PETA has gone too far


Photo courtesy of coolz0r

I cannot sit here and not sound off about PETA right now. Which is probably what they want, but whatever.

I was a vegetarian for two years. I started eating meat again because i felt like i was missing out on a lot that the world had to offer. But i still believe in the ethical treatment of animals. I hope i’m never associated with PETA though, because they’re complete idiots for what they’re doing right now.

I dismissed it when they went and freed a bunch of animals that wouldn’t be able to survive on their own. I chuckled a little at the “sea kittens” idea and moved along. But now they’re using sex to get attention, and it just doesn’t make any sense.

I’ve made my peace with porn. I’m okay with porn for porn’s sake. I like the Victoria’s Secret fashion show as much as the next person. Women are smart enough to make their own choices about what they want to do with their bodies. But seeing a naked woman holding a sign that says “i’d rather be naked than wear fur” galls me, because ANIMAL RIGHTS have NOTHING to do with sex. In fact, the correlation of the two is almost as gross to me as snuff films, which correlate sex and murder. I don’t want someone looking at my body and thinking of dead animals. Nor do i want someone looking at a steak and thinking of my body. Neither situation would do a fucking thing for PETA. In fact, the latter might work against them. And the former might drive me to burn them down.

It’s no secret that sex is used to sell pretty much everything – alcohol, chocolate, TIRES – but never so blatantly. Looking at photos like this, i’d think i was looking at an actual advertisement for Penthouse. Not for fucking ETHICS. Isn’t PETA in need of the attention of some pretty conservative people, anyway? Aren’t more conservative people likely to be disgusted by such liberal tactics? The only people likely to approve of these ads are extremely liberal – and probably already vegetarians. You know, maybe those people who carry around giant pictures of aborted babies should try this tactic. And maybe PETA should start carrying around big photos of slaughtered calves.

Come to think of it, maybe if i posted a photo of myself in pasties a lot of people would read my blog…

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24 thoughts on “PETA has gone too far

  1. “I started eating meat again because i felt like i was missing out on a lot that the world had to offer. But i still believe in the ethical treatment of animals.”

    While I do agree that PETA does a lot of stupid things. I would also like to make note of the stupid things written above. How can you claim that you “still believe in the ethical treatment of animals” when you eat them? Worse, you feel that you are missing out by not eating them? Wow.

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  2. As much as I love you dear, please don’t post yourself in pasties..ew. lol I must admit that the “letting animals out who couldn’t survive on their own” crap is what got to me the most. I agree with you that there are several better and more productive ways to go about making their opinions known than the crap they do. All they ever seem to accomplish is to make themselves look like fools and make an ever greater number of people hate them who otherwise didn’t mind what they were trying to do.

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  3. @Eric: I believe in the ethical treatment of animals because I sit my ass out in the middle of the woods in the middle of the winter and shoot my damned meat, gut it, and then eat it. Just like old times. I think if you have the balls to do all that yourself, then you can eat meat that other people have prepared as well.

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  4. Yeah, i’d NEVER say no to a picture of a woman in pasties. but ONLY if it is fun/thrilling/arousing/some other form of enjoyable to show your bewbs on the intarwebz.

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  5. I can see how somebody can “still believe in the ethical treatment of animals” while eating them. I have no problem with that statement at all.

    It’s nature.

    Maybe these people should be out trying to convince the next animal down on the food chain that they shouldn’t eat meat either.

    Maybe we should let all animals go free into the wild this very second? Maybe we’d just sit and watch half of them die, while watching the other half populate wildly until they start dying from their own over population?

    Sorry, I don’t want to argue over this. I guess what I was trying to say is that I agree. Also, I’m wondering when NYPD Blue is on? And what channel is not playing CSI or NCIS long enough for another cop drama? (ok, I’m done)

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  6. Peta’s been doing stupid shit for years. And using sex to sell it for a lot longer than this. Remember when I told you about my buddy who owned a ranch? Worst organization ever.

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  7. Yay porn!!! Yay pasties! Wait… You’re my sister… Wait, I’ve seen my other sister in Playboy… Ewwwwwwww….

    Btw, the “smut” films you speak of are actually called “snuff” films. Smut is a pretty common term for, well, smut. Thank god I’m the first person to point this out… I think! :-/

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  8. I knew my Big Bro would be all for this crap. 😛 Also, thanks for the correction.

    Eric – being vegetarian means NOT eating meat. In other words, REFRAINING from eating anything with meat in it. I.E. MISSING OUT. How can you even argue that? No meat substitute has the same taste and texture as meat. If you don’t eat it, you’re missing out on it. It’s not something you can deny.

