I’m a little surprised that in this day and age, there are still people who hang out at playhouses and theaters in order to rough up people wearing fur. PETA has nothing better to do, however, which is not a surprise. That they would stoop to such low tactics as these is also not surprising:

Animal rights advocates will single out small children at performances of “The Nutcracker” in the next few weeks by handing out fliers saying “Your Mommy Kills Animals” to youngsters whose mothers are wearing fur.

The fliers include a color drawing of a woman plunging a large bloody knife into the belly of a terrified rabbit. The fliers urge kids to “ask your mommy how many dead animals she killed to make her fur clothes.

“And the sooner she stops wearing fur, the sooner the animals will be safe. Until then, keep your doggie or kitty friends away from mommy – she’s an animal killer.”

This is fucking sick. That’s the only word I can think of for it. Isn’t there some kind of law against accosting children in public places?

Showing a gory, violent drawing of animal slaughter to children, and lying to them about their mothers having personally killed the animals in their fur coat, and that mommy secretly longs to murder the family pets to make fur coats from their pelts? This is beyond disgusting. I’d punch somebody who tried to give something like that to my child.

And what about leather? This article mentions only fur, but leather comes from slaughtered animals, too. There’s a good chance that almost everyone attending that ballet has something on them made of leather; shoes, purse, coat, etc. Why not target them at the same time, and including a nice, juicy drawing of mommy skinning a dead cow?

Why are strangers allowed to bother children like this? Isn’t this illegal? Using kids as pawns in the ideological wars between adults is cowardly and only highlights the lack of a persuasive argument on PETA’s part. Yes, PETA, we get it. We understand you don’t like people wearing fur. We don’t care. Get over it.

Update: More discussion of this here.

45 Responses to “PETA Targets Little Kids At Nutcracker Performance”
  1. M. says:

    Was it 2 yrs ago or 3 yrs when all of PETA’s celebrity spokespersons headed for fasion week in NY when leather and fur made it’s big fasion comeback?

  2. Patrick says:

    OMFG, I thought you were kidding (you’ve been known to parody on occasion), but this is just wrong. I’d love for a PETA fuck to try that around me. My elbow might fly out as I slip on the ice. You know how much a nose bleeds?

  3. Anne Haight says:

    I really wish I were kidding. ๐Ÿ™ The pdf of the whole flier with the comic book cover and everything is quite astonishing, as is the rhetoric that accompanies it on the PETA website.

  4. Bill says:

    Just out of spite, I feel like veal tonight. Or lamb.

  5. Bill says:

    now that I thought of it, what is to stop people from printing pictures of mommy and daddy throwing people into plastic shredders because they were pro-Saddam… Sauce for the cute little goosie, is gravy for the adorable little gander. Fluff Fluff Wiggle Wiggle.

  6. Anne Haight says:

    I never liked the taste of lamb, personally. I like veal, although after learning more about where it comes from, it sort of grosses me out.

    Turkeys, on the other hand, are vicious little bastards and deserve to be eaten.

  7. Low-Tech Redneck says:

    If it weren’t for the fact they try to scare the bejeezus out of little kids, PETA’s continuing slide into the fringiest of fringe movements would be downright funny

  8. Sigivald says:

    Fanatics don’t care that they’re being cruel to children or replacing any attempt at persuasive argument with emotional propaganda.

    They are, after all, fanatics.

  9. Robert Hawk says:

    Re leather; if they were to throw red paint on leather wearing bikers, there might be some personal danger involved. Much safer to go after rich(?) white women.

  10. Destiny says:

    Your comments are a perfect display of your ignorance. No one is “picking on” “scaring” or “being cruel” to children. Peta is simply informing them of the truth in a graphic manner. Although their mother’s don’t personally kill the animals, THE MONEY THEY SPEND ON FUR IS FUNDING IT. They aren’t “targeting” the children, they are INFORMING THEM OF THE TRUTH. I think this is an excellent way to inform the younger generations of the HORRIFIC truth, before their hearts turn cold like your own. As for your comments about leather, thanks for the reminder. I hope PETA goes after leather wearers next.I can’t believe in this day and age there are still poeople ignorant and classless enough to wear the skins of inhumanely murdered animals as a display of their wealth. Fur should have been left behind with the neanderthals. But I am sure you are far too ignorant to realize this as well as too selfish and narrow minded to see anyone elses point anyway.

