What about PETA, Good or Bad

I'm Not Impressed!
I'm Not Impressed!
I can't hear you
I can't hear you

The Bible

This just in: “People for the Ethical Treatment Of Animals or PETA, has asked the Committee on Bible Translation to update the New International Version Bible to include more animal-friendly language, according to CNN. In a letter to translators, the group called the Bible's current text "speciesist" and requested that pronouns like "he" and "she" be used instead of "it" when referring to animals.” NY Daily News.

Finally, someone’s going to fix the errors in the Bible, no Bible scholar, not a monk, not a Bishop not even the Pope, but your friendly neighborhood animal advocate. It’s not just Moses and the Apostles that need their grammar corrected, PETA has asked Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco to rename the Tenderloin district. The new name you ask? PETA’s letter:

I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 2 million members and supporters, including thousands in the Bay Area, with an idea that could help revitalize the struggling Tenderloin district: rename it the "Tempeh district."…

Not so good for homeless pets

WHat's PETA to me?
WHat's PETA to me?

PETA's Reputation

PETA has quite a reputation to live up to, let’s look them over.

PETA is a 501(c)(3) corporation; that’s a tax exempt, nonprofit group or corporation, operated for religious, charitable, educational purposes or to prevent the cruelty to animals. (Among others) PETA is headquartered in Norfolk Virginia; they have 300 employees and 2 million members with revenue of 34 million dollars in 2009. PETA filed a report with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for 2010. They took in 2345 homeless pets last year and found homes for 44 pets. What about the other 2300 pets? They were put down, destroyed, euthanized. It takes time and money to take care of homeless pets and apparently 34 million doesn’t go as far as it used to, still it seems like that would buy a lot of Kibbles but PETA has another agenda. “The Virginia Beach SPCA, just down the road from PETA's Norfolk headquarters, manages to adopt out the vast majority of the animals in its care. And it does it on a shoestring budget.

Since 1998, a total of 25,840 pets have died at the hands of PETA.

Controversy

PETA uses confrontational and controversial tactics to get their point across. They’re adept at using the media to garner free advertising to advance their cause and it has worked.  See ads Axe, the essence of blood, guts, urine, feces, and fear—all bottled up.  Got Beer? Beer is better than milk and the banned video: Vegetarian Sex.

PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the country with supporters worldwide. All of that free publicity is working well for them and they do have a record of successes, the big burger chains have agreed to changes in how they treat animals and cosmetic companies have stopped using animals for testing. PETA has even been a driving force behind arrests and convictions for animal cruelty.

PETA Sexy Vegtarian Ad Banned

PETA takes on McDonalds
PETA takes on McDonalds
McDonalds takes on Africa
McDonalds takes on Africa

What is the PETA agenda?

Politically Correct language. We should all speak and write in ways that respect the individuality of animals, they become “he or she” rather than “it”. Changing the Tenderloin district to the Tempeh district may be a little bit funny, but to change the language of the Bible means upending Christianity, Judaism and Islam. No longer would we have dominion over the planet in this new version of the Bible but animals would be treated as equals. Controlling speech effectively controls people’s thoughts and both the left and the right have their own correct speech. If you’re against Politically Correct speech, try criticizing Rush in a room full of conservatives and you will taste the conservative brand of PC.

Veganism is the next agenda, PETA is absolutely correct about factory farming. We torture our food before we eat it (oops, make that before we eat him or her). For a brief look at how we raise chicken for the dinner table see Free Range. Also, raising animals for food is about the least efficient means of raising food, many agricultural resources are used devoted to raising animals that could be used for a plant based diet. Perhaps a reasonable response to the Vegan movement would be to reform the factory farm practices and eat less meat but that takes commitment on the part of the consumer.

Skins, Wool and Silk. PETA maintains that sheep for wool are raised in giant herds and they don’t get the individual care that they should. The reasoning to stop using leather is the same as that against factory farming, we torture our animals. If we all stop eating meat there won’t be any skins to worry about but are you ready to give up your leather shoes? Silk, when they make silk the producers boil the worms alive in their cocoons so this is about worm rights, buy rayon and save a worm!

Medical Testing on Animals, Vivisection. PETAmaintains that: “Human clinical and epidemiological studies, cadavers, and computer simulators are faster, more reliable, less expensive, and more humane than animal tests” while the British Royal Society says “virtually every medical achievement in the 20th century relied on the use of animals in some way.” The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences says that “even sophisticated computers are unable to model interactions between molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, and the environment, making animal research necessary in many areas.” (wiki) See “Lab rats over sick kids” and meanwhile, your tax deductible contribution to PETA works against health charities like the March of Dimes, the American Red Cross, and the American Heart Association.

Animals Used for Entertainment PETA say that to force animals to perform circus tricks, “trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, and other painful tools of the trade.” Once again we do torture animals and in this case it is to entertain the family, it’s difficult to find a reasonable opposing viewpoint about circuses. Zoos on the other hand are also criticized as contributing to the extinction of species, because Zoos concentrate on crowd appeal before taking care of the animals. PETA would have us contribute to natural habitat preservation for animals instead of caging the few in zoos. However, there are at least some zoos which have come a long way in the past few decades. These zoos keep fewer animals in larger, outdoor enclosures, confining them with moats and fences, rather than in cages. Safari parks, allow visitors to drive through them and come in close contact with the animals. Certainly this is still not ideal if you are an animal in the zoo but it is a step in the right direction. There are also those few zoos that carry on breeding programs of endangered species and without those few some species may be lost. The difficulty remains in reintroducing captive bred animals to the wild, but there is hope as long as they are alive, and the exhibition of zoo animals’ helps pay for the breeding programs.

Euthanasia PETA’s position From the PETA website:

Every day in the United States, tens of thousands of puppies and kittens are born. Compare this to the nearly 11,000 human births each day, and it’s clear that there can never be enough homes for all these animals. Shelters are stuck with the heartrending job of dealing with animals nobody wants. Those who refuse to spay and neuter their animals, who abandon animals when they grow tired of them, and who patronize pet shops instead of adopting stray or shelter animals make euthanasia a tragic necessity.”

Conclusion

PETA has accomplished some good things, many farm animals are being treated more humanely and unneeded animal testing for cosmetics has been reduced if not eliminated entirely. The extreme positions taken on part of animals; a total ban on medical research or calling them he or she may be working against their more noble intentions. Are you willing to abandon the medical advances already made by testing on animals? Or do we just stop advancing now? Would you put your life on the line and revert to the medicine of a hundred years ago?

Still, many of their aspirations deserve to come to fruition. Reforming farming practices is something that could actually happen if we all work at it, torturing animals for profit is disgraceful. Little steps taken by many people have a big impact. Eat locally, support your local farmer’s market, insist on organic chicken, reduce the amount of meat in your diet and become a smarter shopper by learning about where your food comes from. If you still have some energy after that maybe you can work on that rewriting the Bible thing; let us all know how that works out for you!

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