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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Right to Arm Bears

The ever-vigilant People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- which recently took Six Flags to task for offering free admission to anyone who would eat a live cockroach -- has now focused its uber-active PR machine on James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family.

While speaking at the Voters Values Summit in Washington, D.C., last weekend, Dobson mentioned he'd shot and killed a bear during a recent hunting trip. PETA fired off a press release bearing (ahem) its own reaction to the story, along with an open letter to Dobson.

"As you know, the Bible's two most famous hunters, Nimrod and Esau, were both ungodly and heretical rebels against God," the letter read in part.

According to a news account published by Scripps Howard News Service that recounted Dobson's hunting story, Dobson wasn't actually gunning for bears: This particular animal, though, came too close for comfort.

"For those of you who don't like hunting and this story offends you," Dobson said at the summit, "get over it."


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