Written by PETA
When award-winning New
Yorker cartoonist and longtime PETA pal Harry Bliss sits down to write a children's
book about a day at school with a lovable mutt named Bailey, you know it'll be a
big hit with kids. But with Bliss' talent for satire, even adults will enjoy a
chuckle or two.
Dedicated to PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk, Bailey makes it clear that
although kids may prefer to read books—while Bailey prefers to chew them—both kids and dogs have specific needs
and deserve respect and kindness.
Bliss has often used his genius to create original artwork
specifically to help animals, including his remarkable life-size baby elephant sculpture,
which he designed for PETA's
campaign against animal circuses,
and his crippled chicken statue for PETA's Kentucky Fried Cruelty campaign. Bliss has
also created wonderful thought-provoking covers for PETA's Animal Times
One of the funniest parts of the book is a play on the
age-old excuse for not turning in homework—the dog ate it. But in Bailey's
case, he really does eat his homework.
And in the time-honored tradition of trading lunches in the cafeteria, Bailey
tries to barter his beloved and well-chewed bone for a little girl's sandwich.
Bailey is replete
with touching and beautifully drawn anecdotes that will bring smiles to the faces
of kids and adults alike.
Written by Joe Taksel
Mr. Smith, where are you when we need you? PETA has learned that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, not content with hiring an ex-CIA agent to spy on us, is now trying to use Congress to bully the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) out of doing its job.
According to sources on Capitol Hill, the staff of the House Committee on Agriculture, at the urging of a lobbyist for Ringling, summoned the USDA to justify an unannounced inspection (as inspections are supposed to be) that resulted in citations against Ringling for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including failure to provide veterinary care to a young elephant who is suffering from chronic lameness. In response, PETA has sent a letter to the committee chair and ranking member asking for a meeting to discuss Ringling's long history of animal abuse.
When the USDA attempted to perform its inspection, Ringling employees refused to allow the inspectors to enter for more than an hour. Hmmm … makes you wonder what Ringling is trying to hide, doesn't it?
If you're shocked that Ringling has resorted to hiring spies and using Congress to sweep its abuse of animals under the rug, read this eye-opening Salon article for more on the circus's shady dealings.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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