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September 12, 2013

"1% for the Planet" Should Stop Supporting PETA

By Kirk Deeter

I love the "1% for the Planet" charitable giving program.  Through this initiative, a number of eco-conscious companies donate 1% of their profits to over 3,300 different nonprofit organizations, the vast majority of which do wonderful work to help the environment that ultimately enhances habitat to the benefit of anglers, hunters and other outdoor aficionados.  

Thing is, PETA--People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals--is one of those beneficiaries. And I find that disgusting.

You see, PETA outright opposes sport fishing. They think it's cruel. They launched a campaign that equates fish to "sea kittens."   They advocate efforts to close rivers and lakes to fishing access. I've had rocks thrown at me by PETA freaks while I was fishing.  

What PETA doesn't understand is that anglers foot the bill for the vast majority of fish conservation and protection efforts in America. If there were not anglers who pay for licenses and support conservation organizations by their own initiatives, there wouldn't be any fish to talk about in the first place. Anglers make good fishing happen. Anglers are responsible for the habitat. Anglers ensure that future fish stocks are safeguarded and protected. Where the rubber meets the road, PETA hasn't done jack to make any of that happen. PETA is, in truth, not a conservation organization.

The sad irony is that the 1% campaign was created by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and legendary fly-fishing guide and outfitter Craig Matthews, two of the most notable anglers who have ever laid fingerprints on this sport. They've done more to help resources that support fly fishing than almost anyone in the world.

I believe that we, as anglers, should divest ourselves of 1%, until PETA is removed from the picture.  

So let's make a mandate. If 1% truly wants to protect rivers and fish, it should honor the wishes of those who value rivers, fish and fishing.   By that I mean people who actually fish.  And if 1% wants to make another political statement, and support a fringe group that has no real handle on what makes natural piscine resources thrive and survive over time… well, then we'll point our attention elsewhere.

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from coachsjike wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

kirk,

you also forgot that when illegal immigrants and other law breaking scumbags fish without licenses, the cost of those licenses go up. and we law abiding CITIZENS get stuck footing the bill for those who don't pay!

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from buckhunter wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

While we are at it we should abolish the Judgment Fund and the Equal Access to Justice Act. Both give millions of federal tax dollars to non-profit anti-hunting/fishing groups every year. Most of it is reimbursement of frivolous lawsuits which are filed by the thousands against the government and designed to stop hunting.

Yep, if you pay taxes, some of it goes to the anti's.

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from Red Angus wrote 30 weeks 5 days ago

One thing to keep in mind when discussing PETA is that they are more concerned about gaining control than they are about saving animals. However there are exceptions to that as there are some folks who truly do want to save animals.
As sportsmen and sportswomen we must always be courteous of those who do not share our views. I am not promoting we stand quietly by the wayside and let them do all the talking, but I do believe that we should remain polite and courteous if confronted by animal rights activists, because nothing would make them happier, or do more to further their cause, than for a farmer, a hunter, or a fisherman/woman to cuss them out or start a fight because that is what they want, they have the liberal media on their side so if they get cussed out or someone starts a fight they can got on the media and slam all hunters or farmers or fishermen/women. They will try to get you mad so you will look bad in the eyes of the uninformed public, and that is one thing we cannot afford, because, like it or not, we are often times the minority in a country where majority rules. So we must be diligent to inform the uninformed of the truth about the outdoors. About hunting, about fishing, about conservation, and about where food really comes from.

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from Dangle wrote 30 weeks 5 days ago

I don't like my tax dollars going to a lot of liberal causes.....many of our college institutions that teach socialism, and state tax payer institutions many of them.

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from action1250 wrote 30 weeks 5 days ago

Several years ago the slime bags from PETA were helping out the local Animal Shelter in Ahoskie, NC.
The "help" was killing the dogs and cats and throwing them in a dumpster.
THAT'S what they think of animals!
PETA is one of the most dangerous left wing "organizations" there is.
BUY AND WEAR FUR AND LEATHER! THAT is what will piss them off!

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from Rhythm Rider wrote 30 weeks 5 days ago

While I hardly think PETA is an organization worth supporting, I say big deal. 1 of 3300 organizations equals about .04%, so the new slogan should be "1% for the planet, .04% of that to some idiots....hey, we're not perfect"

It's not going to stop me from buying gear from someone that makes good gear and supports an organization that supports 99.96% good.

