January 7, 2010, - 10:48 am
If you’re a fan of the discount website Overstock.com (as I was . . . until now), you might want to rethink that. The website now worships at the alter of animal rights orthodoxy. Overstock.com bowed to PETA–we refer to it on this site by its more appropriate name, PUTAh a/k/a People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals and humans. And it will no longer sell anything made from the exotic animal skins.
I think I might wear either my eelskin or rattlesnake cowboy boots (yup, I have and wear pairs of both), today, in protest. Or, maybe, my iguana boots.
After receiving video footage from PETA’s brand-new investigation exposing the extreme suffering caused by the exotic-skins industry, Salt Lake City-based online discount retailer Overstock.com announced that it will no longer sell products made from exotic skins.
According to company officials, “[Overstock.com, Inc.] has removed all exotic animal skins products from its website, including but not limited to: snake, alligator, crocodile, lizard, ostrich, stingray, eel, shark or kangaroo and will no longer sell such products.” . . . .
“I do not believe that animals should be treated as decorative objects,” says Overstock.com Chair and CEO Patrick Byrne.
Hmmm . . . I hope he likes wearing cork and pleather shoes. ‘Cuz, FYI, Mr. Burns, er . . . Mr. Byrne, leather shoes, belts, luggage, etc.–well, that’s all “treating animals as decorative objects.”
Chairman and Chief Executive Patrick Byrne thanked People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals “for informing us of these issues and presenting us with evidence that factored into our decision.”
Overstock.com’s shares were at $13.56, down 1.1%, in after-hours trading. The stock has gained 24% in the past year.
No biggie that “exotic” animals, like Burmese pythons, are now breeding like rabbits and destroying all wildlife in the Florida Everglades (and lefty scientists and herpetologists predict are that they will spread throughout America, ultimately and destroy most American wildlife). We need to “protect” them and their takeover, right? Who cares about keeping Florida python bounty hunters working and able to put food on their tables? We need to protect the pythons and alligators and their right to be predatory against babies in backyards.
Animals were made to serve man, not the other way around.
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