The IRS aren’t the only group attempting to intimidate and silence their enemies. PETA are trying to do the same thing with people who merely made comments criticizing the organization’s practice of killing the vast majority of the animals they take in under the guise of “taking care” of them.
The Huffington Post ran an article last month entitled “Shocking Photos: PETA’s Secret Slaughter of Kittens, Puppies.” It garnered nearly 5,000 comments and 244,000 Facebook likes. The article photo-documented PETA’s hypocritical actions of claiming to be outraged over “inhumane” animal treatment, but at the same time, slaughtering thousands of animals, throwing kittens and puppies in dumpsters, etc.
Curiously, PETA aren’t going after the author of that article. They’re going after a few commenters on that article.
One of those commenters called PETA “animal Kevorkians.” The animal slaughter organization wants the court to release names, e-mail addresses and other personal information about commenters like that one. They have to at least identify the people in order to sue them for defamation.
They actually want to sue random commenters of an internet site, because they were critical of the organization. I guess they can do whatever they want since they obviously have money to burn. I just can’t imagine ever caring that much over an internet commenter. We have negative commenters on this site who have said far worse things than what PETA is complaining about. I think the comments are funny. And not only that, they usually generate debate and discussion. And ad hominem contests.
It’s interesting that they aren’t going after the author of the critical piece. It’s as if they’re affirming what he wrote. “Yeah, it’s all true. But we can’t tolerate anonymous people calling us names. If you do that, we will hunt you down and sue the fir off you.”
Maybe this is part of a broader effort to make anonymous posting illegal. New York and Illinois politicians have tried to enact laws that would effectively outlaw anonymous commenting. Their legislation provides that a “web site administrator shall, upon request, remove any posted comments posted by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.”
That would be a good way for PETA to silence dissent. Anyone who dared speak out against them would have their comment attached to all their personal information, even their home address.
Who knows what PETA is up to. They’ve always got a lawsuit brewing over something stupid. They have to pretend as if they’re relevant so that they can continue to rake in the dough from Hollywood dimwits.
(Careful how you comment, because PETA’s watching.)