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Goodbye From Jack

Written by PETA | June 12, 2008

An early version of the “Meet Jack” picture for the PETA Files had more of a “getting things done!” feel to it. In the end, we decided to go with “simpering idiot” instead.

Some of you may have noticed that recent posts on these here PETA Files have been written by people who are not me. If you didn’t notice that, or had already repressed the memory of a time when most posts were in fact written by me, you may be excused from reading this particular entry. There will not be a quiz on this material.

For everyone else, I wanted to take a very few minutes of your time to say thanks for sticking around during the last year or so. It’s been a fantastic experience being a writer for the PETA Files, and I’m very much looking forward to settling into being a reader. In fact, I have every intention of leaving longwinded, self-important comments on every post until Christine (who, bless her heart, has taken over moderating duties) politely begs me to stop.

While I still have a soapbox, I figured this would be a good time for a quick retrospective in the form of my Top 5 moments working at this amazing organization, so here goes:

Since coming to PETA four years ago, I have:

  • Performed search-and-rescue operations for abandoned animals in post-Katrina New Orleans.
  • Stood, naked, painted like a Union Jack, in front of the British embassy in DC to protest the Queen’s Guards’ bearskin hats.
  • Toured the country with The Alkaline Trio on behalf of peta2.
  • Starred in a special “episode” of Full House that was featured on The O’Reilly Factor.
  • Written (roughly) 1,200 entries and approved more than 30,000 comments for this blog. Thank you to everyone who’s been a part of that.

The good news is that this is the last week that any of us will have to put up with that nauseatingly smug version of me quite clearly sleeping on the job up in this blog’s banner. Word on the street is that (fittingly enough) I am being replaced by a chicken.

And I’ll leave you with that thought. See you in the comments!


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  • K says:

    PETA was really lucky to have you Jack!

  • K says:

    Wait what Jack you’re leaving? Leaving PETA? Why? I’m so sad… You are so awesome and funny Jack.. I had actually hoped to meet you one day lol.. we’ll miss you.. you’re amazing.. good luck in all you do..

  • lynda downie says:

    Thanks Peta staffers for not taking Jack’s banner down yet. That’s really nice of you. It’s comforting having Jack blissfully sleeping up there while there’s a war of words down here.

  • Holly says:

    I won’t forget you Jack your a very good and kind person… Peace to you Jack and enjoy your life… Thank You Holly

  • Toxicboy says:

    Goodbye Totally Fantastic Observations from your blog!!!

  • Carla says:

    Jack Good luck and God bless you!!

  • animalfriend says:

    oh jack i deeply regret your farewell because you did a really great job here with peta! i wish you all the best and a long long life!

  • Gerry says:

    I am GLAD your leaving because you never despite 6 months were able to answer my short simple question in the “ask Ingrid a question” blog. Also some of my very logical and 100 true posts were not printed still thanks for all you have done for AR’s.

  • rojo says:

    Goodbye Jack your good humour will be missed. It’s been a pleasure reading your worknot necessarily agreeably and I’d just like to thank you for being incredibly fair to those of us who have a different perspective. Good luck with the next phase of your life. Cheers

  • Mary says:

    Oh no Jack! I love you and all that you do. I wish you so much happiness in your next venture and on behalf of all those precious furfeather and scaled babies. Thank you for all the work you have done. God bless and take care of you.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Jack you will be missed but it was time for you to move on to the next stage of your life caring for animals! Keep up that wonderful dry humor or should I say humour? and remember what Andre Gide once said Trust those who are seeking truth doubt those who find it.

  • Tamara says:

    I think Jack is still going to be at PETA…some of the blog posts are signed with him as “marketing” somethingorother… I can’t remember…is it coordinator? Please ease the minds of those who think you are leaving PETA altogether Jack!!

  • lara says:

    I am sad.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    I’ll miss your witticisms Jack. You kept some very depressing material just a little bit easier to handle. All the very best to you.

  • kelly says:

    Oh no I am so sad! Jack can you use a special name when you post so we know you are out there?

  • Maureen says:

    Really sorry to see you go Jack best of luck for the future!

  • Maureen says:

    Really sorry to see you go Jack best of luck for he future!

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    I think we all knew this was coming different names on so many posts. Where are you going Jack? I don’t like changes unless they are for the good. Your leaving is not a good thing. I will miss you. What happened? Keep fighting the good fight Jack. Best of luck to you. Peace for all animals!

  • Joan says:

    Jack I am sooo sad to see you go. I log onto the site several times a day just to read your updates on the blog and enjoy your great sense of humor. It will not be the same without you no one will be able to fill your shoes ever ! I hope New York appreciates the special person they are gaining because I know Norfolk will miss you. Please don’t leave Princess CuteyFace behind she will miss you terribly! If you are ever in Delaware send us an email my husband and I would be honored to put you up and take you out. Good Luck missing you already !!! Luv Joan

  • Kellie says:

    So sad to hear that your leaving the Peta files Jack. You’ll be missed. You were not only informative and funny you’re darn cute too. Good luck to you! Kah

  • Monika says:

    Best of luck to you Jack! D I loved your sense of humour!!

