by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Music.

petshopboysUK pop group Pet Shop Boys have rejected a request from PETA to change their name to the “Rescue Shelter Boys”. Obviously, there’s a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor there from PETA (though, no doubt, they may have been very serious) — but once again, they’ve done brilliant work in combining pop culture with their message. The story has been all over the place — bringing with it the issue of pet adoption and rescue. From the article,

“Peta Europe has written to Pet Shop Boys with a request they are unable to agree to,” reads a post on the band’s official website. But the band admits the request “raises an issue worth thinking about”. Peta’s letter requests the name change due to the cruelty which they allege takes place in the pet trade. If the band were to agree to the name change, it continues, it would “encourage your millions of fans to consider giving a home to an abandoned or unwanted animal from an animal shelter”.

Well, if anyone wants to jump on the “Rescue Shelter Boys” name, we’re sure you’ll have the full backing of every PETA member worldwide. You could even sing about rescuing animals, get invited to perform at gigs like the HSUS Genesis Awards, and win the hearts of ladies everywhere. We’re just saying…

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://severedforever.blogspot.com/ Dan

    Pet Shop Boys – Best 80s (and beyond) group on the planet.

    PETA – Worst animal rights organization on the planet.

  • VeggieTart

    Okay, now they’ve gone too damn far. It’s just a freaking name, okay?!

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  • http://www.veganjapan.net herwin

    the Pet Shop Boys perfectly understand the irony and the humor of the Peta “request” ! its great they post that comment on their official website. :-P

  • http://diary-of-a-dog-walker.blogspot.com/ Linda

    Good job, considering Peta kill most of the pets handed into their ‘shelters’!

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  • s

    some ppl are taking this too seriously. i think peta was kidding, and i think it was funny.

  • TrustyMadman

    This is disgusting… Isn’t the U.S Justice Dept investigating P.E.T.A for slaughtering something like 20,000 animals last year? Shouldn’t P.E.T.A be focusing on buring the heads in the sand or covering there collective butts instead of coming up with “Fluff” ideas for minor fan-based-band publicity?
    I’m sure as hell not a redneck, and I don’t subscribe to any tofu prescriptions, but anyone, anywhere cannot stand and condone THERE treatment of animals. There credibility has been destroyed.

    Please google the P.E.T.A slaughtering story and share, I’ve never marched/protested/or demonstrated anything before and to be honest, I couldn’t be bothered. I’ve always agreed with no-fur, equality, gay/lesbian rights, but nothing has ever spurned this hatred and loathing in me for a company or an orginization before.

  • http://www.vegangrub.com Eric

    TrustyMadman – I was originally dismayed to learn that fact about PETA as well, but take the time to look more deeply into the issue and it will make a lot more sense. Don’t just take some “PETA killz animals!!1!” website on face value.

    As far as the the Pet Shop Boys….I love their music and I’m just happy they didn’t call themselves something really bad like Factory Farm Boys :)

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  • Natasha

    The band is crap anyway.

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