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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?

No, they're doing a great job!

No, they're doing a great job!

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      They can take it to the extremes, but for the mere reason that we have also taken it to the extremes. Animals suffer slaughterhouses, zoos and experiments on them for us. Isn't that also extreme?

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      - Each coat that takes the red paint is news :) And news are seen by a lot of people. If those news send the message and at least 1 person changes her mind on buying a coat, it's enough already

      - They don't want the puppies to go to the streets. They want people to start sterilizing pets in order to stop the big amount there is today, way more than people want to adopt.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      For one, I think they are a bad organization that makes the entire vegan /vegetarian (I eat meat and is neither one) look bad and is clearly more like terrorist group that overlooks several things, also they corrupt children with this crap. In conjunction with the fact that some people cannot easily change their diets and that people need and love their seeing eye dogs (and the eye dogs love them in return) and that they are antisemitic.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      PETA Threatens Pop-Up Restaurant With Lawsuit for Serving Foie Gras

      PETA Sends Teen Antagonizing Emails, Scandalous Photos for Auctioning Cow

      Not enough? Google this... Your mother, the animal killer peta. The top two hits will be from PETA's own website with exactly the type of info in this article.

      I understand the want for ethical treatment of animals but that's not what PETA wants. They want us all to be vegan and never eat meat. Sorry not going to happen here and with their bullying these days they're likely to garner less support than they would if they just focused on ethical treatment and not try to force a veggie burger down our throats.

      Just another organization that wants to push their views on the world. No better than religion.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      [citation needed]

    • GetSillyProduct 4 years ago

      Direct quote from PETA's website "Contrary to myth, PETA does not want to confiscate animals who are well cared for and 'set them free.' What we want is for the population of dogs and cats to be reduced through spaying and neutering and for people to adopt animals (preferably two so that they can keep each other company when their human companions aren't home) from pounds or animal sheltersânever from pet shops or breedersâthereby reducing suffering in the world."

      Wow, so extreme. Given that the 3rd main point of the article is total BS that only took looking at PETA's own website to find out, and the fact that I can't find a single credible source for the first point; I can't take this page seriously.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      they do a great job the only thing is that they shouldn't take our pets away that's just plain stupid but also if your not a good pet owner you don't deserve a second chance i say no they do a great job

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Every movement for change has members who cross the line, but just because a small group of muslems engage in acts of violence doesn't mean the vast majority do. Most peta members want to act in legal ways to stop the horrendous cruelty to animals in the world and whilst I do not believe in violence I support them in the good work they do.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      The wiping out of pets is stupid, but only some PETA members believe in that. I agree with some of the things they do. But others I disagree with. Its like politics. You might believe some stuff from one political parties side but other things they believe you MIGHT dislike. Its an analogy.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      It's just like any organization. Some people take it too far. I say PETA is great, but some of the people involved need to tone it down a bit and help animals in a different manner.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      It's not PETA itself that's so bad. Its just some of the people who are in it that go overboard...

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i would choose in between extreme and doing a great job.

      we can place blame on behalf of the organization but rather the individuals in which commit these extremities.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      no they do what is right people who put animals through hell should go through hel also

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      you asked everyone of their opinion after you have given all of the bad facts... give them both positive and negative then ask for opinions and you will find a more truthful response. The facts you give are a one sided bias sarcastic slur against peta and most of the instances you gave were not actually performed by peta members... just sayin.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      No, Peta is AWESOME !

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Bloody hell, you Americans are so dumb, it is hard to comprehend. You say "PETA are extreme, the things they show in their videos are hideous" - PETA didn't do these things! That's the whole point, they are extreme images - that's what they want people to see, to be aware of what really happens. All you people would rather close your eyes than see the truth. Suppose I cannot expect educated opinion from people who have more trouble spelling than a 3 year old?

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      loljk

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I support PETA and will do whatever it takes.

