Did You Get April Fooled?

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If you were paying attention to the news yesterday, you may have seen quite a few stories about PETA—apparently, we were quite busy!

The biggest story came from NPR, which reported on our efforts to save animals from the humiliation of having losing sports teams named after them. Our joint effort with the Humane Society, “Stop Teams Everywhere From Animal Mascots (STEAM),” has reportedly supported legislation in Michigan, Maryland, and Tennessee.

Meanwhile, Tor.com discussed our indecision regarding the Furry community (Animal-friendly? Unfriendly? Too-friendly?), and Aero-News.net announced our intention to seek $250,000 in damages (as well as an apology) for the geese killed in the “Miracle on the Hudson.

Our friends at ecorazzi highlighted Al Gore’s new and non-environmentally-hypocritical line of organic vegan frozen foods—first up, “Al Gore’s Vegan Nubs.” And Groovy Vegetarian lamented the sad news that our president, Ingrid E. Newkirk, was caught chowing down on a Burger King Whopper.

Now, come on, people, you didn’t really believe any of these stories, did you? I mean, everybody knows that we’d ask for way more than $250,000 … I kid, I kid. So, yes—we found ourselves the subject of a number of April Fool’s jokes. And don’t worry, we had our share of the fun too. C’mon—squirrel underpants? Pheromone-fueled hunter-targeting snake attacks? A Photoshop job this bad on a PETA ad?

I hope you all knew better than to fall for that one!

Written by Amanda Schinke

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind