PETA: We'll Take Your Spider-Infested Mazda, Thanks

March 7, 2011
2010 Mazda Mazda6

2010 Mazda Mazda6

Last week's oddball recall of some of the company's sedans has the non-animal-eaters at PETA getting grabby with your Mazda.

The recall, which affects some 52,000 Mazda6 sedans worldwide, involves the four-door and the Yellow Sac spider, which apparently loves the smell of gas so much that it's attracted to the Mazda, which has dual gas-vents lines that emit enough vapor to draw in the spider. The spider can build webs inside the line, leading to fuel-tank leaks and cracks.

Huffing arachnids are bad enough, but now PETA's trying to put them in rehab and to score some free cars for its own agenda. The group said today it would gladly accept freely donated Mazdas affected by the recall--and would try to free the creatures from the emissions system and release them in the woods near its headquarters in Virginia.

If you've seen A&E's Intervention, you know the fail rate's pretty, um....high for problem spiders like these, but PETA thinks it has the right approach.

"It's a win-win situation for compassionate people who suffer from arachnophobia, one of the most common phobias," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.

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