    I still think animals ought to be treated humanely while they’re alive, though. I don’t think there are billions of cows up in cow heaven after their death going “dude, i’m so pissed off for what happened to me.” Let’s not cause them to suffer, but why deny ourselves the joy of partaking in what they have to offer?

    I know i’ll never be able to convince you, but that wasn’t the point of this blog entry anyway.

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  9. This may sound naive, but nudity in advertising does not necessarily equal sex in advertising. Since the topic in question is Clothing Made Of Fur, the choice not to wear clothing does seem relevant. And maybe it’s just me, but I doubt that you’re meant to associate the imagery in the ad with something in particular, since there’s no product that’s being sold (as in, for a really obvious example, Axe commercials that imply, “use our products and lots of hot chicks will want you). It may be attention-getting, but I don’t think it leverages sex to influence behavior.

    This particular campaign has also been around for a while. A quick google search leads you here: http://rosemaryamey.ca/opinion/essays/idrather.html
    which tells you similar ads been around since at least 2001.

    Personally, I find many of PETA’s other tactics more offensive. The ones you pointed out are good examples, but the one that really springs to mind is throwing red paint at people wearing fur coats. Destruction of personal property is waaaay over the line, as far as I’m concerned.

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  10. Mmmm…. tasty animals. I don’t usually rise to the bait of internet hate-comments, but for some reason, PETA brings out the worst in me.

    I too believe we should treat our all of our resources with respect. This includes our livestock. I’ve spent some time considering my thoughts on the ethical treatment of animals. I concluded that life feeds on life. I also concluded that I can wear fur and animal skins, provided I also would consume the meat of the animal in question. I’m not ignorant. I’ve weighed the impact of my eating meat vs. not and found that steak is wonderful. Especially free range, hormone free, ethically raised steak.

    For those who try to force their life choices on others, especially as ridiculously as this, I bestow upon you the official Meat of Evil. Behold, the turbaconducken: http://is.gd/8vYC

    One last observation: This is hopefully the last time I’ll encounter the discussion of pasties, snuff films, and meat substitutes in the same comment thread.

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  11. Anonymous – thanks for your point of view. I just want to point out that this isn’t the only campaign PETA is running that uses nudity, though. If you do a google image search for PETA, nearly-nude women is all you’ll see. And they’re protesting bullfighting, eating meat, the treatment of veal calves, fur… The fur thing makes a little bit of sense, but the others truly don’t. Not to me, anyway. It’s too much.

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  12. Why not eat human meat? Why deny ourselves the joy of partaking in what they have to offer? Double standards?

    Forget about PETA, think about your own fucked up thought process. It is always easy to judge others.

    By the way, have you ever thought about the purpose of partaking and your role in it?

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  13. Does it matter?: 1. We don’t cannibalize because if we kill others, we open ourselves up to being killed. It would endanger our own species and be retarded. Moot point.

    2. Aren’t you judging me right now? Why don’t you man up and tell me who you are and why exactly you think my thought process is “fucked up.”

    3. Yeah, i’ve thought a lot about it. The purpose of partaking is to enjoy life. My role in partaking is the role of the consumer. WTF are you trying to ask?

    Vegetarians fucking hate everyone, and i’d much rather be selfish than just angry all the time. It’s pointless.

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  14. ANIMAL RIGHTS have NOTHING to do with sex.

    Neither does animal rights have anything to do with treating animals with kindness. PETA is a terrorist organization that would rather kill animals than see them in happy, loving homes with decent human beings. These people are scum.

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  15. To anybody who is a vegetarian, or (worse) a big PETA supporter: How does you, me, or anybody else eating meat affect you, specifically and directly?

    I think I hear crickets chirping. Uh oh, you better go protect them from the evils of human beings! Hurry!

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  16. Look guys, some people here are bashing vegetarians. While I know I’m probably an exception to many vegetarians, I am totally okay with other people consuming meat. It’s a choice, just like it was my choice to become vegetarian.

    While people’s choice to eat meat is completely natural, considering we are omnivores, you’re right Justin G, it does not have a direct effect on me or any other vegetarians. But I can argue that it does have an indirect effect on everyone in the world. The meat industry has a really big impact on the environment, and the meat industry’s practices towards the animals are quite unethical. Check out this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/weekinreview/27bittman.html

    I would definitely go back to eating meat on occasion if I knew the meat I was eating came from a farm/company that practiced environmentally safe ranching along with proper treatment of animals. Humans do not need to eat meat as often as our American culture and many other cultures claim. We can find sources of protein in many other foods that have less of an impact on the environment. So, that’s why I will not purchase/consume meat; it is supporting an industry that is hazardous to the environment.

