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Finding the ‘Animal Rights Person’ in All of Us

Written by PETA | November 7, 2011

Each of us is inherently an “animal rights person” to some degree, whether we realize it or not. Take the recent case of the Charleston, West Virginia, Daily Mail blogger who wrote about having a mouse in her house. In the post, she wrote, “Please don’t email me PETA.” We did one better—we sent her a humane mousetrap and then she contacted us to learn more about it. A week later, she wrote this in her blog:

“So I thought I’d do a little research on the humane mousetrap and have a chat with PETA, after all they were kind enough to send it to me, to help with my ‘uninvited’ guest. At first, I was a little wary. I mean this is the group that files lawsuits on behalf of orcas, and well, there’s nothing I like better than a … steak. But we may have found common ground on the mousetrap.”


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Whether or not people support all of PETA’s campaigns, most everyone can agree on the basic principle that cruelty to animals is wrong. Even if our friends and family aren’t yet convinced that they should part ways with meat, perhaps they do agree that dogs deserve better than spending their lives on a chain or that baby elephants shouldn’t be beaten by circus trainers.

When we work to find that common ground, animals win. And who knows, maybe today’s humane-mousetrap user is PETA’s next Person of the Year


Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • paula says:

    I had a mouse that lived with me ,the critter liked to wait for me to walk by and would run so fast to show me love and would churp on christmas and I would feed the mouse every day !

  • Billy Williams says:

    I love this!-We don’t have to agree with each other on everything,But i’m sure we can find common ground on some things & try to help,-Great!

  • Carrot Top Vegan says:

    I wish I saw this article last night. I just blogged about something similar. We adopted a turkey from Farm Sanctuary, and I had said, even if you are not a vegan, you can still start with compassion now.

  • Ursula says:

    I love this article! It’s what I’ve been saying for the longest time, we don’t have to agree with each other on everything to do good for animals, we just need to find commom ground and focus our energies there instead of persecuting anyone who doesn’t share our beliefs 100%

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