Human Exceptionalism

PETA Kitten Killers to Go on Trial

The trial against Andrew Benjamin Cook and Adria Joy Hinkle People, both PETA employees, for killing dogs and cats they picked up at local animal shelters before dumping the bodies into trash dumpsters, will begin on November 13. I think this is an important case because it will show that PETA isn’t just about inducing people to be nicer to animals. It seeks to end all human use of animals–including eventually as pets. Indeed, PETA picks up stray animals and euthanizes most of them–including apparently, clearly adoptable animals. (They do adopt some out.) Thus, it is not surprising that Cook and Hinkle were charged with killing kittens as well as ill or injured animals.

11/3/06 UPDATE: The case was continued unexpectedly on the judge’s own motion until January. Apparently the judge worried that the case would slip into the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays.

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