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PETA Urges Hamburg, N.Y., to Change Name
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Posted on 04/22/2003 12:07:24 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

PETA Urges Hamburg, N.Y., to Change Name By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 2:56 p.m. ET

HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) -- A national animal rights group has offered Hamburg officials $15,000 to change the town's name to Veggieburg.

``The town's name conjures up visions of unhealthy patties of ground-up dead cows,'' said Joe Haptas, spokesman of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, in a letter faxed Monday to Hamburg Supervisor Patrick Hoak.

PETA offered to supply area schools with $15,000 worth of non-meat patties for the name change.

``Our offer is serious as a heart attack,'' Haptas said.

Hoak immediately declined.

``With all due respect, I think it's a delicacy in our community,'' he said about hamburgers. ``We're proud of our name and proud of our heritage.''

The Buffalo suburb, named Hamburg since 1812, claims to be the birth place of the American culinary staple. Hamburg commemorates the birth of hamburgers at the annual Burgerfest.

In 1996, PETA proposed that the Hudson Valley town of Fishkill change its centuries-old name to Fishsave, since the group believed the name conjured up violent imagery of dead fish.

The town was named by Dutch settlers in the early 1600s. ``Kill'' is the Dutch word for ``stream.''


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mindless.......
1 posted on 04/22/2003 12:07:24 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Ugh. That's the ONLY thing I hate about where I live...it's within about a half hour from these nutcases.
2 posted on 04/22/2003 12:08:20 PM PDT by Severa (Wife of Freeper Hostel, USN Active Duty Submariner)
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To: Sub-Driver
These morons have entirely too much time on their hands, and too little intellectual horsepower to put it to constructive use...
3 posted on 04/22/2003 12:09:07 PM PDT by Airborne Longhorn
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To: Sub-Driver
I think "Bloody Dead Red Meat-burg" has a nice ring to it.

Prairie
4 posted on 04/22/2003 12:09:58 PM PDT by prairiebreeze ("We will not deny, ignore or pass our problems along to other Presidents"---GW Bush)
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To: Sub-Driver
Fishsave

What would you "save" fish for? So they can live out their last years in fish retirement villas?

5 posted on 04/22/2003 12:10:08 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Sub-Driver
They should change the name - to 100percentbeef, NY
6 posted on 04/22/2003 12:11:07 PM PDT by b4its2late (Eagles don't flock.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Now McDonalds needs to make a counter offer if they will add an "er" to their name.
7 posted on 04/22/2003 12:11:09 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Sub-Driver
I heard once that the addition of meat to the diets of the early Hominids caused their brains to develop. The loss of gray matter in PETA members would seem to support this theory.
8 posted on 04/22/2003 12:11:47 PM PDT by Redcloak (All work and no FReep makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no FReep make s Jack a dul boy. Allwork an)
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To: Sub-Driver
Excellent. Another PETA article. Time to slaughter a lamb for the barbie.

5.56mm

9 posted on 04/22/2003 12:12:27 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Sub-Driver
"MediumRareBurg"
10 posted on 04/22/2003 12:13:28 PM PDT by quark
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To: Sub-Driver
Hamburg, GE. The birth place of the Hamburger!! It wasn't named the other way around. Frankfurt, GE. Home of the Frankfurter, or Sausage. I would semise that everytown of Hamburg and Frankfurt are going to be hit with this. Watch out Kansas!!!
11 posted on 04/22/2003 12:13:41 PM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (If I keep my eyes on Jesus, I could walk on water - Audio Adrenaline)
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To: Sub-Driver
I know a few Animal Rescue shelters that could use 15K.
12 posted on 04/22/2003 12:13:50 PM PDT by SkiHatGuy
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To: CindyDawg
LOL!

Prairie
13 posted on 04/22/2003 12:14:44 PM PDT by prairiebreeze ("We will not deny, ignore or pass our problems along to other Presidents"---GW Bush)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Weatherman123; Mr. K; The Mayor; RnMomof7
idiot alert!
14 posted on 04/22/2003 12:15:01 PM PDT by bc2
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To: Sub-Driver
I recall when Carl Sagan took Apple Computers to court for using his name as "code" for a secret project.

Apple capitulated and informed the judge that henceforth the new name for their secret project would be BUTTHEAD ASTRONOMER. If the City of Hamburg were to change its name, it should be something like PetaSucks, New York.

