PETA wants lighthouses to shine light on fish feelings
Animal rights group wants to use site to discourage fishing
BY TODD SPANGLER • FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF • June 5, 2009
As Lake Michigan ports go, Grand Haven is an angler's paradise. If People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals gets its way, it also will be home to a lighthouse café -- serving faux fish sticks -- where patrons learn about the evils of fishing.
PETA said in a letter to the National Park Service this week that it wants to take over Grand Haven's historic twin red lighthouses once they go on a list of surplus properties this year or next. Because PETA is a nonprofit, its bid to maintain the lighthouses could be considered.
The way the animal rights group sees it, Grand Haven would be a perfect place to drum up compassion for fish. To do so, it would point to research it says suggests that fish have feelings, too, rubbing against each other to show affection, developing individual personalities, even learning to grieve. Read More
PETA continues with their efforts to humanize fish. You might recall that they were in contact with Spearfish High School here in South Dakota complaining about the their name. So far their efforts with renaming fish as “sea kittens” has been laughed at and has confirmed most people’s impression of the group as being totally out of touch with reality. It’s interesting that it seems PETA is starting to become a victim of it’s own outrageous history. In order to continue getting coverage in the media, they must continue producing more outlandish campaigns. This in turn makes them look more like the kooks they really are. That’s the problem with a group that has no guiding principles or values.