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December 11, 2013

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Note: this was part of a post I made about PETA over a year ago, but since the awful organization has again been in the news, it is updated.

Seems like everyone is talking about PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) lately. As a Pagan, I dislike them a lot. As a feminist, I really dislike them. Why? For several reason, actually.

They straight up kill the animals that they “rescue” for one. In 2011, PETA euthanized a record percentage of animals (95.9%), surpassed only by their numbers in 2009 (97.3%) and 2006 (97.4%). They rescued 2,026 animals, adopted out only 24 of them and euthanized 1,911. They are NOT animal lovers, for animal lovers would not kill as many as PETA has. Of course, this has been a trend for a long, long time. If you want a document of the most recent data (2010), here it is (pdf). Just this makes me gag.

Here is a cute puppy to make you feel better.

Next, we have the degradation of women. From suggesting Ben and Jerry’s switch from cow milk to human milk, to fat shaming (remember the “Save the Whales” campaign? Yeah), to the objectification and torture of women, over and over and over and over again.


How about PETA’s racist protests and anti-Semitic ads? Or how about their use of the murder of George Tiller to promote their views? How about PETA making light of a cannibalistic attack, where the murderer stabbed and decapitated his 22-year-old victim on a bus? Again, another murder comparison? They also bought a grave site near Colonel Sanders and put up a grave marker that mnemonically read “KFC Tortures Birds.” From what I can gather, it has since been taken down. Here are some of PETA’s worst ad idea, including “Feeding Kids Meat is Child Abuse” and a picture of a half cut-up woman hanging from meat hooks.

These women were left in the plastic wrap for one hour in 80 degree weather. PETA would never do this to cows.

And then there’s their funds:

PETA’s 2010 donations totaled $33 million ($35 million if you add on merchandise sales and other revenue). So where did your money go last year? According to PETA’s 2010 annual report:

  • A vegans make better lovers” campaign where PETA campaigners publicly made out on a bed on the streets of Nashville, TN.
  • Disruption of the Westminster dog show (Because animal lovers deserve to be targeted?)
  • A campaign comparing pregnant women to fattened sows to protest farmed meat
  • Dressing as a giant vanilla condom promote animal birth control in Beirut (Because Beirut has few other controversies to deal with currently)
  • PETA also says it has given over $843 thousand in grants to researchers looking at animal alternatives. Sounds good right? But one should do the math here. The amount is 2 percent of the money PETA spent last year. In comparison, they spent 17 percent of their money (your money) on fundraising to raise more money. In addition, research is expensive (sad but true)… An $800,000 split among several researchers as PETA has done…will not go far at all.

I do not support PETA. I do not recommend my friends and family support them either. Maybe they have done good work, but their bad overshadows their good by at least three times. Please do not endorse PETA nor donate to them. Here is another cute puppy to make you feel better.


Then in September 2012, when Shelby County, KY threatened to become a kill shelter after being a No Kill Shelter for four years, PETA “graciously” responded:

PETA sent Shelby County government and shelter officials gift baskets, with a note thanking them for their decision to start killing again after four years. “Thank you for doing the right thing” wrote PETA in its gift offering from Allison’s Gourmet which included vegan cookies, baked without eggs or dairy, because—you know—harming animals is wrong.


UGH, the awful organization has again decided to turn their malicious gaze back on fat women. Remember JeninCanada’s post about Plan B not working for women over a certain weight? As Heather wrote yesterday, PETA has decided that they will help by initiating the “Plan V”:

“If extra pounds are thwarting a woman’s ability to use Plan B, PETA’s ‘Plan V’ could be the prescription they need,” says PETA Executive Vice President (and mother) Tracy Reiman. “Going vegan is a great way to lose weight and get healthy—and it could help women regain control over their reproductive lives.”


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20 Comments leave one →
  1. Nof permalink
    December 11, 2013 10:32 am

    From what I can understand, PETA believes that it’s cruel to keep animals as pets, which is why they kill their ‘rescues’ indiscriminately and support kill shelters. That part is, at least, in keeping with their ideology.

    But they are a shit organization, for sure.

  2. vesta44 permalink
    December 11, 2013 10:53 am

    PETA’s mindset concerning animals is one I don’t understand at all. It’s cruel to keep animals as pets, but it’s not cruel to kill them? They refuse to help with spay and neuter/release programs to help cut down on feral cat populations, but are perfectly willing to round those cats up and kill them (or see others do so). And something I read about them a long time ago (this may have changed, but I kinda doubt it) said that they favor releasing all farm animals. OK, you release them, and now they have to fend for themselves – something they aren’t used to doing, have never done in their lives, and means they will probably starve to death. How is that not cruel?
    From everything I’ve ever seen of PETA, it’s not about animals and saving them from cruelty, it’s about the publicity, raising funds, and trying to advance their agenda – which agenda, to a thinking, feeling person, seems very hypocritical and not one which should be backed by people who truly care about animals.