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from dumbythewise wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

I am a liberal. Please do not attack me. I hate PETA too.
But I also can't help recognizing that all of your comments are tilted so far right that they make Mussolini look like Leon Trotski.
Put down the Bill O'reilly memoirs and go learn something that's actually true.
There is no need to turn this very good article into a discussion about illegal immigrants, just because you don't have anything on-topic to add to the discussion. You don't know anything about illegal immigration and the root causes of it. And in fact, you don't know anything about what is being discussed in this article. All you knew is that you saw "PETA" in the title and your Sean Hannity glands started salivating.
What is it with you types of people, and how do you not see how one dimensional your character is? Why don't you try, just once, to NOT fit the negative stereotype of hunters? Add something instead of subtracting. Read a novel that isn't written by Tom Clancy. See something from ANOTHER point of view.
Stop writing in "Ted Nugent" on the ballot in your local elections.

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from NHshtr wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

dumbythewise, apparently you have your own stereotypes and biases based on the shots you've taken. How about not attacking anyone as you ask not to be attacked?

Hopefully, commenters will keep on topic - which in this case is to trash PETA! ;)

I doubt if any effort make a change other than large numbers of us communicating to 1% about how their contributing to PETA doesn't help their cause. Perhaps they will decide on their own that they need to stop.

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from seth trudeau wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Sea Kittens?!!!! Cats eat fish! How does that make any sense! Oh Yeah it PETA Sorry I forgot.

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from tleichty1989 wrote 30 weeks 3 days ago

fishing and hunting have been a way of life for years I hate that an organization can be against something so pure and more a part of life than being against animal products altogether.

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 30 weeks 3 days ago

ATTA BOY KIRK ! You are dead on! Why should you ever support those trying to take away your passion???? Hunters and Trappers aren't easily fooled...However, since fly fishing was invaded shortly after "The Movie" by "Progressive Yuppies" and the occasional moronic "Bunny Hugger" we fly fishermen have had to deal with the embarrassment of some Fly Fishing urbanites making the choice to side with the PETAphile types. Why????....Well instead of them studying the real reasons why Lee Wulff and Ray Scott brought us to Catch and Release, they foolishly believe it was so that the fishies wouldn't feel pain. The truth is Lee Wulff
and Ray Scott were promoters who understood if you ate them all, without controls...then they and Sportsmen would soon be out of business. It had nothing to do with fish feeling pain or Bambi (Hell, both were and are hunters). It just made good business sense, like Pittman/ Robertson and Dingel/Johnson.
We catch and release for selfish reasons. We do it so when we come back next week there are fish to catch. "It's a BLOOD SPORT and we are PREDATORS...and I LOVE IT.
OUR TAX DOLLARS through Pittman/Robertson and Dingel/Johnson saved the "Planet". Not the short armed Urbanite Yuppie or the Bunny Hugger. They're to damn cheap. We need to fight the politically correct, they are not our Enviro-Allies. Their ultimate goal is to make money and Power for THEMSELVES. SO they can run the show as they see fit.
In Europe PETA calls Catch and Release "TORTURE and RELEASE". They have even tried to outlaw C&R in an effort to discourage fishermen from fishing at all by DEMANDING fishermen KILL their catch and then dropping the limit.
Why? Well their logic is if a fisherman has to kill EVERYTHING he catches, including the 4" fish and you limit him to one...eventually he decides it isn't worth it, hangs up his rod and stops fishing. Giving the PETAphiles total control. They are not stupid they are Lawyers owned by Left Wing Quacks.
So...THANK YOU...for telling the truth. PETA and anyone who supports them, even through donations or by pooh poohing their efforts are trying to take away your passion. It's a BLOODSPORT...plain and simple and we've found a way to keep it renewable by not eating them all.
So how doe's one tell if your one of 'US" or one of them? Simple....it's a question I developed years ago and it flushes the closet Yuppies out.
"It you knew that for every fish you ate , two more would replace it, would you then stop Catching and releasing and go back to harvesting fish?"
If you selfishly answered yes and dream of doubling your catch then you are one of us. If you would instead sacrifice the additional fish for fear of causing pain to the fishies....then do me a favor. Take up golf. :)

