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. Theodore

    Considering that PETAs official stance is that we should kill off all domesticated animals, and their track record with their "animal shelter" scandal, this is nothing but hypocricy.
    Look up "PETA animal shelter" for details... but only if you have a strong stomach.
    They didn't even try to find homes for the pets that were dropped off, instead killing them within minutes of the owners leaving (in some cases, before the van even left the driveway). They also outright lied and claimed that they were a "no-kill" shelter.
    Then consider the fact that one of the founders of PETA has killed ("put to sleep") more dogs and cats then any other vet in the country. They have publically stated that they consider domesticated animals (pets) to be "twisted abominations".

    November 13, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. msaprilr

    What is wrong with people?! You shouldn't ban books on dog fighting. You shouldn't ban books on pedophilia either. You shouldn't ban books period. If you don't like these types of books, as I don't, well don't buy them. As for whether the books promote something illegal, who cares? Legal is not the same thing as moral. Need I remind people that both pedophilia and dog fighting are legal in many other cultures? But things that are considered immoral in other countries, like drunkenness and terminating a pregnancy, are perfectly legal here. Ban books that promote illegal things? That's a slippery slope!

    November 13, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. jp

    I knew this would eventually happen. If we ban one book because of questionable content, people will come out the wood works to ban other books. What happened to freedom of speech and the right to choose what you will read? We've talked about other countries being controlling. We are becoming just like those we talk about.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lila

    Funny how CNN bans certain words, why? Don't you feel your freedoms being stripped? Companies have the right to self regulate. It's insane that Amazon won't sell people legally "making love" but they will sell how to manuals to commit violence to others. Really speaks volumes about our deranged culture.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. J

    There's a HUGE difference between BANNING a book and asking a retailer not to SELL it. All you people going off the handle about book banning need to try to better read this article.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. longdukdong

    while we are at it let's get that gay and lesbian stuff outta there too. i don't like romance novels so i would like to see those banned as well. fantasy magical creature books lean towards satan worship which i think is offense so i would like to ban all fantasy novels. i'm an independent voter who leans towards democrat so i find books from republicans offensive as well. get rid of bush's and palin's book. i heard that dr suess was a pedophile. just in case that's true better ban all dr suess books. ALL SARCASM OF COURSE. LOOK. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT OR IF IT OFFENDS YOU THEN DON'T FREAKIN BUY IT. SIMPLE AS THAT!!!

    November 13, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cactus

    I think everyone is missing the point here when they say this is a freedom of speech issue. Freedom of speech means you have a right not to be criminally prosecuting for voicing an opinion. It does not mean that a private retailer is obligated to sell your views (in book form). By banning the book, Amazon is not prohibiting this person from sharing his views, they are simply refusing to help spread his opinions. That's their right as a private organization. The citizens who protested exercised their right of free speech in threatening to boycott Amazon over this book. If the government threw this guy in jail, THAT'S a violation of free speech. Not what happened here.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Agreed...

      November 13, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Las

      You've got it absolutely right, Cactus. It isn't about rights, it's about being a responsible member of society.

      November 13, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Holy cow...intelligent thought! You must not be from around here...

      November 13, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      When any terrorist group like PETA seeks to cause economic harm to silence the opinions of others, a free and open society has a problem.

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

      Everything offends everyone eventually. If we continue down this road there will be nothing left to read. You started it.

      November 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • dyenamo

      It isn't about freedom of speech, but it is about censorship, which is equally as bad. That's one of the problems with this country; too many people think that just because they don't approve of something, then nobody else should either, let alone even read a book about it. Are they going to stop selling novels and non-fiction about crime because people are committing crimes. It's ridiculous! I feel the same about the book they stopped selling the other day and now PETA thinks they can jump on that opportunity. What's next? Where will it end?

      November 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morbo

      That is exactly Rand Paul's point.

      November 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tim

    I was walkin down a mountain trail one day and came across a snake eatin a rabbit and I said Mr Snake thats inhuman for you to eat that rabbit. What would Peta say? Si I pulled out my pistol and shot the snake. I did my good deed Peta thats one less bad animal off the streets.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Loren

      Like.

      November 13, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • maggy

      Thank you for your wonderful insight, Tim.

      November 13, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • The Anti-Tim

      wow

      November 13, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Brandi

      You just called something that isn't human inhumane. That doesn't really make any sense.

      November 13, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • jean2009

      There is a difference between a hawk or snake eating another animal for a meal, and someone training one dog to kill another for your entertainment. Unless you can distinguish the one from the other you are without intelligence and without empathy.

      November 13, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Lol I do have intelligence and I also have humor as well. That remark was meant to see what kind of responses it would invoke from other people because I just like to see the thinking of other people.

      November 13, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Maybe I should have said I was walkin down a mountain trail and saw a bear attacking a human and shot the bear.

      November 13, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Lecter

      Tim, it is indeed inHUMAN, considering you are referring to a SNAKE. EVERYTHING a snake does -not to mention the rabbit- is inhumane. As for banning books on Amazon, that is CENSORSHIP. People have a right to know everything since they are all responsible.

      November 13, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • B. A.

      Snake murderer. You a$$ho!3.

      November 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Taylor

    Amazon – this marks the last day I will ever shop from you. Not that you all care- but I generally do Christmas shopping exclusively from here – as does most of my family.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Razuvious

      Boo hoo...cry me a river. I really don't think they'll miss your money too much as they have loyal customers all around the world.

      November 13, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Streisand Effect: even negative attention brings economic benefit to Amazon by putting it in the headlines as a force against censorship and narrow-minded eco-terrorists.

      November 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Randy K

    That does not mean that Amazon or any other retailer has to carry that book. I agree they have the right to write it but publishers and stores do not have to carry it. I say GO PETA

    November 13, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      It also means they have the right to carry any book they choose.

      November 13, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Loren

    I'm still waiting for PETA to go after a bar full of bikers for wearing leather jackets. I'd pay to watch that.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Good lord yes! Pay Per View! Even if it's only 5 min long.

      November 13, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Crysee

      I would say 3 minutes, 5 minutes tops!

      November 13, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brian

    It just had to start .... now PETA gets in on the act ..... wonder if Amazon will have to pull books on cooking chicken, fish, beef and turkey. Guess the PETA folks are going to the extreme .... as usual.

    It was a good thing for Amazon to pull the pedophile guide – a disgusting and harmful behavior. That is a far cry from having to pull books on dogfighting.

    Now Amazon should stand it's ground and just say NO.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • KM

      So dogfighting isn't disgusting and harmful? Amazon either has to pull all of them, or none. Frankly, since I oppose censorship, I don't think Amazon should have to take down any of their books for sale.

      November 13, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • bill

      i read somewhere that PETA = people eating tasty animals

      November 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. maggy

    I am with you on this one, PETA. I will do no Christmas shopping at Amazon this year.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brian Macker

    See this is where this kind of thing goes when you give in to the anti-pedophile crowd. First banning pedophile books, next dog fighting books, what next polygamy books? See this is exactly why Amazon can't give in on this kind of thing. In fact they should go the other way and start publishing books advocating the return of slavery and stoning. Wait, they do publish such a book, the Qur'an.

    [For the stupid, that was just sarcasm].

    November 13, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • gadzilla

      It is somewhat questionable when people sell "How To" books regarding an illegal activity.

      November 13, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Antonio

    Screw political correctness! Keep selling that Amazon! PETA are a bunch of hypocritical, self-serving tools!

    November 13, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • gadzilla

      It is questionable when people sell "How To" books regarding an illegal activity.

      November 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
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