Variety ad urges Hollywood celebs to dump support for PETA

A new ad campaign urges Hollywood celebrities to give up their support of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in light of the 62 felony animal cruelty charges brought against two of the organization’s employees.

The ad in the special “Annual Philanthropy Issue” of Variety magazine lists the names of 50 celebrities on the honorary committee for PETA’s 25th anniversary celebration and advises: “If your name is on this list, fire your publicist.”

Among the names are Pamela Anderson, Christina Applegate, Alicia Silverstone and Victoria Principal.

The campaign was launched by the Foundation for Biomedical Research, the nation’s oldest and largest organization “devoted to promoting public understanding, respect and support for humane and responsible animal research.”

The ad says: “Some people say there is no such thing as bad publicity” and refers readers to the recent discovery of dead dogs and puppies in North Carolina, allegedly killed in the back of a van, stuffed in trash bags and tossed into a dumpster by the PETA employees.

“We believe that many of the stars on PETA’s honorary committee simply don’t know what they’re supporting,” said FBR President Frankie L. Trull.

“Chances are, they lent their names to this ubiquitous animal rights organization out of genuine compassion for animals but would be shocked and appalled by the indiscriminate killings of homeless pets.”

Tull asserted the implications of the PETA “death van scandal” are “dark and disturbing.”

“PETA has neither condemned nor denied the charges casts grave doubt on the credibility of this organization,” she said.

In May, the Center for Consumer Freedom posted a billboard in Times Square in New York City with the message “PETA kills animals.”

The special website says, “While loudly complaining about the ‘unethical’ treatment of animals by restaurant owners, grocers, farmers, scientists, anglers and countless other Americans, the group has its own dirty little secret. PETA kills animals. By the thousands.”

From July 1998 through the end of 2003, the website claims, “PETA killed over 10,000 dogs, cats and other ‘companion animals’ – at its Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters. That’s more than five defenseless animals every day. Not counting the dogs and cats PETA spayed and neutered, the group put to death over 85 percent of the animals it took in during 2003 alone. And its angel-of-death pattern shows no sign of changing.”

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