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. RabiaDiluvio

    PETA kills animals. In 2009 they euthanized more than 97% of the animals they took in under pretense of finding them good homes.

    It is expensive to run a no-kill shelter. If they did they would not be able to afford so many billboard campaigns.

    petakillsanimals.com

    November 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Happy

      Prove it.

      November 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real Happy

      @ Happy, its not so much as prove it... just look it up. Peta is nothing more than a domestic terrorist group. Ingrid supported and funded a known domestic terrorist that cause physical damage to humans... and many peta members defend them. If you were actually informed you would realize that Peta records even indicate that they euthanize more animals than almost anyone else in the country. For once do the actual research and not just blindly look over the internet to support your claims... thats not how acquiring knowledge works.

      November 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Happy

      I don't get my info from petakillsanimals.com.

      November 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • onyx

      @Happy http://www.newsweek.com/2008/04/27/peta-and-euthanasia.html

      November 12, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PAL

    I personally dont care for PETA, i think they go too far sometimes. I understand where their heart is but they go over board. Saying that, I see where they are coming from. Why are we selling books on how to do something that is not only illegal but unbelievably cruel. If this was not coming from PETA more of you would be agreeing on banning the books from Amazon. It seems most of you stopped reading once PETA was mentioned and didnt care what the story was about.

    November 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CSE

    F.U.P.E.T.A.

    November 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fahrenheit 451

    All the book banning is getting a bit scary. Who decides when and where it stops?

    November 12, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      The Thought Police, of course.

      November 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      These are several isolated cases of books directly instructing and encouraging acts that harm helpless others (children, animals). This isn't some large-scale slippery-slope NWO mentality...

      November 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real Happy

      @Dave, just like your heavenly founder. She publicly endorsed the harm of those opposing Peta's views. If books can be dangerous because of their topics, than so can the group fighting animal cruelty with bodily harm

      November 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pittie

    Really tho if you like PETA or not this is about the dogs. Dog fighting is so freaking wrong and people who do this make me sick and they should be killed. Weather it's PETA saying this or someone else, I totally agree. This needs to stop.
    All of you who are sitting here crapping on PETA when the real issue is the dog fighting and the poor dogs are probably the ones who are running illegal rings out of your ghetto houses and need to be investigated and shot

    November 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • simon

      You advocate the death penalty for people who aren't murdering other people, but are outraged by dogfights? In what way do you believe you are superior to dogfighters? Maybe you should be shot too.

      November 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      No, it's not about "the dogs", it's about their right to sell a book. Whack your logic back into a straight line, please.

      November 12, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MOM

    Children vs. animals. I think PETA HAS THEIR PRIORITIES WRONG!!!!!!!!

    November 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      *facepalm*

      Talk about strawman fallacy.... how many times do I have to explain to anti-PETA ranters that caring about animals IN NO LOGICAL WAY IMPLIES LESS CARE ABOUT OTHER ISSUES (like human suffering). Hopefully the caps might hammer that fact into your thick skull. Next time you dare to express interest in any issue that isn't directly regarding humans, I'll feel free to lambast you for putting other priorities before human suffering. Sound fair?

      November 12, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real Happy

      @ dave, really, because I can recall how ingrid was please with a so-called domestic terroristic group called the ALF where Ingrid gave donations to a group that used bodily harm as a means to fight for animals rights... so again, yeah even your precious founder Ingrid Newkirk supports killing people for animals sake

      November 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Isabella

    And who is going to set the line on which books are 'appropriate' to sell and which aren't? I think all 3 of the books are deplorable and disgusting. But who is to regulate morality? While I would say "if it promotes an illegal act, it shouldn't be sold on Amazon", whose laws do we use? US laws? France's laws? Catholic Church laws? I can see we are already on a slippery slope here.

    November 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PETA SUCKS

    I think I will go to a dogfight tonight just because I hate PETA. They are the biggest tools in the world.

    November 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmph

      Hating something just because an organization that you don't like supports it makes you the tool. Maybe there should be a book on Amazon on how to kill morons like you.

      November 12, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • cajtri

      Who is the tool here?

      November 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      You are a tool!

      November 13, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. PETA SUCKS

    I think I might fling some kittens into a river just to go against PETA.

