More than 700 Israeli men, women, and children have been murdered in terrorist attacks between September 2000 and February 2003.(1)
On February 3, following a terrorist bombing "in which a live donkey
, laden with explosives, was blown up,"(2) PETA
wrote the following letter to Yasser Arafat
February 3, 2003
Yasser Arafat, President
Palestinian National Authority
Ramallah, West Bank
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I am writing from an organization dedicated to fighting animal abuse around the world. We have received many calls and letters from people shocked at the bombing in Jerusalem on January 26 in which a donkey, laden with explosives, was intentionally blown up.
All nations behave abominably in many ways when they are fighting their enemies, and animals are always caught in the crossfire. The U.S. Army abandoned thousands of loyal service dogs in Vietnam. Al-Qaeda and the British government have both used animals in hideously cruel biological weaponry tests. We watched on television as stray cats in your own compound fled as best they could from the Israeli bulldozers.
Animals claim no nation. They are in perpetual involuntary servitude to all humankind, and although they pose no threat and own no weapons, human beings always win in the undeclared war against them. For animals, there is no Geneva Convention and no peace treaty--just our mercy.
If you have the opportunity, 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?
We send you sincere wishes of peace.
Very truly yours,
The Washington Post asked Ms. Newkirk if she had "considered asking Arafat to persuade those who listen to him to stop blowing up people as well." Her response was "It's not my business to inject myself into human wars."
(1) Jewish World Review
(2) PETA Online