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. me

    Wow, y'all are fighting like a bunch of pit bulls. whos the real danger here? i dont think the book or the breed. but i think the ignornat are the dangerous ones. they argue about something they arent educated on and one or the other ends up pulling a pistol and shooting. pit bull books are a great tool for educating yourself. pit owners should know the full history of the breed they choose to own. and not the simple line "pitbulls are fighting dogs" thats not educating enough. nothing wrong w/ a book.

    November 13, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Lilly

      I agree with you in that people need to be more educated when picking a breed, no matter the breed they choose. Pitbulls were not breed to fight as so many people seem to think. They were breed to hunt and bring down wild cattle. This is why they are both agile and have such a powerful jaw. These dog were meant to bring down animal over a ton in size. Most people are no match, so if you have these dog understanding that and making sure they are socialized with people and other animals(cats and dogs) is the best way to keep accidents from occurring. Yes I have one. Sorry for the preaching.

      November 13, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    Dear Amazon.com,
    Kindly pull all books about Lichtenstein, midgets, hog calling, The State of Maine, aircraft carriers, gluten, candle-pin bowling, US National Parks, Millard Filmore, bonsai, people over 6 feet 3 inches tall, pottery, abstract expressionism, NHL history.

    See what you started?

    November 13, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      And silly posters names Dave.

      November 13, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Good point. Though a few will inevitably miss it.

      November 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • gadzilla

      I think the book in the article is a "How To" book about an illegal activity. It's not just about what people find controversial or personally offensive.

      November 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • gadzilla

      Oh, and BTW – Dirigo.

      November 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jean2009

    Anyone who thinks books promoting horrible abuse of animals and molestation of children should be allowed obviously can't put two and two together and see that the one promotes the other.

    November 13, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      You fail

      November 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Note to Amazon – ban the books on psychobabble

      November 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • gadzilla

      Jean2009, I think your logic is faulty. While I have read in various nonsensical psychobabble books that criminals who go on to torture and abuse people may start as children by being abusive to animals, often starting by torturing and killing small animals. For example, Jeffrey Daumer exhibited this behavior. I am not so sure that pedophiles start out by abusing animals exclusively through dog fighting. It's a different context of animal abuse.

      November 13, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lorin

    Most of you people are missing the point... It isn't about freedom of speech, it's about the fact that these books are allowing people to abuse animals and children by telling them how to do it. It's disgusting. And, really there is just no reason for them to be there at all. How to books are okay if they are describing how to do something legally. But any sick basta*d that thinks its okay to abuse an animal or a child doesn't deserve freedom of speech or a right to walk this earth!

    November 13, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Does reading a book about the tactics of the Civil War make you a terrorist?

      November 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lilly

    It is my understanding from Amazon's own rule on what it will sell and not sell, it will not sell material that is considered il promoting illegal acts . Hence the recent outcry of the pedophilia books found for sell on their site. Last time I checked dog fighting is also illegal. But these books are on their site anyway. So it comes down to the fact it's all about Amazon making a buck than following it's own rules.

    November 13, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    I think PETA don't care in some country people kill dogs(st. Bernard) for food but they care for KFC chicken. You are so ignorant.

    November 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • B. A.

      Bob, you need to go back to 5th grade. PETA cares about all our brother species. It is, however, an act of conscience to refuse to promote the very worst nature of man. If more people would stand their ground and refuse to accept cruel and abusive behavior from others, then maybe, we could stand as one to isolate the enemies and more innocent beings would be saved tortured and broken lives. The planet could only improve.

      November 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lilly

    And one more thing...I will not be buying anything from Amazon any time soon.

    November 13, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Amazon doesn't need you, but the publicity surrounding attempts to censor their offerings does boost their popularity and profitability.

      November 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John Richardson

    PeTA runs their animal shelter as a death camp and has called for the banning of breeds and in fact opposes all forms of pet ownership. They exploit easy issues like opposition to dog fighting to fool people into thinking that they are on the side of dogs when they are anything but. When Mike Vick's dogs were being saved by groups like Best Friends and the ASPCA, PeTA and HSUS were in court demanding they all be killed. As for the merits of this case, it's Amazon's right to make whatever call they choose and everyone else's right to support their decision with their business or boycott as they see fit. I'll do the little business I do with Amazon either way. But I will never, ever send a dime to PeTA or HSUS.

    November 13, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cappicola

    If enough people browse through all of the books in the public libraries, universities, retail stores, online merchants, AND Amazon, I have no doubt that each respective special interest group will discover a plethora of material that's offensive, immoral, unethical, perverted, illegal (in theory), etc., etc., etc. While I may not wish to look at, let alone read any of them, there apparently are more than enough people out there who do. I'm no fan of dogfighting for sure nor do I tolerate the notion of pedophiles having a readily accessible handbook. But this 2010 and if left to our own devices, we will quickly become a well-policed State with steadily decreasing options. It starts out sounding totally logical and then that logic becomes increasingly more twisted as people seek to control others around them.

    November 13, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Unit34AHunt

    PETA should be rounded up and shipped to Tehran, where they can join their ideological brethren in their attempt to impose one dogmatic universal point of view on all who fall within their grip.

    November 13, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Justin

    I used to like Amazon. Not so anymore!!!

    November 13, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Too Sad

    I was worred this would happen,people tellling us whar book we can and can't buy. Amazon.com has the right to sell or not what book it wanty too.Any book as sicking as it my be ( and trust me i am up set about the books of late) should have the right to be published. It is a give right in the U.S.A. and non of us can take it away,for real why would we want too?

    November 13, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jen

    I think it's time to ban Amazon.com

    November 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      oh, look - a Liberal !

      November 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. i rock u dont

    pull my finger peta

    November 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ratkartz

    Dear Amazon. rap music is disgusting and degrading. Please ban all sales of rap music on your site or I will cause economic harm to your industry. In fact, I don't much care for CW either so please observe my opinions about what is and isn't harmful.

    November 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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