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Is Dressing like Members of a Xenophobic Hate Group Really the Best Way to Reach Out to Animal Lovers?

In off-beat on February 13, 2009 by Editor Z

Members of PETA were seen recently in New York protesting against the Westminster Dog Show. The participants disseminated literature on their cause, well dressed in costumes resembling the robes of Ku-Klux Klansmen.

After a little hesitation, a spokesman for the group hinted at a comparison between the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show and the Ku Klux Klan.

USA Today:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals knows how to grab attention. And show off its laundry.

The animal rights group, which every year stages a protest at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, had two of its members dress in Ku Klux Klan garb outside Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Their goal, according to a post on the PETA website, was to draw a parallel between the KKK and the American Kennel Club. “Obviously it’s an uncomfortable comparison,” PETA spokesman Michael McGraw told the Associated Press.

But the AKC is trying to create a “master race” when it comes to pure-bred dogs, he added. “It’s a very apt comparison.”

The group passed out brochures implying the Klan and AKC have the goal of “pure bloodlines” in common.

MY TAKE: Whatever your stand on the issue, I think it is safe to say that if you want to recruit new people to your cause, you might not be making the best first impression if you approach those on the street by dressing up as a member of a violent domestic hate group, dominated by men with knotted faces, a retreat from changing times,and so much blood on their hands; is not a way of warmly welcoming new people.

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