They've chased fast food restaurants and circuses for years, but for the first time People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has written a Most Wanted List of anti-animal targets. And they did it for Washington Whispers.
Some of the targets, like SeaWorld and Ringling Brothers, have been aggressively chased by PETA for years because of alleged cruelty to show animals and mammals. But PETA's new wanted poster includes some unusual figures like NASA for its plan to test space radiation on monkeys and Vogue's editor Anna Wintour for promoting fur in her glossy pages. And of course BP has been added to the list because of the damage to the Gulf Coast wildlife in the oil spill.
PETA's Most Wanted List:
1. SeaWorld. After captive orca Tilikum killed a trainer at Orlando's Sea World park, PETA stepped up its campaign to end marine animal captivity and exploitation. In their blog, they reveal that travel adviser Arthur Frommer heeded their urgings and now isn't recommending visits to SeaWorld.
2. NASA for funding an experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory to test space radiation on monkeys. PETA notes that a NASA aerospace engineer recently quit in protest over the experiments while NASA's Europe Space Agency has rejected using similar experiments.
3. Ringling Brothers Circus. PETA has taped trainers using sharp metal bullhooks during the training of elephants.
4. Gail Shea, Canada's minister of Fisheries and Oceans. PETA is upset with her and Canada for continuing the annual seal hunts. The group has famously enlisted Canada's own Pamela Anderson, the Baywatch actress, to protest the hunts.
5. BP. Adding to the international outcry against BP for failing to control its devastating oil spill, PETA is calling for animal cruelty to be added to the charges that BP should face.
6. Anna Wintour and Vogue Magazine. PETA says the magazine glamorizes fur and accepts dozens of pages of pro-fur editorials and advertising each year. The group has built a web feature on its site to blast Wintour.