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PETA sets its sights on Kewaunee

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:00 pm


The following press release comes from the PETA website today>

Group Hopes to Teach Respect, Compassion for Sea Life

For Immediate Release:
June 2, 2009

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Lindsay Rajt 757-622-7382

Green Bay, Wis. -- Today, PETA sent a letter to Dan Wenk, acting director of the National Park Service, notifying him of the group's planned bid to take over the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse in Kewaunee, Wis., in order to convert the structure into the national headquarters of its Fish Empathy Project. The lighthouse is available--at no cost--to nonprofit organizations or other eligible entities under the National Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. PETA's center would feature educational displays proving that fish are intelligent animals who learn tasks, use tools, show affection, and feel pain when they are dragged from the sea in nets or are impaled on hooks. It would also include a cafe that serves delicious faux-fish sticks and other tasty fish-friendly foods.

"For years, lighthouses have helped protect those at sea, so it seems appropriate that they would be used to protect sea life, too," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "The more that people learn about how intelligent and sensitive fish are, the less likely they'll be to stick a fork or a hook in them"


There's more on the PETA website at http://www.peta.org/mc/NewsItem.asp?id=13135
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Postby NoahG » Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:04 pm


I know there are many strong opinions about PETA,

BUT

New stewards are chosen upon their ability to maintain and preserve historic lighthouses. If PETA was deemed capable, and of course would be held to the same standards as any other preservation group, I don't think I would be against them owning a lighthouse.
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Postby LighthouseNews » Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:13 pm


You two are too fast for me. I just posted it in General Lighthouse forum.

They've tried this once before, and all times eventually gave up. It's more a publicity stunt on their part. And Noah, their plans were to stick a quilt in there, along with their office for the project. Highly unlikely on the offshore lights they were applying for...such as Whaleback, Penfield Ridge and more.

Trust me, they don't have a clue. Other than how to generate publicity.
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Postby NoahG » Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:16 pm


Right, which is why this doesn't really worry me. Like you said it's a publicity thing. As they have shown, they don't have the understanding of the challenge we in the lighthouse community do. Its a publicity stunt, nothing to see here folks!
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Postby Hersh » Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:06 pm


I don't like that the PETA folks are using oxygen that could be put to much better use by thinking human beings. Not much more to add on this, as has been said before, it's simply a publicity stunt that has worked (at least on us, since we're talking about them) and it will very soon fade away.

My opinion is, if God hadn't meant for us to eat animals, He wouldn't have made them so delicious!! Seriously, I love all of God's creatures... Some of them I just happen love marinated, grilled, and served with salad & potatoes.

PETA maniacs are just barely a step above these freaks..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFUDEmMjC-c
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Postby Rob143 » Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:51 pm


VP Tracy just reminded me that every fish she doesn't stick a fork in is one more for the rest of us. Thanks Tracy. Ok, your 15 seconds of fame are up. You're excused now.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:39 pm


Wow - I just watched the video Hersh posted, and I HAVE BEEN CONVERTED. I never realized that rocks had such "incredible life." First it was food with eyes, then plants, and now rocks. Looks like I'm finally going to lose that weight I've been trying so hard to shed!

Terry raises both arms to the sky and sways like a 1960's flower child, the far off look in his eye slowly disappears as the camera dollies out and fades to black. The sound of Ommmmm can be heard amid the bizzing of insects and the rustling of leaves.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:48 pm


Today's PETA news release:

Group Hopes to Teach Respect, Compassion for Sea Life

For Immediate Release: June 3, 2009

Contact: Lindsay Rajt 757-622-7382

Grand Haven, Mich. -- This morning, PETA sent a letter to Dan Wenk, acting director of the National Park Service, notifying him of the group's planned bid to take over Michigan's Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner and Entrance Lighthouses in order to convert the structures into the national headquarters of its Fish Empathy Project. The lighthouses are available -- at no cost -- to nonprofit organizations or other eligible entities under the National Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. PETA's center would feature educational displays proving that fish are intelligent animals who learn tasks, use tools, show affection, and feel pain when they are dragged from the sea in nets or are impaled on hooks. Each lighthouse would also include a cafe that serves delicious faux-fish sticks and other tasty fish-friendly foods.

"For years, lighthouses have helped protect those at sea, so it seems appropriate that they would be used to protect sea life too," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "The more that people learn about how intelligent and sensitive fish are, the less likely they'll be to stick a fork or a hook in them"

For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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Postby Hersh » Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:02 pm


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Postby Rob143 » Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:45 pm


Group Hopes to Teach Respect


notifying him of the group's planned bid to take over Michigan's Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner and Entrance Lighthouses in order to convert the structures into the national headquarters of its Fish Empathy Project


They want to teach us to respect dinner?

Who do they propose to teach the empathetic ones that converting a lighthouse into their nutty publicity stunt isn't respectful?

I like eating tasty animals. I think I'll have swordfish for dinner tomorrow in honor of these nuts. Maybe I should even email them a thank you and let them know I hadn't been thinking of swordfish, or any fish at all, for dinner but in honor of them another one had to die for my dinner. Somehow I think their sense of humor and mine are just a bit different.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:28 pm


I think you will find that fanaticism and humor are mutually exclusive.
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Postby Hersh » Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:09 am


I just had some smoked whitefish last night... Maybe I should have send the head to PETA so they could mourn & give it a proper burial at sea. :cry:
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:01 am


BURIAL AT SEA! That would be a complete insult to such an intelligent, sensitive, tool-using creature.

Surely, embalming and entombment in a mausoleum in DC would be more appropriate 8O
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Postby Blacktphoto » Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:33 pm


These intelligent, sensitive, tool-using fish must be much more expensive than the fish we buy for our aquarium. The cheap ones we get from the pet shop cannibalize their offspring and swim around nibbling at their own floating poop. #-o
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:56 pm


Manitowoc Breakwater and Waugoshance are also in the NHLPA 2009 list. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see PETA press releases on their interest in these lights over the coming days - at least Manitowoc, since you can walk up to it and it has shore power to facilitate the frying of faux fish sticks.

I find it difficult to believe that they would pass up additional opportunities to scare the crap out of the local press with the thought that PETA might be coming to town - resulting in tons of free news coverage.
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