Within moments of that information finding its way onto a pet law email list, outraged dog owners contacted Zazzle, the guilty party hawking these wares on their website. The "Save a Dog, Euthanize a Breeder" shirts have since been removed, but the "Save a Pit Bull, Euthanize a Breeder" shirts remain up for sale. Similar designs are offered up on Cafe Press as well.
Should we really find any of this surprising? It seems the roots of animal rights extremism infiltrate deeply. Some internet businesses seem to be run by those who not only sympathize with the goals of extermination of animals through spay/neuter, but are also willing to support such heinous hate rhetoric as as calling for the DEATH of people who are are deeply connected to animals. In fact, these internet businesses not only sympathize with these fringe fanatics, but financially support them as well.
Zazzle recently teamed up with HSUS to sponsor "Spay Day 2011." Here's part of the notice I got a month or so ago from Zazzle:
One must PAY to enter this contest; it is a fund-raiser.
So, it would appear that Zazzle has already swallowed the HSUS line about spay/neuter saving lives and other such complete propaganda and lies. (See previous posts on spay/neuter)
I also recently received an ad in my mailbox from CafePress; lo and behold, they are donating to PETA and other fanatic groups....here is the message I sent to some dog lists....and then my letter to CafePress, and their stock response that was sent to several people.
I know some clubs do fundraisers using CafePress. Just want to let you all know that CafePress considers PETA to be a "charity" and are donating thousands of dollars to them. They are also giving them some sort of matching funds for the sales on their site. This is really disturbing.
"CafePress, on behalf of its users, is making a donation to Operation Gratitude (www.opgratitude.com), Breastcancer.org (www.breastcancer.org), NORML (www.norml.org) and PETA (www.peta.org), through its "Chari-Tees" program. Each organization will automatically be given a $5,000 donation. In addition, from December 17, 2010 through December 31, 2010, CafePress, on behalf of its users, will donate $10 for every order sold through each of the charities' shops, up to a maximum of $50,000 collectively."
My letter to CafePress:
PETA kills animals. Don't you read the newspaper? They were convicted of killing puppies and kittens and dumping them into dumpsters.....as soon as they picked them up in their van!
They are hypocrites. They are nut case fanatics. One thing they are NOT is a charity.
I will not support Cafepress in any manner if you donate to animal rights groups like PETA. And I will be spreading the word about Cafepress to all my friends and acquaintances.
And here is the stock response I received (the same message that several others also received)
We work with numerous non-profit partners on many different levels, and the causes they support have a wide range. Just as we do in our diverse marketplace of user designed merchandise, we try to support the causes that appeal to the widest range of CafePress members, knowing well that many customers will not like or agree with the missions of all our partners. We're sorry to hear our partnership with PETA has disappointed you, we hope you'll find our affiliations with other non profit organizations (such Green Peace, Carbon Find, Rock the Vote, Operation Gratitude, March of Dimes, ASPCA and many others) will be more palatable.
If there is anything else I can do for you please let me know.
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Gosh, I don't know about you, but the only group among the above that I find "palatable" is the March of Dimes.
So much for Cafe Press and Zazzle! Thankfully, we still have other print services to use, such as Clearsky24 and VistaPrint. Hopefully, some of these other companies with be more discriminating in their affiliations!
Refuse to patronize organizations that promote such heinous hate crimes. Just Say No to Zazzle and Cafe Press.