15 posted on 04/22/2003 12:17:30 PM PDT by handk
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To: bc2
Someone needs to hack into PETA's Website and put in bold letters across thier slogan "APRIL FOOLS, IT IS ALL A JOKE!!" No body is ever going to listen to them seriously anymore, anyway...
16 posted on 04/22/2003 12:17:41 PM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (If I keep my eyes on Jesus, I could walk on water - Audio Adrenaline)
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To: Sub-Driver
"Vivisectionville" ain't taken.
17 posted on 04/22/2003 12:18:38 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SkiHatGuy
According to the article they didn't offer cash. It was veggie burgers. Dont know if the animals would eat um or not.
18 posted on 04/22/2003 12:18:50 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Sub-Driver
I like it when they do flakey stuff like this. It justs showcases their utter ridiculousness to the public.
19 posted on 04/22/2003 12:22:59 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Sub-Driver
People Eating Tasty Animals
20 posted on 04/22/2003 12:24:54 PM PDT by TonyWojo
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To: quark
BaconCheeseBurg has a nice ring to it..:-)
21 posted on 04/22/2003 12:25:48 PM PDT by TheBigB (**FOX NEWS ALERT Saddam Hussein is dead. Unless he's alive. THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT**)
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To: prairiebreeze
Lol! Yank its horns, wipe its a$$ and throw it on the plate is how rare I like my steak ;-)
22 posted on 04/22/2003 12:26:10 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (America...love it or leave it. Canada is due north-Mexico is directly south...start walking.)
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To: Sub-Driver
``The town's name conjures up visions of unhealthy patties of ground-up dead cows,''

With pickles, onions and mustard. Yum, yum!

23 posted on 04/22/2003 12:27:26 PM PDT by MEGoody
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To: Sub-Driver
Bwahahahahahahaha!!!

The really humorous thing about this latest PETA escapade is that PETA is serious while the rest of the world rolls on the floor in laughing convulsions. They should stick to the silly campaigns and stay away from serious ones, like that disgusting Holocaust/chicken ad.

24 posted on 04/22/2003 12:29:49 PM PDT by Luna (Evil will not triumph...God is at the helm)
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To: TheBigB
PinkInTheMiddleBurg might be a possibility...
25 posted on 04/22/2003 12:30:35 PM PDT by quark
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To: Sub-Driver
stupid attention-getting scam. The cost of changing the letterhead alone would be greater than $15,000

PETA knows it, know no one will accept this offer, and so gets free publicity. The presstitutes also know this, and print it anyway. If I offered money to change the towns name to my name to you think it would get national attention?
26 posted on 04/22/2003 12:32:36 PM PDT by Mr. K (I'm formidable with that)
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To: Sub-Driver
Think how much $15,000 could do at the local pet shelter. Besides, hamburgers are good.
27 posted on 04/22/2003 12:32:41 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Sub-Driver
``The town's name conjures up visions of unhealthy patties of ground-up dead cows,'' said Joe Haptas, spokesman of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, in a letter faxed Monday to Hamburg Supervisor Patrick Hoak.

What a fool.

I suppose Hamburg, Germany should change it's name too? What about Frankfurt?

After all, that conjures up images of hot dogs...

And what about Philadelphia? "Veggiedelphia" would stop the conjuring of images of cheese steaks!

And, I'm sure the good Muslims in Turkey wouldn't mind changing their country's name to "Tofurkey". Much better! I'll be damned if I have to think of Thanksgiving dinner everytime I think of the Turks!

Shall I continue? Or has my point been made?

28 posted on 04/22/2003 12:34:19 PM PDT by SunStar (Democrats piss me off!)
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To: Larry Lucido
What would you "save" fish for? So they can live out their last years in fish retirement villas?

of course!


29 posted on 04/22/2003 12:36:08 PM PDT by mamaduck
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To: TheSpottedOwl
As my South African collegue says "I want it served BLUE!"
30 posted on 04/22/2003 12:38:48 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Severa

31 posted on 04/22/2003 12:46:16 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Sub-Driver
LOL LOL..I live 5 minutes from Hamburg the home of the hamburger they say..

They are soooooooooo pathetic..
32 posted on 04/22/2003 12:51:30 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: Sub-Driver
In case anyone was wondering... History of the Hamburger...

http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/HamburgerHistory.htm
33 posted on 04/22/2003 12:52:28 PM PDT by STFrancis
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To: Sub-Driver
In the immortal words of Fritz Mondale:

Where's the Beef?

34 posted on 04/22/2003 12:55:33 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: Sub-Driver
I wonder if they would be dissapointed to learn that it was named after Hamburg Germany and not the hamburger.

After all it's not Hamburger NY.