  11. Destiny says:

    Furthermore, I find it amusing that even an old bitty like you, Anne, admits that the fur industry is terrifying. It is a bloody, scary industry that even adults don’t like to acknowledge. It is time we all stop turning a blind eye and put a stop to this gruesome reality. It is closed minded morons like yourself that egg on other morons to make a mockery of the suffering that goes on. You should be ashamed of the ignorance and selfishness you display.

  12. anniebortion says:

    So Destiny, what you are really saying is that its quite alright to shove that flyer into 3 and 4 year old children’s faces and give them nightmares for years to come.
    Brilliant.

  13. mjmbme says:

    TO DESTINY:
    First thing I have to say is that someone should alert the child protection agency in case you have children. If they do, they need to be taken away from you RIGHT NOW!
    Next: YOUR comments only show that your ignorance – nay – stupidity! is proof and reason for the above to come true, if some DUNCE ever knocks you up!
    YOUR QUOTE: “no one is picking on, scaring or being cruel to children.
    Do you really believe that after a child spends a few blissfull moments with his parents or parent during the hustle and bustle and excitement of the BIGGEST holiday season, having some group of STRANGERS shatter that moment by giving this child a comic book that says thier mother is a murderer will not affect that child? YOU ARE A SICKO!

  14. mjmbme says:

    TO DESTINY: You sick, sick person. You go on to say that PETA is only telling them the truth, then immediately contradict that by saying that the mothers dont actually kill the animals!
    That is scientific proof that your cranium has been the repository for intestinal backup. You contadict yourself over and over which only prooves that you DONT HAVE A CLUE and are simply “parroting” whatever PETA has drilled into whatever few brain cells remain.
    YOUR QUOTE: “I think this is an excellent way to inform the younger generations of the HORRIFIC truth, before their hearts turn cold like your own.” Whats it gonna do, warm thier little hearts to be told Mommy is a MURDERER AND KEEP THE PETS AWAY FROM HER! If you ever participate in this vile act of handing those comics out…YOU are the murderer, for it will surely kill the unconditional LOVE of a child for a parent. And you think this is EXCELLENT! If you had any sense you’d be crying your eyes out right now, but you are probably just mad because I am defending our innocent human children over the ANIMALS!

    Mark

  15. Anne Haight says:

    No one is “picking on” “scaring” or “being cruel” to children.

    I don’t really see how you can look at the picture in my blog entry and say that with a straight face.

    Peta is simply informing them of the truth in a graphic manner. Although their mother’s don’t personally kill the animals, THE MONEY THEY SPEND ON FUR IS FUNDING IT. They aren’t “targeting” the children, they are INFORMING THEM OF THE TRUTH.

    You just finished admitting that this flyer is essentially lying. If PETA wants to spread truth, they should actually tell the truth instead of using hysterical scare tactics and shoving such awful cartoons in kids’ faces.

    I think this is an excellent way to inform the younger generations of the HORRIFIC truth, before their hearts turn cold like your own.

    More precisely, it is a way of imprinting a graphic and violent image in a child’s mind when they are at an impressionable and naive age, which shapes their emotional responses to the issue and influences their adult attitudes by appealing to gut emotion instead of intellect.

    This is simply how people who don’t really have a logical argument try to persuade others.

    I can’t believe in this day and age there are still poeople ignorant and classless enough to wear the skins of inhumanely murdered animals as a display of their wealth. Fur should have been left behind with the neanderthals.

    I assume you are talking about countries like America and those in Europe. Not everyone on the planet is wealthy enough (as a society and not just individuals) to have cheaper alternatives to fur and leather.

    Things like animal rights and pollution control are luxuries that only post-industrial nations can afford. Developing countries have higher priorities, such as clean drinking water for everyone, sewer systems, plumbing, safe food supplies. Little things like that.

    Leather is a staple material in many countries not just for clothes, but other items. It is highly durable and easy to obtain. Fur is vital for the survival of people in cold climates. Along with wool and down, it remains among the very best cold-weather clothing. Synthetics have yet to approach it in quality, at least without being ridiculously expensive.