  3. fab@57 permalink
    December 11, 2013 11:50 am

    I hate PETA. I’ve hated PETA for a long, long time- years!
    I always spread the word as to their True Agenda; PETA is NOT “for the animals” — PETA is Anti-Pets; Anti-animals; and Anti-Women. PETA sucks. Have I mentioned that I hate PETA??

    BTW Shannon, It’s me, “fab@54” — i just updated my name and all… gettin’ older dontchaknow. 😉

  4. December 11, 2013 12:23 pm

    PETA is a vehicle for people that enjoy partaking in aggression under a veneer of supporting the welfare of animals. When you investigate the matter, almost all aggression is done under a veneer of helping your victim and claiming a false moral high ground.

  5. Anna Hayward permalink
    December 11, 2013 4:21 pm

    We don’t have PETA in UK. However, many rescue organisations put to sleep a lot of dogs and cats, and I don’t see any alternative: there are simply more animals than there are potential adopters, and for an animal, spending its life in a kennel is no life. However, surely this should be the *last* solution, not the first? I have an 8 year old rescue German Shepherd, who was rescued from severe neglect, so I know that adoption can be a fantastic solution. My dog is the happiest animal.

  6. Kala permalink
    December 11, 2013 4:22 pm

    PETA, and other extreme animal rights abolitionists, have the end goal of the complete end to all animal use, and that includes pets. Nothing they do makes any sense unless you look at it under that lens. They hope one day for the fading away and eventual extinction of all domesticated animals. They’re misanthropes and think that animals are better off without people. They see animal use (pets, working animals, food animals) as an ongoing holocaust that requires any means necessary to work against, hence their willingness to throw anything and anyone under a bus.

    But don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely pro-animal euthanasia. There are more animals in shelters than there are people to take them, that’s the short and long of it. Keeping the droves of unwanted animals alive in shelters would cost an absurd amount of money that doesn’t exist, as well as provide an extremely sub-par life for the animals. No-kill shelters put themselves in the comfortable position of not having to deal with euthanasia, and this eventually means that they will hit their capacity for the number of animals they can have in their facilities. So then the overflow of unwanted animals goes to those municipal shelters that do euthanasia, and animals are killed either way. We can talk about this rosy future where all people spay and neuter, where people only buy animals they can commit to, etc. etc., but we don’t live in that reality and I don’t think we ever will. PETA seems to be egregious on this matter not because they kill animals, or even kill them at a pretty high rate, but because they don’t use their buckets of money and resources to honestly evaluate the adoptability of the animals before they pull the plug.

    • December 11, 2013 8:37 pm

      PETA is wrong not just because they indiscriminately put down animals but because they also spread their ideas on the backs of women, minorities, fat people, victims, and a host of others.

      • Kala permalink
        December 11, 2013 10:31 pm

        Uh, do you think I was expressing my personal beliefs with that first bit? The first paragraph is a pretty general description of what hardcore animal rights abolitionists (that is what they call themselves) believe. I am NOT an animal rights abolitionist. But that is what they believe and if you want to understand from *their perspective* why all their insanity makes sense *to them*, then you have to consider it from that perspective.

        The second paragraph states that I do not inherently see PETA or anywhere else as evil because they do a lot of euthanization, and I explained why. I mentioned it because the way you wrote seems to be hardline against euthanization, which is frankly completely impractical in the reality of things. These are totally different trains of thought and I thought I made that clear.

        You act as if I am somehow promoting or defending PETA’s stupid advertising campaigns, I’m absolutely not. I get that I’m the big bad wolf here, but I don’t represent everything you dislike about everything.

      • Kala permalink
        December 11, 2013 10:43 pm

        And again, to clarify myself:

        PETA thinks euthanasia is ok because animals are better off without humans, and it furthers the goal of eliminating animal use.

        I think euthanasia is ok because it’s entirely economically unfeasible for us to support a sizable population of unwanted animals with no chance at adoption, because the number of adoptable animals exceeds the number of households willing to take them in.

        These are completely different viewpoints.

  7. Dizzyd permalink
    December 11, 2013 5:11 pm

    I understand that in many cases, euthanasia is seen as a necessary evil, but from what I read in one of the links, PETA does not even TRY to help animals get adopted. I’ve seen plenty of ‘Animal Cops’ episodes to know that sometimes the only option if an animal is too far gone – physically or mentally – is to humanely put them down. I also remember something one cop said re: a case of cruelty that, to me, raises an alarm about their ad ‘strategies’ that dehumanize people (esp. women) – ‘If they can do this to an animal, it’s only a small step till they start doing it to people’.

    • December 11, 2013 8:31 pm

      Which is why what Kala said raises my hackles: what better transition is it than from killing animals “because animals are better off without us humans” to killing humans “because animals are better off without us humans.”

  8. gingeroid permalink
    December 11, 2013 6:01 pm

    Penn & Teller did a great Bullshit episode on PETA. It’s from 2004 but does a nice job of exposing the less-publicized facets of the organization.

  9. lifeonfats permalink
    December 11, 2013 6:16 pm

    PETA has always been a joke and will continue to be with these ridiculous shock campaigns. I’ve never donated them or supported them and never will.

