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PETA US President Asks U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to Run Naked

Donald Rumsfeld
Photo Credit: DoD photo by R. D. Ward. (Released)

Upon finding out that Donald Rumsfeld has attended the Running of the Bulls in Spain in the past, PETA US President Ingrid Newkirk dashed off a letter inviting the 73-year-old defense secretary to come to PETA's "Running of the Nudes," "an alternative to the cruel spectacle that occurs three days later."

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

1 page via fax: 703-695-1219

Dear Secretary Rumsfeld:

You have said that you weren't aware of the abuses at Abu Ghraib, but I don't want you to be caught in the same position over the torture of another group of individuals who, while different from the average American citizen in many ways, still bleed, feel pain, and experience fear just as we do. Because people can change over the years, I would like to get the story straight from you, rather than relying on old newspaper accounts of what you said about this shameful matter when you were NATO ambassador.

Will you please tell me whether your views on bullfighting have changed since you personally "ran with the bulls" in Pamplona? I believe that you can safely say that like most, you had no idea until now that before reaching the streets in Pamplona, the bulls are debilitated with laxatives, blinded with Vaseline smeared into their eyes, and agitated with firecrackers and whips to make them stampede. You probably didn't realize that the bulls who crash onto the cobblestones, bruising and breaking their horns and limbs, are the very same animals tortured to death in the arena that night, having their ears cut off by a matador (literally "killer") while they are still conscious.

I'm happy to note that bullfighting is a dying business. It has now been banned in several Spanish cities. I hope that you will add your voice to this sign of progress and awareness that all torture is wrong.

I invite you to tip the scales back a bit by coming to Spain to participate in the Running of the Nudes—also called the Human Race—an alternative to the cruel spectacle that occurs three days later.

We all live and learn, and we often become more caring as we age. PETA would be pleased to welcome you to run with representatives from Spain and from around the world, wearing as much or as little as you like.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Very truly yours,

Ingrid E. Newkirk
President, PETA US

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