Thursday, June 23, 2005

PETA, Not Just For People-Haters Anymore

Apparently, they're for animal-haters too, as this Chron column highlights after two PETA employees were recently charged with 31 counts each of animal cruelty. The whole organization has some, um, creative ways of rationalizing killing animals it tells shelters it's taking to adopt out:

That's right. PETA assails other parties for killing animals for food or research. Then it kills animals -- but for really important reasons, such as running out of room.

Martosko hopes animal lovers will learn that their donations will do more good at a local animal shelter than at PETA. "For years," he added, "we thought that PETA just cared for animals more than they cared for humans. But now it seems they don't care much for either."

No lie about not caring for people. In 2003, Newkirk hectored late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat because a terrorist blew up a donkey in an attempt to blow up people. Newkirk also told the New Yorker the world would be a better place without people. She explained why she had herself sterilized: "I am opposed to having children. Having a purebred human baby is like having a purebred dog; it's nothing but vanity, human vanity."

Now you know. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals doesn't really like people. PETA has no use for ethics. And PETA kills animals.
There's even more sad stuff in the rest of the column. And I believe it, based on everything else I've ever seen from this organization. I hope stories like these will encourage more support of local shelters than this large, morally confused "advocacy" group.

2 comments:

FDR said...

I killed my FFA rabits by accident when I was a kid... does that make me a fellon?

Anonymous said...

That's not fair - PETA did not direct, support, or endorse the activities of the two employees responsible for killing those animals. Both PETA employees were subject to disciplinary actions.

PETA may seem over-the-top to a lot of people, but they provide a much-needed service: awareness about animal abuse. This is important not just for the animals, but for communities as well; it's a well-documented fact that people who commit violent or cruel acts against animals are likely to commit violent or cruel acts upon people. This isn't about hating humans; it's about breaking a cycle of cruelty and violence.

It's not fair to villify the entire organization for the actions of two young morons who did some really stupid shit. I know that a lot of people are feeling pretty smug right now about PETA being in the hot seat - but we need organizations like PETA.