I'm also uncomfortable with the following paragraph:
Hard as it may be to understand for those who were deeply upset by this campaign, I was bowled over by the negative reception by many in the Jewish community. It was both unintended and unexpected. The PETA staff who proposed that we do it were Jewish, and the patronage for the entire endeavor was Jewish. We were careful to use Jewish authors and scholars and quotes from Holocaust victims and survivors. And since Judaism has some of the strongest teachings regarding compassion for animals among the monotheistic faiths, I truly believed, as did the Jewish staff members who proposed the exhibit, that a large segment of the Jewish community would support it.The old 'We're not anti-Semitic, there were Jews on our side (-- and it was their idea!)' line.... Yet again, even if true, this argument shows that PETA simply has zero understanding of the Jewish community and its sensitivities.
Nevertheless -- and I mean this -- at least they are trying, and apologizing to the best extent that they perhaps can within their ideology. Perhaps they feel that after the Rubashkin/Postville business, where they were an unpopular messenger even for many Jews who admitted they were right and that there were abuses going on at the abattoir, that their relationship with the Jewish community has deteriorated to the point that it needs some repair. Any effort in that direction is welcome.