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PETA Angers Even Its Own Supporters
August 21, 2009, 9:56 am
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Before I really began considering going vegetarian, I always thought PETA was a bunch of extremist crazies. I’m sure most of mainstream America sees them this way, and this is thanks to their zany, pushing-the-envelope tactics.

As I entered the vegan lifestyle, my attitude toward them softened. They actually provide lots of great information on eating healthy, reducing your impact on the environment, and, of course, the crucial fight for animal rights. GoVeg, PETA’s “Vegetarian 101” site, has a nice look, a positive attitude, and great recipes. I have posted their celebrity testimonial videos here on Lotus, because I think they are informative and fun.

But now PETA has managed to once again piss off even its staunchest supporters in the veg community with this billboard in Florida urging people to “Save the Whales” (read: fat people) by going vegetarian.


Read this story from the Palm Beach Post for more info: PETA’s ‘whale’ ad pokes fun at obesity, misinforms

This is yet another example of PETA going too far. Obesity is an epidemic, a disease, a real problem that all-too-many Americans are dealing with. But it is not something to be mocked and degraded. Especially not if you’re trying to reach that very audience with your message. The backlash to this campaign has been swift and massive among the Twitterati and in the blogosphere.

Here’s one response from an overweight vegan blogger that’s sincere and well-written:  Dear PETA

And on a somewhat related note, here’s a wonderful video from the Onion that takes a stab at PETA’s other recent ad campaigns that have been terribly exploitive of women. As DaynaR said, “Sadly, being satire doesn’t make it any less true.”

PETA, will you never stop shooting yourself in the foot?


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PETA doesnt care if your fat, skinny, beautiful or butt-ugly….all they are is a bunch of money hungry paper pushers that care only about making themselves richer….please read and pass on the following.
You can read more on my blogs about Bob Barker and the Blowhards and also about the Cherokee Bear Zoo..

“In 2006, PETA killed 2,981 dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and other animals. This is 97% of the animals left in their care, according to PETAs own records they supplied to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (2006). For comparison, the Virginia Society for the Protection of Animals (which operates in Norfolk, Virginia, as does PETA) euthanized less than 2.5% of the 1,404 animals placed with them in 2006. While PETA collects tens of millions in donations by claiming to advocate for the welfare of animals, the group has actually killed 17,400 pets since 1998.

PETA’s “Animal Record” report for 2008, filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows that the animal rights group killed 95 percent of the dogs and cats in its care last year. During all of 2008, PETA accepted 2,216 pets. Of the 2,216 animals, PETA found adoptive homes for just seven pets. This brings the total animals killed by PETA from July 1998 to December 2008 up to over 21,000.”


Comment by cherokeebydesign

PETA, is a horrible group. They forced a monastary…A GROUP OF MONKS… to give up the chicken farm that they have so humanely operated for decades. This was their main source of income and PETA thought these men of God were cruel. What a joke!

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Comment by southernsatirist

As if PETA needed more enemies…

Seems so strange – and random – that PETA exploits body image issues to promote the ethical treatment of animals. Even if those ads lead to a few people turning vegetarian, it seems for the wrong reason. Those people still might go hunting, use REAL whale oil, etc. It’s like converting people to Christianity for the bake sales.

Or not. Who knows?

Or as Clay Davis would say, “Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit.”

Comment by Klaus

wow, dude. great post. loved your link to natala’s blog. and the onion video! if only i could be released to live in peace on a farm! lol

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