Newspaper Rejects PETA Ad on Bus Decapitation

Group aimed to use murder to push anti-meat message
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2008 8:03 AM CDT
Pedestrians walk past an ad for Greyhound in Toronto Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008. Greyhound has scrapped the campaign that extolled the peaceful, worry-free upside of bus travel.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Canadian newspaper has nixed a PETA ad that likened the decapitation of a bus passenger to the killing of animals in slaughterhouses, reports AP. The animal rights group had sought to run the ad, depicting a throat being cut, in a city close to where a man was stabbed, beheaded, and partially cannibalized by a fellow bus passenger last week.

"Like human victims, animals in slaughterhouses experience terror when they are attacked by a knife-wielding assailant," said a statement from PETA defending the ad. "We are challenging everyone who is horrified by this crime to look into their hearts and consider leaving violence off their dinner plates." Greyhound dropped an ad campaign earlier this week praising relaxing bus travel. "There's a reason you've never heard of 'bus rage,'" said the ad.