“Tea partiers” aren’t the only ones who’ve been
fixed with the gimlet stare of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Social-action groups such as Greenpeace,
the NAACP, and PETA have also been targeted by the agency, and PETA is calling on the U.S.
Department of the Treasury to expand the recently announced criminal probe into the IRS’ activity
to include several audits that targeted PETA’s tax-exempt status.
PETA has been subjected to three lengthy, expensive, and
disruptive IRS audits, including a 20-month one during the George W. Bush
administration, which IRS agents conducting the audit admitted was the result
of the agency’s bowing to pressure from members of Congress with ties to the meat, the experimentation, and other industries being targeted by PETA
campaigns and/or seeing
their workers forced to answer to cruelty-to-animals charges
as a result of PETA investigations.
PETA came through each IRS audit with a clean bill of health,
but it doesn’t say a lot for our democratic process when Congress, at the
behest of powerful industries, uses tactics worthy of the East German Stasi to
harass and intimidate social-change advocates. For years, PETA President Ingrid
E. Newkirk could not re-enter the U.S. without being escorted into a back room,
having her bags rummaged through, and being detained—sometimes for hours—resulting in missed flight connections.
It doesn’t stop there—ever more repressive state laws are being proposed, the latest
of which are arguably unconstitutional “ag-gag” bills designed to prevent undercover
investigations on factory farms and in slaughterhouses as well as bills to
with or new regulations regarding hunting and fishing.
What You Can Do
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wherever else animals are being abused.
Article source: PETA Files