LAST CALL: Humane Society infested by varmints

Greek philosopher and all-around party guy Diogenes Laertius once

advised. "Know thyself." Of course, that was almost 2000 years ago, so

you won't mind if we offer this updated version: "Know thy

customer."



Alas, if only our advice had come sooner for Hunter3D. com, purveyors of

a line of video games known as "The American Hunting Series."



The dot-com sent out an e-mail last month alerting potential customers

to a sale. "Varmint Hunter," a game in which digitally created

flannel-clad characters hunt, well, varmints, was going for a mere

$19.95 (that's $5 off the normal price,

bargain-hunters).



Trouble is, the e-mail must have been sent out pretty randomly. Rachel

Querry, deputy director of media relations for the Humane Society of the

United States, who alerted PRWeek, told us that the several members of

her team who'd received the offer probably wouldn't be taking advantage

of it.



"I don't think we will be placing any orders," she sniffed.



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