December 4, 1995 |
Imagine you are an anti-fur activist. It's a sunny day sometime during the mid-1980s, and you're speaking at an outdoor press conference in downtown Toronto. Indignation flows assuredly through your polemic. Sure, grubby businessmen still peddle furs, and the gaudy rich still wear them, but they're an unsympathetic bunch and the fur industry is in a tailspin. The ambiguity and self-doubt that sap other movements of the left have left you unscathed. Unfortunately, you're about to meet Bob Stevenson.
January 23, 1990 |
Janet Romano has refocused her life on one issue: animal rights. She has given up meat, fish, seafood, all dairy products. She will not wear wool, leather or silk. She has even postponed her plan to move to Nashville to pursue a singing career to work full time as an organizer and fund-raiser for the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance. Romano, 29, is typical of some animal-rights activists who view their cause as a 24-hour commitment, a commitment they cannot leave at the office.
June 5, 1990 |
Michael Winikoff, an animal-rights "mole" in the psychology lab of the University of Pennsylvania, was convicted yesterday of stealing two rats that had undergone experimental brain surgery. Winikoff, a Washington lawyer, was found guilty of theft charges by Municipal Judge Lydia Y. Kirkland. He was ordered to make restitution of $60 to Penn and to work 100 hours in community service. Testimony showed that Winikoff was working undercover for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a Rockville, Md., group, when he took a job with the psychology department to spy on its animal research.
March 21, 1996 |
The people who brought you blood-splashed furs and liberated lobsters have trained their sights on a new target. The fishing rod. And the hands and hearts behind it. The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals this summer will hit Cape May and other coastal spots, lakes and fishing holes around the country, beating the waters for a ban on sport fishing. PETA fish campaign coordinator Tracy Reiman promised that protesters, accompanied by 6-foot mascot "Gill the Fish," will maneuver their boats among fishing craft.
January 23, 2006
Reporting of shooting victims is not equitable Page B1 of the Jan. 16 Inquirer had an article headlined "Penn student, 2 others shot. " At the bottom of page B8 were these headlines: "Gunman wounds 3 people at Southwest Phila. dance" and "Two men killed in shootings in Wynnefield and S. Phila. " It is tragic that a University of Pennsylvania student was wounded by gunfire; it is tragic that there were other handgun-related injuries and deaths. Yet the story of the wounded student was headlined on page B1 and the others were relegated to the bottom of page B8. Shouldn't the reporting of all gun violence victims be equitable, or are some victims considered less "newsworthy" due to issues of race and class?
March 6, 1988 |
Priscilla Cohn is an animal-rights activist. She is not a wide-eyed little old lady in tennis shoes. She is not an emotional, overwrought "Bambi lover. " She is not a terroristic zealot who raids laboratories in the night. Cohn is a professor of philosophy at Penn State's Ogontz Campus who defies the stereotypical images that many say have been foisted upon animal-rights activists. "She is a symbol of the middle ground," said Cleveland Amory of New York, president and founder of the Fund for Animals, an animal-protection organization.
March 6, 1990 |
For sweet scents and horror stories, one may enter the Peaceable Kingdom. There, Polly Benson waves aromatic lotions under visitors' noses while telling them tales of laboratory dogs pumped full of shampoo and geese plucked bald for down coats. In 1987, Benson opened the boutique to sell cosmetics, soap and cleansers that were developed without animal testing and contain no animal byproducts. Those products she and other animal-rights activists refer to as "cruelty- free. " The shop in Wilmington is one of a tiny number of stores nationwide specializing in non-animal-tested products for shoppers who are concerned about animal rights.
May 7, 2002
THE MEDIA world is jumping like jackals over the latest assault on press freedom and common-sense. The Washington Post recently put in a request for the medical records of Ryma, a popular giraffe who died while under the care of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. But zoo director Lucy Spelman refused to turn over the documents, saying doing so would violate the giraffe's right of privacy and the doctor-animal relationship. There is nothing in the law that says animals have a right to privacy or that there is a doctor-animal privilege, so the media mavens are heaping scorn on the National Zoo. But just for the record, this newspaper - famous for its pet obits - backs the animals on this one. It's obvious to us that Ryma has a right of privacy.
December 10, 2010 |
HER FIRST ALBUM appeared six years ago. Yet people are still pondering who is this character Nellie McKay, and why does she so confound and astonish? At first glance, this slight, strawberry-blond 28-year-old comes off as winsome and shy, a bit "kooky" and old-fashioned. Largely that's because she sings in a light, dreamy voice and with old school arrangements, some featuring ukulele. The sort of stuff that hasn't been in pop vogue since the 1950s. True to that nature, too, McKay - pronounced McKye - devoted a recent album ("Normal as Blueberry Pie")
April 29, 1989 |
On this peaceful spring Saturday morning in the Philadelphia suburbs, Tina Sowicz and her husband, Bob Schiff, have a few chores and errands to do. Bob, a marketing analyst for Prudential, plans to water the grass behind their two-story Colonial in Hatfield. You know how hard it is, Bob says, to get new grass going. Tina, a tall former high-fashion model, hopes to get in some work on the new garden. The straw arrived yesterday, and she has tomatoes and herbs in mind. But first, around 10 a.m., Tina will hop into the Nissan Sentra and head into the city - loaded down with banners painted with slogans, pictures of dying animals, and red splatters and smears that resemble blood.