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 |  Mar 08 2011, 9:15 AM

Last week Mazda announced what might be the most bizarre recall to date, issuing a safety bulletin for its Mazda6 sedans after it was determined spider webs in the fuel system could cause a fire.

If you own one of the 65,000 affected models you could simply bring the car in to your nearest Mazda dealer to have the problem rectified, but PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has another suggestion: give the car to them.

Not only will PETA work to find the spiders a new home, but they’ll use the car to aid in animal rescue.

Giving away a perfectly good car with one miniscule recall is a bit extreme, but if you’re in a generous mood, or simply can live with the thought of those creepy crawlies in your car, then PETA’s plan isn’t a bad one. In fact, it might be the most sane thing PETA’s done in quite some time.

 |  Aug 09 2010, 5:02 PM

Dodge may have gone bananas with a recent television commercial, and it’s got PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) a-peeling to the automotive company’s better sense to pull the ad. But will Dodge swing into action? (Ok, we are done with the monkey jokes – we just couldn’t help ourselves).

The ad in question promotes Dodge’s “Tent Event” deals on the 2010 Charger, Journey and Grand Caravan. It stars a monotone narrator who plugs the deal and says that the “event could not be more amazing.” He’s upstaged by a chimpanzee that depresses the bar on a detonator, followed by a confetti explosion. PETA didn’t think it was amazing at all.

According to the group, when primates are chosen to become animal actors, they are routinely separated from their mothers prematurely. Furthermore, PETA claims that animals in the entertainment industry are beaten while in training and are generally sold to “seedy roadside zoos” when they are too large or old.

The ad was an innocent act only trying to be humorous,” Kristin Starnes, head of Dodge brand communications told The Los Angeles Times. “In no way did the brand intend to promote any questionable practices.”

Chrysler has decided to edit the ad, thanks to several complaints from animal activists and PETA. They had also planned a print campaign featuring the chimp, but has canceled it for the time being.

“PETA applauds Dodge’s decision to distance itself from cruelty to apes that are used and abused in entertainment,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Public attitudes about animals are changing for the better, so steering clear of ads that exploit animals is good for business too.”

[Source: Internet Autoguide]