    November 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ...

      It is so easy to locate uneducated idiots on this site. Your ignorance is disgusting.

      November 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      I love what you did to the guy above me. Thanks for the giggle.

      November 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      lol, I love when inbreds like you come out of the woodwork. You characterize the frothing anti-PETA hordes quite nicely, and make everyone else seem all the more better by comparison.

      November 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real Happy

      lol, I love the Peta fans that come out and defend their orginization that loves to cause bodily harm through terroristic means to justify your opinions. I recall how Peta members cheered the ALF and their bombing of buildings regardless of human life... yeah sounds like a sane group.

      November 12, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • B. A.

      Ohhh, big man, huh? I'll bet you are an insecure short little toad that has no friends. You are probably overweight and lonely. For that thought to come out of that bag of worms you call a brain and then to actually type it like a conscienceless sociopath, should warn anyone to stay as far away from your sorry a$$ as possible and maybe even b!tch slap you on the way out.

      November 12, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • B. A.

      Hey, PETA S.... Ohhh, big man, huh? I'll bet you are an insecure short little toad that has no friends. You are probably overweight and lonely. For that thought to come out of that bag of worms you call a brain and then to actually type it like a conscienceless sociopath, should warn anyone to stay as far away from your sorry a$$ as possible and maybe even b!tch slap you on the way out.

      November 12, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dikcamp7734

    Do we next ban the Bible and Koran?

    November 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • simon

      Yes. On the same day we need to ban darwinism....because many find his theories offensive and blasphemous. We need a ban on hip hop, gangsta rap, death metal, and the majority of country/pop music as well.

      November 12, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • pete

      Hey, now you're onto something

      November 12, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • shmoeusn

      I've read plenty of books on hunting and fishing, should they be banned because I hurt the poor little animals that end up on my dinner plate?

      November 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Laura Rogers

    It is absolutely astonshing that people would actually denigrate PETA for asking to pull books on animal cruelty. Maybe those who disagree with them can open their small minds for just a moment and focus on the ISSUE and not the organization. Animal cruelty and/or abuse, and the promotion of it, is not okay in ANY shape or form. Just as child, spousal and elder abuse aren't. If you think differently, one can only assume you are one SICK human being.

    November 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ...

      THIS. Thank you, Laura.

      November 12, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Laura, I am not a fan of animal fighting, but it is a perfectly normal thing in many functions.

      November 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      This is not about Amazon supporting animal cruelty. This is about Amazon selling a book that it has every right to sell – because it's a BOOK and they are a BOOK SELLER. Don't mistake them having it in stock as them endorsing it.

      Stop making this an animal cruelty issue when it is rather a freedom issue.

      November 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. guyinCA

    The real issue that publishers are the ones who allow these kinds of books to be published. If they had any sense of right/wrong the buck would stop there.

    November 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChipH

      Traditional book publishing is DOA, long time ago. India does all the back-office work now, and nobody is reading anymore.
      Just poorly written India back-office chatter on every portal of the internet, and self-publishing e-books in a Tower of Babel.
      You can tell the End Time is coming if you put your ear to the rail, you can hear the drumbeats all around the world. T-War.
      'Youtube.com/watch?v=Zw5pmDgWMaU'

      November 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nate

    Bravo! And this is why you cannot ban books, regardless of how controversial they are.

    Can Amazon pull everything Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi have ever written next please?

    THanks!!!

    November 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • simon

      I'd like to see Pelosi and Palin square off in a catfight to the death. My money's on Pelosi, she's more pitbull than woman.

      November 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Genevieve de Vries

    Actually, the ban should be for books that teach or encourage illegal activities. If something is against the law, people shouldn't be able to avail themselves of that information.

    November 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      I'm curious.. ever hear of "the internet"?

      November 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diputs

      So we should never be able to learn about anything outside the law? The government should have the power to legislate what we can and can't know? That's a horribly dangerous precedent to set. I'd rather be free to learn and explore, even with the danger that comes with it, than be forced to live my life in complete safety.

      November 12, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. duke

    America is filled with activist of all sorts,but the media "focuses on throw off stories like this"
    How about focusing on made up committees and the pay that with the position?
    Isn't that an expansion of government and more tax payer money being waisted?

    November 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
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