By mattdentler | Matt Dentler's Blog April 10, 2009 at 3:24AM
If this news hadn't come 10 days after April Fool's, I would have been sure it was a joke. But, no. CNN reports that PETA made a request to seminal synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys that they rename themselves "Rescue Shelter Boys." Complete detachment from reality, or another PETA publicity stunt? From the CNN article:
The organization, the People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA), sent a letter to Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe acknowledging that its request, at first blush, might appear "bizarre." But, by changing its name, the band could raise awareness at every tour stop of the "cramped, filthy conditions" that breeders keep animals in before selling them to pet stores, PETA said in its letter.
The duo, which has performed under its current name for more than 20 years, reproduced PETA's written request in full on its Web site.