Thursday, June 4, 2009

PETA a No-Show Last Night for City Council Meeting --Wants Lighthouses for "Fish Empathy"

After threatening to protest last evening's final vote on a local couple's proposal to offer horse-drawn carriage rides in my hometown of Holland, Michigan, PETA was a no-show at the City Council meeting.

The proposal passed unanimously.

In related news yesterday, PETA has proposed taking control of the lighthouses in Grand Haven--another scenic West Michigan town, just a few miles up US 31 from Holland.

They want the National Park Service to let them use the lighthouses for their "fish empathy" project national headquarters, reports the Grand Rapids Press:

GRAND HAVEN -- If PETA can't protect horses in Holland, the animal rights organization is going to try to hook the public on safeguarding fish in Grand Haven.

The national group on Wednesday asked the National Park Service if it could take control of the iconic Grand Haven lighthouses, where it would serve faux fish sticks in a cafe there and inform people about the alleged torment fish endure when hooked or netted.

Earlier this year, the park service declared the Grand Haven lights were available under the National Lighthouse Preservation Act, which allows the transfer of ownership to groups to preserve the beacons.

A representative for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the light would serve as the national headquarters for its fish empathy project . . . .

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