North Korea — you have been warned.
The State Department on Monday held out the possibility that the isolated Stalinist state’s belligerent rumblings could earn it a powerful new foe on the world stage: animal rights activist group PETA.
Asked at a news briefing about North Korea’s latest move, which saw it fire a barrage of artillery shells into the ocean near South Korea, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley was blunt:
“Well, I’m sure it resulted in a lot of dead fish. And we certainly hope that PETA will protest,” he said.
PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is no slouch when it comes to defending animal rights, having taken on everything from fur-wearing Hollywood celebrities and circus elephant acts to the meat and dairy industry.
It was unclear, however, if the group would rally behind Korean fish as the State Department suggested.