Today is Burger King protest day over at the Washington, DC office of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) … or, as these nutty activists call it, “Thursday.” We paid them a visit the last time they protested in our nation’s capital, and they did not disappoint. The sign-waving, pamphlet-pushing, boycott-begging vegans are always raising the bar when it comes to annoyance, and today they’ll be out in full force again, desperately striving to deprive us of lunch choices that they find disagreeable.

We thought we’d look past the silliness of picketing a fast-food restaurant today, and give you a glimpse into PETA’s own stated goals and agenda. Here, then, are a few of the group’s leaders in their own words:

“We feel that animals have the same rights as retarded children.”Alex Pacheco, co-founder, PeTA (New York Times, January 14, 1989)

“Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in the slaughterhouse.” Ingrid Newkirk, President, PeTA (The Washington Post, November 13, 1983)

“Arson, property destruction, burglary, and theft are acceptable crimes when used for the animals’ cause.”

Alex Pacheco again (Associated Press, January 15, 1989)

“I wish we all would get up and go into the labs and take the animals out or burn them down.” Ingrid Newkirk, in a rare moment of candor (National Animal Rights Convention, June 27, 1997)