Friday, February 25, 2005

Even gummi animals need protecting.

If I didn't have a habit of bathing on a regular basis, the sense of normalcy I do and the ability to recognize the moral difference between my cousin an oyster, I'd likely take time away from protesting the war to inadvertently help a candy maker sell more of the candy I'm trying to have them pull from the market, just like this guy:
TRENTON, N.J. - Animal rights activists are disgusted by a new candy from Kraft Foods Inc. that's shaped like critters run over by cars — complete with tire treads.

The fruity-flavored Trolli Road Kill Gummi Candy — in shapes of partly flattened snakes, chickens and squirrels — fosters cruelty toward animals, according to the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"It sends the wrong message to children, that it's OK to harm animals. And that's the wrong message, especially from a so-called wholesome corporation like Kraft," said society spokesman Matthew Stanton.

The society is considering petition drives, boycotts and letter-writing campaigns to get the candy pulled from the market, Stanton said.

After receiving a complaint from the NJSPCA on Wednesday, Kraft officials pulled an animated advertisement from Trolli's Web site that featured car headlights and animals. No other decisions on changes have been made, said Kraft spokesman Larry Baumann.

"If you look across the Gummi category we certainly have many products that are offbeat, and that's what we were doing in this case," Baumann said. "We didn't mean to offend anyone."
Mr. Stanton, everyone knows that throwing a cat under the wheels of swiftly moving car is a difficult proposition. The cats often bounce off the side of the vehicle or get hung up on the undercarriage and don't result in the traditional "tire tread pattern" the discerning Cat Tossers are looking for. It's much easier to get a squirrel to maneuver itself under your wheels, as my recent escape illustrates.

Mr. Stanton is also incorrect when he says that "it sends the wrong message that it's OK to harm animals," when he should really be worried about the actual message it sends about eating them.

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