    • BeingAVeganAthlete 7 years ago

      PETA is extreme and over the edge, yes. But, for any kind of lobby group with a passionate purpose, you have to be. Having bake sales and doing puppet shows will not get your message across to the masses. Shock and awe the people and it will stick in their minds. Is it not extreme for McDonalds to bombard the public with commercials that portray everyone who eats their Brazilian grown grade F beef as being fit, young, healthy go-getters that live in a fantasy-like world - all due to the awesome nutrition and energy obtained from this empty calorie laiden piece of cooked, murdered flesh?

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      PETA is doing an awesome job at making people red, and the bombing of that lab definitely cleared the scenery around that place! And I just LOVE their take on comics, that comic made me think; 'If mommy kills animal's, could she make a fur coat for me?'.

      For those PETA (Proliferation of Eco-Terrorism Association) folks, all above was sarcasm, except the last bit, I would definitely like a rabbit coat, they're warm! And one more thing, you people will probably starve on grass, while I enjoy freshly cooked deer meat!

    • Vladimir 8 years ago from Australia

      I would throw red paint on people wearing fur coats too. You must admit that people who are happy with animals being slaughtered just to make a warm coat are pretty extreme. Suppose they wanted to kill your dogs so their skins could make a handbag? Or, perish the thought, strangle me to make some fur gloves?

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i am a very proud and active member of peta and i just love the way you pick and choose what you put on here (that was sarcasm for those too dumb to know the difference). nothing is said about the hundreds of thousands of animals that have been re-homed and are lovingly nurtured due to our work. if you want to get into a debate about things going too far stop and think for a moment, how would you feel about seeing a horse stunned with a cattle prong until it learned it's routine for the circus, or looking into a foxes eyes as it is hunted down and mercilessly destroyed in the name of sport? as for your comments on the above leaflet, sometimes words just don't work. as with children you tell them off and they keep up the bad behaviour, but take away a toy or give them a punishment and the chances are their behaviour will change. sometimes words are not enough, it is sad to see in this day and age, a time where the internet and choice of food and everything else is abundant that you choose to live in ignorance - trust me when i tell you that after this life it will not be bliss. no matter what religion, culture or country you are from it is easy enough to make a change. sure people will mock, but haven't people always mocked what they either fear or don't understand? it is up to our generation to teach the rest that you can say no to animal testing (that has no relevance in today's science) and animal products. you have no excuse not to.

      a VERY proud peta member, FREE KEVIN KJONAAS!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Whatever it takes to help animals in any way,I'm for.I don;t think anything is too extreme if it helps animals in any way.It's these mentally ill,satanic,sick bastards that are against animals that i hate.Anyone who purposely hurts animals is,in my opinion,mentally disturbed and demon-possessed.

    Yes, the group as a whole takes it way too far.

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      • anonymous 2 years ago

        half of there campaigns are complete lies like muelsing if you don't muels it it will get eatten alive by maggots! what would you rather have a sheep suffering for a few days after muelsing or a lifetime of pain on the sheep if you don't muels. if peta actually manages to ban muelsing the australian wool industry will collapes costing australia millions of dollars. peta needs to relise how many jobs are gonna be lost how many animals will suffer without all the methods of prevention. my message to PETA is GET your facts right please !!!

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I love animals and I am against factory farming but I think that having a farm and killing animals is NOT animal abuse as PETA says. They should not hurt people in order to save an

        Animal.. This is very wrong. They slam every other company for animal abuse....it's sad really

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Im all for peta i love them with all my heart and soul <3

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Im all for peta i love them with all my heart and soul <3

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        You should be doing this

        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

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Pokémon : stop using us as your campaighn. Were against you we love to fight and besides our trainers love us.

        People of pokémon: i would not hurt my pokémon we like to to fight so be it we love them heck we have our own private cemetery for them heck we even built them their own village.

        Nurse Joy: although they get hurt, it is a part of life. We cherish them.

