PETA-philes strike again:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are at it again -- you know, the Animal Firsters who brought to Spokane "Holocaust on Your Plate" and the impotent Santa billboard. Now, the PETA-philes have targetted Slaughterville, Okla. You got it. They don't like the town's name. It conjures images of animal slaughter. (Well, boo hoo hoo.) But don't take my word for it. In part, here's what PETA said in a letter to Slaughterville administrator Marsha Blair:

"I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, our 800,000 members and supporters, and other compassionate Americans to ask Slaughterville to change its name which conjures up images of the violent and bloody deaths of terrified chickens, pigs and cows to Veggieville, a friendly name honoring a heart-healthy and compassionate alternative to animal corpses."

Seems the town's name has nothing to do with butchering Porky, Bugs, Daffy & Co. It was named after James Slaughter, an early 20th century grocer. The PETA-philes are right that the name doesn't conjure pleasant images. But neither does Smelterville in the Silver Valley. The natives like it, so who cares what outsiders think, particularly unreasonable ones like PETA?

All of which brings to mind a billboard message that a reader saw recently: ``There's plenty of room for all God's creatures: right next to the mashed potatoes.''

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