PETA Challenge Pet Shop Boys
2009-04-09 by David James Young | 67 Comments
Animal rights group PETA have asked British 80s electronica duo the Pet Shop Boys to change their name to the 'Rescue Shelter Boys.' The full text of the letter, as relayed by the band, is below:

"You have many loyal fans of the Pet Shop Boys here at PETA. We have a request that may at first seem bizarre, but we hope that after considering the following facts, you will understand why we are asking this of you: will you please consider changing your name from the Pet Shop Boys to the Rescue Shelter Boys?

"Most dogs and cats sold in pet shops are sourced from profit-hungry breeders who may have bred them in cramped, filthy conditions. With an emphasis on quantity rather than quality, unmonitored genetic defects and personality disorders pass from one generation of puppies and kittens to the next. Many animals end up with abnormalities that result in both heartbreak and high veterinary bills for the unsuspecting people who buy them. For every bird who reaches a pet shop, three others have died during capture, confinement and transportation. Hamsters, mice and other rodents are often bred by the pet shops themselves, leading to inbreeding, genetic weaknesses, physical deformities and behavioural disorders.

"Most pet-shop animals are kept in cages or runs that are far too small for their needs. Exercise is minimal, and they often never leave their cages until the day that they are sold. Nocturnal animals are displayed throughout the day under glaring lights. Predators, such as snakes, may be displayed alongside their prey. No screening is done to ensure the suitability of prospective guardians.

"By agreeing to change your name to the Rescue Shelter Boys, you would help raise awareness about the cruelty involved in the pet trade and encourage your millions of fans to consider giving a home to an abandoned or unwanted animal from an animal shelter. So, what do you say?"


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Kaleid
April 9th 2009
711 Comments


They also wanted Fishkill, New York, changed to Fishsave.

Tits McGee
April 9th 2009
1876 Comments


hahahahahaha

this is so stupid

NortherlyNanook
April 9th 2009
1285 Comments


how the hell is "pet shop" offensive

and what the hell. did anyone at peta really think that they'd say "yes?"

Captain North
April 9th 2009
6791 Comments


Pretty dumb of PETA. I mean, I hate Pet Shops too, but they're just dumb.

xtakenbyforcex
April 9th 2009
55 Comments


People Eat Tasty Animals.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2009
17222 Comments


well that was stupid. they can shut the fuck up now.

DrReg
April 9th 2009
127 Comments


Agree that it would be pretty stupid to expect them to change their name, but honestly. Not even bleeding hearts are that dumb. What they wanted is for people to talk about it. And look who is....

ziroth
April 9th 2009
1252 Comments


wtf?
lol@peta

lglag
April 9th 2009
24 Comments


Hahahaha, what a joke


BallsToTheWall
April 9th 2009
44644 Comments


Cant believe Earth Crisis supports these guys. It makes me a sad panda.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

fireaboveicebelow
April 9th 2009
6837 Comments


By agreeing to change your name to the Rescue Shelter Boys, you would help raise awareness about the cruelty involved in the pet trade and encourage your millions of fans to consider giving a home to an abandoned or unwanted animal from an animal shelter.
because when people hear that name they tear up from the torment of my pet's past are you serious

Waior
April 9th 2009
11460 Comments


What? They didn't even bother with the Sounds of Animals Fighting?!

CreamCrazy
April 9th 2009
724 Comments


I thought PETA couldn't get any stupider... this is just ridiculous. Why can't activist groups like them just die away...?

Captain North
April 9th 2009
6791 Comments


Well, no, they shouldn't die away, rather they should actually do something productive.

taylormemer
April 9th 2009
4917 Comments


Cant believe Earth Crisis supports these guys. It makes me a sad panda.

A lot of your favourite musicians do.
I'm pretty surprised by this, but then again PETA are an overly-politicised, overly-bureaucratic organisation. It's ridiculous, and will do absolutely nothing to curve malpractices exercised by pet shop chains. If PETA think that requesting musicians to change their names to some abstract form then they really need to pull their heads out of their asses and deal with real problems in animal rights directly. Too often do they survive on the advocacy of ‘celebrities’ to prop up their existence, without doing anything practical, apart from advertisement campaigns. Being veg and for the animal rights movement, I’m pretty annoyed they waste their time doing these kind of things. Who's the sad panda now?

Meatplow
April 9th 2009
5524 Comments


i'm glad they picked a band that is completely relevant today

peta is a hypocritical failure of an organisation

taylormemer
April 9th 2009
4917 Comments


I thought that was plainly obvious...

