I’m a vegetarian. In fact I’m vegan when it comes to me purchasing my own food, I don’t wear leather or fur, but I’ve got a human bone to pick with PETA.
Their latest stunt of vapidity (or an out of work actress who claims to be part of PETA and feels this is probably a good way to get publicity and be part of the new movement of caring and eco-greeniness) was to go into downtown LA’s fashion district to stop illegal animal sales.
What was the point of that?
1. To me there are no legal animal sales, even the donation pay for shots variety of rescues is morally “illegal”.
2. But in regards to community building and educating a more broad reaching community of people does PETA think going in and fighting with an underground business by working class people of color is going to get more people on the side of animal rights? Or even save that many animals.
I’m going to guess no on point two. I’m going to guess PETA comes off like the assholes that harass people for not having “proper” citizenship papers or just not looking like you belong.
Why not antagonize the people who get people’s hands chopped off in the beef industry? There’s a packing plant in Chino (Westland/Hallmark), I’m going to bet lots of animals get hurt in there and probably quite a few people.
I guess that would be a little too scary for an actress type who just wants to jump start a career. That would be hardcore. That would be doing something, but of course messing up a rich white guy’s (who doesn’t has too many vowels in his name) business will get you thrown in jail. Jail time for anything more than a DUI isn’t very fashionable.
Trying to be a person who believes in social justice and at the same time supporting the causes of PETA is very, very difficult.
I used to do Vegan Potlucks, until one of the leaders asked me who I was, in my house and he was a bit snobby and accusatory about it, “So who are you? Are you vegan?”
I don’t know why, but PETA always has come off like a bunch of Nazis to me. I’m not using that in an attempt to get a reaction, I seriously mean they come off like Nazis.
They seem to go out of their way to antagonize working class communities (of color and white) when to me it seems as if they should be reaching out to get those communities support, I mean it’s a pretty large community. How many rich people do you need? I mean don’t you have them, after Alicia Silverstone poses naked in an ad, what more do you need in that demographic?
Remember that football player that went to jail for dog fights, yes it was horrible, but why must PETA always pick the easy target.
Who do you think causes more animal suffering. Fast food joints or a random football guy. Of course it is easy to crucify a random football guy, especially if he’s a random black football guy. That to me was nothing, but a modern day lynching. A large monetary fine, but jail time after he apologized? Dogs died, yes, but if he’s in jail then the owner of McDonald’s should be getting the death penalty.
In downtown LA who do you think causes more animal suffering on a larger scale? The guy selling turtles and a cockatoo or the people walking around Pershing Square with their walking fur status symbols, little pure breed rat dogs.
I joke about these little dogs, but seriously the proliferation of these dogs by the celebrities and the debutantes of the world have probably brought about more animal suffering than any thing some vendor who sells turtles could even dream of doing.
Who has pet turtles anyway, except for weirdo teenage boys who listen to death metal.
If PETA wants to help animals, stop pet ownership.
If animals have the same rights as people, meaning you shouldn’t eat them, wear them or drink their milk, then why should people be allowed to own animals for recreational purposes?
Pet ownership is wrong. It’s more wrong than eating steak, its more wrong than wearing a fur and it’s a very popular wrong thing to do among the “we love animals” set.
I know, I know you got your pet at a pound, but to me getting a pure breed like cutesy dog at the pound does nothing, but encourage the puppy mill people and encourage the idea that animals are to be disrespected.
An animal as a pet is a wasteful, ugly American habit. It is the embodiment of viewing yourself as a god and you being god you have the right to laud over another living being, because you are human and godlike and this animal should be grateful to be in presence of your godlike being.
Maybe that’s an extreme view, but PETA is extreme. Why are they encouraging this mickey mouse behavior by bored entertainment types.
The pet industry is a big, horrible money making industry that should be illegal in all forms.
If PETA were to stop pet ownership and the marketing of pets as accessories that would do more to stop the suffering of animals than starting a street fight with some guy selling turtles.
Even rescue operations encourage irresponsible pet ownership.
Also PETA has some problems in regards to relating to people outside of the upper middle class echelon of the English-speaking world.
Education is the key, not punitive and antagonizing measures for people who truly don’t see the world or understand it from your perspective.
Why not put some ads out in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Cantonese? Get some Latino spokespeople. How about getting some African-American spokespeople? How about some Asian-American spokespeople? How about people of different ethnic groups from different countries (outside of Europe.) Not the one or two people that you trot out just so you can say, “see we are open minded,” but as many as you can.
Why not reach out to everyone? This preaching to the choir does nothing, but encourage the insular circle jerk the green, vegan movement has become of the buying your way to green with your eco-mansion, electric car and $1,000 dollar bicycle.
PETA needs to get off of its elitist high horse and start relating to the working class demographic, not antagonizing them with symbolic gestures of nothingness.
by Browne Molyneux