Regarding “Constitution No Place For Pig Issue” (Our Opinion, Oct. 12):

I was so glad to read that The Tampa Tribune has refused to endorse Amendment 10. Few Floridians understand that the ballot initiative’s campaigners got 90 percent of their money from out of state.

Voters should also know that a national animal rights group called Farm Sanctuary, the campaign’s biggest donor, stands charged with 210 counts of breaking Florida election finance laws. It seems Farm Sanctuary illegally acted as the campaign’s cashier, accepting donations from Americans in all 50 states on behalf of the campaign’s political action committee. That’s a big no-no for tax-exempt charities.

The most frightening part of this whole pig-in-a-poke, though, is that bunny-hugging zealots will never stop trying to blur the line between humans and animals. In a speech at the Animal Rights 2002 convention a few months ago, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk let the cat out of the bag: “If anybody wonders about … what’s this with all these reforms … you can hear us clearly. Our goal is total animal liberation.”

For the uninitiated, “total animal liberation” means permanently eliminating beef, pork, poultry, eggs, milk and dairy, leather, fur, circuses, zoos, aquariums, pet ownership, rodeos, horse racing, hunting and fishing. And don’t even think about medical research aimed at curing diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s. PETA is on record saying: “Even if animal tests produced a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.”