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Compassion Over Killing Wants Facts, not Fanatics, To Turn People To 
By David Montgomery
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 8, 2003; Page C01 
Thursday and Friday evenings outside the Metro station in Foggy Bottom or 
Dupont Circle, it's time for FaunaVision. 

The side door of a white van is open to display a television screen. Hearing 
the elegiac piano soundtrack, curious about the flickering images, people on 
their way to dinner pause and watch. 
They see sows living in crates so narrow they can't turn around. 
Chickens caged for life so tightly they can't flap their wings. 
Baby chicks getting part of their beaks burned off. 
Pigs and cows dangling from chains on the slaughterhouse line, twitching. 
But this greatest-horrors collection of undercover video, shot by animal 
rights activists, contrasts with the sunny style of the group working the crowd, 
Compassion Over Killing. Clean-cut in khakis and golf shirts, they've decided 
that the animal rights message -- so often associated with shrill moralizing 
and PETA-style fake-blood-spattering guerrilla theater -- might go down better 
with a spoonful of sugar. 

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