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. David Fitzgerald

    I hate the whole concept of dog fighting and I am against any animal exploits or abuse, but I am more importantly a fan of the first amendment. As sick as it is, you can't start banning books you disagree with. Plain and simple. If you start here, it opens up the door for just about anything else someone doesn't agree with. Do we want other deciding what is appropriate for us and what isn't? I don't. We, as a society, have to have more accountability in the parents and people in general and stop trying to solve problems by banning things. It never works. Education is the key. But when it's all said and done, people are going to make their own choices in life in what they do, right or wrong. Our founding fathers started this country on that premise. To lose that, would be to go against everything we fought for.

    November 13, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. smc

    What's next? Banning Old Yeller?

    November 13, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. YawnYawnYawn

    No book should ever be banned. Every time a book is banned a soldier died in vain defending our right to free speech and to publish what some may deem offensive. I think people who want books banned should be banned themselves, from the good ole USA!!! Move to China you idiot's.

    November 13, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Nobody is banning the book. If you want it, go get it at Wal-Mart or some other bookstore.

      November 13, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lucy

    Though I am extremely against the cruelty of dog fighting, I think it would be alarming and a possible slippery slope for the worlds largest book seller to start banning books.

    Instead, we should focus on breaking up pit rings, and have tougher penalties for those who get busted. It makes me sick that Vick is still in the NFL.

    November 13, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Len

    Who is surprised that PETA tried jumping on this bandwagon? Not me.

    November 13, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ZhingPao

      If they would stop being such a bunch of extremist kooks, I might want to listen to what they have to say.

      November 13, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. steve

    i know what i am about to say may be a little harsh but i will say it anyway what is this nazi germany no we are america why should we ban books i know dog fighting is bad i love dogs but the books can help police identify dog brreds and signs of abuse when they see it also on ending this im sick of opinionated american idiots who think they have the right to do something just based on the fact that something is wrong yes the majority of amercans know dog fighting is wrong but the books can be usefull

    November 13, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. wildcard16661

    Dont get me wrong, dog-fighting is not something I approve of, but if ever sally out there wants to ban something that offends them then we are on the way to eliminating one our greatest rights as americans....

    November 13, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. QaSamM

    Burn, burn, burn all books! They only preserve history, present different perspective and promote independent thought- dangerous devices of the devil. The bible says so- oh crap!

    November 13, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Oily

    WOW! There are books on dogfighting. Thanks PETA, I would never have known without all the publicity you're giving it!!!

    November 13, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. jondoe888

    Right, wrong. Immoral, entertainment. No matter what lawyers, supporters or Amazon thinks on these matters, does Amazon really want the bad press for the minimal market for these books?
    Everyone censors – even companies. Like bands, only a small percentage of books make any money. Online booksellers can't be expected to carry all of them, tho I salute the availability of a wide range of books online. Surely, with more books to choose from than they can catalog, they should concentrate on books that aren't as divisive.
    And what's more divisive than than NAMBLA or dog fighting? Both have their supporters, but society feels they are damaged people.

    November 13, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. ZhingPao

    I cannot take anything PETA says or does seriously. They are too extreme.

    November 13, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jaclyn

    As the owner of three adopted pitbulls. you would think I would be ecstatic about this but I am not for the simple fact that PETA HATES PITBULLS. When the fate of the VICK dogs was up in the air PETA wanted them all destroyed. Thank God the ASPCA stepped in and intervened.

    Btw. Not EVERYTHING is protected by the first amendment.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. JRT

    PETA has no room to talk. They kill thousands of adoptable house pets each year because its CHEAPER to kill them than it is to feed and care for them while waiting to re-home them. They KILL house pets rather than spend any of the MILLIONS of dollars unwitting people donate to them earmarked for animal protection. It's far past time they lose their status as a tax-exempt animal welfare group. Any organization that needlessly slaughters thousands of pets each year to save money has zero credibility in the animal welfare arena. They need to go away.

    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.

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

    November 13, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Lila

      What is the motivation of "PETA kills animals"? Are they finding homes for adoptable pets? I don't care about PETA but the do nothings who whine about them are much more pathetic.

      November 13, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lou

    Is horse racing cruel? Making those poor ponies carry a hundred and ten pound man around a track? Ban all horse racing books.
    Is murder cruel? Ban all Elmore Leonard books.
    Is war cruel? Ban all war books.
    Is dieting cruel? Ban all diet books.
    Are there cruel stories in the Bible? BAN IT!

    Ban everything and soon there will be nothing to ban. That's when the banners come after YOU! Your hair's not parted right. Your skin's not the right color. You're reading a banned book, you're under arrest!

    Rent the movie Fahrenheit 451 for a look at what "banning" leads to. Get it quick thought, before someone who's offended demands that it be banned.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. termlimits

    Close your Amazon account like I did because of the pediphile book they were selling!

    November 13, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
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