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Stop the Butcher of Norfolk from Coming to Berkeley

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Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) says killing animals is violence. So why do they promote people who kill animals?

DxE has invited PETA President Ingrid Newkirk to speak in Berkeley on October 20.  Newkirk is the architect of PETA’s campaign of companion animal extermination which has claimed the lives of at least 32,744 over the last 13 years. These animals are often acquired through trapping, lying, and even outright theft, and most are killed immediately, without ever being made available for adoption. When not killing animals, PETA is advocating for others to kill them, including pit bulls and community cats.

People who care about animals don’t invite people who advocate for their killing and who slaughter them by the thousands to speak at a conference about protecting animals. They speak out, loudly and without equivocation, against those who preach and practice harm against them.

We demand that DxE live up to its claim to oppose all violence against animals by revoking it’s invitation that would bring the Butcher of Norfolk to Berkeley, and we demand that DxE stop partnering with PETA, a relationship that legitimizes and amplifies the power, wealth, and influence PETA uses to the great detriment of animals. We also call on the other speakers at the event -- Jane-Velez-Mitchell and Amy Jean Davis -- to stand with the animals and refuse to participate in a conference which features a speaker responsible for so much harm, and so much killing, of animals. Because all animals, including dogs and cats, have the right to be safe, happy, and free.

Supporting PETA isn’t activism, it’s violence.

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Photo taken by a PETA employee, shows pit bull dogs killed by PETA. Not only does PETA kill pit bulls, PETA supports the killing of all pit bulls in all shelters in the U.S., writing, "People who genuinely care about dogs won’t be affected by a ban on pits." PETA also belongs to an umbrella group working to have pit bulls banned throughout the country, “a move which seems to lead, inexorably, to the dogs being killed.

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