Image credit: SPCA
I've never been a huge fan of PETA's wilder stunts. From complaining about Obama's "execution" of flies, to teaming up with "octomom" to encourage spaying and neutering, the group has often chosen headline-grabbing sensationalism over substantive debate. (Admittedly quite successfully!) But whatever I think of their more controversial tactics, there is no doubt they are staunch and tireless defenders of wildlife across the Globe. Their latest battle is opening up with PETA offering a reward leading to the arrest of the persons responsible for the senseless killing of pregnant seals in the remote Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland. A cause I hope we can all agree on. According to the Guardian, the killing of three common seals—two of them heavily pregnant—happened in the Bridge of Walls area on the west coast of Shetland's main island. The seals were found with gunshot wounds to the head, and PETA is arguing that authorities would do well to catch the culprit before they do harm to more animals, or even humans. (PETA is pointing to research by psychologists and criminologists suggests those who persecute animals are often violent towards humans.)
So I may not be a huge fan of all the silly, scantily clad antics from PETA and crew. But I admire their tenacity, and integrity. And I sure as heck hope they catch whoever was responsible for this pointless loss of life.
Anyone who knows anything about these crimes can report it to the SPCA (Scotland's animal welfare charity).