PETA wants its own 'Amityville Horror'
Animal rights organization offers to rent legendary haunted house for new campaign.
Fri, May 28, 2010 at 02:45 PM
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The house made famous by "The Amityville Horror" movies is currently up for sale — and PETA is interested.
The animal rights organization recently sent a letter to the current owner, who is selling the supposedly haunted manse for $1.1 million (spooks not included), asking him if he would consider renting the property to the organization. PETA is interested in leveraging the pop culture draw of the site to show off its own "creepy" displays of animal abuse. The group is hoping such an attraction would frighten people into calling for an end to such cruelty.
“The supernatural haunting that some people believe occurred in this building is legendary," writes PETA exec Tracy Reiman, "but many people don’t realize that if they are eating meat, eggs, and dairy products, they are getting their food from real-life horror houses: factory farms and slaughterhouses.”
OK, so "The Haunted Mansion", it's not. But PETA does intend to add animatronic hens — and fish.
“Visitors would be able to see animatronic hens struggling for space inside tiny battery cages and lifelike “fish” gasping for air as they slowly suffocate on the deck of a fishing boat," the letter continues. "Guests would be able to touch actual instruments used by these cruel industries, including branding irons that inflict third-degree burns on cows and electrified prods that are used to force sick animals to walk to their deaths at slaughterhouses. Visitors would also have the opportunity to be “locked” in a tiny metal-and-concrete gestation pig crate.”
Needless to say, the owner is probably not going to jump on this suggestion.