Cable news watchers saw a real “man-bites-dog” story last night, as Fox News Channel correspondent Douglas Kennedy reported on the Center for Consumer Freedom’s effort to turn the tables on People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). When we protested last week outside a New York City bookstore where PETA president Ingrid Newkirk was appearing, Fox News captured the moment — and feasted on the irony. “PETA,” Kennedy told viewers, “says that the Center for Consumer Freedom is just trying to get attention. But they say they’re giving the animal rights group a taste of its own medicine.”
Our protest included CCF supporters dressed in the all-black garb of the domestic-terrorist Earth Liberation Front, a group of arsonists which PETA has bankrolled. One held an oversized fake gasoline can and a giant match; others waved signs directing New Yorkers to a website — www.PetaPetition.com — where we’re gathering public support for an IRS action that would revoke PETA’s federal tax exemption.
CCF told the Fox audience: “PETA has actually put money in the pockets of organizations like the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front, which burn down buildings, which issue death threats, beat people with baseball bats, and have earned their spot as domestic terror groups on the FBI’s lists.”
As Fox’s Kennedy noted, we’re working on additional “surprise visits” in other cities as Newkirk’s book tour progresses. If you’d like to participate when we come to your city, drop us an e-mail.