Although they supposedly exist to promote the ethical treatment of animals, anyone who’s got a pulse and a brain knows PETA is a stark raving mad organization fully engrossed with getting their name in the news by any means necessary. In fact, their shock-and-awe tactics are usually so outrageous and despicable that any message about the ethical treatment of animals is destroyed.
It didn’t help when news outlets like the Huffington Post busted the supposed animal rights champion for euthanizing 96 percent of all the animals they take in—they have killed almost 30,000 cats, dogs and other domestic animals in the last decade, with statistics from the Virginia Department for Agriculture and Consumer Services to back it up. With a record like that, it’s pretty laughable to consider PETA a legitimate lobbying organization.
Most recently, PETA bull rushed its way into headlines by declaring its interest in pursuing drones to stalk hunters in the field, saying it will have “impressive new weapons at its disposal to combat those who gun down deer and doves.” It apparently wants to monitor “those who are out in the woods with death on their minds.” According to a statement released by PETA president Ingrid Newkirk, “Slob hunters may need to rethink the idea that they can get away with murder, alone out there in the woods with no one watching.”
Before that, PETA campaigned against Mario and Pokemon for their evil turtle smashing video games, sued SeaWorld on behalf of several “slaves” (i.e. killer whales) and started their own XXX porn site (no, we didn’t make that one up). PETA is also infamous for its use of lewd public displays of sadomasochism, throwing blood on people wearing fur or showing up nude to a host of public events. We’ve cataloged their obscenity with our 10 ridiculously stupid PETA campaigns, giving you one more reason to toss PETA out like the decades old trash it is.
Case in point, the lawsuit it filed in February 2012 against SeaWorld for the use of what PETA claims is "slave labor," i.e. killer whales. The legal team representing SeaWorld echoed the seemingly obvious sentiment most semi-conscious adults share: "Neither orcas nor any other animal were included in the 'We the people'... when the Constitution was adopted." You don't say. I don't have a law degree, but I could have come to that conclusion.
PETA always finds a way to outdo itself, though. It has launched campaigns against video game characters like Mario—who so cruelly enjoys smashing turtles and wearing raccoon suits—and Pokemon, both part of the Nintendo family. As we so often remind our kids, a simple message to PETA should suffice: video games are not real. No actual raccoons were harmed in the making of Super Mario 3D Land.
In reality, PETA's policy is to use any method possible to grab people's attention, regardless of the consequences. Ironically, in trying to make people aware of animal cruelty, PETA objectifies women and treats them like a piece of meat tossed to the masses. In a world where women are gang raped and treated like a commodity millions of times a day around the world, it is unthinkably deplorable that PETA would turn women into disposable currency for their own agenda.
The result? A push for "Double D Dipple Nipple," the breast milk ice cream with double dipped gumdrops. No, we're not kidding. Much to everyone's surprise, Ben & Jerry's said no, nursing mothers said no, consumers said no and well, pretty much everybody said no. Let's all take a collective moment to shudder.
But it's not just that PETA relies on celebrities to make their case—we're talking about photos of naked celebs with a catch phrase like "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" to go with. Since research points out that erotic images send blood away from the thinking part of the brain to, uh, other regions, it's pretty likely a naked picture of Khloe Kardashian or Chad Ochocinco has got people thinking about anything but animal cruelty. If you take a look at the forums where these photos are discussed, this much is obvious.
First of all, making light of sexual or physical abuse committed against a woman is morally abhorrent. Treating a woman so rough sexually that she needs a neck brace and can barely walk is nowhere near a laughing matter. Furthermore, celebrating such an act as a benefit to going vegan does exactly the opposite of what PETA intends—it associates moral perversity with a vegan lifestyle, making you want to reject both vehemently.
This is stupidity at its height—pairing the thing you're trying to celebrate (veganism) with a morally outrageous act (sexual abuse) and wondering why people run from your organization like the plague.
What we're not for is the kind of protest PETA likes to launch—an exhibition of naked, bloodied people laying on the ground in front of a stadium to protest bull fighting. Let's face facts: if the Europeans laugh, cringe or get their jollies as protesters line the sidewalks in Pamplona (not at all ungrateful for the free display of nudity), then the message is almost completely lost. I'm sure for them seeing the naked protesters is the cherry on top of their bull fighting sundae. Once again, the connection between a bunch of naked vegans dancing around in the streets and animal cruelty are ridiculously vague at best. If anything it makes their culture seem even more unappealing and psychotic.
We're not really sure what the point of "Veggie Love" was, especially since the most offended parties after its launch were vegans. They're the first group of people to complain about PETA associating pornographic lewdness, physical abuse and exploitation of the female body with the vegan message. So if your organization is hated by so many of the people it claims to support, is your method really working? Obviously not.
A 2008 video makes this point clear, as a KKK member shows up at a AKC meeting and is told he's in the wrong place. "No, you guys are all for pure blood lines, right? This is just the place for me." Nothing like comparing dog breeders with white supremacists who terrorized African-Americans and formed lynch mobs. It doesn't get much more stupid than that.
A German court banned the practice, calling it overly offensive and said it was not protected by free speech.
Not only is it stupid that PETA is willing to waste $9,000 on a drone to harass hunters in the field, it's also illegal. But just like uncle Joe, PETA has no problem suggesting harebrained initiatives that completely ignore the law. As in Michigan, nearly every state has laws like this:
"Hunters in Michigan have the right to enjoy their sport free from unreasonable and deliberate interference from those opposed to hunting as a legitimate use of public land and other natural resources. Michigan law prohibits individuals from obstructing or interfering with the lawful taking of animals."
Bring on the drones, we say. Hunters are an industrious lot, always looking for a good challenge. Just don't blame us when the "warning shot" from our front porch or treestand happens to knock down your pricey toy helicopter. The real question is, what type of shotshell load works best on drones? Let the debate begin.
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