    Even in modern countries, fur and leather have legitimate value as materials for the manufacture of a variety of things. Leather is ideal for many kinds of shoes because it breathes, is flexible without losing its shape, conforms to an individual’s foot shape for better comfort, and is easy to work. Fur is a good material for lining boots and coats that is much superior in heat-retention than other stuff. If you’ve ever worn fur-lined boots in a cold mountain winter, you’d know what I mean. ๐Ÿ™‚

    But I am sure you are far too ignorant to realize this as well as too selfish and narrow minded to see anyone elses point anyway.

    Then why waste your breath by saying so? Or does that just make you feel superior?

  16. Anne Haight says:

    Furthermore, I find it amusing that even an old bitty like you, Anne, admits that the fur industry is terrifying.

    *reviews blog entry*

    Hmm. I don’t see where I said that.

    It is a bloody, scary industry that even adults don’t like to acknowledge. It is time we all stop turning a blind eye and put a stop to this gruesome reality. It is closed minded morons like yourself that egg on other morons to make a mockery of the suffering that goes on. You should be ashamed of the ignorance and selfishness you display.

    Things that are bloody and scary are not necessarily immoral or avoidable.

    Take slaughterhouses, for example. We raise and kill animals for food. The process is not very pretty. I doubt I would be able to do it personally. But it used to be perfectly commonplace for people to raise their own livestock and kill it themselves, butcher, and eat it. In many parts of the US, that is still the case.

    But I would not argue that killing and eating cows is immoral simply because it is a bloody and disgusting process. The way the laws are written, the slaughter is performed humanely, with as little suffering on the animals’ part as possible (the reality of this industry is somewhat less ideal, but I’m not talking about that right now).

    As I said, what I’ve learned about the production of veal makes me personally averse to eating it. But I would not deny that pleasure to others who do not feel the same way. I can sit at a table with someone eating veal and not be offended.

    It’s biologically normal for humans to eat meat. I see nothing wrong with doing so from a moral perspective.

  17. cyberdog says:

    ?Security Code??

    Anyways… I was about to say that I really wish ppl would chill out on all this Holy Innocent Chillen stuff. It’s getting real old.

    Wanna know something? If I saw one of those Sacred Urchins lost and crying in the street, I sure as hell wouldn’t “accost ” it. Hell no. And have some psycho-parent accuse me of gawdknows what? Keep your damn virus oozing petri-dishes away from me!

    As for lil’ chillen being doomed to bunny slaughter nightmares for life ….. puleeze… That’s just plain tabloid rhetoric (prolly back by tabloid science).

    As for PETA. (the group not the bread)…. Like all activists they go overboard. But let the activist who has not farted a Limbaugh make the first stink.

    Fur is only one of PETA’s many campaigns and most of their campaigns are IMNVH opinion a point well-taken. I would point out that they have allies among both Evangelical groups (ya know, Noah and all…to say nothing of Saint Francis) and Eco-groups pushing for sustainable farming etc.

    One day mankind will look back with shame and horror at its mistreatment of animals… provided of course we ourselves aren’t reduced to mere things in GlobFac. (Global Factory). Almost every day there is an additional scientific study proving up more sentient consciousness among animals that we specio-centric evolutionary mutants ever dreamed of.

    Moreover, if anyone would bother to check out serious web sites on humane-farming, and sustainable-farming they would find out that these things are NOT incompatible with development. On the contrary; what hurts 3rd and 4th world countries most is adherence to methods which are NOT humane, sustainable and eco- friendly.

    My one beef (ahem….) with PETA is it’s proselytizing vegeterianism. I think that confuses belly-button issues with environmental and humane issues. A whole variety of creatures from ants to animals kill **for food**. I don’t think nature can be forced into a totally pacifist man-made mold. The question is really how are animals treated while they are alive, not the second or two it takes to kill them (for food, I stress).

    The conditions in which animals are kept (before being sanitizingly packaged) is repulsive, disgusting, appalling and enfuriating to anyone who has a scintilla of humane feeling. It simply ought not to be.

    To anyone who dismisses these concerns as “bleeding heart liberalism” I will say , as any good Catholic knows, the human heart bleeds. If it doesn’t bleed, it ain’t human and has sunk to a deadened, material level.