        Sincerely,

        Tepig,Oshawott,Snivy , Pikachu,Juniper,Ash,N,Cheren , MudKip,Miltank and other people and gamers alike who you have hurt

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Screw you miranda bryant. How can green leaf and marijuana be so absurd you frukkin forgot that pokémon is about loving your pet. They love to battle. So stop your whinig say sorry to nintendo you mewling quim.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Im twelve peta. You tarnished our good gMes please stoptrying to ruin pur childhood.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Ugh just stop it already it's a natural way of life. Yes we know people take it too far sometimes and somebody has too stop them...ugh its starwars all over again.you on light side have gone dark side vader style. pokémon. Realy?really? Peta? You sicken us all

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Ugh just stop it already it's a natural way of life. Yes we know people take it too far sometimes and somebody has too stop them...ugh its starwars all over again.you on light side have gone dark side vader style. pokémon. Realy?really? Peta? You sicken us all

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Yes and those meanies took it too far when they attacked pokémon ! If you hated it why didn't you stop it when the first game came out?! Stop tarnishing our beloved games peta. And don't get me stared on humanitarian acts. Your " i rather wear veggies than fur stuff is sick! you forget that that woman might be someones daughter mother or sister.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        screw PETA they kill more animals than saving them I mean they can take it so far...it will haunt u forever ._. I hate u peta so much

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I say they have gone too far,your right,some animals need shelter inside human homes,with food and love,but peta should take a chill pill ease of the throttle because that is WAY too much.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Humans are omnivores. Out body's are designed from the ground up to eat both meat and vegetation . Feed a lion tofu and see how long it last. Don't get me wrong I am all for the ethical treatment and slaughter of animals. Animals that we use for food can't be "liberated" the domestic turkey has breast so large that it has to be artificially inseminated.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        If tables were turned they would do the exact same thing to us.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        People Eating Tasty Animals: Uncompassionate losers for animals since 1980

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        They are basically a terrorist group that needs to be stopped. They take thing way too far. I don't understand how they can say they are for animal rights and saving animals yet they kill more animals each year than most shelters do.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Ooops, I posted on the wrong side, well, I'll make right of wrong and post on the right side. For one, I think they are a bad organization that makes the entire vegan /vegetarian (I eat meat and is neither one) look bad and is clearly more like terrorist group that overlooks several things, also they corrupt children with this crap. In conjunction with the fact that some people cannot easily change their diets and that people need and love their seeing eye dogs (and the eye dogs love them in return) and that they are antisemitic.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Oh man. PETA is... absolutely nuts. They are insane bullies, trying to redefine how the world works, which, as sensible folk know, is impossible. They may have good intentions, but as a wise person once said, the road to Hell is paved with them.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        PETA Threatens Pop-Up Restaurant With Lawsuit for Serving Foie Gras

        PETA Sends Teen Antagonizing Emails, Scandalous Photos for Auctioning Cow

        Not enough? Google this... Your mother, the animal killer peta. The top two hits will be from PETA's own website with exactly the type of info in this article.

        I understand the want for ethical treatment of animals but that's not what PETA wants. They want us all to be vegan and never eat meat. Sorry not going to happen here and with their bullying these days they're likely to garner less support than they would if they just focused on ethical treatment and not try to force a veggie burger down our throats.

        Just another organization that wants to push their views on the world. No better than religion.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Damn Peta Member will be the one to explain why my mom's $1000 fur coat was completely ruined. My mum is now really mad and strict. Curse the damn Peta group!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I used to agree with PETA until I found out about them. Destroying clothe, science labs and more, this is ridicules. How will the hair-less cat survive in the wild, it can't because it mutations. How will fancy betta fish hunt, or even swim correctly. they won't be able to.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think the CIA and the FBI should take PETA more seriously

