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Posted: 8/15/2007 5:59:37 PM EDT

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press Writer Wed Aug 15, 3:42 PM ET

JERUSALEM - An animal rights group on Wednesday criticized a program on a Hamas-run television station in which a man swings cats by their tails and throws stones at lions in a zoo to teach children not to abuse animals.

The segment on the children's program "Tomorrow's Pioneers" features one of the show's characters, a man in a bee costume named Nahoul. It's followed by a warning from the show's young host that children should not imitate Nahoul's behavior.

"They say this is supposed to be educational on how not to treat animals, but it is common knowledge that children will mimic the behavior they see," said Martin Mersereau, spokesman for Norfolk, Va.-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The station, Al-Aqsa TV, issued no immediate public statement on the criticism.

The sketch drew PETA's attention after it was picked up by Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli watchdog group that monitors Palestinian media outlets for bias against Israel, and posted on YouTube.

Mersereau said animal abuse should not be ignored even in places where violence against humans is common. Israeli troops regularly clash in Gaza with Palestinian militants who fire rockets at Israeli towns. Six Palestinians, four of them armed militants, were killed in fighting on Tuesday.

"Teaching people to respect the most defenseless of animals helps people respect each other," Mersereau said.

The Hamas children's show has been criticized in the past. Until June, it featured a character in a Mickey Mouse suit named Farfour, who preached against Israel and the U.S. until an episode portrayed him being beaten to death by an actor playing an Israeli agent.

The character drew condemnations from Israel and from Walt Disney.

Hamas, an Islamic group with close ties to Iran, has ruled the Gaza Strip since June, when the group's militants defeated the rival Fatah movement in five days of fighting.

Hamas tells the world they're going to exterminate all jews and these fruits are pissed off about how they treat animals.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 6:06:09 PM EDT
Not the first time

http://www.peta.org/feat/arafat/ (left cold)

Following the recent bombing in Jerusalem in which a live donkey, laden with explosives, was blown up, shocking people of all nationalities around the world, PETA has written to Palestinian National Authority President Yasser Arafat asking that he urge those who listen to him to keep animals out of the conflict.

At PETA, we strive to end violence every day. As Albert Schweitzer stated, “Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

PETA’s letter to Yasser Arafat

February 3, 2003

Yasser Arafat, President
Palestinian National Authority
Ramallah, West Bank
Palestinian Authority

1 page via facsimile: 972 7 282 2365

Your Excellency:

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,

Ingrid Newkirk
President, PETA


BTW, if you want to know just how much of a wacko they are, read this and stand in awe of just how demented an individual can be.

http://www.peta.org/feat/newkirk/will.html (cold)
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 6:08:44 PM EDT
I guess when people say,

"It's not that you love animals, you just hate humans," it's really true.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 8:59:25 PM EDT
PETA is just for people who likes to have sex with goats.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 9:02:21 PM EDT

Link Posted: 8/15/2007 9:05:18 PM EDT
It's OK to slash the throat of a human, but don't throw rocks at the animals...

not advocating animal cruelty at all, but GMAFB.

We're talking about a group that blows up day cares & schoolbusses...
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 9:38:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tango7:
It's OK to slash the throat of a human, but don't throw rocks at the animals...

not advocating animal cruelty at all, but GMAFB.

We're talking about a group that blows up day cares & schoolbusses...

Exactly what I'm saying, it's not cool to fucking be cruel to animals but comparing it in any way to human death is mind numbing.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 9:46:41 PM EDT
I cant believe I am actually siding with Hamas. The world is coming to an end!
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