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. Trey

    If that ain't the pot calling the kettle black. This is the same group that kills many animals every year just because they believe that an animal that is dead is better off than living with a loving, caring owner who can take care of him or her.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Trey

    PETA is a disgusting group and they must be stopped.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      For what, expressing their opinion? How exactly do you recommend we go about "stopping" them?

      November 13, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sam

    What! Banning dogfighting books!?!? Where will I find all my information about performing ariel combat maneuvers?! This is getting ridiculous Amazon!

    November 13, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Troy from S'port

    Let's ban news website comment sections because they incite ignorance.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lila

    How to manuals for illegal activities should be banned period. Molestation illegal, dogfighting illegal. Do people really need this explained to them why? Good for PETA for outing Amazon.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin

    No one is suggesting that these BOOKS be banned. The idea is that Amazon should remove these books from their inventory in much the same way that Wal-Mart refuses to sell certain books or music.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. James

    And this is why Amazon didn't want to remove the pedophile eBook, now everyone is going to come out and demand Amazon removes every book they disagree with.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. cesar

    Why are people talking about turkeys?

    November 13, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. cndhawg

    The best approach is to ban PETA. I didn't climb to the top of the food chain to become a vegetarian. I have yet to figure out how PETA earned the right to tell all Americans how they should eat. Last time I checked, this right had not been taken away from me....YET.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. iZZY

    I think we should ban this Blog because we are talking about something illegal!!! I spent 2 tours in war zones to protect people's rights to be stupid, and free. PETA are a bunch of nutballs, and remain free to be. It's a book for God's sake, don't buy it.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Robin Bray

    Amazon opened that crack and now every group will flood in demanding bans. They should have said no in the first place. I want books about PETA banned please.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. horses

    We as individuals need to STOP PETA from their banning of things in this FREE Country – they have no right to ruin an individuals living or to control what we can do. Isn't this a free country – we do have a government that should be doing their job and not being influenced by PETA. They have ruined many peoples lives in rural America by their stance on horse slaughter plants and other things that they are pushing for. STOP PETA AND LET US HAVE A FREE COUNTRY AND BE ABLE TO MAKE A LIVING!!!!

    November 13, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Any one who makes a living off of abusing children or animals needs to be lobotomized.

      November 13, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      Dean lets start with you.Please go back to 2nd grade so you can understand whats being discussed here PETArd.

      November 13, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobby

    Who cares what PETA says....they are only jumping on the band wagon to get more attention. This would be a great organization if it wasnt run by sociopaths. Besides, who in their right mind would listen to a company that would try to have people call fish "sea kittens." People wont eat fish now because you call then a kitten?

    These people seem to have a combined IQ of 2-ply toilet paper.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Annunaki

    Illegal or not, Amazon should not negotiate with terrorists and PETA is a terorrist organization. Research what terrorist activties they have funded...ALF and ELF.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. TJ

    Can they ban Sarah Palin's new book due out soon. Better yet, just ban Sarah alltogether.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
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