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 30 weeks 3 days ago

Dear Dumbythewise, I would have known you were a liberal, without you even mentioning it. LOL. Imagine praising the illegal immigrant abuse of this nation's resources while putting down all the superior work Ted Nugent has done against the Anti's. Methinks there is a reason why you have so few posts. I'm a board moderator on another fly fishing site. I'm sure folks here understand how the Anti's, the PETAphiles, and lefties attack the bloodsports by lurking on Outdoor Websites and then jumping into discussions to only to attack with no facts and put downs all the while pretending to be the "kinder and gentler informed".
Frankly, you have no idea what you are talking about. Nugent is a Warrior against Anti's (now is where you claim he does more harm than good. "He's an alarmist, a blood thirsty whacko, etc..." The truth is he finds where the closet Anti's hide and shines a light on them, just like Kirk did above).
Common sense will tell you the USA has a finite amount of wildlife, fish, clean water and clean air.....
So what do you think it does to the resource if you bring in 13 MILLION Law Breakers to poach, feed off the resource, disobey vehicle emission regulations, etc...?
Come on, do the math. That is 13 million times the legal poacher with a oil burning clunker attacking our finite resources. I addition the illegal poacher not only disobeys licensing laws and limits he rarely pays taxes to the only areas supporting our wildlife (license fees, D&J, P&R, TU, etc..).
Nice try, but any thinking person can look at 13 Million poachers and realize how hard it hits our resources. Seriously, did you think I was going to let you get away with that one?
Now run off and alert the other Anti's to come and post negative points against me or sign in under a dozen new names so you can do it yourself. LOL

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from Dangle wrote 30 weeks 3 days ago

Hey dumb..You are no different than all liberals. Anything that suggests something that is not far out radical left is viewed as a right wing radical right view! Cut taxes, get big govt off the backs of the hard workin folks, suggest expanding the private sector, and produce real jobs....a right wing wacko view!

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from Smithhammer wrote 29 weeks 1 day ago

Excellent, Kirk. And fully agreed.

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from MichaelIn Seattle wrote 29 weeks 21 hours ago

I completely agree, Kirk. Is there any way you could start a petition or sign-up online that like-mindedly individuals can sign on to that could be sent to Patagonia/Chouinard showing how many aren't happy being a recipient? And also to the companies that sign up for 1% for the Planet. Perhaps a competing organization could be started - "x% for the Environment" or "x% for Nature" - that organizations opposed to PETA's receiving funding could sign on instead of 1% for the Planet? And perhaps contacting all the hunting & fishing sites that donate to alert them to the fact the money they donate is going, in part, to fund PETA.

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from Animalsdeserverights wrote 18 weeks 1 hour ago

Peta's ad is brilliant. They are showing that fish are no different than cats and dogs. All animals deserve the right to live in a happy worry free environment. Many of you arguments are idiotic to think that peta is against conservation. PETA's goal is to stop the in humane treatment of all animals. The UN conservation agency stated that over 20% of greenhouse gases are being fueled by factory farming which is what peta is trying to end. Also the conservation groups would need less money to conserve lakes and rivers if they didn't need to help keep amount of fish at a high enough rate. Overfishing is the cause of lack of diversity in bodies of water. Also the reason peta is against all fishing is that most fish caught will die within the next few days, including the ones released because of the damage occurred when they are hooked. When I registered for this page I saw that the environment is one of the things that this site supports but with this article it points the opposite direction. Next time before you post something learn the facts before you post a biased uneducated response to something that is supposedly something this site supports.

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from action1250 wrote 30 weeks 5 days ago

Several years ago the slime bags from PETA were helping out the local Animal Shelter in Ahoskie, NC.
The "help" was killing the dogs and cats and throwing them in a dumpster.
THAT'S what they think of animals!
PETA is one of the most dangerous left wing "organizations" there is.
BUY AND WEAR FUR AND LEATHER! THAT is what will piss them off!