They should move to Hell, Michigan.
http://www.hell2u.com/

35 posted on 04/22/2003 12:59:46 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (It's amazing how Hollywood and their Liberal friends redefine words like "Free Speech, Blood Money")
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To: Sub-Driver
I wish I had $16,000 to spare. I'd offer it to them to change the town name to "Dead Meat".
36 posted on 04/22/2003 1:01:49 PM PDT by ZULU
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To: ZULU
How about "Nugentsville?"

Or maybe "Ted's Paradise."
37 posted on 04/22/2003 1:04:07 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (It's amazing how Hollywood and their Liberal friends redefine words like "Free Speech, Blood Money")
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To: Sub-Driver
If they do it they will have to change the water tower alongside the thruway that they painted to look like a huge hamburg.
38 posted on 04/22/2003 1:04:14 PM PDT by paul51
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To: Sub-Driver
I'll give PETA $1,000 to officially change their name to "Wasted Vegetarians with No Lives."
39 posted on 04/22/2003 2:19:53 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Sub-Driver
Well if PETA gave me $15K, I'd be willing to change my screen name to "Willie Tomato".
40 posted on 04/22/2003 2:27:59 PM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: prairiebreeze
Fuddruckerville has a nice ring to it...

--Ear Assault!
41 posted on 04/22/2003 2:36:59 PM PDT by GISax (Military Musician is NOT an oxymoron!)
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THIS is what PETA chooses to go after, when the only time I've ever written to them...being about the Beagle puppy tape of Saddam administering nerve agents to them, and videoing this and their deaths, meanT NOTHING to these people???

THIS ORGANIZATION IS A SHAM!!!

I thought before, that they had a place in this world, for checks and balance sake, if nothing else....BUT NOW!!!!

WHAT A JOKE PETA IS!!!!


43 posted on 04/22/2003 2:41:41 PM PDT by NordP (Just found out that Karl Rove and I have the SAME b-day -- he's 5 yrs older, though ;-)
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To: mamaduck
Howie Carr http://www.howiecarr.org/ did a bit on this story this afternoon. Other names could fall into line: What about boats with the Name: Boston Whaler, Mako--used for fishing, or Sheepshead Bay or Moosehead Lake, Owl's Head....a slew of names could fall victim to PETA.
44 posted on 04/22/2003 3:57:26 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay (occupied)
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To: Sub-Driver
They continue to grow ever more out of touch with reality.
45 posted on 04/22/2003 4:00:08 PM PDT by tet68 (Jeremiah 51:24 ..."..Before your eyes I will repay Babylon for all the wrong they have done in Zion")
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To: Sub-Driver

46 posted on 04/22/2003 4:12:43 PM PDT by Alouette (Why is it called "International Law" if only Israel and the United States are expected to keep it?)
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To: Sub-Driver
In 1996, PETA proposed that the Hudson Valley town of Fishkill change its centuries-old name to Fishsave, since the group believed the name conjured up violent imagery of dead fish.

The town was named by Dutch settlers in the early 1600s. ``Kill'' is the Dutch word for ``stream.''


In western New York's Cattaraugus County there sits a Kill Buck, NY 14748, population: 47. And the name means exactly what it says. So why haven't the little kindergarten veggie brownshirts of PETA attacked Kill Buck? Because they're experts in history and language.

Also note how we haven't heard from this genius for some time:


47 posted on 04/22/2003 4:25:30 PM PDT by Bars4Bill (I'm not very fond of PETA, and going out to get a big fat greasy charred cheeseburger, w/extra blood)
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To: RansomOttawa
I'll give PETA $1,000 to officially change their name to "Wasted Vegetarians with No Lives."

Make that $1,000 worth of pork, beef, chicken, veal, lamb, eggs, milk, and other animal products--which PETA (now WVNL) must promise to EAT under supervision.
48 posted on 04/22/2003 4:31:32 PM PDT by dufekin (Peace HAS COME AT LONG LAST to the tortured people of Iraq!)
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To: Bars4Bill
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/837204/posts

It's a classic commentary on PETA.
49 posted on 04/22/2003 4:34:49 PM PDT by dufekin (Peace HAS COME AT LONG LAST to the tortured people of Iraq!)
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To: Sub-Driver
I think the town should take them up on the offer.....for exactly one day. Cash the check, make an "Official Proclamation", have a nice party, then the very next day, make another "Official Proclamation" that reverts the town back to Hamburg. I mean, if these soy-for-brains idiots from PETA want to throw away money for ridiculous reasons, it would be almost immoral NOT to take it from them.
50 posted on 04/22/2003 4:42:02 PM PDT by Pablo64 ("But still I fear and still dare not laugh at the the Madman.")
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