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JUNE 22, 2009 1:02PM

It's On! PETA vs. Pike Place Fish Throwers

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PETA vs. Pike Place Market Fish Throwers

AP - Seattle
   In a move certain to lose them street cred - particularly Pike Street - PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has come out swinging, issuing a strongly worded statement warning Seattle's famous fishmongers to "Handle With Care" their goods. 
   The beloved and fragrant merchants of the Pike Place Market are renowned to locals and tourists alike for their skillful and entertaining "fish toss", wherein one guy sends product soaring through the air to another, all the while shouting the customer's name and fish order.
   But PETA has had enough of the hijinks, claiming the practice was distasteful and disrespectful to the fish with "their corpses used as toys".
   Planning a protest during the upcoming convention of The American Veterinary Medical Association, PETA members are plotting to "take names and photos of the visiting vets who attend the Pike Market fish toss, bringing the protest back to their hometowns". 
   PETA president Ingrid Newkirk expressed her concern for the fish saying, "What if it was kittens? Would they throw dead kittens like that? I think not!"
   And an unofficial spokesman for Pike Place Fish, employee Swen Amundsen, voiced a philosophical reply, "I tell you what... I'd toss a dead Ingrid Newkirk for twenty-nine ninety-nine a pound. It's Copper River Salmon season, man."

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Planning a protest during a vet convention? Nice.

It seems they take their tactical advice from Glenn Beck. Let's all just be nuts! Did you see Obama kill that fly? Off with his head!
'Twasn't the killing of the fly that troubles... 'twas the removal of the legs.