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In the Loop: January 21, 2009 Archive

You wouldn't eat a kitten, right?

Posted at 11:41 AM on January 21, 2009 by Sanden Totten (4 Comments)

Imagine if you will, an ocean full of cuddly little kittens who love to laugh and swim and play. Then along comes some mean men who want to skewer these lovable little scamps and turn them into kitten fillets. Wouldn't you want to protect them? That's what People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is banking on with their latest campaign to re-brand fish as "sea kittens":

"When your name can also be used as a verb that means driving a hook through your head, it's time for a serious image makeover. And who could possibly want to put a hook through a sea kitten?"

I guess PETA is forgetting that people already mangle tons of "cute" animals for food and fun. Like deers, baby cows or piglets. Also, the idea of a kitten and water, really doesn't mix. In fact, all their campaign material focuses on cartooney pictures of fish strapped with obviously fake cat costumes implying that someone glued cat parts to fish. Hmm, ethical-treatment? Some even wear lipstick. Let's hope it wasn't animal tested.

As far as changing the name from fish to sea kitten, I actually think PETA expected that to fail. But when it comes to publicity for a cause by pulling a crazy PR stunt, that's PETA's specialty. Remember the naked fur protests? For them, getting attention is like shooting sea kittens in a barrel! . . . Sorry PETA, was that taking it too far?

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Falling into the LoopHole

Posted at 7:31 PM on January 21, 2009 by Steve Mullis

Hey there LoopHole readers and In The Loop listeners. As you may have noticed, there's a new face cluttering up your blog.

That's right, Sanden and Jeff were kind enough to invite me to contribute to the LoopHole. Wouldn't you know it though, right after they get me all fixed up and with fancy Glamour Shot and everything, I go and busy myself with so much with work I can't prattle off a post or two.

So, this is just me introducing myself to you. So that when I start posting random YouTube videos and nonsensical diatribes on the plight of Austrailia's fatty flightless parrot, you'll have a face and person to put with the crazy.

So who am I, you may or may not be asking yourself?

Just a small-town Florida boy looking to make a name for himself in the bright lights and glamour of the big city. Yeah, that didn't work out so I got job with MPR and moved to Minnesota. Seriously though, I love it here so far.

The short: Moved here from Florida to take the job with nothing more than some money, a car, a rucksack and my wits. This first Minnesota winter is the first time I've lived in or even seen real snow. And, I'm a voracious Internet junkie that gets into all sorts of blog, Twitter and other social networking chatter.

So there you have it. Hey there Minnesota and LoopHole readers, I'm looking forward to helping you kill time at work.

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