PETA sacrifices ideology for big bucks

In a recent column available exclusively on, AMP News Service writes that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is happy to dispense with its rigid vegan-diet-only orthodoxy, provided the price is right. PETA’s annual fundraising dinner
will be held September 8 at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and the pre-event Internet promotion
prominently features the logo of Benihana, the famed Japanese chain restaurant that serves steak in over 80 percent of its meals.

PETA hasn’t yet made any public comment, but Kevin Aoki has. He’s the son of Benihana founder Rocky Aoki, who is apparently a long-time friend of PETA co-founder Alex Pacheco. The younger Aoki dismissed any talk of animal-rights hypocrisy, claiming that the restaurant’s beef, chicken, and shrimp come from “utility animals.” Benihana will also be providing food for the PETA dinner on September 8. No word yet on whether the sushi will include actual fish.

AMP News Service is a product of Americans for Medical Progress.

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