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        They are pathetic

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        peta doesnt support no kill shelters, in 2005, PETA put to death over 90 percent of the animals it collected from members of the public, and gives funding to terrorist groups, North American Earth Liberation Front (Elf) an FBI declared domestic terrorist group, they tried to sue sea world because the orcas are "slaves" though, orcas in captivity live longer then those in the wild, have wonderful medical access, and are fed copiously, and Ingrid Newkirk, PETA president, said that "even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we would be against it."

        their belief is good, but the way they go about it is wrong.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        i am a vegetarian, and I dont have any pets, but what i am thinking is the economic point of view, guess the donations they get. So i guess all hyper activity acts are done just for the promotion, actual impact I dont see any where.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think stopping people from eating meat is too extreme. Humans are animals too, and we have a right to consume meat just like animals. It is unfair for Peta to deny us from eating meat when animals do just that.

        Not everyone can change their diet to vegan or even vegetarian. The lifestyle is just more expensive, and more difficult to attain. Menus make it difficult to have even a simple outing without interfering with your diet. You also have to watch your protein intake, and need to take supplements and these supplements do not have a 100% absorbency rating.

        Eating meat is a part of our heritage. It is misleading to say that it is "unnatural", our ancestors did it and our culture raises us so that we, our parents, our grandparents, and their grandparents grow up on meat. It is evolutionally engineered into our diet, to crave it and be sustained by it.

        Forcing a radical change like this is insane. The farming culture has advanced to sustain us, it is what makes us first nation people. Without it, we would be hunter gatherers.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I disagree with Peta's policy on animal liberation for pets. Their goal is to end all pet ownership. I feel like I do a good job as a pet owner. Pets generally have loving homes where they are cared for with good food, toys, exercise, and companionship. I think the few homes that abuse pets should be held accountable, not the whole pet community as a whole.

        If my dog was a street dog her life would be so much harder. She would have no preventative treatment for worms & fleas, so she could be infested with fleas, ticks, and a belly full of worms. Heart worms can be lethal for a dog. She would also have no access to veterinary care if she were to fall ill through infectious disease or injury. She would be exposed to the elements and could be exposed to dehydration, heat stroke, hypothermia, and frostbite. She could end up pregnant, and would have to care for the litter. She could get into fights with other wild animals, or be abused by cruel people. She would have to rummage through garbage to attain food, her diet would be inconsistant so she would suffer from constant stomach upset including diarrhea & constipation. Have you ever changed a dog's diet suddenly? It isn't pleasant, they have bad diarrhea, and that could lead to dehydration if not treated. Not to mention that dogs are social animals and crave companionship and interaction, to deny them leaves them stressed, fearful, and destructive (refer to separation anxiety)

        I expect a sad life for any street dog. As a dog owner I agree 100% with Peta's policies on pet liberation.

        Not to mention the negative implications on people. Would stray dog's running amok have good implications on people? They would have their own turfs, and packs and would attack those who trespass.

        I once was visiting my friend's house and as I was leaving, I discovered a stray dog in the alley, I tried to approach it to help it find its way. It tried to attack me!

        Making dogs a feral animal would have huge negative repercussions Peta has not thought through.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        how as people can we look into the eye's a five year old kid who has cancer an tell him there wont be a cure an make him face the fact he wont see himself turn six all because we want to see a poo slinging monkey be treated like a human. so if a animal is treated right its ok to kill off are own kind even the littler kids who have done no wrong?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        if people only eat plants then they wont get the nutrition that they can get from animals and leather is a great product to make boots out of its durable and can take a lot of punishment.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        How is that flyer any different then Joe Camel? I'm sorry, but if someone would have handed that flyer out to my son, they wouldn't have gotten their hand back.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think that while animal cruelty isn't ethically justifiable and should be stopped, PETA is an outright terrorist organization and should be seriously monitored by the CIA and FBI on the same level as organizations such as Al-Qaeda and Hamas, if not outright bad illegal and disbanded by force. Their leader is completely insane and needs to be locked up in a mental prison, as if you are supporting the ALO which is clearly a terrorist organization as it has multiple arsons on its record and other acts of property destruction and endangerment of life, you should be regarded as supporting similar organizations as the terrorist organizations listed above. Furthermore, not only is PETA essentially a sponsor of terrorism, it is hugely hypocritical as it does very little to help animals. Its policy on euthanasia makes little sense in the context of their demands on other organizations, and thatâs just the tip of the iceberg. It demands that shelters stop locking animals in steel cages. Well then where would they put them? On the streets? Furthermore, they demand the total liberation of animals. Well the problem with that is with rights come responsibility. I have the right to walk around my neighborhood, but I also have the responsibility not to bodily injure somebody while walking around, or else my right to walk around my neighborhood will be taken away via me getting sent to jail. So what happens when all the animals are released and they start attacking each other and humans? If they cannot handle the responsibilities that come with the rights they are demanding, they cannot have those rights.

