Is there another group anywhere on the political spectrum that, year after year, displays such monumentally poor judgement as PETA?
What struck me about that pamphlet was how much of a piece it was with everything else I’ve ever seen from PETA. I long since ceased to regard them as a political organization. They’re a cult, and in my opinion a nasty one.
This isn’t the only time I’ve seen PETA throw grossly upsetting material at children. A few Christmases back they had a panel van parked curbside on Union Square, with a sound system and some video screens set up at the edge of the sidewalk there. The sound system was playing traditional Christmas carols, so I didn’t register that it was PETA until I was nearly abreast of the panel van. That’s when I realized their video screens were showing closeup footage of tortured and mutilated animals.
This was two or three days before Christmas, early evening, well within kid time, at a spot where southbound pedestrians going to do a little last-minute shopping at the Union Square crafts market, or to catch their train (it’s a major subway nexus), couldn’t help but see the display. The screens were positioned a tad low for adults, but they were just the right height for children.
Isn’t that great? Everyone who walks past gets a faceful of bloody screaming mustelids that have lost their paws to metal traps. How are small children supposed to deal with that? It needs only to be added that there were no furs for sale anywhere near that location.
I’m a free-speech absolutist, and I’ve always been opposed to unnecessary and irresponsible cruelty to animals, but PETA can go stuff it.
Furthemore:Virge has done it again in the comments thread:
It’s very easy to explain morality prescribed by pain.
You see it’s clear, all must abstain
from hurting flesh that boasts a brain.
To those whose eyes perceive, it’s plain —So stuff your “spare the kids” disdain
the kindness of our cruel campaign:
“Who shocks the cradle can constrain
the thoughts this world will entertain.”
and logic-based legerdemain.
Sadly, sincerely, I remain,