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PETA: Too Extreme?

Updated on November 20, 2008

What is PETA, anyway?

PETA stands for: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It's a group that was founded for the purpose of spreadin awareness for animal rights. There are about two million supporters in the United States and their slogan is "Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment."

It sounds good, right? I mean, who DOESN'T want animals to have the best life possible?

However, PETA has taken a perfectly good message and has run with it a bit TOO far. They have been associated with outrageously extreme acts over the past twenty-eight years of their existence.

Has PETA taken it way too far?

Your mother, the animal killer

PETA once stood outside of a Broadway show and handed out fliers to small children whose parents were wearing fur. What the the fliers look like? See above.

A little extreme, huh?

Inside the flier, this was stated:

"...And the sooner she stops wearing fur, the sooner the animals will be safe. Until then, keep your doggie or kitty friends away from mommy - she's an animal killer."

Some more of the extreme things PETA has done - PETA has a history of doing things that defy logic.

  • One extreme member of PETA bombed a lab that tested animals for the purpose of finding cures to various diseases. PETA put forth $45,000 towards the defense of the man. This is one particular instance, but similar scenarios have occurred time and time again.
  • PETA has reportedly thrown red paint on people wearing fur coats. This makes no sense, as the animals have already been killed for this coat. Now you've destroyed it and the owner will probably just buy another one, thus giving more support for the very thing you were trying to protest against in the first place.
  • PETA's ultimate goal has been described as "total animal liberation" which even means they hope to achieve people no longer having pets! They are even for the "liberation" of SEEING-EYE DOGS! (I guess they would rather have puppies roam the streets than be given love and warmth by a good family?!?!)

What do you think?

Although you may be a reasonable PETA member yourself (and of course, you aren't doing any of the extreme stuff), what do you think about the organization as a whole?

Do you think PETA has been too extreme in delivering their message?

So what SHOULD PETA be doing?

PETA spends a lot of money but accomplishes seemingly little towards their cause.

It would make sense for PETA to raise money and apply towards the following causes:

- Building adoption shelters for stray animals and keeping them fed and happy

- Buying chunks of rain forest so animal's habitats are not destroyed

- Providing good people with the supplies they need to adopt animals and get them out of underfunded pounds

- Make pamphlets that inform people what they can do to help, rather than making propaganda to instill fear in every person who has ever eaten meat or squashed a mosquito

- Put forth the time and effort to investigate and eradicate laws that allow puppy mills to exist

- Donate money to animal clinics in suffering areas of the country, and help build and fund clinics around the world so animals can get proper treatment like they have never been able to

- Push for laws that will make punishment for dog fighters more severe

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This time you took it to far, naked or wearing fresh plants for clothe, you're just going to take as back into being cave men (not exactly though) and eating meat and plants. Also, my betta fish does seem to love his home. In the wild, most bettas have a territory of up to 10 gallons of water, mine lives in a community tank that is far more than the biggest betta territory recorded, 1,000 gallons. My bettas take most of the tank and has babies, he also started his own school with glo-fish. Instead of having to compete for space, food and more they have their needs met. How will a fancy crown tail betta survive in the wild, it body shape doesn't allow it to hunt properly, and before you say spitting at the insects very few bettas learn this strategy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This time you took it to far, naked or wearing fresh plants for clothe, you're just going to take as back into being cave men (not exactly though) and eating meat and plants. Also, my betta fish does seem to love his home. In the wild, most bettas have a territory of up to 10 gallons of water, mine lives in a community tank that is far more than the biggest betta territory recorded, 1,000 gallons. My bettas take most of the tank and has babies, he also started his own school with glo-fish. Instead of having to compete for space, food and more they have their needs met. How will a fancy crown tail betta survive in the wild, it body shape doesn't allow it to hunt properly, and before you say spitting at the insects very few bettas learn this strategy.

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      Shorebirdie 6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I agree with their premise, animals have feelings and they should be respected. But, they are even against people having pets which is very therapeutic to many people. I think animals and humans benefit from each other's company.

      I also know that they spend absolutely NO money on saving or protecting animals. Compare that to a hunting organization, Ducks Unlimited, which spends millions on habitat and species conservation and restoration. Plus, some high level PETA say that they don't love animals at all and don't care about species extinction, which is my #1 concern.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have mixed emotions about PETA... Their intentions are good, however they do things that should not be done. Animal testing for example, I don't agree with pain if it could be prevented in any way. We has had many medical breakthroughs because of testing. I have a skin condition that causes my skin to just slip off of my muscles caused by lack of connecting fibrils, but because of animal testing they were able to find a cure and in the near future hundreds of others with my condition won't have to undergo excruciating pain.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hate peta and hope they all burn

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      thebestmousetrap 6 years ago

      You are right, also I just wanted to let you know I linked to your lens, as I discussed PETA on my bestmousetrap lens: http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-get-rid-of-mice-in-y...

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I agree that PETA has taken things to the extreme. Angel blessed.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      It really frustrates me when you hear people condone violence and terrorist actions against humans to protect animals. And they call the one's keeping animals sadistic. The people in the animal industry don't hurt animals because they like it. They do it because it's more profitable and cheaper to be cruel and neglectful. It's not right. But then neither is hurting your fellow man to make a point. That's worse. Why! Because it's premeditated.

      The industry needs to change and the only way is to get the common people on your side. PETA merely alienates and insults most of us by trying to tell us that everything involved in keeping and farming animals is bad, including having pets. I've had all many of pets, particularly dogs, and they were loved and cared for more than nature itself would have done. Nature is often cruel too PETA! What are you going to do? Wipe-out the whole ecosystem so you don't have to watch it happening?

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      AlexandraHubbard 9 years ago

      I totally agree with this lens. It is very informative and your suggestions sound sensible.

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