November 12th, 2010
07:25 PM ET

PETA wants Amazon to stop selling guides to dogfighting

PETA wants to stop selling books such as 'The Art of Cockfighting.'

The animal rights group PETA wants 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 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 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, "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." did not return calls for comment.

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  1. AthomeinKent

    I find the idea of a book about pedophilia or dog fighting equally repulsive. Which is why I would never purchase either one. I would never read either one or allow my child to read either one. That is where my responsibility stops. It is not my responsibility to see to it that no one else reads them. I find the idea of banning books even more repulsive and PETA has illustrated today the slippery slope we started down yesterday.

    Everyone has books they think are repulsive. Books they believe shouldn't exist. But, we don't get to decide which books those are for other people. Don't like it? Don't read it. Don't let your kids read it. Stop the slippery slope here, before it gets any worse. Banning books is against everything the U.S. was built on.

    November 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. docliptz

    Hi, I'm from the People to eliminate bad words here to promote banning books with bad words. Please take all books with anything that is bad off the shelves and we won't firebomb anyone, k? thx, bai.

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

      Cute, but while some words may offend some people, they don't instruct on and encourage violence against children and animals. That's the important difference here. They aren't just trying to ban anything and everything that some people may find offensive...

      November 12, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChipH

      Asked my mom to read a manuscript of the time I spent in service,
      and she returned it with all the fcuk words blacked out in felt tip.
      She said it was a 'horrible' story because of 'all the F-words'. =)
      "A book burning is an ugly thing, and I think it's time we had one!!"
      '' ; How America Lost in Afghanistan

      November 12, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dANIEL

    Ya know, Im no tree hugger by any stretch of the imagination. Im a hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman but a conservationst at heart. I love dogs, they are truely man's best friend and they have served man for eons. For an animal that has less in common with our species than most, they have made their way into our homes and lives at work, at play and anywher ein between. People who use these precious animals for the purpose of barbaric entertainment are lower on the evolutionary ladder than bacteria. The type of peopel that draw pleasure from watching these faithful companions kill each other are criminal in my eyes and should be put in a pit and should be in prison like the animals they are. PETA is out of control and extremem in their views but in this case, they are dead on target.

    November 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mac c

    What sick guy would write a book on that?! Loser

    November 12, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Russell Hammond, Hollywood – the real truth about PETA and similar organizations.

    November 12, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ChipH

    And while we're at it, let's ban any political pundit book that claims we are winning the war in Afghanistan!

    Farid Ozman, an Afghan-American lawyer, quit his USAID position recently in protest.
    He was part of a $35,000,000 legal framework reconstruction team in Kabul.
    The contractor USAID hired, put all the lawyers up at the 5-star Serena Hotel, and paid
    them each $200,000 a year, US income tax free.

    Ozman ran the numbers and found 92% of the USAID development funds were spent on
    security, support (housing, food, beverages) and salaries. The remaining 8% was divided
    up by four Afghan contractors, nobody knows where that went.

    USAID responded to Ozman's charges (and those of Ambassador Galbraith who was
    sacked for claiming 83% of USAID funds are round-tripped right back to Alexandria, VA)
    by claiming, "these fees ratios are consistent with those spent by our other contractors."

    They admitted it by not admitting to fraud. IT'S JUST BUSINESS AS USUAL!!

    An independent audit of USAID projects records said, 'The bookkeeping is too deficient
    to be audited, and there is a large opportunity for fraud."

    If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, and 92% of it is a duck, IT'S A DUCK!!!

    '' ; How America Lost in Afghanistan

    November 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rita Tonucci aka Flowerchild


    November 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Hey, you. Shut up. You're making a fool of yourself.

      November 15, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. lesson time

    @Happy Little lesson for ya happy, all research laboratories "abuse" animals. Research animals are just that, they are given drugs, cancer, pain, bacteria, viruses, and all other types of thing that humans suffer from on a daily basis. They are "abused" so that we can find ways to help preserve the quality of life for humans. The average life expectancy is 20 years longer thanks to animal research and every single cancer treatment, anti-retroviral HIV treatment, antibiotic, and everything that effects you and your family/friend has been tested on an animal. I am so sick of you ignorant people who are misinformed, yet voice opinions as if you have been educated outside of your inner circle of goons about these issues. Go climb in a hole.

    November 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JSad

      you're post is absolutely wrong. All research facilities who perform experiments on live animals have a code of conduct which they are required by law to abide by. The code of conduct includes providing live animals with acceptable living conditions and preventing and mitigating pain and infectious disease to the animals. The research facility was not abiding by the code of conduct which is why it was shutdown, animal cruelty for any purpose science or otherwise is illegal.

      November 12, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      and to take that commentary one step further.. the reason our life expectancy is 20 years longer has TONS more to do with Nazi experimentation on humans and the knowledge gained in that time period than it does to do with animal experimentation.

      November 15, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. HS

    November 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HS

    November 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. richard

    Amazon should continue selling dog fighting books and pedophilia books. Banning any book because you find it offensive is nothing more than fascism.

    This goes out to so called "conservatives" and "liberals": Either you believe in the First Amendment or you don't.

    November 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • People Eating Tasty Animals

      Sounds good to me. The extremists in any direction, want freedom of the press FOR THEIR SIDE, and restriction on the other guys. That kind of freedom they can get behind. Anything else is Too Much Freedom and needs to be controlled for our own good.

      November 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • shmoeusn

      so simple, yet so many can't seem to grasp the idea

      November 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • HS

      Yeah. I support too. Other than the first amendment, which socialist don't subscribe to, PETA and GreenPeace are parasites.

      November 12, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unconscious

      No, First Amendment says that the government will make now law prohibiting freedom of the press. This is not the same thing as Amazon – A PRIVATE COMPANY deciding to pull them form shelves because it will make their stock prices go up. If Amazon pulls those books nothing will change. You can still buy the same books from other publishers.

      November 12, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Aaron

    Yet PETA fails to mention the countless animals they alone put to sleep....ohhh ahhh and they are complaining about a book p

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

    I bet Democrats and liberals promote and support such activism-for-money organizations like PETA and GREENPEACE. Both are almost similar in their ways and methods – extremists and parasites. They make their own profit by killing others' businesses.

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

      So you're saying republicans and conservatives are cute little people that cause no harm? Seems to me that the most money hungry, extreme, parasitic organizations in America are conservative Christian churches.

      November 12, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      I think you both make your respective parties look like utter garbage when you spout pointless commentary like this. Welcome to What's Wrong with America.

      November 15, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. People Eating Tasty Animals

    Typical PETA, a day late and a dollar short, making useless noise, jumping a trend that has left them behind. And of course P*ssing *ff the people you would think they want to attract.

    November 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rozzie

    As Americans, moments like this should be a wake up call that our rights are QUICKLY fading.

    November 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
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