Pet Shop Boys (politely) declines PETA’s request for a name change


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Big surprise: the British band Pet Shop Boys says that, while the suggestion ‘raises an issue worth thinking about,’ it will be unable to comply with PETA Europe’s request that it change its name to the Rescue Shelter Boys.

‘Most dogs and cats sold in pet shops are sourced from profit-hungry breeders who may have bred them in cramped, filthy conditions...Many animals end up with abnormalities that result in both heartbreak and high veterinary bills for the unsuspecting people who buy them,’ the group’s special projects manager Yvonne Taylor wrote to the band’s two members, Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant.


There are no hard feelings, apparently, at the refusal -- PETA Europe seems happy just to receive the shout-out the Boys posted on their website. ‘As if you needed another reason to love the Pet Shop Boys besides ‘West End Girls’,’ writes PETA blogger Shawna Flavell, referring to Lowe and Tennant’s biggest hit.

But now PETA says it has bigger fish -- er, sea kittens -- to fry. In a recent post, PETA blogger Amanda Schinke notes some other bands and musicians she thinks ‘could use an animal-friendly makeover.’

Among them? Meat Loaf (suggestion: Lentil Loaf), Deerhunter (suggestion: Deerhugger), and the Stray Cats (suggestion: the Spayed Cats).

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--Lindsay Barnett