When ABC News’ John Stossel interviewed a group of schoolchildren last month in order to show what sort of “environmental education” they were receiving at the hands of public educators, the Enviro-Left went ballistic. Using children to make a political point, they said, was unprofessional and manipulative. Fast-forward a few weeks. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent the following e-mail to its Washington, DC area activists yesterday:

“We are looking for former or present Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to help us out in a campaign. If you are a PETA supporter and a Scout, please get in touch with me and I will fill you in on what we’d like you to do.”

The sender also included the name of PETA’s anti-sport-fishing web site, which suggests that the group’s leaders are poised to make political use of minors to further their own ridiculous agenda. They’ve already begun this shameless manipulation in the greater Hartford area, where a 15-year-old boy is starring in a PETA TV commercial calling for the Boy Scouts of America to “de-merit” its fishing merit badges.