The “oh no I didn’t, oh yes you did” exchanges about PETA’s policy on pets have become tedious, so once and for all let me make it clear that I did not say, as Eric Bahrt keeps claiming, that PETA wanted to “set people’s pets loose in the wild”. What I actually said, in a letter published in April this year, was that PETA envisaged “No more pet shops, indeed no more pets, dogs and cats should be left to their own devices in the wild”. No mention there of setting pets loose. In fact, my carefully chosen words were based on the following quote from PETA founder and President Ingrid Newkirk in the Chicago Daily Herald:
“One day we would like an end to pet shops and the breeding of animals, dogs would pursue their natural lives in the wild, they would have full lives, not waiting at home for someone to come home in the evening and pet them and then sit and watch TV.”
Quod erat demonstrandum. I rest my case. Mr Bahrt really ought to do his homework before resorting to unwarranted abuse.