Human Exceptionalism

PETA Accuses Me of Being “Defamatory”

PETA has written me a letter asking me to change my “false and inflammatory headline” from my post today, in which I referred to its letter to the victim of a bear mauling as “basically telling her she got what she deserved.”

Hardly false. PETA’s letter was uninvited and, in my view, typically crass and uncaring about a real human harm caused by an animal. Their perfunctory well-wishing was just that. (Remember: This is the same group that sent Yasser Arafat a letter complaining of a terrorist bomb attack by donkey, that the donkey was killed.)

Here’s the letter to me in whole:

I’m writing on PETA’s behalf regarding your post, “PETA Tells Girl Badly Mauled by Bear: You Deserved It.” to ask for an immediate correction of your false and inflammatory headline. Had you read our letter in its entirety [I did], you would have seen that we wished Camille Bomboy well and asked that when she contemplates that horrible experience, she consider the terror and pain that animals feel when they’re shot or stabbed to death–and consider taking up another past time like hiking and bird watching. [I don’t recall Ms. Bomboy asking PETA’s opinion.} Our letter was sent in an attempt to make something positive out of her ordeal by asking her and her family to consider animals’ feelings and stop killing them. Your headline, however, seems to have been chosen for its shock-value and is defamatory.

Please correct the headline of your story as soon as possible. We remain always happy to answer any questions that you might have.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Best Regards,

Jane Dollinger, Senior Media Liaison

This from the emperors of inflammatory advocacy rhetoric.

My response in full:


That headline and post about the PETA letter was–and is–my opinion about the intellectual thrust of PETA’s unasked for letter to the injured young woman, and I have a right to it.

Of course, I linked to the original letter from PETA in my post. You all can judge for yourselves.

But as for me, color me rolling my eyes and thinking, “Oh, brother.”