LTD Commodities Stops Selling Deer-Hunting Toy After PETA Appeal

Company Nabs Vegan Chocolates for Not Filling Orders for 'Crossbow With Inflatable Deer Target,' Removing Item From Catalog

For Immediate Release:
January 3, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Bannockburn, Ill.

A box of delicious vegan chocolates is on its way from PETA to LTD Commodities, which agreed to remove its Crossbow With Inflatable Deer Target toy from its print catalog and to stop filling orders for the item following numerous customer complaints, as well as urging from PETA. In a letter sent to the company’s CEO last month, PETA pointed out that the pro-hunting toy—advertised as suitable for children ages 5 and up—promotes a cruel practice that disrupts ecosystems and fosters insensitivity toward others’ suffering.

“Young people should be taught to have compassion and respect for animals, not to attack them with weapons,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “LTD Commodities was quick to agree with PETA and pull the plug on a toy that allowed impressionable children to mimic shooting high-powered crossbows at gentle deer.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that animals experience prolonged, painful deaths at the hands of hunters using crossbows. A recent study found that half of the deer shot with bows weren’t recovered by hunters, leaving them to languish with their injuries and often die slowly. And the slaughtered deer aren’t the only victims: Killings tear families apart and leave young, weak animals vulnerable to starvation, dehydration, and predators.

PETA further notes that psychiatrists and law-enforcement officials agree that violence toward animals is a major red flag and that nearly every serial killer and school shooter began by harming or killing animals.

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