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44. Your points:
1. PETA does show up at biker events. Here's what some bikers had to say:

One PETA activist showed up in a black biker outfit made of "pleather" - a silky synthetic black rubber. Norman Wagner of Scottsdale, Ariz. said "Why would I wear that? I'm 6-foot-3, and 230 pounds, and I can wear anything I want to."
Glen Sams, a 50-year-old member of the Centaur Motorcycle Club of Virginia, said he was not pleased that PETA is picking on the gathering.
He dismissed the PETA protest. "We were here before PETA, and I imagine we will be here a long time after," he said.
These bikers were nicer to the PETA people than some here.

2.Re: Nutcracker protest. Not ONE leaflet was ever handed out.
Although PETA did get a ton of free publicity due to the Fox/Murdoch generated hysteria.

3. Throwing paint. Could you cite an example of this occuring in the past ten years? I agree that this was counter-productive. But why is a fur-wearer defenceless?
What if the paint thrower is a woman? What if the fur-wearers husband goes nuts? Can fur-wearers not carry guns?
Risking a beating and jail maybe foolish, but it's not "cowardly"

4. PETA euthanizes animals. Yes they do. Because PETA takes the hardest cases. Here is PETA's response:

Our Community Animal Project (CAP) rescues homeless animals directly -- crawling through sewers, poking through junkyards, climbing trees, dodging cars, and arguing with landlords to coax terrified abandoned or neglected animals to safety. We go into the very worst of neighborhoods to deliver food, doghouses, and bedding to pit bulls who have never known a kind word or touch; dogs who--thinking we are bent on doing them harm as all the other humans in their lives have--come at us with snapping jaws. We find starved corpses, dying animals, what is left of cats who have been used as bait for fighting dogs. In winter we see the dogs shiver and try to curl into the tiniest balls to keep warm; in summer we see them with their tongues dragging, water bowls overturned, panting to try not to succumb to the heat. In floods and storms, we are out there at all hours of the night saving lives. We push to have owners of severely abused animals prosecuted and the animals removed, but if we can do nothing else, we try hard to at least make the animals as comfortable as we can and sterilize them.

PETA takes in the animals nobody wants--the feral cat colonies descended from abandoned, unaltered house cats who are now thin and wild and often infected with diseases like Feline AIDS and leukemia. The stray dogs so disfigured by mange they are almost no longer recognizable as canines. The litters of parvo-infected puppies, wracked with diarrhea and vomiting.. The backyard dogs who have known only chains, beatings, and neglect, and who have gone mad because of it. Some of the animals PETA takes in are eventually reunited with their families. We have caught and reunited some of the most elusive animals who other agencies have given up on. PETA opts to euthanize extremely sick or feral animals immediately, rather than subject them to the trauma of further transport and caging that will only, ultimately, end in death. We give them love and attention, food and soothing voices, and yes, a gentle death in our arms."

And a final note - just one NY shelter euthanizes more cats and dogs in 4 days than PETA does in a year. And those animals are much more adoptable than the PETA animals. Should we be angry with the ASPCA or the IDIOTS who get a dog at Christmas and then dump it in April because he chewed the slippers?

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