PETA Asks Sm To Fight Violence, Stock ‘Never Be Silent’ T-Shirt

Animal Rights Group Asks Department Store to Take a Stand Against ALL Violence

For Immediate Release:

September 24, 2014

Manila — Since SM pulled a controversial T-shirt bearing the words “It’s not rape, it’s a snuggle with a struggle” from store shelves, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia is asking the company to take a strong stance against all violence by selling a T-shirt urging people to speak out against cruelty to animals. The proceeds from the sale of the T-shirt—which bears the words “Never Be Silent, Find Your Voice for Animals”—could be used to help fund PETA’s anti-violence campaign.

Every week, PETA’s office is flooded with calls and e-mails reporting cruelty to animals in the Philippines—from dogs left chained and abandoned to animals raised for food who have their throats slit while they kick and writhe in pain. Acts of cruelty to animals are not mere indications of a minor personality flaw in the abuser; they are symptomatic of a deep mental disturbance. PETA warns that cruelty to animals should never be taken lightly.

Research in psychology and criminology shows that many people who commit acts of cruelty to animals don’t stop there—they move on to their fellow humans. “Murderers … very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids,” says Robert K. Ressler, who developed profiles of serial killers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S.

Studies have shown that violent and aggressive criminals are more likely to have abused animals as children than criminals who are considered non-aggressive. A survey of psychiatric patients who had repeatedly tortured dogs and cats found that all of them had high levels of aggression toward people as well. A police study in Australia revealed that “100 percent of sexual homicide offenders examined had a history of animal cruelty.”

“SM needs to take a strong stance against violence. This shirt urges people to find their voice and speak out against all cruelty,” says PETA Vice President of International Operations Jason Baker. “People who are violent toward animals rarely stop there.”

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