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13 July 2009


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When will the press stop being suckers?

Christie Keith

I've told myself for a long time that it's just that we're "inside the beltway" on this issue, and PETA's public image is so carefully crafted that only insiders see through it.

But the cracks in their public image are so HUGE now, it's very grating to see so many journalists continue to take their messaging at face value, and think that mocking their PR methods as "over the top" is enough critical analysis. Even Stephen Colbert takes that approach. :(

However, to be fair, the analysis on the other side is also ineffective and shallow. I really wish more people who seek to critique PETA would have a more sophisticated understanding of the issues as well. Screaming "OMG AR AGENDA!" is not effective messaging, and journalists just tune it out. And those few who do have decent messaging, like, are so hopelessly tainted by special interests (food and tobacco industry front group) that no journalist worth their salt can take them uncritically, either.

I'd like to see the more mainstream animal welfare groups start saying publicly what they KNOW: that PETA is not benign and does not care about individual animals AT ALL, but is enslaved by an ideology that goes to some very dark and horrific places. Until they stop enabling PETA, things are not likely to change.


I knew this was true after a PETA rep tried to close down my aunt's farm 20 years ago. They said that her very babied cows (small free-range herd with large field and well stocked supplemental feeding stations, heated barn and spotless, state of the art milking shed) should be killed rather than "enslaved for milk production".


Well said.

maggie b

I'm sick of peta and the inhumane society H$U$

mary francis

I first noticed a change in PETA when a friend of mine rescued an abused Pit Bull/mix - my friend went on to find the pooch an amazing loving couple who gave him love and a wonderful home - the amazing couple told us of PETA's stance on killing pit bulls - I thought they had to be mistaken but sadly they were so right - since those several years ago its been one sad and sick series of incidences of what I think is PETA decline into the dark side.....with the animals paying the ultimate price...the truth is coming out.

Phyllis DeGioia

Buddha says to refrain from taking life and be nonviolent with all sentient life forms.

PETA just kills animals them rather than let them be pets, or even rather than live out their lives without the ability to reproduce.

PETA: the anti-Buddha. Does that mean PETA is in line to be the Antichrist?Oh heck, I think they're more like the Antichrist...


Hey.. I am glad the HSUS is staying out of it. ( for now).but I don't trust them for one minute.. nor do I think that when Wayne is visiting "behind closed doors" in Sac that he isn't pushing this bill even if the HSUS is "neutral".


The HSUS donation to Judie Mancuso's pro-MSN group SCiL that I have seen documented evidence for happened in 2007. I have not seen evidence of a 2008 or 2009 donation from HSUS to SCiL.


most of the mailboxes are FULL.. time to FAX.. no on SB 250..Thank you

Christie Keith

HSUS' donation was made LAST YEAR. They were huge supporters of AB 1634 LAST YEAR. Apparently things have changed. Which you'd think would be something we'd want to mention, that almost none of the big name supporters of AB 1634 have come out for SB 250 -- not the CVMA, not HSUS. Insisting HSUS is "supersekritly backing SB 250" hurts US, not them. It's completely bass ackwards.


in between phone calls.. this came in:

• $HSUS gave $10,000. to SCiL last year

• PeTA gave $5,000. to SCiL last year

• Compassion for Animals gave $30,000. to SCiL last year

• SCiL gave $1,500. to Steinberg's re-election campaign for 2010

• SCiL gave $10,000. to Steinberg's 527 PAC

• SCiL gave $$ to Florez, but would have to look up details. Probably gave others too.



OT but really not. I've just heard that the Pro SB 250 phone machine cough cough phone banks cough, is up and running hard to push SB 250 through committee

It's time to flood the phones, burn the faxes out and take no prisoners

Forward from a leg list:


A contact on the Appropriations Committee has just told us that, until today, calls in opposition to SB250 have outnumbered the ones in support but that dramatically turned around today. Mancuso's minions are flooding the committee members with calls and faxes. We MUST do the same! Please get everyone you know to call and fax.

And, if you possibly can, come to the Capitol, Room 4202, for the hearing at 9 am Wednesday morning.


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Democratic Party Members:

