Nuttiness is hardly unusual in the animal rights world, but last week our cup runneth over. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) president Ingrid Newkirk has fired off a letter to Velupillai Prabhakaran, an international thug wanted by Interpol for terrorism, murder, organized crime, and terrorism conspiracy. Prabhakaran leads the infamous “Tamil Tiger” militants in Sri Lanka. The violent separatists launched grenades near a zoo on February 5, wounding four people and zero animals. Newkirk begged him “to leave animals out of this conflict” without noting that Prabhakaran’s rebels have already killed more than 90 civilians this year. (Click here for one chilling example.)
This isn’t the first time Newkirk has reached out to violent leaders. And we’re not talking about the ones her own group has directly funded (click here, here, here, and here).
In January 2003, Palestinian militants detonated a bomb near Jerusalem as a bus-load full of Israelis passed by. The bomb was carried by a donkey (which didn’t survive). Newkirk faxed then-Palestinian-leader Yasser Arafat a plea to "leave animals out of this conflict." Public outrage ensued. When asked by The Washington Post whether she considered asking Arafat to persuade his people to stop blowing up Israelis as well, she replied: “It’s not my business to inject myself into human wars.”