Written by PETA
the terminally ill Oregon man who approached his cancer with a wry sense of acceptance, has died. He left the world with grace, humor, and purpose.
When PETA learned last year that Aaron wanted to sell advertisements on his urns in order to
reduce the financial burden on his wife, Kristin, we offered to buy two ads, and
Aaron, who had a wonderful sense of humor in addition to being a kind and
practical man, accepted our offer. One of the ads we suggested reads, "I've
Kicked the Bucket—Have You? Boycott KFC." We explained to Aaron that KFC's
suppliers cram the birds slated to end up in all those buckets into huge sheds,
where they live amid their own waste and are bred and drugged to grow such
unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight.
We informed him that many birds suffer broken bones when slammed into shackles
at the slaughterhouse before their throats are cut. Yet the company refuses to
adopt the common-sense improvements recommended by its own animal welfare
Aaron was also an advocate of adopting homeless, mixed-breed
dogs and cats from shelters. He wrote on his blog, Judas Forgiven, about the
importance of donating to shelters and the joy that his beautiful dog, Belle,
brought into his life. Since PETA shared Aaron's concern that every puppy or
kitten born means one home fewer for dogs and cats desperately waiting in a
shelter or roaming the streets, PETA's other urn ad reads, "People Who Buy
Purebred Dogs Really Burn Me Up. Always Adopt."
We ask everyone who knew Aaron or was influenced by this
kind man to honor him by "choosing joy," as he put it, and by doing everything that we
can to allow animals—who are capable of experiencing such unfettered happiness—to
choose joy too.
We can only hope so—and we mean that in the nicest possible way!
When PETA learned that Springfield, Oregon, comedian Aaron Jamison, who has terminal cancer, is selling ad space on his urns to offset his bills, we were dying to help. Aaron must be a great guy because he took us up on our offer to place this anti-KFC ad on one of the urns:
You don't have to kick the bucket to stick up for abused chickens—just boycott KFC's greasy grub and tell everyone at work and in your neighborhood to do the same. Now's a perfect time, too, because KFC is hoping to make a killing over the next month by selling pink buckets of chicken as a really sick sales gimmick. KFC can't pretend not to see the irony in trying to associate itself with breast cancer research. Let's just say that fried and fatty foods + obesity = increased cancer risk.
And when we found out that dog breeding is one of Aaron's pet peeves, we bought this ad too:
How about you? Want to go out in style?
Written by Paula Moore
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