BAYONNE, N.J. - An animal-rights group wants to use a Hudson County lighthouse and two others in Michigan to publicize what it says are the horrors of killing fish for food and sport.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it wants to use the Robbins Reef Lighthouse in Bayonne as national headquarters for its "Fish Empathy Project."

PETA sent a letter yesterday to the acting director of the National Park Service notifying him of its bid to take over the lighthouse under terms of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. The other lighthouses are on Lake Michigan in Grand Haven, Mich.

PETA, based in Norfolk, Va., said its plan calls for educational displays and a cafe serving items such as mock fish sticks. - AP