PETA's "Animal Lovers" Fund Eco-Terrorists. (Insider Report)

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PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has built a public image as a champion for the humane treatment of animals. It is, perhaps, best known for its anti-fur campaigns, in which its activists have taken a high profile, spray-painting and destroying mink coats and attacking the fashion industry's use of furs. In spite of these and other militant (including illegal) activities, PETA has received much favorable media attention, its "excesses" usually excused in the name of zeal for a worthy cause. As a result, PETA, which has federal nonprofit, tax-exempt status and has been highly successful at fundraising, pulled in around $16 million in revenue for the 2000 tax year.

Undoubtedly, many of PETA's contributors have no inkling of the organization's extremist agenda and are completely ignorant of the fact that rather than using their donations to protect cuddly critters, PETA is funneling the funds to eco-terrorists. During February, the U.S. House Resources Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health heard disturbing testimony concerning PETA's funding of the violent Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Both groups have been involved in criminal terrorist activities.

In a March 4th letter to PETA president Ingrid Newkirk, subcommittee chairman Rep. …