PETA’s Internet hypocrisy

A couple years ago there was an enormous flap over an opponent of animal rights who registered the domain, claiming he represented People Eating Tasty Animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals whined and moaned about the site and threatened to sue the owner of the domain. Eventually the domain was suspended, and PETA currently uses

So now it is 1998 and what is PETA doing? ThatÂ’s right, deceptively registering domain names associated with their opponents. Recently it registered and posted information on that web site accusing Ringling Brothers of mistreating animals. Just as PETA did a few years ago, Ringling Brothers filed a lawsuit demanding PETA stop using the domain name.

On May 14, Ringling Brothers agreed to drop the lawsuit in exchange for PETA transferring control of to the circus. Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, didnÂ’t sound all that disappointed to see the domain name go saying, “The site had served its purpose. Ringling had brought all the attention in the world to it.”

Sorry Newkirk, but the only thing highlighted by this fiasco is PETA’s own hypocrisy.


“PETA agrees to turn over domain name to circus,” Associated Press,
May 14, 1998.

2 thoughts on “PETA’s Internet hypocrisy”

  1. People Eating Tasty Animals: Stupid hypocrites for animals since 1980

  2. They weren’t fighting the name similarity, they were fighting for the fuckin animals. They weren’t against the tactics, they just wanted it stopped. If I want somebody to stop hitting me with a shovel, then later, to defend myself, I hit somebody with a shovel, does that make me a hypocrite? No, it means I’m ok with using a shovel to defend myself, but I don’t like it when somebody hits me with one. Idiot….

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