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 30 weeks 3 days ago

ATTA BOY KIRK ! You are dead on! Why should you ever support those trying to take away your passion???? Hunters and Trappers aren't easily fooled...However, since fly fishing was invaded shortly after "The Movie" by "Progressive Yuppies" and the occasional moronic "Bunny Hugger" we fly fishermen have had to deal with the embarrassment of some Fly Fishing urbanites making the choice to side with the PETAphile types. Why????....Well instead of them studying the real reasons why Lee Wulff and Ray Scott brought us to Catch and Release, they foolishly believe it was so that the fishies wouldn't feel pain. The truth is Lee Wulff
and Ray Scott were promoters who understood if you ate them all, without controls...then they and Sportsmen would soon be out of business. It had nothing to do with fish feeling pain or Bambi (Hell, both were and are hunters). It just made good business sense, like Pittman/ Robertson and Dingel/Johnson.
We catch and release for selfish reasons. We do it so when we come back next week there are fish to catch. "It's a BLOOD SPORT and we are PREDATORS...and I LOVE IT.
OUR TAX DOLLARS through Pittman/Robertson and Dingel/Johnson saved the "Planet". Not the short armed Urbanite Yuppie or the Bunny Hugger. They're to damn cheap. We need to fight the politically correct, they are not our Enviro-Allies. Their ultimate goal is to make money and Power for THEMSELVES. SO they can run the show as they see fit.
In Europe PETA calls Catch and Release "TORTURE and RELEASE". They have even tried to outlaw C&R in an effort to discourage fishermen from fishing at all by DEMANDING fishermen KILL their catch and then dropping the limit.
Why? Well their logic is if a fisherman has to kill EVERYTHING he catches, including the 4" fish and you limit him to one...eventually he decides it isn't worth it, hangs up his rod and stops fishing. Giving the PETAphiles total control. They are not stupid they are Lawyers owned by Left Wing Quacks.
So...THANK YOU...for telling the truth. PETA and anyone who supports them, even through donations or by pooh poohing their efforts are trying to take away your passion. It's a BLOODSPORT...plain and simple and we've found a way to keep it renewable by not eating them all.
So how doe's one tell if your one of 'US" or one of them? Simple....it's a question I developed years ago and it flushes the closet Yuppies out.
"It you knew that for every fish you ate , two more would replace it, would you then stop Catching and releasing and go back to harvesting fish?"
If you selfishly answered yes and dream of doubling your catch then you are one of us. If you would instead sacrifice the additional fish for fear of causing pain to the fishies....then do me a favor. Take up golf. :)

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from Red Angus wrote 30 weeks 5 days ago

One thing to keep in mind when discussing PETA is that they are more concerned about gaining control than they are about saving animals. However there are exceptions to that as there are some folks who truly do want to save animals.
As sportsmen and sportswomen we must always be courteous of those who do not share our views. I am not promoting we stand quietly by the wayside and let them do all the talking, but I do believe that we should remain polite and courteous if confronted by animal rights activists, because nothing would make them happier, or do more to further their cause, than for a farmer, a hunter, or a fisherman/woman to cuss them out or start a fight because that is what they want, they have the liberal media on their side so if they get cussed out or someone starts a fight they can got on the media and slam all hunters or farmers or fishermen/women. They will try to get you mad so you will look bad in the eyes of the uninformed public, and that is one thing we cannot afford, because, like it or not, we are often times the minority in a country where majority rules. So we must be diligent to inform the uninformed of the truth about the outdoors. About hunting, about fishing, about conservation, and about where food really comes from.

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from NHshtr wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

dumbythewise, apparently you have your own stereotypes and biases based on the shots you've taken. How about not attacking anyone as you ask not to be attacked?

Hopefully, commenters will keep on topic - which in this case is to trash PETA! ;)

I doubt if any effort make a change other than large numbers of us communicating to 1% about how their contributing to PETA doesn't help their cause. Perhaps they will decide on their own that they need to stop.

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from seth trudeau wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Sea Kittens?!!!! Cats eat fish! How does that make any sense! Oh Yeah it PETA Sorry I forgot.

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 30 weeks 3 days ago

Dear Dumbythewise, I would have known you were a liberal, without you even mentioning it. LOL. Imagine praising the illegal immigrant abuse of this nation's resources while putting down all the superior work Ted Nugent has done against the Anti's. Methinks there is a reason why you have so few posts. I'm a board moderator on another fly fishing site. I'm sure folks here understand how the Anti's, the PETAphiles, and lefties attack the bloodsports by lurking on Outdoor Websites and then jumping into discussions to only to attack with no facts and put downs all the while pretending to be the "kinder and gentler informed".
Frankly, you have no idea what you are talking about. Nugent is a Warrior against Anti's (now is where you claim he does more harm than good. "He's an alarmist, a blood thirsty whacko, etc..." The truth is he finds where the closet Anti's hide and shines a light on them, just like Kirk did above).
Common sense will tell you the USA has a finite amount of wildlife, fish, clean water and clean air.....
So what do you think it does to the resource if you bring in 13 MILLION Law Breakers to poach, feed off the resource, disobey vehicle emission regulations, etc...?
Come on, do the math. That is 13 million times the legal poacher with a oil burning clunker attacking our finite resources. I addition the illegal poacher not only disobeys licensing laws and limits he rarely pays taxes to the only areas supporting our wildlife (license fees, D&J, P&R, TU, etc..).
Nice try, but any thinking person can look at 13 Million poachers and realize how hard it hits our resources. Seriously, did you think I was going to let you get away with that one?
Now run off and alert the other Anti's to come and post negative points against me or sign in under a dozen new names so you can do it yourself. LOL

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from Dangle wrote 30 weeks 3 days ago

Hey dumb..You are no different than all liberals. Anything that suggests something that is not far out radical left is viewed as a right wing radical right view! Cut taxes, get big govt off the backs of the hard workin folks, suggest expanding the private sector, and produce real jobs....a right wing wacko view!

