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PETA’s Fur Flying

Lady Gaga made headlines last week when she dared to wear fur, brushing back a harsh attack from PETA, which routinely slams and smears any celebrities seen in animal pelts. The flap brought to mind Penn & Teller’s classic broadside aimed at PETA, which first aired on Showtime in 2004 as part of the series Penn & Teller: Bulls**t! Chief among the stinging revelations:

  • PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, maintains close ties with ALF, or the Animal Liberation Front, classified by the FBI as a domestic terrorist group.
  • PETA euthanizes many animals assigned to its care, and has a worse track record in placing pets up for adoption than non-PETA run shelters.
  • PETA’s opposition to the use of animals in laboratory research has impeded scientific and medical breakthroughs. The group is so extreme, it would even ban seeing-eye dogs for the blind.
  • Lastly, but certainly not least, PETA advocates have embraced many of the traits of creepy, fanatical cults, proving themselves to be less than ethical, and positively hypocritical, in dealing with their opponents and the targets of their activism.

Watch, but be forewarned: Penn & Teller not only wear leather and eat big, fat, juicy ribs, but Penn also drops quite a few cuss words and Teller drops his pants.

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