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Animal rights: A way of life (and death)

Animal rights activists can continue fighting for their furry friends from beyond the grave — thanks to a new, PETA-sanctioned, all-wood coffin that bears a PETA slogan.

In a partnership with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a New Mexico company is building  human coffins that bear painted slogans, such as “Lifetime PETA Member,” “I saved 500 animals,” or “Told You I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead in Fur!”

The coffins, which went on sale last week, are priced from $620 to $670, according to an Associated Press report. For each one sold, PETA receives a $75 donation.

They are made by Dienna Genther, 44, a former construction worker from Bellingham, Wash., who operates a company called The Old Pine Box in rural Edgewood, about 30 miles east of Albuquerque.

She began handcrafting Earth-friendly coffins from pine, cedar, maple and other woods in 2004. They are made without screws, nails, hinges or animal-based glues.

When initially contacted, Genther thought PETA wanted to discuss marketing coffins for pets. Her company builds those, too. “But then they sent the designs, the classic toe-pincher style, and I realized they wanted human coffins,” she recalled. “I told them, `We can do it.'” Genther is not a PETA member but says she supports their cause.

Michael McGraw, a PETA spokesman in New York, said he expects a “healthy interest” in the coffins from the organization’s 2 million members. “It’s the best way for people to continue to use their voice for animals in death.”

More information on the coffins can be found at Genther’s website.

(Photo from theoldpinebox.com)


Comment from MG
Time December 13, 2008 at 10:38 am

Wouldn`t it be more appropriate to be just placed in a bag(if you`re lucky) and then dumped in a dumpster if you`re a PeTA member?
What`s good for companion animals…

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time December 13, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Very true, MG. Actually, for the authentic PETA experience, they could snatch you away from your loved ones on a public street and then do you in before bagging and dumping you…

This coffin won’t do for me in any case. I want one that reads like the tombstone in Key West: SEE? I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK!