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Solve Your Spider Problems!

Written by PETA | March 14, 2011

Update: Yellow sac spiders also think that the engines in 2008- and 2009-model Honda Accords are a great place for a family getaway, but if your family is planning one, you might not want them tagging along. Drivers who are worried that the arachnids might pop in for a visit could end up constantly checking their pant legs. Admittedly, that could get dangerous, so PETA is welcoming donated Accords to our little fleet as well. We can use the cars to rescue homeless or injured animals when people report them to us or to assist with spay and neuter surgeries for animals whose guardians don’t have transportation. And PETA staffers won’t mind the pant-leg pals. 

Attention, Mazda owners: There’s this MX-2 Spider version, and then there’s the spiders who are thought to be living in some of the 65,000 Mazda6s that were recalled last week because a certain gas-loving arachnid likes to build webs in the cars’ emission systems. The presence of the spiders can cause gas leaks and fires. And here’s something that you may not know: If you’re suffering from arachnophobia, PETA will be more than happy to help you out … by accepting your donated vehicle for use in animal rescue work! A PETA member who was deathly afraid of mice once donated her brand-new Jeep to PETA after a mouse popped out from beneath the glove box. PETA gladly accepted both the Jeep and the mouse and will do the same for your Mazda6. And for the spiders who call it home, we’ll also do our best to get them out safely and find them new homes.

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  • Steve Stevenson says:

    The only people who would benefit from writing off the donation of a 2010 Mazda 6 are people whose taxes exceed the value of a 2010 Mazda 6. The sort of people who don’t drive a Mazda 6. My main problem with this idea is that PETA is suggesting that the humane thing to do is donate them your new car on the premise that there may or may not be a spider in it. If the true agenda was say, the ethical removal of spiders, and not asking the middle class for donations that comprise a significant chunk of their yearly income, wouldn’t the most all around ethical solution be offering to remove the spiders humanely for a small fee?

  • Anon says:

    This is absolutely insane.

  • melmac says:

    Seriously, what part of “There’s no one who is going to just up and donate a car to you for a tax writeoff” do you not understand? And, I’m honestly waiting for a photo of a common folk donating the car to you.

  • GM says:

    Sure, I’ll give PETA my 2010 Mazda 6, and then take the bus to work for the next 5 years while I finish paying it off.

  • SpiderMan says:

    First of all the spiders are not in the gas tanks. The spider NEST is in a vent hose for the charcoal canister. The spider’s are all dead due to gas vapors.

  • Oldman says:

    Kramer: It’s just a write off for them. Jerry: How is it a write off? Kramer: They just write it off. Jerry: Write it off what ? Kramer: Jerry all these big companies they write off everything Jerry: You don’t even know what a write off is. Kramer: Do you? Jerry: No. I don’t. Kramer: But they do and they are the ones writing it off. Jerry: I wish I just had the last twenty seconds of my life back.

  • alx says:

    really…get a real job..are you so desperate for attention?

  • TJ says:

    I think most people’s concern iswhat PETA plans on doing with the vehicles. Will they be sold off? Is this a quick and easy way for officers of the company to get a new car? How exactly will this help any animals?

  • Melmac says:

    Nancy, the facts: This economy, no one is going to donate a new car for a “tax writeoff” the money doesn’t make it worthwhile. And I’m sorry sweetie, but no one right now save the very wealthy (Barker, Anderson, etc.) would be that willing to donate a car for an animal rights cause – especially a new one. If you’re willing to donate it, do it, give PETA a picture and I’ll shush. But honestly, no one will do it. It’s using media for PETA’s advantage, and as you can see, it draws interest. (PETA< please post this up – you may actually get what you want, donations of cars for your purpose to prove that I’m wrong.)

  • tim says:

    holy crap this is the cleverest thing you’ve ever done! even if one person is dumb enough to do it, then you’re on top.

  • nancy says:

    I shouldn’t even respond to Melmac’s posts, but… Of course there are incentives. Any car donated to a non-profit can be a tax write-off. I think there is the option to skip the tax write-off if the person wanted to donate more, but I’m not sure. Of course, the BIGGEST incentive is helping animals. You are on an animal rights site after all, so that would be the incentive for people to do this.

  • Jack says:

    Nicole I’m an animal rights advocate but I call a spade a spade.

  • melmac says:

    Nicole, these aren’t rude comments – they’re common sense. WHY should anyone donate a new car to a group with a problem that can be fixed? Frankly, we know it’s an animal rights group. And if you didn’t have dissent, then your activism isn’t working because it isn’t making people think. Ever thought of that?

  • Really? says:

    Oh, Peta. How you could actually be doing things worthwhile instead of suggesting ridiculous donations for more press/media coverage. I would be embarrassed if I were a member of your rather lackluster organization. Instead of coming up with this nonsense, why are you not helping out where it is needed (the gulf oil disaster, abandoned pets due to economy, etc?)

  • Nicole says:

    If you guys have nothing nice to say just keep it to yourselves. This is a site for animal rights advocates and if you’re not one, just don’t make any comments aight? Thanks!

  • Gijs says:

    You guys crack me up! It’s so noble to go through all that trouble just to help someone with a brand new car out, by accepting it to the PETA carpark! Thanks a bunch

  • seaninc says:

    Sure, let me donate my nearly new car so you can drive it for me! Do you people realize how crazy you sound?

  • Paranoidstolle says:

    hahaha giving the spidres a safe new home. just scoop em out of the gas tank and keep the car. it’ll save yourself about $20,000 on buying a whole new car just cuz of some spiders

  • melmac says:

    Um… no offense, but if there’s spiders in there that will cause leaks and fires, why should ANYONE donate a car to any group? I mean… seriously, that makes no sense, and no one will also donate a new car to a group with no incentive.

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