November 12th, 2010
07:25 PM ET

PETA wants Amazon to stop selling guides to dogfighting

PETA wants Amazon.com to stop selling books such as 'The Art of Cockfighting.'

The animal rights group PETA wants Amazon.com to stop selling books about dogfighting and cockfighting, saying the books encourage an illegal and harmful activity the way a recently removed title promoted pedophilia.

PETA said it sent a letter Friday to Amazon.com President Jeffrey P. Bezos, asking him to to pull products from the site that promote animal cruelty in light of the online retailer's decision this week to stop selling an e-book that offered guidelines to pedophilia.

"The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure" was pulled from Amazon.com late Wednesday, after thousands of angry users posted reviews to the listing condemning its publication and vowing to boycott the site.

PETA pointed out two books on Amazon.com, "The Art Of Cockfighting—A Handbook for Beginners and Old Timers" and "Dogs of Velvet and Steel," as examples of titles that encourage people to participate in illegal animal fighting.

"These books encourage people to become involved in dogfighting and cockfighting— cruel and illegal activities that are rampant across the country," PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman said in the letter to Bezos.

"Animals, like children, depend on us to protect them and put their best interests above profits. Please, don't be complicit in cruelty to animals: Do the right thing and stop selling products that promote criminal violence against living beings."

PETA said the controversy over "The Pedophile's Guide" created the ideal climate for them to highlight animal fighting - an issue that's always on their radar.

"At a time when Amazon is coming out very publicly against books on pedophilia, this is a prime time for Amazon to step up and stop selling books that promote other illegal activity, like dogfighting and cockfighting," PETA spokeswoman Lindsey Rajt told CNN.

In fact, the two issues are "interconnected," Rajt said

"Animal abuse is one of the first warning signs we see in people who turn and direct violence toward people," she said. "This is really important because the twisted whims of people who enjoy watching animals fight to the death is not something Amazon should be catering to. There are greater societal implications."

Amazon.com did not return calls for comment.

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  1. nancy

    I've been a customer of Amazon's for decades, but I'm not shopping there until they stop selling books that promote animal cruelty. I really hope they do the right thing so I can become a customer again.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lola coots

    Businesses need to have a social conscience. Animal cruelty is a stepping stone to even more vile actions. We don't need to advertise the details.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Yes Nancy and Lola animal abuse is wrong we just don't need a bunch of urban radical animal rights wackoos to tell us that and SHOVE their extremists actions down our throats.

      November 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. B. A.

    The evil that we've all come to accept disguised as "freedom of this and freedom of that". Man should not be awarded the freedom to defile society with words and ideas from the depths of hell. We've got so much freedom now, that we're mutating into selfish, greedy, insensitive ingrates. So let's all be free to ruin everything for everybody as long as we get ours. Let's be free to kill that which we do not like or consider inferior. Let's be free to disrespect the laws and rules of decency. Let's be free to indulge our darkest, most evil nature AND WRITE IT DOWN TO SHARE. DUH.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      BA Get a life you fuc#ing moron.You must be pretty stupid to not understand that NOBODY AGREES WITH YOU HERE.You ever been anywhere outside a city park? God petards suck.No wonder flakes like you get the sh@! beat out of them all the time.Weirdoo..

      November 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve in Seattle

      BA please get some mental help.Your verbal diarrhea is making the rest of sick PETArd.

      November 14, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      My god are you for real BA? I mean nobody is that stupid.Get out of the city out of your basement.See how the rest of the world operates.Simply pathetic.Time to destroy PETA and HSUs and imprison their leaders.

      November 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sarspastic

    bana facebook

    November 14, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    PETA Next to the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban the most hated and reviled organization on the planet.

    November 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Animal lover

    I dearly love all animals and hate to see any suffer but why can't we have a more socially and culturally responsible group other then PETA or the Humane Society of the United States representing them? I'm afarid these groups are just to radical and out of touch with the "common man" to be effective.Rumour has it with the down turn of the world economy these fanatical groups are hurting and if not for the deep pockets of celebritiies (who are completely out of touch with the average American) would collapse.

    November 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Avon Barksdale

    I know PETA is sorry they ever said anything bad about my boy MICHAEL VICK after his game Monday night!

    November 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. manonfetch

    Dog fighting is against the law. Is Amazon selling other books that show how to commit other crimes? Is it really a 'freedom of speech' issue? Allowing a How To manual on illegal dog fighting is similar to allowing a How To manual on burglary, drug dealing, pimping, setting off bombs, and other illegal activity. If this were a How To manual on a legal activity – say fishing or hunting or cooking – then regardless of the content, it would be censorship to ban it. But I do not see how it is censorship to ban a book detailing how to engage in the illegal activity of dog fighting, anymore than it is censorship to ban books instructing would-be criminals how to engage in their illegal activities.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JAH

    "we just don't need a bunch of urban radical animal rights wackoos to tell us that and SHOVE their extremists actions down our throats"

    Funny how many people think people who want to protect animals from abuse are "radical" "wackoos" - but somehow the depraved individuals COMMITTING the abuses are not wackos. And somehow being an advocate of animal rights means you're shoving your "extremist actions" (I only WISH the animals rights movement as a whole was committed to extremist actions so you could see how silly your comment is there) down someone's throat. You wanna see what it looks like to shove extremist actions down someone's throat - look at what republicans are doing to women every chance they get.

    But seriously - these books promote, praise, advocate, and COACH criminal activities. If a book on pedophilia is to be censored, what's the argument for leaving these criminal texts up too? That's the real problem here - and one the libertarians should be up in arms about - ARBITRARY censorship. Amazon is now, officially, selectively censoring material. And what might be worse, they're doing it based on their own popularity. They have no ethic in their decision-making and their profit-over-responsibility/ethics/morality stance is FAR worse than anything PETA could ever be accused of.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
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