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Past administrations have harassed organizations

May 30, 2013
Ingrid E. Newkirk - PETA President , Maui Weekly

The uproar over the IRS' targeting of conservative groups seems to be the flip side of earlier administrations, when groups like Greenpeace, the NAACP and PETA were the agency's favorite targets.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has undergone three expensive and unjust IRS audits, including a 20-month audit during the George W. Bush administration. Each, as verified from Freedom of Information Act materials and as admitted by IRS agents, resulted from the agency bowing to pressure from members of Congress doing the bidding of the meat, research and other industries who were exposed for violating cruelty-to-animals laws through PETA's investigations.

PETA came through each IRS audit with a clean bill of health, but it's a sad day for freedom when social-change advocates are subjected to industry-inspired Congressional inquiries, police surveillance worthy of the East German Stasi, and "homeland security" harassment at airports.

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Ingrid E. Newkirk

PETA President



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