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2009
20857 Comments


Was this posted on April-1?

taylormemer
April 9th 2009
4917 Comments


Would make better sense if it was.

CrazyFool84
April 9th 2009
1080 Comments


A request like that is too retarded, along with PETA's other name-change pleas. I don't believe that even they think it'll happen, as previously mentioned, this just generates dialouge on the subject in one way or another, which it clearly has even in this little thread.

ChickenInTheSpoon
April 10th 2009
38 Comments


actually PETA animal shelters put down more animals than other shelters, I have a source somewhere I need to go find it though : /

They're just hypocrites

http://www.petakillsanimals.com/ This Message Edited On 04.09.09

BornDeadBuriedAlive
April 10th 2009
410 Comments


gotta love liberals

I'm a liberal and I think PETA is batshit insane.

Tortured baby cow > salad.

karina
April 10th 2009
165 Comments


a site called petakillsanimals definitely seems like a reliable and unbiased source of information

BornDeadBuriedAlive
April 10th 2009
410 Comments


Actually, that is true, they do "put down" quite a few animals every year.

Waior
April 10th 2009
11460 Comments


Putting down animals > Watching animals suffer.

Animals > PETA.

cbmartinez
April 10th 2009
2525 Comments


no to the first part

as much as I support PETA, this is fucking ridiculously trivial and stupid

Captain North
April 10th 2009
6791 Comments


Um, yes to the first part. You like watching animals suffer? You sick fuck.

But then, I support the idea of human euthanasia aswell.

freudianslipknot
April 10th 2009
803 Comments


If it had been the Rescue Shelter Bitches they would have gone for it.

hymano
April 10th 2009
30 Comments


Peta must love the band Dogs Die in Hot Cars.

Meatplow
April 10th 2009
5524 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32bQPdZSMGQ

despite a lot of idiots giving them a bad name if anyone believes peta doesn't do good work from time to time watch this video.

warning - it will ruin your day

Spamue1G
April 10th 2009
1292 Comments


"But we like being the South Park Cows!"
"*Pours bucket of blood over his head* You're responsible for the enslavement and genocide of millions!!!"

I'm a liberal and I think PETA is batshit insane.

This.

Kiran
Emeritus
April 10th 2009
6001 Comments


this is almost as ridiculous as their attempts to change fish to sea kittens

Infernis
April 10th 2009
398 Comments


PETA is a pretty crooked organization, despite them being good on a broad conceptual level. ALF even even worse though, lol.

cbmartinez
April 10th 2009
2525 Comments


Um, yes to the first part. You like watching animals suffer? You sick fuck.


No, animals shouldn't have to suffer, that's the problem. It's always better to live than to die, we have to stop animal suffering instead of copping out by saying "well, I'd rather see them dead!"

TheLuckyFew
April 10th 2009
32 Comments


A lot of the time, death is the only way to end the suffering. Why do you think people in pain, nearing the end, often asked to have the plug pulled?

Captain North
April 10th 2009
6791 Comments


They DO try to stop animal suffering. It's a matter of once you've saved animals from their tormentors, then what?

Fort23
April 10th 2009
2475 Comments


Well it's pretty simple. Peta has too many sponsors to do anything porductive, like assasinating jim perdue. They can't risk losing them.

Waior
April 10th 2009
11460 Comments


No, animals shouldn't have to suffer, that's the problem. It's always better to live than to die, we have to stop animal suffering instead of copping out by saying "well, I'd rather see them dead!"


You've never had a 17-year old dying dog, have you?

mothergoose
April 10th 2009
308 Comments


Yeah... I don't eat/use animal products generally, yet it embarrasses me every time PETA comes up with some stupid stunt like this. They've done some good no doubt... but they're mostly just an annoying group acting as PR for AR... and doing a lousy job of it.

NOTINTHEFACE
April 10th 2009
1653 Comments


Lol PETA also wrote a letter to Ben And Jerry's asking them to stop using cow's milk in their ice cream and switch to human breast milk. I'm not kidding.

Bfhurricane
April 10th 2009
6197 Comments


They also wanted Fishkill, New York, changed to Fishsave.

Fishkill is right down the road from me, that's hilarious.

DENEpants
April 10th 2009
382 Comments


PETA is a pretty crooked organization, despite them being good on a broad conceptual level. ALF even even worse though, lol.

who do you think sponsers the ALF? PETA is the dumbest pro-animal organization and an embarrassment to vegetarians. They are praised for their contributions but their hypocrisy and the stupid stunts like this that they pull, negates all their positives.

