Amazon Under Attack by PETA

November 15th, 2010 by Staff

Source: Indie Pro Pub — After removing a how-to guide for pedophiles from their book list, Wednesday, Amazon.com is now facing similar requests from animal rights group PETA.
The book, “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct”, written by Phillip R. Greaves, an admitted pedophile, was removed from their sale list due to a barrage of comments and boycotts by Amazon.com.
The content was said to violate two of Amazon’s content guidelines for digital publication, which state publishers are expected to conduct proper research to ensure that titles are in compliance with all local, state, national and international laws.
“If Amazon Digital Services, Inc. determines that the content of a Title is prohibited, we may summarily remove or alter it without returning any fees. Amazon Digital Services, Inc. reserves the right to make judgments about whether or not content is appropriate,” the guidelines state.
While some Amazon.com users defended the author’s right to free speech, as stated under the First Amendment, many others condemned both the author and Amazon for publishing the title.
“It is ILLEGAL to molest children, and for Amazon to promote such is insane. I’m an abuse survivor, and am OUTRAGED Amazon would choose to promote this nonsense. I will not be purchasing anything from your website until this is removed,” one user wrote. Many other users echoed the sentiments.
The author, Greaves, said to the media, Wednesday, “True pedophiles love children and would never hurt them.” However, he indicated there were areas in the book which may be considered “how to” by saying, “there are certain parts that are advisory.”
To this end, PETA, the famed animal-rights group, is requesting books on dog-fighting and cock-fighting be removed, as well.
PETA said the controversy over “The Pedophile’s Guide” made the perfect foundation for a similar ban on animal fighting books.
Books such as “The Art of Cockfighting – A Handbook for Beginners and Old Timers,” and “Dogs of Velvet and Steel,” were two such books that encourage people to participate in illegal animal fighting.
“These books encourage people to become involved in dogfighting and cockfighting – cruel and illegal activities that are rampant across the country,” PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman said in a letter to Amazon.com President Jeffrey P. Bezos, when she requested these products be pulled from the site.
PETA spokeswoman, Lindsey Rajt told the media, “At a time when Amazon is coming out very publicly against books on pedophilia, this is a prime time for Amazon to step up and stop selling books that promote other illegal activities.”
Rajt said the two issues, pedophilia and animal abuse, are inter-connected.
“Animal abuse is one of the first warning signs we see in people who turn and direct violence toward people,” she said. “This is really important because the twisted whims of people who enjoy watching animals fight to the death is not something Amazon should be catering to. There are greater societal implications.”
At this time, Amazon.com did not return calls or comment.


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