How About People for the Ethical Treatment of Humans?

The PETA animal cruelty trial is getting started in North Carolina this week, and the Center for Consumer Freedom is on the case:

As you may remember, two PETA employees are being charged with 21 counts of felony animal cruelty, among other lesser charges. For some background on the group’s curel and unusual tactics, see Iain and Ivan’s op-ed from last year:

PETA’s extremist views are accompanied by extremist associations. PETA activists have a long history of association with the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and a related underground organization, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). Former FBI Director Louis Freeh called ALF “one of the most active extremist elements in the United States.” PETA has made small grants to ELF over the past ten years, and it has provided money to ALF defense funds—such as a grant of $45,000 to a “support committee” for the defense of ALF member Rod Coronado. Coronado was convicted in 1995 and sentenced to 57 months in a federal prison for the 1992 fire bombing of a research lab at Michigan State University. In 2002, he boasted about his involvement in six other cases of arson. When ABC news reporter John Stossel asked PETA president Ingrid Newkirk in 2003 about Coronado’s activities, she called him “a fine young man.”

As mentioned above, the Center for Consumer Freedom has been tirelessly dogging PETA for years, trying to inform people of the not-so-cuddly side of the organization. As with all controversies these days, it’s made it’s way to YouTube. Enjoy:

PETA and Cancer Research

Lab Rats vs. Sick Kids