        While I do think that the upper management of PETA is absolutely insane and probably needs to be either committed to a mental institution or a federal maximum security prison, I do not think that the majority of PETA supporters fall into the same category. I agree that animal cruelty is not ethically acceptable and so do many other rational people. Many PETA supporters are probably merely unaware of the true nature of their organization and agree with its somewhat vague tenants, although PETA is shooting itself in the foot with its outrageous commercials comparing the Holocaust to the abuse of animals. There are many animal rights organizations out there, such as the NAIA, which are legitimate organizations out there to help animals without the usage of violence and terror tactics, and they have sought to distance themselves from PETA, often to the confusion of people unaware of PETAâs tactics. I think that those who currently support PETA either with their time or money are much better off looking at the alternatives, as giving money to PETA is akin to giving money to somebody to bomb your neighbors.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        To say animals aren't here for us to eat is a load of B.S.! There are some that are too poisonous obviously, but humans are an omniverous species. There are some cultures that don't eat meat, but I've not heard of any that are totaly vegan. Eating meat isn't inhumane, nor is farming animals for the purposes of food, leather/fur! Abusing an animal is inhumane. Not all animals that are raised for consumption are treated badly and they shouldn't be. People should respect the animals that will be on their dinner tables. I'm not against the eating of any animal as long as it is killed humanely! I am also not against people being vegan or vegetarian. That is your choice but it doesn't need to be shoved down everyone elses throat!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        im fat and i love eating animals

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        yes they want to close all these dairy farms then whats going to happen to the cows? whos going to take care of them? i just don't understand that they have a plan to help the ill treated cows i get that but then u close the farm down then what?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Actually to those who think "some" pets members, or parts of pets take it too far or believe in different things. First you have to know the difference between animal rights and animal welfare. Animal rights activist believe that all animals should be free of human use, and be able to roam freely. Animal rights activist believe to end all cruelty to animals and or domesticated animals. Peta follows animal rights, that's why they don't believe in watch dogs, seeing eye dogs or show dogs. For example, the newest crazy thing peta decided to take action on was show dogs, they actually were putting anti freeze in the water and food to help end it. Animal rights I suppose would be more of the people who believe in rescuing animals and providing shelters. This would be followed by the humane societies and aspca I also believe. So this actions aren't necessarily "taken too far". ( although I believe completely uncalled for as I am a animal rights follower) they are actually true peta members.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Just read the post from Kel. What planet do you live on & get your facts right about re-homing animals. Your kill rate is 90% & thats in the first 24hrs when the animal goes to your shelter

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        The sad thing is the most of you have your heads in the sand. They don't want us to own pets even using then in any shape or form. They are the sort of group who will free animals in the wild but that will cause a larger issue to the native animals. Most of us hate cruelty to animals but these lot well which side are they on & its not the animals

