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Friday, 20 December, 2002

Just a miserable day. Grey, pouring rain, and no joy in Reinsurance Mudville. Oh well, ya win some, ya lose some.

We had some good news this week though. Apparently the British animal testing lab that our parent company was the insurance broker for is now the responsibility of the British government. Due to our firm's involvement, we were targeted by a particularly vicious animal rights group to try to pressure us into dropping the lab as a client. They protested, spammed our computers and tried to gain access to our offices. As much as I hate to know that they finally won, I hope that we are rid of the uber-PETA.

In a move that seems to contradict everything they've ever said . . .

PETA Gives Fur Coats to the Poor

TORONTO (AP) - Fur isn't for rich folks, but it's fine for the homeless. At least according to some animal-rights activists.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is giving fur coats to the poor.

PETA has teamed with a Toronto community center to donate 30 hand-me-down fur coats and jackets to homeless women.

PETA is trying to drive home its message that animals should not be victims of fashion. A PETA spokeswoman says the only people who should wear furs are the truly destitute.

Is this just not weird? I mean, what happens when these homeless women walk around Toronto in their fur coats? Do the PETA people throw paint on them?

What the heck - let's stay with the theme today. Here's an item from a PETA parody site that just cracks me up:

In a press release by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), wolves have been labeled "inhumane killers and murderers of the innocent". PETA, an organization known for their anti-meat agenda and campaigns to end animal experimentation, has taken an official -- albeit controversial -- stand on the eating habits of the genus canis.

PETA spokesperson Hans Graineater was the author of a position paper which led up to the latest press release. In part, it reads:

"Each year, millions of snowshoe hairs, bunnies, sheep, mice, barnyard kitties and other cute furry animals are pursued, subjected to the most vile torture, and then slaughtered by thousands of European wolves, American timber wolves and coyotes around the world. This horrible deed is usually done so the wolves can consume the poor creatures, but not always. Wolves often hunt in gangs, and sometimes they kill just for fun.

"These actions are a cruel travesty. PETA is going to engage in a new campaign, to educate the wolf population that non-animal protein is better suited for health."

[I can just see the wolves clamoring for veggie burgers after their re-education.]

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Quote du jour:

"Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all."

-- Aristotle (384BC - 322BC) Greek writer, philosopher

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