Think Groundhog Day is safe from the wingnut antics of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)? Think again. PETA has sent a letter to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, requesting that the beloved Phil be replaced with an animatronic robot groundhog. The club notes that Phil is the most pampered groundhog in the world, but PETA never lets reality get in the way of its ideology.
Today, we’re pushing back against PETA and its like-minded allies, such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). As we detail for readers of Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Courier Times, PETA’s theatrics often distract America’s attention from the more insidious, long-term threats of the faux “Humane Society” and other groups:
Like most activists looking to fundamentally change our societal values, animal rights agitators rely on an incremental approach, patiently moving the chains and racking up First Downs. It will take time. But not to worry: In 2008 HSUS took $2.5 million in public contributions, dollars donated to help care for cats and dogs, and socked them away in their executives’ pension plan.
This happens every year, but no one has ever seen a TV commercial raising money for lucrative HSUS pensions.
HSUS can take its time because its leaders are in no rush to leave their well-paid employment. So while PETA’s media stunts make headlines, it’s these quiet recruiters, ideological regulators, enterprising legal theorists, and overpaid figureheads who stand to do the most damage.
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