  • Curtis says:

    No…I don’t like this.

  • Daryl says:

    Good luck Jack!

  • lynda downie says:

    I kinda has a sense that this was coming. I’m sooooooo sad that you’re leaving! No one does it quite like you do! From what you said I take it you’re leaving Peta. What a loss! Also Chris above said Princess Cuteyface was staying in Norfolk in her position with Peta. All in all this isn’t the best news ever! But wherever you go whatever you do I wish you all the bestJack. Happy reading Best Blogger Ever!

  • millie says:

    I’ve really loved reading your blog and I am very very VERY sorry that you will no longer be posting! Good luck Jack!!! We’ll miss you!!! P.S. Who’s gonna write the PETA Files now?


    oh Jack honey Im so sad I will really miss you ….your smart and funny !!!I love reading your blog baby….oh xoxo Rose Corletto.

  • Jen says:

    WHAT?!?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Oh maaan. Don’t go! Your blog posts are some of the best on the web and I should know. I have a lot of spare time spent internet surfing.P I’m so sad to hear you won’t be doing this anymore but thanks for the awesomeness you have brought to my daily internetwanderings in the past. Please give my regards to Princess Cuteyface.

  • Lisa says:

    Jack I hope you’re staying with PETA!! Gonna miss your great sense of humor! Best of luck in your next adventure!!

  • Elaine Vigneault says:

    Aw that’s sad. I’ll be sorry to see you go. If you want to write at another soapbox… Anyway I hope you take care with whatever it is you’re going to go do instead

  • Brendan e says:

    Good Luck in any further Jobsendevures jack I really enjoyed reading your blogs and watching ur vids on youtube! Are you still gonna make youtube vids? I’ll miss reading your blog But I can’t wait to see the big chicken lol! Brendan

  • Jaclyn says:

    I’ve been wondering why you haven’t been writing all the posts! So where are you going? What are you doing? Feel like I know you! Where ever you go what ever you do you will certainly be missed here but best wishes!!

  • Annalena says:

    That’s sad! Bye Jack! I will miss reading your posts! Where are you going?

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  • thepangolin says:

    If you dont visit Randi Brooks and Matt on your way out of town Princess CuteyFace gets it. 3 RF

  • Tamara says:

    Jack I have to say that since I discovered your blog I have logged onto it and PETA’s website everyday…your blog brought me here and made me kinda get up off my…behind…and start doing work for animals again… Thanks to you and seriously we I will miss reading your witty and informative entries!

  • Canaduck says:

    Bye Jack! I’ll miss you…but I AM looking forward to seeing that chicken!

  • Warwak says:

    Best of luck Jack!

  • Tamara says:

    I knew you were going…I am very observant… P Actually was looking at “jobs available” and saw yours there that was sort of a clue. I know what you’re doing next…making those cruelty caseworkers just really available am I right? Gonna miss you Jack I think… even though you dont’ answer my MySpace messages…now you’ll have more time? Right??? Dammit! I want to save the “sleeping Jack” photo and it won’t let me wants me to save a link… Please make it available to save…PWEEZ… Oh and good luck in your next adventure at PETA. We don’t really want to see you naked though… TAKE GOOD CARE OF PRINCESS CUTEYFACE!

  • Marta says:

    No more tea breaks. o

  • Chris says:

    I will miss having Jack around but I am excited that Princess Cutey Face has decided to stick around Norfolk and will remain PETA’s Senior Vice President of Cute Faceness. Chris Vegan Campaigns

  • Eric says:

    Jack I am very saddened to see you go. We faithful members of PETA have come so accustomed to reading your great blogs! I would log into and skip straight to the blog portion hoping to see great news on any accomplishments which may have taken place in the few hours or minuteslol from which I was away from the site becuase well everyone knows you are so quick to jump on upto the minute news from the frontlines . I will definetly be missing you and I know that whoever is taking your place will not win our blogfans hearts anytime soon.

  • Soliel says:

    You are hilarious! I am sorry to see you go… I hope for more humor God knows we need it.

  • liz says:

    awwh.. sad to see you go Jack! was great having you on the Peta files.. will the Peta files still be the same without ‘ol Jack?? hope it will be good on your ‘pastures new’ wherever they may be.. stick around on the Peta comments let’s hear from you sometimes.. and may we all go on rooting for the animals.. for always..! yeah!

  • Katie says:

    Aw I will miss your blogs Jack! You are leaving PETA?

  • Mark D. says:

    Why are you leaving? What are you doing now? Are you still with PETA? Are you a director?

  • Aneliese says:

    Goodbye and good luck to you Jack! I’m going to miss your clever and riveting blog’s you were a great contribution to PETA and they were lucky to have you!