Assemblyman Kevin De Leon, Chair

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 2114

Sacramento, CA 94249-0045

Phone: (916) 319-2045

Fax: (916) 319-2145

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 2175

Sacramento, CA 94249-0013

Phone: (916) 319-2013

Fax: (916) 319-2113

Assemblyman Charles M. Calderon

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 2117

Sacramento, CA 94249-0058

Phone: (916) 319-2058

Fax: (916) 319-2158

Assemblyman Joe Coto

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 2013

Sacramento, CA 94249-0023

Phone: (916) 319-2023

Fax: (916) 319-2123

Assemblyman Mike Davis

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 2160

Sacramento, CA 94249-0048

Phone: (916) 319-2048

Fax: (916) 319-2148

Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 5136

Sacramento, CA 94249-0039

Phone: (916) 319-2039

Fax: (916) 319-2139

Assemblyman Isadore Hall III

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 6025

Sacramento, CA 94249-0052

Phone: (916) 319-2052

Fax: (916) 319-2152

Assemblyman John A. Perez

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 3160

Sacramento, CA 94249-0046

Phone: (916) 319-2046

Fax: (916) 319-2146

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 4126

Sacramento, CA 94249-0014

Phone: (916) 319-2014

Fax: (916) 319-2114

Assemblyman Jose Solorio

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 2196

Sacramento, CA 94249-0069

Phone: (916) 319-2069

Fax: (916) 319-2169

Assemblyman Tom Torlakson

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 5160

Sacramento, CA 94249-0011

Phone: (916) 319-2011

Fax: (916) 319-2111

(Republican Party Members)

Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, Vice Chair

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 6031

Sacramento, CA 94249-0002

Phone: (916) 319-2002

Fax: (916) 319-2102

Assemblyman Michael Duvall

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 4139

Sacramento, CA 94249-0072

Phone: (916) 319-2072

Fax: (916) 319-2172

(916) 319-2072

Assemblywoman Diane L. Harkey

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 4177

Sacramento, CA 94249-0073

Phone: (916) 319-2073

Fax: (916) 319-2173

Assemblyman Jeff Miller

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 3147

Sacramento, CA 94249-0071

Phone: (916) 319-2071

Fax: (916) 319-2171

Assemblywoman Audra Strickland

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 4208

Sacramento, CA 94249-0037

Phone: (916) 319-2037

Fax: (916) 319-2137


Peta are indeed murderers.

Want to support someone who saves lives?

Forget PETA, HSUS, ASPCA, etc. and support Best Friends Animal Society (, The No Kill Advocacy Center ( Shore Animal league America ( and visit Nathan Winograd's (Who wrote "Redemption"-the greatest book ever written on animal shelters) website (

America has to become No-Kill. Lets get it done, America.


HSUS is not neutral on SB 250.. follow the money..... they have donated to Social Compassion in Legislation ( Judie Mancuso's group who wrote and are sponsoring SB 250 Florez -D -Shafer) who has in turn donated to a few key Senators who support the bill.. it is all about the money.. in Sacramento a "neutral stance" is the same to many as a support.. as you might remember the AKC went 'neutral" on AB 1634 until they were double crossed by Levine and his crew.. the hue and cry was fierce and they quickly went back to OPPOSE.

i wonder why it is taking the HSUS so long to ponder somethng as simple as opposing mandated surgery upon millions of pet owners.

and personally I prefer to choose grass ( roots) or astroturf.. regardless of what "source watch says I will pull this quote out.. we are becoming a "Nanny Culture -- the growing fraternity of food cops, health care enforcers, anti-meat activists, and meddling bureaucrats who 'know what's best for you". now that I can agree with from source watch. Our choices of all sorts of things are becoming more and more limited.. even down to the type of dog we many own and if they can keep their reproductive parts. Enough is enough.. I am off to swat about a million flies, have a glass of wine.(or two). and eat a big fat juicy rare burger.. I would smoke a big cigar.. but it isn't that kind of party!

Gina Spadafori

Bestuvall ... read up on "astroturfing." It's disingenuous no matter who does it, and the CCF is not excluded. That said, they've done everyone a service in exposing PETA's shelter kill rates. (More on CCF here, on the most excellent Source Watch site.)

As for HSUS and mandatory spay-neuter ... I don't know how many times it has to be pointed out that the HSUS, which wholeheartedly supported mandatory spay-neuter in CA last year, has gone neutral this year while it considers a possible change of policy with regard to mandatory spay-neuter.

How the policy ends up is anyone's guess, but as of now, with SB 250 heading to an Assembly committee in Sacramento on Wednesday, the HSUS has remained neutral. Again, this is a matter of public record -- as is PETA's shelter kill rate.


PETA serves a very useful purpose for other AR groups like the HSUS and the ASPCA. They make these groups seem "middle of the road", especially when dealing with legislators and the media.. two of their top targets for their draconian programs.The HSUS says "oh those silly lettuce ladies" while pushing for mandatory spay/neuter laws or maximun number of intact dog laws. They do not want to see PETA go away even if they do take some of their donation money. As for the flip side of the coin..CCF is a very effective group in my opinion. People ( especially the HSUS) like to call them a "front group" for alcohol, tobacco and the restaurant industry but as far as I know it is still legal to smoke, drink a glass of wine and certainly eat in a restaurant where your choice of foods are yours to make as long as you can pay for them.

But next year .. who knows...LA city council has already prohiited "fast food' places in some of the poorer sections of now the poor people have to take a bus to get a burger.or even to go to work in a "fast food" does that improve their "carbon footprint"?

PETA KILLS ANIMALS and they still get their name all over the media.. often quoted as "experts" on animals.. that should be stopped.. thanks for pointing this out ..we need to be vigilant and let the media know


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