2009-02-10

PETA Is Continuing to Prove My Dislike Of Them




Generally speaking, mustn't rhinos think that rhino suffering is more important than vervet monkey suffering and vervet monkeys think that their suffering is more important than songbird suffering? I'd imagine so, for a monkey mother who must choose between rescuing her own baby or a squirrel baby from drowning would surely pluck the monkey baby from the water? Just so, humans who define themselves by religion or culture or nationality or skin color think that their suffering can never be compared, no matter how factually, with any other human or animal's suffering. To do so makes them feel belittled, reduced. But perhaps that's just our primitive biology crying out to protect and save our own kind, the more narrowly defined the better, and the rest be damned. I reject that.
-Ingrid Newkirk, President and Co-Founder of PETA

As I have noted before, I am not a fan of PETA. I find them to be hypocritical, controversial, and they serve no real purpose for the advancement of animals rights, except to secure celebrity endorsements. If a person is swayed by what Pamela Anderson eats, so be it, but really how committed are folks to the lifestyle if being like Pamela Anderson is their ultimate goal?

PETA in the past has shown it's insensitivity to certain groups of people, but it is shocking how they continue to be insensitive over and over again, and then wonder why folks find them to be repulsive and offensive.

Comparing the horrors to factory farms to the death camps of the Holocaust, is wrong. We should know this. To objectify women for the sole purpose of showing the objectification of animals is wrong. Being cruel to interns to compare to the cruelty of animals is wrong. We know telling black people to get over slavery and comparing the practice of slavery to animal cruelty is wrong. Obviously PETA does not know this is wrong, and they continue to alienate people, and prove they have no actual interest in the rights of anyone or anything.

So now they have decided during Black History Month, it would be a great idea to dress up like the KKK in opposition to the AKC dog show. I am against the AKC dog show for many reasons, but the least of them is due to breeding of "master races" (or breeds) of dogs. The insensitivity that PETA once again displays in their attempt to expose the objectification of animals shows it is impossible for them to ever achieve their supposed goal of animal rights and liberation. If you can't show compassion to people, how can you do it for animals, and aside from those wooed by what diet celebrities consume, how do you get the general public to understand your true goal? You don't with their horrid shock factor campaigns. Yes, it gets people talking about you, but that is all they do, continue to talk about you. PETA has done nothing for animals rights or liberation in the last twenty years. They just continue to offend, and all that does is just distract from their supposed goal. It would be nice if they could show compassion to people, like they claim to do with animals.

PETA uses KKK imagery at dog show protest

PETA uses KKK imagery to protest dog pure-breeding outside Westminster Kennel Club show
• Rachel Cohen, AP Sports Writer
• Monday February 9, 2009, 3:17 pm EST

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Is this really the KKK?" somebody asked the woman in the white robe and the pointy hat.
Crowds gawked at a table set up outside Madison Square Garden on Monday afternoon, where People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was protesting the start of the Westminster Kennel Club show. PETA contends that the American Kennel Club promotes pure-breeding of dogs that is harmful to their health.

"Welcome AKC Members," read a banner hanging from the table -- with AKC crossed out and KKK written above it. Two PETA protesters dressed as Ku Klux Klan members, while other volunteers handed out brochures that read: "The KKK and the AKC: BFF?"

"Obviously it's an uncomfortable comparison," PETA spokesman Michael McGraw said.

But the AKC is trying to create a "master race," he added. "It's a very apt comparison."
David Frei, spokesman for Westminster and TV host of coverage on NBC Universal's USA Network, said: "I can't speak for everyone, but the vast majority of the people exhibiting and handling and showing at Westminster are more interested in the health of dogs than anything else."

"We want to produce the next generation of healthy and happy dogs," he said, "not just for the show ring but for the couches at home."

Most passers-by seemed more puzzled than offended, though those who didn't stop walked away thinking they really had seen the KKK. The most common reaction was to pull out a cell phone and start snapping photos.
Police monitored the situation from nearby, but the scene was mostly calm. One shouting match broke out during the hour-long protest.

Earlier, a man strode away yelling, "That's disgusting! I'm going to buy more fur!"

Fatima Walden, who spotted the protest during a shopping trip, called the KKK imagery inappropriate no matter what the message.

"They could have used something else as an example," she said. "You should be considerate to everybody."

NBC Universal is 80 percent owned by General Electric Co.

AP National Writer Ben Walker contributed to this report.