Television ads airing in Washington DC and New York city are chipping away at the "warm and cuddly" feeling that the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) likes to project.

The ads highlight donations made by PETA to groups on the FBI’s domestic terrorist watch list and to a convicted arsonist. PETA contends the donations were to help defray legal expenses and were not used to pay for any violent activities.

The television ads were paid for by the Center for Consumer Freedom, a non-profit group funded by restaurants, food and beverage companies.