  18. Helen says:

    Okay, PETA, time to pack up and go home. Why? Not only are these people exposing violent images to children, but nobody cares, okay? I mean, if we DID care, I would have heard about this by now. Besides, are little kids really going to think that their mom kills rabbits? That’s a no-brainer.

  19. Snow White says:

    PETA is jus trying to show that fur is wrong.. and all that shit. the way the animals r treated.. that fuckin negative energy. fear,pain,suffering.. all of that.. it has to be passed on to us. Fuckin goto the site.. watch the clips of how our so called “good” meat is treated. Its sick.. the card they gave the kids is right.. but no to kids. That is wrong.

  20. Chumley says:

    Just a little observation of mine, but well over half of the PETA members I’ve known (at least the loud proclamatory ones) have inevitably been utilizing leather belts, shoes, wallets, etc.. on a regular basis. Many would also happily consume a bowl of Jello with no second thoughts.

    My point:
    Members of extremist political propaganda driven organizations tend to be morons. They take what ever bit of fluff was handed to them last as gospel and run screaming through the streets so all can know the evils inherent in our daily lives. The truth is we do far more harm through ecological protection than we do by common practices on an individual basis. I honestly believe one should be willing to slaughter an animal if you are willing to eat it, but then again I see no problem in this practice myself and if anything think it brings a greater sense of thankfullnes for what one does consume. If not for hunters and trappers many of the animals “slaughtered senselessly for the use of mankind” would instead be over populated and starve, or perish of wide spread diseases. We’ve taken out nearly all natural predators, and as such have a duty to fulfill that role ourselves or watch the further decline of the eco systems so badly damaged by the spread of mankind. This doesn’t address captive bred animals, but then PETA doesn’t seem to have much of a problem with pets in the home, a rather unnatural and limiting environment in itself.

    For those of you suporting the PETA comic, you should be ashamed of yourselves, no child should be subjected to imagery like that. You should also do a little real research and determine for yourselves what right and wrong is, not accept as fact anything handed out on a street corner.

  21. Random Joe says:

    The whole idea behind PETA is flawed. Being a vegan is dangerous for your health. I say censor the PETA!

  22. Leylee says:

    I came across this page while doing some research for one of my classes… First off, I love internet fights, they always make me laugh. Pointless insults flying back and forth, it’s great. So why not add my own thoughts? I am a vegetarian. I have several different reasons for this, of which I will not go into detail at this time. I am not vegan; I don’t think I could handle that sort of lifestyle change. True vegans seem to be borderline insane at times (I read about a vegan who wouldn’t eat another vegan’s bread because she used the wrong kind of yeast, that seems pretty ridiculous to me).

    The more and more research I do, the more my perspectives and opinions change. One thing I find amusing is how people seem to think soymilk is disgusting… but cow’s milk isn’t? I would rather drink a liquid made from beans than a liquid secretion from some animal that is bound to be a cocktail of pus and blood and an assortment of drugs and hormones. I don’t know anyone who would want to drink another human’s breast milk. To be fair, I wouldn’t drink a glass of soymilk plain. But I do like it in my coffee, it adds a good flavor. Besides, I am somewhat lactose intolerant, so I’d rather not put cream in my coffee.

    People in general purposely maintain their ignorance. My friend loves steak. He doesn’t want to know how inhumanely the cow was slaughtered (skinned alive? they are supposed to stun the animals, but to reach the day’s quota, workers often don’t have time). He doesn’t want to know how many drugs it’s become saturated with throughout the cow’s lifetime (growth hormones, antibiotics to keep the animals alive in conditions that would normally kill them or render them extremely ill). He doesn’t want to know how unsanitary the conditions under which it was slaughtered were (it’s not unusual for feces to contaminate meat when workers remove the intestines; sometimes they burst). Meat is riddled with bacteria. That’s why we cook meat, so that we don’t get sick. But most people, even if you tell them all the facts, show them the proof, are going to let it pass in through one ear and out the other. Most people would rather not take the time to change.

    So what is a person to do? I’m not planning on preaching to the public about what they need to do. I can live with my friends eating meat, although I think the world would be a lot better if we ate less of it, if not cutting it out entirely. I still wear the suede shoes I bought before ever going vegetarian. I’m not going to dress like a hippie and eat tofu. There are better tasting substitutes than tofu. We as a culture are far too dependent on the meat and dairy industry.

