An Oregon teenager who contracted the bubonic plague during a hunting trip has received some unsolicited words of encouragement.
To the young women recovering from bubonic plague,
I’m writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 3 million members and supporters, including thousands across Oregon. Please accept this care package filled with vegan items, which we hope you’ll enjoy when you’re able. We’d also like to send our deepest wishes that you make a speedy, full recovery. Many of us have teenagers in our own families and would absolutely hate for this to happen to any of them, so we’re really rooting for you.
This terrifying ordeal may have a lifelong impact on how you see the world. As you’re striving to overcome this disease, we wonder if you might also consider permanently laying down your weapons and vowing never to harm and kill another living being again.
Hunted animals feel pain and suffer in the same ways that you and I do, and their sisters, brothers, mothers, and friends grieve their loss, much like your family must have feared losing you. As you probably realize, many animals are shot and injured but not killed outright, and many endure prolonged, painful deaths from infection, blood loss, or starvation.
We hope some good will come out of your ordeal and that you’ll decide to choose to enjoy nature in nonviolent ways. Thank you for thinking about this important issue, and again, we wish you all the best during your recovery.
Very truly yours,
Before you attack Newkirk’s motives, put yourself in her shoes. If after 35 years of tireless self-promotion, shameless advertising campaigns, unsupported scientific claims, physical attacks on celebrities and opponents, pets kidnapped from porches, corpses disposed of in dumpsters, PETA is unable to save the soul of one severely ill teenager, what hope is there?