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June 14, 2009 at 2:47 PM

PETA fish-throwing protest

Animal-rights activists deserve some respect

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is the best thing that has ever happened to help animals.

Your editorial [“PETA’s protest so silly there must be a catch,” June 12] plus letters to the editor [“Another publicity stunt,” Northwest Voices, June 12] show how biased and unaware you are about PETA’s invaluable work. To what you qualify as “ridiculous … silly” and with even worse comments by your readers, I respond “Oh, please.” If it were not for PETA, or other organizations like In Defense of Animals, the Human Society of the United States and Brigitte Bardot’s in Europe, animals would be way worse off.

I agree this dead-fish-tossing issue is not as grave as dragging a live, tied-up dog behind a truck or baking a live cat in an oven or Michael Vick’s dogfighting and abuse.

This page would not be long enough to list all the great things these organizations have done to help animals for decades.

Give PETA a chance. Veterinarians should be the last ones involved in throwing dead animals in the air at our marketplace, fish or otherwise. If it happens, even if I stand alone, I’ll be there with my sign protesting their disrespect!

— Claudine Erlandson, Shoreline

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