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PETA's Letter to the Press Secretary Comes After Urging the Secretary of Defense Not to Overturn Military Ban on Animal Abuse
For Immediate Release:December 6, 2011
Washington -- After a question about a recently approved adjustment to the
Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)—which inadvertently removed an
anti-bestiality provision—caught Press Secretary Jay Carney off guard
and led him to wave the question aside with a joke, PETA sent a letter to
Carney explaining that millions of Americans are upset that animals no longer
have even minimal protections under the UCMJ. The group also asked him to
handle serious issues with more sensitivity in the future. The letter comes a
day after PETA reached out to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, urging
him to add a new section to the UCMJ prohibiting cruelty to animals.
"Animal abuse is an issue of community safety that
should be taken seriously by all government staff," says PETA President
Ingrid E. Newkirk. "We hope that the public outcry against this inadvertent
lapse will inspire the military to take action to make sure that it will be
able to fully and appropriately serve and protect all Americans—human
and nonhuman alike."
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PETA's letter to Press Secretary Jay Carney follows.
December 6, 2011
Mr. Jay CarneyPress Secretary to the PresidentThe White House
Dear Mr. Carney:
In watching last night's news
briefing, we were upset to note that you flippantly addressed the recently
approved repeal of the military ban on bestiality. With respect, this is no
laughing matter. Our office has been flooded with calls from Americans who are
upset that this ban has been repealed—and for good reason. As we outlined in
the attached letter sent yesterday to the secretary of defense, animal abuse
does not affect animals only—it is also a matter of public safety, as people
who abuse animals very often go on to abuse human beings.
I hope that in the future, you
will address important issues with sensitivity and not dismiss them with a
Very truly yours,
Colleen O'BrienDirector of Communications
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