When we unveiled a www.PetaKillsAnimals.com billboard two blocks from the Hollywood 25th-Anniversary Gala of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) last weekend, we didn’t expect to make any new friends in the radical animal-rights community. But we still held out the hope that the hoodlum wing of the movement would at least keep everything legal. Imagine our shock yesterday when we learned that our billboard had been vandalized (“tagged”) with spray paint.

In a highly original maneuver, the perpetrators crossed out the word “Kills” and sprayed the word “Saves” in its place. Unfortunately for them, the Center for Consumer Freedom also owns the Internet domain “PetaSavesAnimals.com” — which redirects to PetaKillsAnimals.com. Oops.

Sadly, no amount of black spray paint will cover up the 12,473 dogs and cats PETA has chosen to kill instead of adopting them out to loving families. Next month, when two PETA employees face 62 animal-cruelty felonies in a North Carolina courtroom, we’ll be there to help the public absorb a new acronym for PETA: “People Executing Tame Animals.”