    Most people think it’s necessary to drink milk to get your calcium. The dairy industry sure tells you that. But what they leave out is that the amount of protein in milk renders that calcium useless. No wonder that America has one of the highest rates of dairy consumption, yet also has some of the highest rates of osteoporosis and bone fractures. If you eat your vegetables, you will get your calcium and keep it too. One cup of broccoli has the same amount of calcium as a cup of milk. I’ve known this for years, yet nobody believes me when I tell them. If you did the research, you’d find out for yourself that this is the truth.

    Well, I’m done ranting. Oh, and about PETA. They have good intentions, but that whole comic thing at the beginning? That’s going too far. I support PETA as far as their intentions and support for what’s right, but their actions get out of hand. Yet who can blame them? Nobody wants to listen. Everyone’s too self absorbed to give a flying fuck about the real issues out there. It’s the same reason voter turnout has been at such all time lows. Nobody cares anymore. George dubya is a greedy s.o.b. who only cares about himself, but we elected him anyway (or did we? but nobody cares much about that either). We are so out of touch.

  23. outtathaway6 says:

    oh my fucking god. thats horrible!!! that makes me wanna skin the fucking peta people and wear their skin as coats. yeah, thats gross, but u get my point.

  24. people eat tasty animals says:

    Come on! PETA is stupid! I love meat, and I eat meat at least once a week. Vegetables are good, but humans are omniviores, they eat both meat and vegies. Also they could live off of roots, or fish. Everything on Earth is here for a reason. The cycle of life, God made this.People are ment to survive with stuff on Earth. If anyone from PETA gave me a comic like the one above, I will beat the shit out of them. That is just sick, and untrue. Also if we can’t eat meat, what about other animals that eat meat? Lions, tigers, hawks…
    Oh, and do PETA care about the little insects? what about bug, or bacteria? SHoulnd’t they be treated fair? If animals have same rights as people, then so do trees, bugs, and other organisms. P.E.T.A ( People eat tasty animals) HAHA!

  25. Unique says:

    well, mothers could be honest with their children about where their fur comes from. Unless they are ashamed? If a child wants to know the horrorable treatment an animal goes through so someone wearing a coat could look rediculous anyway. I say be honest. Help the child research it and maybe you could learn something too.
    BTW- Turkey’s are not viscious animals. How many have you gotten to know? and to say they deserve to be eaten? you deserve to be punched in the face. Anything animal or human that has the ability to suffer deserves to be treated with respect.

  26. Crystal says:

    I think a lot of you are idiots. No i am not a vegitarian but if you knew what a lot of these animals went through to end up on your plate its sickening. Sure they didnt need to be so gory if the children are very young but hell kids are having sex nowadays at 12-13 so maybe they are old enough to know. The animals DO SUFFER when they are skinned for fur. Do you think they humanely put them to sleep and than skin them? Hell no! and as for the veal comment. Did you know that they put baby cows in little crates so they cannot move… makes the meat more tender.. they are than killed still as youngsters just so you can enjoy veal.

    fur video
    http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=fur_farm

  27. Kevin says:

    haha, I have one of those flyers. I like it. A better campaign would be to skin children and wear them until their mommies stopped wearing fur.

  28. passing by says:

    Great now!Seems that wasn’t enough. They even got a second part:

    Daddy kills animals:

    http://www.fishinghurts.com/pdfs/DaddyKillsAnimals.pdf

  29. anonymous contributor says:

    this is even more wrong than “DADDY KILLS ANIMALS!”
    well, yeah. he does actually kill the fish, but mommy doesn’t. she only buys it. i wish PETA would just stop caring.

  30. anonymous contributor says:

    Hey look. More reasons for me to hate PETA…

  31. Kelly says:

    killing animals for fur is wrong.
    animal cruelty is wrong.
    yes we need food for survival but their are way of going about it.
    some of you make me sick.
    some of you have valid points.
    bottom line animal crulety is wrong.
    “The victim feels the suffering in his own mind and body, whereas the victimizer … can be quite unaware of that suffering. The sword does not feel the pain that it inflicts.”

  32. chao129 says:

    peta is worse than the borg, I mean at least the borg tell you that they will assimilate you into a mindless drone.

