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. Phillip from Punxsy

    PETA is nothing but a cult. Give me a break in some cultures animal fights have been traditions for centuries. If people want to read about it, let them. PETA is a joke.

    November 13, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jay In Florida

    Hey Peta.... GO **** YOURSELVES!!!!!

    November 13, 2010 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Steve in Seattle

    Nursechris do the world a favor and get off you pompous @$$.

    November 13, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Objecttothis

    So PETA is for censorship now huh. It's interesting to me how the same people would throw a fit if books about how we should allow more people to die so animals can live were banned, but they are throwing a fit over books about dog fighting. I don't agree with dog fighting either but you can't decry censorship and then lobby for it. You made your pig slop bath, now you gotta sit in it.

    November 13, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Phillip from Punxsy

    http://petakillsanimals.com/

    November 13, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. EuphioTGank

    never let it be said that PETA doesn't know how to exploit any news story to grab attention for their cause

    November 13, 2010 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      And why the hell shouldn't they? It's not like a money grab. They are using a very relevant situation to push for attention for another worthy cause. It's done by organizations all the time, and it's a smart thing to do. If a precedent is set by one event, then use that as leverage to support your goals as well. It's common sense and there's nothing wrong with it. I love how people like you come here to rip on PETA, completely ignoring the noble cause they are trying to push. Unless of course you have no problem with animal cruelty, in which case go play in traffic.

      November 13, 2010 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. JRT

    PETA has ZERO room to criticize anything regarding domestic animal welfare. Every year they KILL thousands of perfectly adoptable house pets because its CHEAPER to kill them than to re-home them. Their adoption numbers are an abyssmal ONE out of every 300 animals placed in their care. The rest are needlessly killed to save a few bucks. Money that people donated to PREVENT animals from dying. PETA is a pathetic disgrace and they should just shut-up and go away.

    Animal lovers worldwide now have access to more than a decade’s worth of proof that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) kills thousands of defenseless pets at its Norfolk, Virginia headquarters. Since 1998, PETA has opted to “put down” 23,640 adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens instead of finding homes for them.

    PETA’s “Animal Record” report for 2009, filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows that the animal rights group killed 97 percent of the dogs and cats in its care last year. During all of 2009, PETA found adoptive homes for just eight pets.

    http://www.petakillsanimals.com/
    Just eight animals - out of the 2,366 it took in. PETA just broke its own record.

    November 13, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Matthew

    Ban books, yeah, let's do that. Let's re-write history while we're at it. Let's also ban movies, speech, a whole list of words. But you know what we should really ban? PETA. The animal rights organization that killed 25,000 dogs to keep them from suffering at the hands of humans who wanted to adopt them. Or PETA that hangs out in pet give-a-way areas and takes the animals to KILL them. or PETA that uses terroristic tactics to push their agenda. Or PETA that goes to recycling groups and asks for animals to "adopt," and deliver to euthanasia clinics. Or PETA that terrorizes people for writing perfectly legal books about illegal subjects. PETA should be held on charges.

    November 13, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    This is a slippery slope argument... first every organization will call for a ban of illegal content that they are against, then ti will ban the morally repugnant behavior, then it will ban the objectionable things, then it will ban the weird things.... once the camel's nose is in the tent, it is almost impossible to keep it out. I believe it was Twain who said "While I despise the things you say, I will fight to the death to protect your right to say it."

    November 13, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • J

      You are right, this IS a slippery slope argument. But do you know what that means? It's illogical to conclude that any of that will happen.

      November 13, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. sven02d2

    oh god, DON'T BAN ANY BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ifyou think that books should be banned you're an idiot. period.

    November 13, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. dude

    Geewiz, amazon deciding not to sell a book is ok, regardless of the bOok. They get to do what they want to configure their company's policy so that the largest percentage of people buy stuff. They want your money. (If burgerking stops selling fried cat...same thing... Manage customer perspective.

    Book banning is something creepy govs do.

    November 13, 2010 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Zac

    People need to keep in mind that writing and selling these books is not illegal. Performing the acts the books describe is, but the book itself is not. Nor is the purchase of it.

    November 13, 2010 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      People need to keep in mind that this is not a matter of banning a book. It is about a company deciding to enforce one of its own policies. If you still want the book, just find another retailer who doesn't share Amazon's views.

      November 13, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. mike

    Fahrenheit 451

    November 13, 2010 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Roger

    There's nothing in the 1st Amendment that requires Amazon to carry every book that's written. Nothing wrong with encouraging them to stop carrying a book that promotes cruelty to children or to animals.

    The amazing thing is that the other day when it was pedophilia, all the right wing-nuts were on here screaming for the book not to just be banned by Amazon but to ban it completely despite the first amendment. But now that it's cruelty to animals and PETA's involved, well it's a totally different story. WE evidently don't even have the right to ask Amazon to stop carrying the book.

    Why the double standard?

    November 13, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. quest7710

    while they are at it ban the bible or books by multimillionaire evangelists like joyce meyer

    November 13, 2010 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
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