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from Smithhammer wrote 29 weeks 1 day ago

Excellent, Kirk. And fully agreed.

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from coachsjike wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

kirk,

you also forgot that when illegal immigrants and other law breaking scumbags fish without licenses, the cost of those licenses go up. and we law abiding CITIZENS get stuck footing the bill for those who don't pay!

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from buckhunter wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

While we are at it we should abolish the Judgment Fund and the Equal Access to Justice Act. Both give millions of federal tax dollars to non-profit anti-hunting/fishing groups every year. Most of it is reimbursement of frivolous lawsuits which are filed by the thousands against the government and designed to stop hunting.

Yep, if you pay taxes, some of it goes to the anti's.

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from Dangle wrote 30 weeks 5 days ago

I don't like my tax dollars going to a lot of liberal causes.....many of our college institutions that teach socialism, and state tax payer institutions many of them.

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from dumbythewise wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

I am a liberal. Please do not attack me. I hate PETA too.
But I also can't help recognizing that all of your comments are tilted so far right that they make Mussolini look like Leon Trotski.
Put down the Bill O'reilly memoirs and go learn something that's actually true.
There is no need to turn this very good article into a discussion about illegal immigrants, just because you don't have anything on-topic to add to the discussion. You don't know anything about illegal immigration and the root causes of it. And in fact, you don't know anything about what is being discussed in this article. All you knew is that you saw "PETA" in the title and your Sean Hannity glands started salivating.
What is it with you types of people, and how do you not see how one dimensional your character is? Why don't you try, just once, to NOT fit the negative stereotype of hunters? Add something instead of subtracting. Read a novel that isn't written by Tom Clancy. See something from ANOTHER point of view.
Stop writing in "Ted Nugent" on the ballot in your local elections.

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from tleichty1989 wrote 30 weeks 3 days ago

fishing and hunting have been a way of life for years I hate that an organization can be against something so pure and more a part of life than being against animal products altogether.

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from MichaelIn Seattle wrote 29 weeks 21 hours ago

I completely agree, Kirk. Is there any way you could start a petition or sign-up online that like-mindedly individuals can sign on to that could be sent to Patagonia/Chouinard showing how many aren't happy being a recipient? And also to the companies that sign up for 1% for the Planet. Perhaps a competing organization could be started - "x% for the Environment" or "x% for Nature" - that organizations opposed to PETA's receiving funding could sign on instead of 1% for the Planet? And perhaps contacting all the hunting & fishing sites that donate to alert them to the fact the money they donate is going, in part, to fund PETA.

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from Animalsdeserverights wrote 18 weeks 1 hour ago

Peta's ad is brilliant. They are showing that fish are no different than cats and dogs. All animals deserve the right to live in a happy worry free environment. Many of you arguments are idiotic to think that peta is against conservation. PETA's goal is to stop the in humane treatment of all animals. The UN conservation agency stated that over 20% of greenhouse gases are being fueled by factory farming which is what peta is trying to end. Also the conservation groups would need less money to conserve lakes and rivers if they didn't need to help keep amount of fish at a high enough rate. Overfishing is the cause of lack of diversity in bodies of water. Also the reason peta is against all fishing is that most fish caught will die within the next few days, including the ones released because of the damage occurred when they are hooked. When I registered for this page I saw that the environment is one of the things that this site supports but with this article it points the opposite direction. Next time before you post something learn the facts before you post a biased uneducated response to something that is supposedly something this site supports.

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from Rhythm Rider wrote 30 weeks 5 days ago

While I hardly think PETA is an organization worth supporting, I say big deal. 1 of 3300 organizations equals about .04%, so the new slogan should be "1% for the planet, .04% of that to some idiots....hey, we're not perfect"

It's not going to stop me from buying gear from someone that makes good gear and supports an organization that supports 99.96% good.

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