The Hypocrisy of PETA

Where Does It End?

Did someone draw a new line in the sand? Apparently, to be a good citizen of the world, I now have to feel guilty if I swat a fly (regarding the Obama flyswatting incident). What am I to do about mosquitoes? A tick? What about head lice? Where does it end? There appears to be no limit to the span of coverage under the organizational umbrella of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

I went to the PETA website ( to locate their mission statement. I thought this might be the best way to understand the ideals behind those that founded the organization and its membership. This is what I found.

"PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other "pests," and the abuse of backyard dogs."

The mission statement is fairly straight-forward, but I see nothing at all about flies, insects in general, or other creepy-crawlers in the declaration, except the word "pests," which leaves me two paths of thought. "Pests" must include all those living creatures not defined by the word "animal," or there is some kind of unrecognized, radical wing, operating outside of PETA, that has completely distorted the meaning of the mission statement. I would like to believe the latter.

Best Intentions or Hypocrisy?

PETA seems to operate under the best intentions, and I agree that animals should not be unecessarily tortured, beaten, or abused. Animals, especially those kept as pets, should be owned by responsible people that understand stewardship. That said, I could never fully support an organization that would expect me to honor the life of a house fly. So does this make me a hypocrite in the eyes of PETA? Have I now turned a blind eye to animal cruelty everywhere, or are there acceptable levels of belief? How can I support an organization that doesn't fully reflect my beliefs? Wouldn't that make me a hypocrite?

I denounced my religion because I couldn't fully support the ideas that science logically explained in other terms. If I was going to be a Christian, I was going to be dedicated to it. How can I have faith if I don't believe in the first place? Before I listen to anyone talk about Christianity, they had better eat, sleep and breath faith. Any other level, to me, is hypocrisy. I think the same way about members of PETA. Anything short of total immersion is hypocrisy; don't bother talking to me. So again I ask; does "pests" include all other living creatures outside the definition of animals? If so, all PETA members are hypocrites.

Unrealistic Extremes

After typing the last sentence I new I would have to back up my claim; here is my explanation. If "pests" includes all living creatures, the only way that you can be a believer in PETA is to commit suicide, because your very existence on this planet is killing organisms by the billions everyday; and don't forget to leave a note of apology for all the organisms dessimated by your body hitting the floor.

Everything we do requires the loss of life. Take a few steps across the lawn, and the potential for loss of life numbers in the hundreds-of-thousands; now imagine the carnage of mowing the lawn. Do you drive a hybrid? You may be reducing greenhouse gases, but look at your windshield and grill. Go now; the computer will be here when you return from mourning and vomiting. Have you taken a shower lately? Where is your conscience? Think of the countless bacteria, mindlessly slaughtered by a single swipe of your washcloth. Don't they deserve your respect and protection? Why should they be mercilessly butchered just because they don't have a cute faces or pretty wings?


My example may seem a bit extreme, but I hope it will put things in perspective. Just because someone refuses to escort a house fly to the door so that it may finish its two-week, disease-ridden life, doesn't make that person an animal annihilator. If I choose to eat a steak over a soybean, I am not a mass-murderer of cows, or a perpetrator of hatred; I'm just hungry.

If you are a member of PETA, and I have misread your mission statement, I am sorry; but don't hate me. That way I won't have to stand on the side of the highway, with my friends, holding signs that read "Butterfly Butcher" or "Moth Murderer" as you hum past in your Prius.

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milavrab 7 years ago from Ontario

Great stuff, so sadly true enjoyed reading your hubs Jey

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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

I don't think PETA's intentions are good. I say this as a person who cares very much about other animals and the environment. PETA is not trying to help.

