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.
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.
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.
DAMN IT PETA, WHY WON’T YOU DIE???
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.”