Anti-Tobacco Animal Experiments
PETA Jumps On Anti-tobacco Bandwagon - Demonstrating that anti-tobacco attracts the radical fringes of society, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals aims its anti-corporate barbs at the tobacco industry. Ostensibly geared to educate the public against the use of laboratory animals to test products, PETA is targeting children with hate and disinformation. Using adults dressed as giant rats, the group is handing out stickers illustrated with phony cigarette packs parodying popular brands. One, named Cadaver, is based on Camel and depicts a dog, on its back, legs in the air, surrounded by lit cigarettes. Another, mocking the popular Marlboro brand, is called Murderboro while a sticker titled Slay'Em portrays a crying rabbit in restraints inhaling cigarette smoke over the legend "Spilled Blood, Uncool Tests."
PETA plans to place full-page ads in the obituaries sections of several newspapers, including The Winston-Salem Journal, The Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. The ads are mock obituaries for laboratory animals that died through the experiments of tobacco companies.
Small donors to PETA may rest easy that their donations are not paying for this foolishness. The advertising agency that produces the incomprehensible anti-smoking "Truth" ads for the American Legacy has donated its services. Blinded by greed or just plain too stupid to know any better, PETA, as usual, is barking up the wrong tree.
The tests with animals the tobacco industry conducts is far surpassed in sheer horror by the anti-tobacco industry. The tobacco industry says it uses only rats but accuracy has never been PETA's strong suit. In his book, In Defense of Smokers, Lauren Colby devotes Chapter 9 to detailing several experiments on dogs, for some reason, beagles. It isn't pretty.