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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

PETA slams Hamas television clip

US-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals People Eating Tasty Animals (PETA) has slammed Hamas' Jihad television station for showing a clip that was cruel to animals on its popular children's program Tomorrow's Pioneers. The fact that the show encourages children to become 'martyrs' by murdering Jews is apparently irrelevant to PETA.

Hat Tip: JammyWearingFool
"It's shocking and sickening," said Martin Mersereau, manager of the domestic animal abuse division of U.S.-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Speaking to Reuters by telephone, he said PETA was drafting a letter of protest to the Gaza-based al-Aqsa television station, which aired the show -- aimed at teaching children not to abuse animals -- last week.

A segment of the programme was posted on the YouTube video-sharing Web site after being recorded and translated by pro-Israeli group Palestinian Media Watch.


The YouTube clip shows an actor dressed as a bee mistreating a cat and lions at Gaza Zoo. In the studio, he is reprimanded by the programme's host, who cautions children against mimicking the bee's "terrible" behaviour. "

Any lessons meant to be contained in this segment are almost certainly lost on most children, who are more likely to imitate people they see treating animals cruelly rather than understand this behaviour is wrong," Mersereau said.

Gaza Zoo veterinarian Saoud al-Shawa said he had not been consulted before the programme was filmed, but believed there was no harm in educational shows aimed at lowering violence among children.

"Even at the zoo, we sometimes complain about the aggressive behaviour of some of the children," he said. "But we do not blame them. We blame the violent environment that surrounds them -- Israeli violence and Palestinian-Palestinian violence too."
For those who have not seen it yet, here is the video.

What's striking about this is that PETA couldn't care less that Hamas television teaches children to murder people - only when they teach children to torture animals. And for that matter, the same can be said of the television program. Tomorrow's Pioneers encourages 'martyrdom operations' against Jews, but hostess Saraa reprimands Nahoul for torturing animals.

For those who are offended by my treatment of PETA in the opener, let's just say that one of the first things the Nazis did was to ban Jewish ritual slaughter as 'cruel to animals' and leave it at that. We Jews have a long and bitter history in this regard.


At 8:20 PM, Blogger Broomer said...

Remember when the suicide bombers were donkeys pulling a cart? PETA was all over the PA for killing donkeys. I wrote to PETA why they place a higher value of life for donkeys over Israelis? Never got an answer.

From that point on, I felt absolutely no guilt toward fur coats.

PETA deserves absolute contempt.

You are correct - people eating tasty animals. Count me as one of them!

At 10:53 PM, Blogger J. Lichty said...


PETA is an animal rights outfit. I think they are silly, but unless they are condemning Israel for killing "poorpitifulpalestinians" (which given their liberal bona fides the probably are) I have no problem with them focussing only on the animal carnage inflicted by the koranimals.

I think the Amnesty Internationals and the Doctors Without Borders are far more deserving of criticism for their double standards.


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