    I completely support omnivores, but I do not support the meat industry. I think if there were more awareness of the impact of the meat industry, perhaps some things would change. But for now, I’m comfortable in my decision and respect that others are comfortable in theirs.

    And PETA is retarded! Definitely NOT a fan.

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  17. Thanks, Vegetarian, for speaking out intelligently and without calling me stupid or fucked-up. 😉 That link you posted is really enlightening – and i’ll point out that it’s not really about animal cruelty, so i think everyone should go read it.

    It’s about the environmental impact of meat, and i think that’s really the better argument for vegetarianism. It’s the less subjective one, and it makes a better point. I also love that the article suggests that we eat LESS meat, rather than just NO meat. I think that’s completely doable, and if some local restaurants would just put a couple more veggie options on their menus it’s something that i think most people would be willing to try.

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  18. lol, Steph, we didn’t really know each other/talk in high school, but I enjoy facebooking with you, thanks for posting this. I may have to read your blog now.

    Oh, and I actually LOL’d at the pasties comment…made me think of my prom dress…(let me just say, they dont make those paste-able bras for DDs…though they say they do!)

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  19. Does anyone else remember the PETA protest that took place at Nolen Plaza during the World Pork Expo? They put 1/2 naked chicks in meat trays and covered them in fake blood.

    Meat is Murder

    I was tickled to see that various groups showed up to protest the protest some donning meat products.

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  20. EATING ANIMALS IS WRONG!!! IT’S LIKE EATING BABIES AND IF YOU CAN’T SEE THAT THEN YOU’RE AN ASS!!! SCREW YOU AND YOU’RE DELICIOUS MEAT EATING WAYS! I WOULD MUCH RATHER ARGUE POINTS OF ETHICS WHEN IT COMES TO EATING ANIMALS, SOMETHING OTHER ANIMALS DO! IT’S SICK AND WRONG TO BE MEAN TO CREATURES THAT WE FIRST TAKE CARE OF AND FEED AND PAMPER UNTIL THE TIME WE EAT THEM! IT’S ALSO WRONG FOR US TO GET A PROPER DIET OF BOTH MEAT AND VEGETABLES WHEN INSTEAD WE COULD STARVE OUR BODIES FOR THE PROPER IRONS AND PROTEINS NECESSARY!!! ALSO, MAYBE YOU DIDN’T THINK ABOUT THIS WHEN YOU POSTED THIS, BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN EAT PILLS TO MAKE UP FOR WHAT VEGETABLES CAN’T GIVE YOU. AND THOSE PILLS ARE NEVER EVER EVER MADE BY THE PEOPLE WHO TREAT THE ANIMALS UNETHICALLY! EVER! ALSO, THERE IS NO ANIMAL OVERPOPULATION ANYWHERE FOR ANY REASON EVER AND ALL WE EVER EAT ARE ENDANGERED SPECIES SO THAT’S WHY ALL THE ANIMALS ARE DEAD! IT HAS NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH HOW WE TREAT THE ENVIRONMENT! IT’S THE FARMERS WHO KILL ALL THE ANIMALS DAMNIT! MAYBE YOU SHOULD THINK BEFORE YOU POST SOMETHING WITH REASON AND THOUGHT OUT IDEAS YOU SUCKY SUCKFACE!!!

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  21. Todd – nice. 😆 I do have to point out though, that: 1. Nobody pampers those animals. They really are treated horribly, unless you’re buying meat from a very small farm where the farmers hand-tend the livestock and feed them properly. 2. It’s possible to get all the necessary nutrients from a vegetarian diet. Notice i didn’t say VEGAN. If you don’t eat meat but still consume dairy and eggs, you’ll be fine. I’ve researched it. Besides which, how many omnivores do you know who carefully keep track of which nutrients they’re getting and in what proportions? 3. The meat industry negatively effects the environment, taking part in the endangerment of a lot of species. And there are only billions of cows, pigs and chickens in the world because we create them in order to consume them.

    I do appreciate your sarcasm. 🙂

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  22. I read an article a while back – and I’m too lazy to go digging for it – that stated that (either anecdotally or scientifically, maybe both) milk cows that are treated well… that is, given lots of space, can be milked whenever they feel they’re ready, etc. produce better quality milk.

    Come to think of it, I think I saw that on “How It’s Made.”

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