Dover, DE — Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) urged Dr. Sue Dutton, principal of Middletown’s Louis L. Redding Middle School, to remove animal rights materials from her school’s lesson plans.

This week the Middletown Transcript interviewed an anguished resident whose daughter was given propaganda from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) during a child development class. “I thought it was totally inappropriate for something like this to even be thought of being in the curriculum,” he told the Transcript.

In a letter to Principal Dutton, CCF Director of Research David Martosko agrees, writing that the inclusion of PETA lessons in classroom teaching is “wholly inappropriate and runs counter to the well-being of your students.”

The 2004 CCF report “Your Kids, PETA’s Pawns” details PETA’s plans to recruit young kids into an anti-social activist lifestyle — beginning with animal welfare messages, but often escalating to criminal activity. Copies of the report have been sent to Dutton, her assistant principal, and members of the Appoquinimink Board of Education.

“Parents shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that PETA is warm and fuzzy,” said Martosko. “It’s a band of radicals intent on abolishing chicken, beef, pork, milk, cheese, circuses, zoos, wool, leather, hunting, fishing, and the medical research that aims to cure cancer and AIDS. Even worse, the group’s activists go behind parents’ backs to preach directly to impressionable young people. PETA is a $24 million menace to children of all ages — and most parents don’t even know their kids are being targeted.”

Click here to read CCF’s letter to Redding Middle School principal Dr. Sue Dutton. Click here to read “Your Kids, PETA’s Pawns.”