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  • In 1996, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) turned their attention to the town of Fishkill. Because they believed it evoked "violent imagery of dead fish," they wanted its name changed to Fishsave. However, the town declined, pointing out that in the original Dutch, "Fishkill" is "Fish stream."
  • In 2003, PETA offered $15,000 of vegetarian patties to the town of Hamburg, NY, if they changed their name to Veggieburg. PETA's reason: "The town's name conjures up visions of unhealthy patties of ground-up dead cows. . . I hope they get a little chuckle about it, and then I hope they think about it. . . Our offer is serious as a heart attack." Hamburg declined the offer.
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12 comments:

kasper794 said...

People just amaze me. They will stop at nothing to try to speak for everyone even if everyone doesn't agree.

R.E.H. said...

Those PETA people are raving lunatics... the lot of them. Saving the animals is a good cause, but these people just don't know right from wrong.

Funny couple of things these - showing just how their minds operate ;)

(Sorry, but I've got a thing against PETA)

AY@tes said...

I value the intention of PETA because I don't particularly like how some animals are treated, but I think they need to re-evaulate their business.

odd facts said...

I agree with you, ay@tes.

satire and theology said...

Perhaps Hamburg, Germany should change their name...snicker.;)

Linda Wallace said...

My local newspaper, the "Seattle Post-Inteligencer," ran a guest column by Betsy Hart December 14 on PETA and the fur trade. http:// seattlepi.nwsouce.com/saturdayspin/343644_hart15.html The gist of her article was that PETA could help animals more by promoting their ethical and humane treatment rather than no human use, which is impossible to achieve.

odd facts said...

Yah. I think that a lot of people believe that humane treatment of animals is good, but PETA is too radical to attract them, or me.

Debbie said...

This spoke to me about the egotism of the English-speaking world. To assume that a name evokes images of animal abuse is assuming that the name has an English meaning, which clearly, in these cases, it doesn't.

While I agree with PETA's basic values against animal cruelty, I think they go overboard way too often to continue to be taken seriously.

Monday Morning Power said...

Can you imagine living in a town called Veggieburg?

odd facts said...

I don't think I could eat any salads.

40 Forever said...

How silly! My husband says that there's good fishing in the Fishkill, NY area.

odd facts said...

Ah! 40 Forever! You just proved PETA'S point that Fishkill promotes dead fish!!! ;) Thanks for the tip.