  10. December 11, 2013 10:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Sly Fawkes and commented:
    PETA has managed to do a few good things (exposing the maltreatment of circus animals, for instance) but even a stopped clock is right twice a day. I deplore their sanctimonious attitudes, I despise their treatment of women, and I am horrified by their murdering of healthy companion animals. They are a twisted lot, all in all. On one hand they berate people for eating a hamburger. Meanwhile, they are killing dogs and cats that were entrusted to their care for no good reason whatsoever. Sick.

  11. December 11, 2013 10:35 pm

    For those who think that euthanizing all the “spare animals” is the only way, this is not true. The Boulder Valley Humane Society, Longmont Humane Society, and Adams County Humane Society, all of which are near where I live, do not euthanize adoptable animals. These shelters are clean and not overcrowded. They rely on help from people in the community who can foster animals, as well as on donations. There are alternatives to offing animals after a week, which really does not give them a chance.
    Also, supporting trap-neuter-release programs is another way of ensuring that fewer unwanted animals are born. These programs worked wonders in my neighborhood, which, ten years ago, had a very high feral cat population.
    Google Nathan Winograd and No Kill Nation. Their posts can explain the no kill philosophy and practical ways of making it a reality better than I can.

    • Kala permalink
      December 11, 2013 10:47 pm

      That’s but one area of an entire nation. My area has more unwanted pit bulls and cats than could ever get adopted out, and it’s even worse because we in upstate NY get an additional big trickle of unwanted animals as outflow from a gigantic NYC based animal problem. Shelters can and do euthanize due to overpopulation in this region. I have five cats myself, more than one with special needs that would have stood zero chance in a shelter, but as much as I love cats, it doesn’t mean that I think it’s practical to keep them all alive.

    • vesta44 permalink
      December 12, 2013 12:08 am

      I live in Minnesota, and we adopted both of our cats from no-kill shelters – one in Alexandria and one in St Cloud. Marty, our oldest cat, had been adopted once and returned to the shelter. By the time we adopted him, he was 3 years old and had spent TWO YEARS of his life in the shelter, in a cage. We’ve had him for 4 years now, and I really don’t understand why he was adopted and returned (I think they were abusing him, he was really skittish at first – used to duck and cower when we tried to pet him). He’s NOT like that anymore, he loves people and wants to be petted by everyone who walks in the door. If that shelter had been one of those who kills pets they consider “not adoptable”, we wouldn’t have had the chance to adopt Marty and that would have been a shame.
      Squirt was a kitten when we adopted her (8 weeks old). She doesn’t really like people, other than my husband and myself. If people come into the house, she either runs upstairs or heads down to the basement. It takes her a couple of hours after they’ve left before she’ll venture out. She’s another cat who would have been considered “not adoptable”, but we love her and she loves us.
      How many cats (and dogs) have been euthanized for those very reasons? Pets that are adoptable with the right family, but shelters don’t have the room, the personnel, the money, the resources necessary to find homes for those pets.
      Spay and neuter programs, and ending those puppy mills would go a long way toward lessening the over-population problem with cats and dogs. But people need to be educated about those – PETA is not the organization to do that education.

  12. Rubyfruit permalink
    December 12, 2013 1:45 am

    On one hand, it’s no longer possible for me to take PETA seriously anymore since a big chunk of what they do is all about publicity and putting forward their Total Animal Liberation agenda under the guise of the more palatable message of protecting animals. On the other hand, I can’t help but stare in amazement at how far PETA is willing to go to shock and offend in the name of their cause, as if making your message known while doing it at the expense of far too many individuals and groups of people to name will earn them favor and lots of money. Money that will go toward more advertising, another freezer, and probably bailing another convicted terrorist out of jail.

  13. December 12, 2013 11:37 am

    I am a bonafide fat vegan, and proud of it. But, please don’t lump me in with PETA. PETA consistently goes for the shock value, and promotes a message which is disrespectful to women, fat people like me, and even the animals themselves, which they are tasked by their supporters to help. Many of my vegan friends consider PETA to be an embarrassment to them, and I feel the same way. When it comes to my activism, my message tends to be a gentle one: eat more plants. Yes, I have several motivations for saying that, but it also happens to be health-sustaining. I have abolitionist ideals, but I’m very practical. I am hoping that vegan food gets so darn tasty, that people can’t resist. And, I also hope that lab-grown meat is da’ bomb in the relatively near future. My goal isn’t to steal that beloved cheeseburger off your plate, but I sure would like great yummy alternatives available that everyone would agree isn’t deprivation.

  14. Elizabeth permalink
    December 13, 2013 8:49 am

    When Michael Vick’s dogs were rescued, interestingly the Humane Society of the United States and PETA thought they should be euthanized. However, the ASPCA sent personnel to judge the animals’ health, mental and physical, and did not go along with the recommendation to euthanize. Many of these dogs have found homes, even some of the ones at first deemed not to be candidates for rehabilitation. I am not opposed to euthanizing animals — I know I would rather be dead than live in a cage — especially animals with severe health problems, but I live in a part of the country where we have to bring dogs up from the South (and California) for adoption.

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