Tuesday, February 14, 2006

PETA chide Cheney

Well, I'm glad to learn that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has spoken out regarding Cheney's choice of a recreational sport. Here's the report:

PETA is taking aim at Dick Cheney.

The high-profile animal-rights group has sent a letter to the vice-president, who accidentally shot a lawyer while the two men were quail hunting.

“I hope that the man you mistook for a quail is doing well. I also hope that this brush with tragedy will convince you to rethink your recreational activities,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk wrote in a letter to Cheney obtained by The Scoop. She went on to suggest that Cheney “put down your guns and pick up a tennis racket” — which, she adds, would be better for his heart.

“Mr. Cheney, there is so much violence in the world that is beyond our control,” Newkirk concluded, “but you can avoid hurting innocent animals (and well-connected lawyers) by putting down your guns and taking up a nonviolent sport.”

You know, it wasn't even a fair fight. Those were stocked quail - not the wild variety. And Cheney was hunting from a car. Something serious sportsment disdain. I also wonder if Cheney had been drinking. Was that the reason they waited so long to report the incident?

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