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        That's why they kill 90% of Animals in there care. Great bunch of people & you could say they are the Nazi of the Animal world.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        PETA has gone way to far. Yes I am against the abuse of animals, but I am not going to go vegan because it. Who says we can't just buy meat from kind local farms? They scare and threaten people ant kill most of the pets they take away from abusers. Seeing eye dogs are often kindly treated and very intelegent, all of the dogs i have seen appear very happy and healthy. Pets are not enslaved, if they are treated kindly, they live long happy lives. They should not be illegal to have. Nor should fireworks either. They so not need to rip companions out of peoples arms, threaten people, bribe them, or scare them. They have done just as much harm as good.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I'm an animal lover, and I'm against animal cruelty. However, I am also an omnivore, and I enjoy a good cheeseburger or chicken sandwich every now and again. I think the idea behind PETA is a good one, but seriously, some of these PETA Nuts haven taken things a little too far here, especially with that comic book thing. Seriously? Way to go, PETA. Make the kiddies so paranoid that Mommy and Daddy are going to kill Fido or Fluffy. Yeah, that's smart. Sheesh. They are also for the liberation of service dogs? Oh give me a break! So I take that to mean they don't care if a blind person gets run over by a steam roller, just so long as the seeing eye dog is liberated? Maybe I'm being a little extremist in my response here, but that's just the way I see it.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Im gonna go eat a steak and kill varmit.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        PETA IS A BUNCH OF ANIMAL FUCKING HIPPIES

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I think PETA's intentions are great it's just the way they go about it can be extreme. I understand when animal equal rights activists post/show pictures/videos of how slaughterhouses work, they want you to see the truth and how badly the animal suffers. It's wrong to show that to children though, there are plenty of non-graphic ways you can teach children about animal equality.

        What is extreme is to bomb laboratories where animals can be and probably are still inside. Throwing red paint on someone isn't gonna make them realize that they are doing something wrong, you need to properly educate someone that there are just as warm and beautiful alternatives to animal fur.

        Some of the members can be or are pretty physically aggressive towards people. Like the Tofu incident.

        That's all I gotta say about it.

      • Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

        I think PETA has a good foundation of principles and I agree with their premise. However, sometimes they get so ridiculous, especially when it comes to violence. I have heard that PETA supports ELF which sets fires to building projects. I wonder if they knew that when they burned down one of those projects, they may have destroyed a family of baby killdeers nesting on site. When their supporters bomb buildings, birds nesting in the building probably died,too.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        They're too radical, who cares if someone has a fox fur coat. There's 30 million foxes who cares if 10 disappear

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Their intentions are good but their message is flawed. They are extreme and their ideas are not grounded in reality.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        yeah. theyve taken it too far. infact they kill more animals than anyone else. out of 3015 cats found at the shelters peta euthanized 3000 because they were "unfit" and then they started handing out disturbing propaganda to children at mcdonalds in burger boxes. when you go after the kids its too far

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        They have unnecessary actions and take everything to the extreme.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        They are extremists. Overboard.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        PETA is too extreme. They even went their way to say that Super Mario, a video game character in a fantasy world, is a straight-up animal killer just for wearing the Tanooki suit that you get from touching a leaf. Seriously, it's just fictional.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        There are always extremists in a group, but aside from those people the bigger issue is that the general Peta message is too extreme. You cannot take an utopia based position and truly affect change. You have to make concessions and make gradual change.

      • darciefrench lm 5 years ago

        Yes, I believe they've taken things too far - I stopped paying attention to them.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Another articule discusses peta (or a member/supporter) placing aa 12yr old child in a cage dressing her in a animal suit....

        Really, Yes they take things too far. The point of the articule expresses how this tactic has a negative affect. Personally i think guilt would be a better tactic. People are saying that the organization isn't to blame for random supporters doing extremities, but they paid 45,000 to support a bomber.

