People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) executive vice president Tracy Reiman urged Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos to remove animal fighting books like The Art Of Cockfighting: A Handbook for Beginners and Old Timers and Dogs of Velvet and Steel: Pit Bulldogs: A Manual for Owners.
The open letter arrived one day after the The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure eBook was removed from the online bookseller’s digital catalog. What do you think? Should Amazon remove other handbooks involving illegal activity? Where should the bookseller draw the line?
The complete letter (PDF here) follows below, but here’s an excerpt: “In light of Amazon’s recent decision to stop selling an e-book on pedophilia, I urge you to protect other vulnerable beings by ending sales of products that promote other cruel and illegal activities, such as dogfighting and cockfighting … Animals, like children, depend on us to protect them and put their best interests above profits. Please, don’t be complicit in cruelty to animals: Do the right thing and stop selling products that promote criminal violence against living beings.”