Dan Murphy on Newkirk's Letter to Arafat

Okay this happened awhile ago, but Dan Murphy wrote what I thought was the best retort to Ingrid Newkirk’s idiotic letter to Yasser Arafat asking the Palestinian leader to stop terrorists in that country from using animals when they carry out their attacks. Back in February, Murphy wrote,

Of course, it is tragic that terrorists place no value on lives lost, whether their own, their victims or “collateral animals” killed in the course of their murderous attacks. Newkirk’s letter, however, didn’t offer a single word of regret for the senseless casualties inflicted on both Palestinians and Israelis, noting instead that, “All nations behave abominably in many ways when they are fighting their enemies, and animals are always caught in the crossfire.”

Which is like expressing sorrow that when a family loses its home because it caught fire and burned, that trees are shrubbery were damaged by the smoke and flames.

Ah, but I assume Newkirk would leave that sort of thing up to PETA’s like-minded folks at the Earth Liberation Front to which it was so eager to donate money.


Animal extremists hit new low with fawning letter to Arafat. Dan Murphy, MeatingPlace.Com, February 14, 2003.

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