        Regardless they support the message of these acts. The rap industry is blamed for its listeners acts, as well as videogames and movies. Peta is directly and at times indirectly at fault. Either way you can't justify them supporting a bomber for any cause.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        PETA has to be extreme in their message. Animals rights is not a priority among people. Extremity is the only way that the group will be heard and make change especially in the legal arena.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        i think they are going a little too far.......

        but im still with peta for some things like the fur stuffs.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        PETA is a comprised of completely deranged, mentally unstable, violent people who are willing to kill and maim other human beings in the name of animal liberation. Your pet dog does not want to be liberated. He enjoys his life.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I think PETA is definitely too extreme. Especially with the images and videos of how Mc Donalds slauters chickens. They are retarded

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I think that PETA has it's heart in the right place, and that yes many animal issues should be taken care of. Yet, I do think that they can be a little too extreme, and any group that is an extremist needs to calm down, and take things a step at a time. I love animals, I hate abuse, and I dislike extremists.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        PETA is waaaaaaay over the top. The things they show in their videos are some of the most hideous things I've ever seen. I've killed my own food before and a good person eats what they kill. A good person also knows to put the animal he or she has shot out of its suffering as soon as possible. Only future serial killers and wannabe serial killers enjoy the actual slaughter, but eating meat is part of a healthy diet, according to every food pyramid I've ever seen. The funniest thing I saw was one of their commercials that said "Eating meat makes you fat!" Who are they trying to scare? My 13-year-old daughter?

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        i say yes they have i show animals and i DO NOT treat them the way PETA say the farmers do. i am very proud of all my animals i lgive them love and care every day!!!!! why cant they just leave the farmers out of this and go do something else. you know what. they complain bout animals getting killed when there are babies getting killed more than animals and i dont see anyone jumping and doing anything bout tht now do u??????

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        well peta does have the right cause at heart but they let their weak emotions empower their weak winds. people like peta weren't raised right by their parents, their parents must have been weak and lacking in culture. Once you compare an animal to a human being you crossed onto a whole different world, because animals are just animals and if peta really wanted to save animals they wouldn't be killing thousands of poor adoptable pets in their Virgina Headquarters. So peta stop your damn crying you weak bastards, its not our faults that your parents did a horrible job raising you guys.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        well peta does have the right cause at heart but they let their weak emotions empower their weak winds. people like peta weren't raised right by their parents, their parents must have been weak and lacking in culture. Once you compare an animal to a human being you crossed onto a whole different world, because animals are just animals and if peta really wanted to save animals they wouldn't be killing thousands of poor adoptable pets in their Virgina Headquarters. So peta stop your damn crying you weak bastards, its not our faults that your parents did a horrible job raising you guys.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I'm a vegitarian against PETA. I believe that if PETA stopped being so extremist, people would think better of vegitarians. More people would then become vegitarians, or at least be more supportive of our choice. Also, every species cares most about their own species, so what's wrong with us caring most about OUR own species?

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        you tree hugger KEL if the horse was stabbed with a cow prong then why wouldnt their be marks? and jus because you give animals a home DOESNT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT to do what you want. i love animals and happen to be the owner of a couple pets and frankly I think you should be worried about the animals who are in fact accualy abused. You think that RODEOS are cruel for crying out loud when I walk out in the pasture the horse come and walk with me and beg for treats wich I happily give them o so abused I know if they were really that abused then they would just buck not run so there is proof enough gooten tag

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        all you people who say yes they take it to far are the people who have common sense. these people are so stupid they are going to be the end of our country. they want to shut down all ranches,farms,Dairy farms ect. then what gonna happen huh?

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Yes

      • AlexandraHubbard 8 years ago

        PETA is completely radical and is anti-pet. Their attacks on dog shows are reprehensible!

      • PatriciaJoy 8 years ago from Michigan

        I call them People Engaging in Terrorist Activity. They are way too extreme. The suggestions you made below make a lot of sense.

      • gia combs-ramirez 8 years ago from Montana

        Extremism rarely accomplishes anything but backlash. (You know from your science class that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction). There's no doubt about how badly some people treat animals, however, including ourselves as human animals.

      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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

          hate peta and hope they all burn

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          thebestmousetrap 5 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 5 years ago

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

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          anonymous 7 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 8 years ago

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