PETA Australia has asked revered Australian band Hunters and Collectors to change their name in a desperate publicity ploy.
The animal activists sent the band a ludicrous letter suggesting they consider a "namelift" ahead of the duck-hunting season.
Among their clunky alternatives for a moniker the band have worn proudly since 1981 was the rather insulting "Hunters & Collectors of Antiques", the retro-revival themed "Hunters & Collectors of Vinyl Records" and the gobsmackingly awful "Hunters & Collectors of Beer Cans".
Their letter was also timed to coincide with the band's reunion concert at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
PETA's associate director of campaigns admitted the exercise of asking the band to change their name "is for the birds" but spun the publicity stunt as being for "the ducks and other birds who are shot, many of whom die slowly from their wounds."
The band are on their way to finish rehearsals for their concert at Saturday night.
The letter PETA sent said
"Dear Mark, John, Doug, Jack, Rob, Barry, Jeremy, and Michael,
I hope this letter finds you well. On the eve of the duck-hunting season, we at PETA Australia have a request that may help save lives: Would you consider changing the name of your band to discourage people from hunting animals?
We feel sure that it was never your intention to promote the killing of intelligent, sensitive, and defenceless animals, but your name may nevertheless make hunting seem appealing to your fans.
Nearly 300,000 Australian waterbirds face an agonising death during hunting season, which opens in Victoria and Tasmania next week and is already underway in South Australia. This season, bag limits have increased to 10 ducks per day in Victoria, even though the waterbird population is the lowest it has been in 34 years. Horrifyingly, one in every four ducks shot is left to die slowly and painfully, sometimes of starvation or thirst, and many birds not considered "legal game" will be killed in the crossfire.
As your Adelaide reunion show is coming up, now is the perfect time for a band namelift. Might you consider "Hunters & Collectors of Antiques", "Hunters & Collectors of Vinyl Records", or even "Hunters & Collectors of Beer Cans" as possible replacements? You could even enlist the help of your fans to crowdsource the holy grail of names on social media.
Do you see what we see? By agreeing to change your name, you would help raise awareness of the cruelty inherent in hunting waterbirds and give ducks a fighting chance."
The band's fans, who allegedly find hunting appealing according to PETA, vehemently disagreed with the organisation's attempt to rope Hunters and Collectors into their anti-duck hunting campaign.
PETA - wanting Hunters and Collectors to change their band name - no doubt the funniest thing ill hear today— Ben Krahe (@benkrahe) March 2, 2017
Comedian Miles Glaspole joked on Twitter that "I'm pretty sure PETA thinks that Hunters and Collectors are a Shooters, Fishers & Farmers splinter group."
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