Around the State
March 5, 1997
SAN FRANCISCO -- Only one week after a local therianthrope activist's death, a new ad from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals depicting a dead minotaur has stirred up loud outrage among San Francisco's theri community.
The ad, which one theri group calls "utterly inappropriate and frankly appalling," is the first in a new series of PETA ads touting vegetarianism as a moral imperative. It depicts a freezer filled with slabs of beef hanging from meat hooks, and in the center, an unclothed, frozen minotaur hanging limply among them. "Now that the lines between animal and human have blurred," the ad caption reads, "how can we continue to slaughter our fellow travellers?" ...
"Far from saying that theri lives are worthless, we're trying to say that all life is valuable. (Minotaur Russell "Ember") Hill's death was a tragedy and crime, and so is every unnecessary slaughterhouse death," (PETA spokeswoman Ellen) Dunlop said.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- One month after suspending a provocative display comparing animal cruelty to slavery, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is resuming the traveling show on the West Coast.
PETA came under fire after a man began yelling that the exhibit was racist during an Aug. 8 showing in New Haven, Conn. The incident outraged national civil rights groups, who said it demeaned blacks. ...
"What we kept seeing is that the complaints always boiled down to not wanting to be compared to animals -- which is the very bias we're trying to challenge," (PETA spokeswoman Dawn Carr) said in an interview Tuesday.
* This news item is, of course, set in the Tomorrowlands Universe and is a work of fiction. The second one, though, is real.