Bfhurricane
April 10th 2009
6197 Comments


If you want to pull a cruel prank on your friends, when you see a PETA stand at a music festival, write down all your friends email addresses on their contact lists. Its near impossible to get off it, and their updates are the funniest thing in the world.

Waior
April 10th 2009
11460 Comments


Lol PETA also wrote a letter to Ben And Jerry's asking them to stop using cow's milk in their ice cream and switch to human breast milk. I'm not kidding.


I really wish we could add that to the music news.

TeamExcelcior
April 10th 2009
246 Comments


Aside from this being hilarious, it's pretty illogical, and doesn't really help any animals. Their ultimate goal is to convince people to buy from rescue shelters because animals in pet shops are raised poorly... why is an animal in a rescue shelter? Because it's "abandoned and unwanted," probably didn't receive proper exercise and shielding from the daylight, or, if it were arboreal, had to settle for one of those damn felt cat tree things. PETA is a silly, silly organization.

Spamue1G
April 10th 2009
1292 Comments


We're the rescue shelter boys...

Captain North
April 10th 2009
6791 Comments


TeamExcelcior, the point is that if no-one buys from pet shops, those particular animals won't need to be saved. Whereas the rescue shelter animals will always be there.

windpromoteshate
April 11th 2009
179 Comments


I am vegan, and I fucking hate PETA. This is so fucking ridiculous.

cbmartinez
April 11th 2009
2525 Comments


You've never had a 17-year old dying dog, have you?


didnt realize that was the scenario we were talking about, in that case I would probably exhaust all options for saving the dog but if all else failed, yes I could agree with that

Captain North
April 11th 2009
6791 Comments


How else are you meant to save it? It's 17 years old.

And alot of the time, you have a choice of letting the animal live in misery or doing it a favour and taking its life. There are just too many suffering animals to be able to take care of them all.

Also, veganism is silly.

Hyperbore
April 11th 2009
856 Comments


PETA's been getting really good at trolling lately. Asking for breast milk ice cream, and now this.

benerooni
April 11th 2009
123 Comments


i doubt they really care about the band changing its name. they probably just wanted people to think about these issues and knew this was a request ridiculous enough to garner attention and hence raise awareness about animal rights.

judging by this thread, it's definitely worked on some level.

Waior
April 11th 2009
11460 Comments


Veganism is silly. I will admit, I became a vegan for four months just because somebody said I couldn't. Being so sickly stubborn is going to get me killed eventually.

Also, cbmartinez and Captain North get a gold star and a thumbs up.

benerooni
April 11th 2009
123 Comments


you were being vegan for the wrong reasons.

Waior
April 11th 2009
11460 Comments


I know. I'm a frivolous teenager, everything is done for the wrong reasons.

We can assume I'll get my head on straight in five years time.




This Message Edited On 04.11.09

benerooni
April 11th 2009
123 Comments


no we cannot

Waior
April 11th 2009
11460 Comments


Haha. That's fair enough.


thebhoy
Emeritus
April 11th 2009
4461 Comments


PETA is the dumbest organization.

Jim
April 11th 2009
5110 Comments


just a bunch of hollywood trust-fund babies with too much time on their hands

Titan50
April 11th 2009
4588 Comments


It depresses me that Rise Against support these guys

NotMrBlonde
April 11th 2009
395 Comments


Expected from the group that has a logo of a man killing a baby seal, even though killing baby seals has been illegal for about twenty fucking years.

MIRAI87
April 11th 2009
249 Comments


The Sound of Animals Holding Hands and Smiling

And who of course could forget Well-Fed Puppy?

Waior
April 11th 2009
11460 Comments


The Sound of Animals Holding Hands and Smiling


Haha! Of course, that's not much of a sound at all.

Jacaranda
April 12th 2009
684 Comments


wiat so you guys know peta does this stuff all the time just to raise awareness. they aren't serious about it but know idiots will freak out and make a big fuss over this ridiculous idea thus causing free publicity for a cause. while it attracts negative attention to peta it does a very good job of getting their point across, even if its subtle.
This Message Edited On 04.12.09

FattyKnee
April 12th 2009
490 Comments


this is laughable

Kronzo
April 13th 2009
993 Comments


lmfao even if they did change their name it wouldn't help anything. They should focus on more important things instead of trying to change this band's name.

Kronzo
April 13th 2009
993 Comments


Pig Destroyer anyone?



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