Saturday, December 27, 2003
Donkey bomb protested
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An animal rights group complained to Yasser Arafat about the use of a donkey in a recent terrorist attack. (Link to PETA's letter).
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wrote to the Palestinian Authority president after a Jan. 26 bombing in Jerusalem in which a donkey, but no people, died when a bomb strapped to the animal was detonated, The Washington Post reported.
"All nations behave abominably in many ways when they are fighting their enemies, and animals are always caught in the crossfire," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk wrote, noting television images of stray cats in Arafat's Ramallah compound fleeing "as best they could from the Israeli bulldozers."
"If you have the opportunity," she continued, "will you please add to your burdens my request that you appeal to all those who listen to you to leave the animals out of this conflict?"
But Newkirk didn't ask Arafat to persuade his followers to stop killing Israeli human beings, because "it's not my business to inject myself into human wars," she told the Post.