Organization Asks IRS To Revoke PeTA"s Tax-Exempt Status
An organization that tracks criminal acts against businesses has asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to revoke the tax--exempt status of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA).
Reportedly, the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise issued a complaint to IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti that says ìpublicly available information suggests that PeTA induces or encourages the commission of unlawful acts.î
The complaint contains details about PeTA supporting the animal-rights terrorist organization Animal Liberation Front, stealing trade secrets, advocating arson and assaulting business executives.
In a related story, The New York Post reported that PeTA funds arsonists. According to the Post, PeTA donated $1,500 on April 20, 2001, to the North American Earth Liberation Front (ELF) to ìsupport its program activities.î
The Federal Bureau of Investigation calls ELF ìthe largest and most active U.S.--based terrorist group,î noting that it has already caused more than $43 million in damages since 1996.
The discovery of this donation not only shows that PeTA is sympathetic to a domestic terrorist organization, but it could also lead to the names of individuals connected with ELF--names that have, to this point, eluded authorities. If the federal government can get the name of the individual who signed PeTA"s donation check, it might be able to identify those involved with ELF.
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