Written by Jeff Mackey
Everyone has heard of the horrifying shooting of moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, which left 12 people dead and dozens more
injured, and many people have debated how gun control or
mental-health care might help stop future outbreaks of violence. But while
there are many forms of random, senseless violence that we can do nothing
about, there's one way each of us can make the world a little more peaceful
every time we sit down to eat: All we have to do is choose meat-free meals.
That's why PETA has written to the Arapahoe County sheriff to ask him to lead the way by placing the
man charged in the Aurora shooting, James Holmes, on a totally nonviolent vegan
Although the extreme violence inflicted on them rarely makes
the news, animals on
factory farms and in slaughterhouses endure senseless acts of
aggression and bloodshed every hour of every day, and their fear and pain are
as palpable and real as anyone else's. Also, extreme cruelty to animals is
inextricably linked to acts of violence against human beings.
plant-based meals is a simple way for all
of us to make the world a less violent place. To initiate this positive
trend, PETA has offered to provide all inmates of the Arapahoe County jail where Holmes is
incarcerated with vegan meals for a day at no cost to the county.
Had enough violence? Go vegan for life.
Written by Alisa Mullins
most wanted man, Luka Rocco
Magnotta, has been captured after allegedly posting a gruesome snuff video of the
murder and dismemberment of an acquaintance, Lin Jun, online and mailing some
of the victim's body parts to government offices. It turns out that this
probably isn't the self-described porn star's first videotaped killing.
protectionists have been tracking Magnotta for more than two years, ever since a video titled "1
boy 2 kittens" was posted online in 2010. The video showed a man who is believed to be Magnotta placing two
kittens inside a bag and suffocating them by vacuuming out the air. One year
later, a second video surfaced in which the same man allowed a kitten to
be attacked and eaten by a python. Days later, a third video appeared in which a cat was duct-taped to a broomstick and drowned in a bathtub
filled with water.
might end up killing human beings one day," read an eerily prophetic post on
the animal protection group Animal Beta Project's (ABP) Facebook page in 2011. "He
might just not stop with animals."
After the second video surfaced, PETA U.K. offered
a reward for information leading to the perpetrator's arrest, and PETA U.S.,
together with ABP, documented Magnotta's online profiles, blogs, websites,
known associates, relatives, and whereabouts. PETA and ABP passed the information
along to the Ontario SPCA and the Toronto Police Service, which unsuccessfully sought
warrants for Magnotta's arrest.
When Magnotta made the news earlier this week, PETA
got in touch with the Montréal police and provided it with the information on
the kitten-killing videos, in hopes of reviving the cruelty-to-animals charges
and bolstering the police's case against Magnotta. A member of the Montréal police
department's cyber team will be analyzing the information.
If Magnotta is indeed responsible for these heinous
crimes, could he have been prevented from graduating to murder if he'd been
caught and punished after killing kittens? We may never know, but this tragedy
is a prime example of why it is vital always to take acts of violence
against animals seriously and to prosecute the offenders vigorously. If you
ever witness cruelty, even by children, please report it to the authorities
immediately. You will be protecting the community as a whole, as well as
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