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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

It comes down to whether one is reasonable or not. In a reasonable, pragmatic and kind world of reasonable respect for living things, this is a non-issue. The rest is hyperbole, sophistry and all sorts of other stuff for purposes of power, money and attention. I don't think it's reasonable to expect people to spend time dodging bees when they drive, nor do I think it's reasonable to expect someone to let a fly walk on them during a TV interview. While I don't think it's reasonable to expect anyone to have some abiding love of shit-ridden flies, I also don't think it is reasonable to, say, pull their wings off and torture them. It's just about common sense, IMO.

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puppascott 7 years ago from Michigan (As far as you know...) Author

Thanks for your comments. I do appreciate them.

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dawei888 7 years ago

hey puppascott - terrific hub about PETA and obama's oh, so cruel fly swatting incident! i'm 100% certain somebody at PETA simply said 'let's use obama's innocent and unscripted swatting of that fly as a way to get media attention' to his/her boss and they went along with it. i'm sure PETA's intentions overall are good but they devalued themselves with this incident.

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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Great hub - loved your take on this

You moth murderer you....

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puppascott 7 years ago from Michigan (As far as you know...) Author

You mean alleged moth murderer. Nothing has been proven.

Thanks again.

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BudHasherdashery 7 years ago from Metro New York

I wear leather boots, have several fur coats, hunt deer and other creatures, fish, and have killed hundreds if not thousands of flys. PETA needs to get a clue...there are lines that should be drawn in the sand, and lines draw in the sand by idiots, and too often PETA's lines fall in the last category.

Offend PETA, eat a beaver.

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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

LOL Thanks for the giggles. Just finished my salmon dinner. :D

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MellasViews 7 years ago from Earth

That was hilarious! I used to get emails from peta, and still do, but they have not sent me this fun one yetabout obama smackin bugs. lol. Im sure if I check my spam folder I will find it. Im a vegan myself, but certainly do not preach about how wrong it is to fly swat. lol. If it were up to me, the bastards could go extinct. Mosquitos and ticks! Fun hub!!!

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puppascott 7 years ago from Michigan (As far as you know...) Author


It appears that we are cut from the same hide. I love hunting and fishing. I believe there is a place for all God's creatures; right next to the mashed potatoes and gravy.


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puppascott 7 years ago from Michigan (As far as you know...) Author


I'm glad I was able to give you a little literary dessert to follow your salmon. Thanks for stopping by.


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puppascott 7 years ago from Michigan (As far as you know...) Author


Thanks for the comments. I agree. There is nothing that can ruin a day of enjoyment quicker than a swarm of hungry insects. Long live Raid and Off!


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BudHasherdashery 7 years ago from Metro New York


Guessing you are right. Sitting here right now out at camp (about 25 miles from Woodstock)getting ready to marinate a nice Venison Filet. Life is good. I found it funny that PETA did not approve my comment on their hub about naked women for PETA.

If God created it, he intended us to use it wisely (including cannabis). My theory on life, and on hunting...if you are hunting to put food on your table, you have my support. If you are hunting to simply get a trophy and throw your bounty away, not so comfortable with that. PETA needs to chose their fights more carefully, and the media needs to stop giving them the press they so desparately crave.

Have a good one.

PS....ever get to the Michigan Ren Faire? I was an exhibitor there for years.

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puppascott 7 years ago from Michigan (As far as you know...) Author


Thanks for the additional feedback. I appreciate it.

I agree with you regarding use and trophy hunting.

As far as the Renaissance Fair goes, I haven't been there in 12 years, but I have been to several including MI's. They are fun, and educational: Loved watching the metal working and glass blowing.


Tessa 6 years ago

I have done research on PETA lately for a paper I'm writing. They do not care to protect animals, but rather to 'save' them from the human race. They believe humans are a sin in themselves and that having children is the worst thing you can do. They literally slaughter the animals they take in because they don't believe in allowing house pets. It's true. Look it up. Search Ingrid E. Newkirk, she's the president. Last year, they killed 85% of the animals they took into shelters

Anonymous 6 years ago

PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of ANIMALS

Bacteria are not animals. Your point is invalid.

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