PETA wants 'Empathy Exhibit' at Guantanamo Bay

PETA, the animal rights group known for splashing fake blood on fine furs, wants to set up an exhibition on the site of the Pentagon's prison camps at Guantanamo after President Barack Obama makes good on his promise to rid it of terrorism suspects.

"We envision the Guantanamo Bay Empathy Exhibit as an ideal home for . . . a display that reminds viewers that suffering is suffering, no matter who the victim is," Tracy Reiman, vice president for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote to a senior Obama administration official this week.

The prison camps are widely condemned for alleged human rights and international law abuses, despite Pentagon protests that its detention is safe and humane.

PETA spokesman Michael Lyubinsky said the offer was serious. The exhibit, he noted, includes a panel that "juxtaposes a picture of a sealer clubbing a baby seal with a photo of a police officer clubbing a civil rights protester."

The idea would be to let visitors "explore ways . . . to promote nonviolent and non–exploitive relationships with all the living beings in this diverse world – regardless of race, religion, ability, gender or species.'"

Unclear is who besides U.S. service members, their families, and contract workers would be able to visit the site, which is a largely off–limits 45–square–mile U.S. base in southeast Cuba.

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