied up more than was needed over the summer,...
NEWS
August 11, 1997
Re "PETA Gets Roasted While Hot-Dogging" (July 27): Why do I get the impression whenever I read about People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and its antics that they are a bunch of frustrated, wannabe performers? Attacking the Wienermobile--what does that really accomplish besides scaring kids and garnering free publicity, thus improving PETA's sagging image in the Hollywood show-biz community. Dressing up as pigs or parading turkeys around in wheelchairs is cute, but what happens to millions of animals deemed not cute enough by PETA is not. And that is that millions of cats and dogs die or suffer each year in pounds and on the streets.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Animal advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter Wednesday morning to Hot's Restaurant Group asking the Hermosa Beach eatery to “swear off foie gras for good.”   In the missive, PETA said it investigated Palmex Inc., the Canadian farm it says supplies Rougie brand foie gras to Hot's, and found inhumane treatment of ducks. California's ban on selling the fattened duck or goose liver went into effect July 1. Restaurateurs say foie gras is a delicacy crucial to maintaining culinary credibility.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The culture war over a chicken sandwich comes to a head today, as supporters and opponents of gay marriage battle out their differences at Chick-fil-A counters and parking lots across the country. Dan Cathy, president of the Atlanta-based fast-food chain, has turned his company into ground zero for debates about same-sex unions, free speech, corporate America and viral social media. Two weeks ago, he deemed his company “ guilty as charged ” of supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.” In rapid succession, figures such as Rick Santorum, Roseanne Barr, Sarah Palin, Conan O'Brien and a slew of mayors weighed in. But it's former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's contribution that's getting the most play today.
OPINION
February 10, 2013 | By John Homans
The Westminster dog show, at Madison Square Garden in New York, hasn't only been about the dogs lately. Last year, PETA protesters invaded the two-day event. As a handler in one of the fantastically dowdy suits that are a Westminster hallmark trotted a graceful Doberman around the ring, one of the protesters held up a sign reading "Mutts rule. " She was led away by blue-suited security officers, but another protester appeared, smartly dressed in jacket and slacks, and mounted the winners podium to hold up a sign that read "Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs Chances.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Peta Murgatroyd and her "Dancing With the Stars" partner James Maslow "Let It Go" all the way to a perfect score Monday. The dance pro and the Big Time Rush star performed in the lift-filled contemporary style to the Oscar-winning "Frozen" song, clinching Season 18's first perfect score from the judges as well as guest judge and former champion Donny Osmond. Former champ Murgatroyd, 27, was costumed as a plaited Queen Elsa and Maslow, 23, was a supportive tree trunk to the shimmering nymph.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
 SAN DIEGO -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed a lawsuit against the San Diego Airport Authority after PETA's anti-SeaWorld advertisement was rejected for display at Lindbergh Field. PETA sought to buy space at the airport terminal for an ad featuring actress Kathy Najimy ("Sister Act," "Hocus Pocus") asking people to avoid SeaWorld "if you like animals like I do. " PETA is backed by the ACLU. "While the government has some authority to regulate advertising, this is an example of the government abusing that authority and unfairly discriminating against the message of a specific advertiser," said ACLU senior staff attorney Sean Riordan.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
A procedural rule will keep SeaWorld shareholders from considering a plan by animal rights activists to invest in whale sanctuaries. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tried to bring the idea to shareholders in response to the documentary "Blackfish," which alleges mistreatment of captive killer whales at the parks. SeaWorld has refuted the allegations raised in "Blackfish. " As owners of 80 shares in SeaWorld Entertainment, PETA can suggest proposals to be included in proxy material mailed to all shareholders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes and Seema Mehta
Sixteen people protesting a SeaWorld float in the Rose Parade on Wednesday were arrested, according to the Pasadena Police Department. The SeaWorld float, which depicted a boy snorkeling above sea life including orcas, was surrounded by heavy security throughout the parade. As the float headed toward the grandstand on Orange Grove Boulevard, several protesters with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ran in front of the float, wearing shirts reading “SeaWorld Hurts Orcas” and waving signs urging the boycott of the amusement park.
NATIONAL
December 27, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
It starts with capturing a possum.  Next, on New Year's Eve, the possum is slowly lowered in a plastic cage, as spectators watch and count down the seconds to midnight.  Then the possum is set free.  Happy New Year! This is the “possum drop,” an annual Brasstown, N.C., tradition that locals liken to the Times Square ball drop in New York City. It's so popular in the North Carolina mountain town that a 30-minute documentary about it, “The Possum Drop,” was released over the summer.  But in 2011, the possum drop got the attention of the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Animal-rights activists dressed as orcas will be protesting Wednesday at two Colorado Boulevard intersections in Pasadena over the design of the SeaWorld float for the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Eight people in whale costumes will post themselves at Colorado's intersections with Fair Oaks Avenue and De Lacey Avenue at noon, said  David Perle, a PETA spokesman.   The design for the SeaWorld-sponsored float -- called Sea of Surprises, which is to be built by Fiesta Parade Floats -- features a snorkeler, whales, a sea turtle and brightly colored reef.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Animal-rights activists dressed as orcas will be protesting Wednesday at two Colorado Boulevard intersections in Pasadena over the design of the SeaWorld float for the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Eight people in whale costumes will post themselves at Colorado's intersections with Fair Oaks Avenue and De Lacey Avenue at noon, said  David Perle, a PETA spokesman.   The design for the SeaWorld-sponsored float -- called Sea of Surprises, which is to be built by Fiesta Parade Floats -- features a snorkeler, whales, a sea turtle and brightly colored reef.
OPINION
February 18, 2003
I loved People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wildlife biologist Stephanie Boyles' concerns regarding sea lions that are being used by the Navy to patrol for and apprehend intruders among Persian Gulf-assigned ships ("Navy Adds Some Bark to Its Bite," Feb. 12). Boyles and PETA have a problem with intentionally putting the seals in harm's way. Most Americans would agree. But given the choice, I'd rather sacrifice a sea lion that did its job detecting an Al Qaeda terrorist bent on blowing up a Navy ship than allow the killing of tens if not hundreds of personnel in the alternative.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
"Speciesism: The Movie" feels like, and is, a product of youth. Director Mark Devries began making his awkwardly titled first-person documentary in college, and its tone is so painfully earnest it might well have begun as a class project. Heavily influenced by PETA's messaging and inflammatory tactics - the first half-hour is practically an ode to the animal rights organization - the film is more polarizing than persuasive. Devries initially models himself after Michael Moore, affecting a gee-whiz naiveté that's both grating and implausible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
The Los Angeles City Council took action Wednesday to ban bullhooks used by elephant trainers in traveling circuses, becoming the first U.S. metropolis to outlaw a tool that critics say inflicts pain. Voting unanimously, the council asked the city attorney's office to prepare an ordinance outlawing the use of the bullhook, a sharp-tipped tool used to train and keep elephants under control. Baseball bats, ax handles, pitchforks and other implements used on the pachyderms would also be banned.
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