  33. Rabbid Rooster says:

    I have a lot of respect for PETA because they are fighting for what they beleive in, but handing out that comic to little kids is fucked up. That is some sick looking shit on the cover of that flyer.It’s true that people should be informed about fur and where it comes from, but don’t blow it out of proportion by telling children tht their moms are the one’s killing the animals.PETA went pretty low by telling children that crap. They know people in their teens and above have already made up their minds about whether they want to eat meat or not and crap like that, so they thought “Hey if we can’t get to them we’ll get to the kids so they can start being mini- veggie heads and spread the word about animal cruelty”. I think people should be left to make up their own minds and if you do decide to become a vegetarian then good for you (I Guess). As for me, I eat meat on a daily basis and I plan to keep it that way.

    P.S. I thought that, “People Eat Tasty Animals” was fucking hilarious!

  34. Glass Onion says:

    i’m with the rooster!

  35. Izzy says:

    I’m a veggie, and a PETA supporter, but I really need to know if all these rumors are true…or are they made up? I don’t think its okay to enforce your views on small children…but boycotting meat, and fur, and leather etc. is okay…I guess…Does PETA really kill their animals???

  36. Dark-Star says:

    Using an R-rated picture like this to get little children to ‘ask their mommies’ about an issue is perverted.

    I protest cruel treatment to animals. I also protest foisting blood and gore on kids.

  37. Volodymyr says:

    PEtA is just a bunch of unhumane people, who may consider themselves educated, but are refusing to use their logic and morality. They support just animals in this world, there’s no place for humans in their little shitty universe. I tell them this, I am human and I love animals, but I don’t want them to intrude our lives with such disgusting actions. half of them belongs to the insane asylum, the other half is candidate for prisons, and well deserved.

  38. Wildbird says:

    Any parent who catches these PETA jerks handing that out to their kids should be allowed to punch that PETA jerk right in the kisser i mean PETA is antifamily antiparent they should be absolutly and positivly destroyed they are extremists

  39. Emiayu says:

    Listen, hurting any living creature human or animal is WRONG. And you know what the fur industry is a horrid thing and children need to know about this. Besides, I saw all kinds of stuff like this when I was young and you know what? I have never had any nightmares. I am not traumatized. You can’t shelter kids forever and most 5-8 years olds today know the word fuck. It isn’t right, but it’s the truth.

  40. LA says:

    Now PETA says that only human milk should be used for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s has rejected this idea. Thank goodness that someone in the world is still showing signs of sanity!

    (How about a scoop of Triple Niple, anyone?)

  41. Lola says:

    Hell yes, Peta’s campaigns are a bit extreme, but that said, desperate times call for desperate measures.

    Open your eyes and see only a small part of how 2 million dogs and cats get exported for the fur trade every year. We need to do something, this is reality.
    Horrific scenes of how it’s actually done will drive you into doing something, even if it’s only in your own small way by spreading the awareness and obliterating ignorance.

    Warning: Not for sensitive viewers. ( I can hardly watch 5 seconds into it).

    (The hyperlink doesn’t seem to be working so please copy and paste into your browser.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueBWi8BL0PQ

  42. SPURWING PLOVER says:

    Will PETA also object that in THE NUTCRACKER he kills the evil mouse king?

  43. Condor says:

    Then all parents should be on guard to prevent PETA from brainwashing their kids with their philoephies

  44. GIGeoff says:

    I Eat Meat, wear leather, and i love to fish. If PETA wants to shove this stuff in my face, or one of my little cousins (Way more likely) i can guarantee i will have something a little more powerful coming back their way. little more powerful coming their way. The thing that really makes me mad about PETA is when they compared the killing of animals for food or skin, to the holocaust. Thats when i was thinking of putting their heads on the block, and then asking if their lives were worth more than all the people who died in The Halocaust. How bout it PETA?? Wanna put your head up there for the cause? Soulless bastards…

  45. AnimalsareYummy says:

    Im gonna put on my leather boots, leather gloves, my rabbit fur hat, and grab my fishing poles…gonna go catch some shiners, cut them up into chunks and use them to catch some catfish for dinner…then when I get home Im gonna biol down some whale blubber to make oil for my lamps. I think ill have my mommy kill a bunny for dinner tomorrow, buahahaha!

    http://www.petakillsanimals.com/ <——— PETA KILLS ANIMALS !

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