Campaigns by PETA attack rural life


Larry Kiewel, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, Mankato Free Press (MN)

Mar 17, 2017


There have been a lot of headlines already this year. The closing down of Ringling Brothers Circus was really important to me.


I confess that I attended the circus only once. I enjoyed it but never found a way to return.


Ringling Brothers is closing because it could no longer survive the lawsuits, picketing, and general harassment of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and their local committees and action arms.


I will miss the circus but I am concerned about what PETA will ban next.


Bacon is high on their list. Hamburger is offensive to their view of the world. I am personally threatened by their hatred of wool socks.


I shear sheep for owners of small flocks (five to 10 sheep). PETA says harvesting wool is cruel and painful to the sheep.


People and sheep have a 10,000-year relationship. The prophet Isaiah understood sheep shearing.


Sheep and people need each other. Wool socks are good for your feet and give sheep a meaning for their life. I need the money shearing a few sheep generates.


I ask you to be careful with your charitable donations. Those late-night puppy commercials by PETA and HSUS provide funds used to attack rural life as we know it.


Do not underestimate their power.


Ask Ringling Brothers Circus.


Larry Kiewel

Belle Plaine


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PETA Buys Stock in Canada Goose to Protest Use of Down and Fur


by Leon Kaye, TriplePundit

Mar 20th, 2017


Whatever one may think about the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and its penchant for making headlines, more NGOs may want to consider the latest tactic employed by the animal rights group.


Last week the Canadian luxury outfitter and retailer Canada Goose celebrated its IPO after 60 years in business. And it turns out one of its first investors is PETA.


Granted, PETA’s ownership in the company is microscopic. The organization said it purchased about 230 shares on the first day the company went public – about $4,000 worth of Canada Goose’s equity. It said it bought the stock in order to speak at annual shareholder meetings and, more importantly, to submit shareholder resolutions.


PETA says ownership in Canada Goose is important in order to convince the company to eliminate what activists say is needless animal cruelty.


Business Insider suggested that PETA lost about $250 after the first day of Canada Goose’s stock trading. But that will hardly discourage the organization, which objects to the outdoor apparel company’s use of goose down and coyote fur in its products.


“PETA is calling on consumers to reject Canada Goose’s cruelty to coyotes and geese and to invest in kindness by buying vegan clothing instead,” Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a public statement describing the group’s embrace of shareholder activism.


PETA’s playbook follows the lead of the Humane Society, one of the leading animal welfare organizations in the U.S.


A few years ago, the D.C.-based NGO leveraged its 750 shares of Tysons Food stock to reduce the suffering of livestock animals within the company’s supply chain. The Humane Society worked with the Methodist Church and an ethical investments firm to introduce a shareholder proposal to request that Tyson cease the use of sow gestation crates. Months later, the company (and one of its largest competitors, Smithfield Foods) urged its pork suppliers to find another way to house their hogs.


Religious orders, including the famous Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, have long used stock purchases to influence corporate policies through the power of shareholder resolutions...


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