7 Things You Didn’t Know About PETA

petaPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization that is dedicated to seeing that all animals are treated ethicly and fairly. Though on the surface this sounds like a great idea, but the organization is also known for it’s radical and extreme protest style, such as throwing red paint on people who are wearing fur. Most recently PETA was in the news because some of their members pelted Lindsay Lohan with a flour (yes baking flour) bomb for a fur stole that she was wearing at a nightclub (see Josip.com).

Here are seven things that you probably didn’t know about PETA, compliments of The Center for Consumer Freedom.

1) According to government documents, PETA employees have killed more than 19,200 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens since 1998. This behavior continues despite PETA’s moralizing about the “unethical” treatment of animals by farmers, scientists, restaurant owners, circuses, hunters, fishermen, zookeepers, and countless other Americans. PETA puts to death over 90 percent of the animals it accepts from members of the public who expect the group to make a reasonable attempt to find them adoptive homes. PETA holds absolutely no open-adoption shelter hours at its Norfolk, VA headquarters, choosing instead to spend part of its $32 million annual income on a contract with a crematory service to periodically empty hundreds of animal bodies from its large walk-in freezer.

2) PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has described her group’s overall goal as “total animal liberation.” This means the complete abolition of meat, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, zoos, aquariums, circuses, wool, leather, fur, silk, hunting, fishing, and pet ownership. In a 2003 profile of Newkirk in The New Yorker, author Michael Specter wrote that Newkirk has had at least one seeing-eye dog taken away from its blind owner. PETA is also against all medical research that requires the use of animals, including research aimed at curing AIDS and cancer.

3) PETA has given tens of thousands of dollars to convicted arsonists and other violent criminals. This includes a 2001 donation of $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front (ELF), an FBI-certified “domestic terrorist” group responsible for dozens of firebombs and death threats. During the 1990s, PETA paid $70,200 to Rodney Coronado, an Animal Liberation Front (ALF) serial arsonist convicted of burning down a Michigan State University research laboratory. In his sentencing memorandum, a federal prosecutor implicated PETA president Ingrid Newkirk in that crime. PETA vegetarian campaign coordinator Bruce Friedrich has also told an animal rights convention that “blowing stuff up and smashing windows” is “a great way to bring about animal liberation,” adding, “Hallelujah to the people who are willing to do it.”

4) PETA activists regularly target children as young as six years old with anti-meat and anti-milk propaganda, even waiting outside their schools to intercept them without notifying their parents. One piece of kid-targeted PETA literature tells small children: “Your Mommy Kills Animals!” PETA brags that its messages reach over 1.2 million minor children, including 30,000 kids between the ages of 6 and 12, all contacted by e-mail without parental supervision. One PETA vice president told the Fox News Channel’s audience: “Our campaigns are always geared towards children, and they always will be.”

5) PETA’s president has said that “even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we would be against it.” And PETA has repeatedly attacked research foundations like the March of Dimes, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the American Cancer Society, solely because they support animal-based research aimed at curing life-threatening diseases and birth defects. And PETA helped to start and manage a quasi-medical front group, the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, to attack medical research head-on.

6) PETA has compared Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust to farm animals and Jesus Christ to pigs.jesus1 PETA’s religious campaigns include a website that claims—despite ample evidence to the contrary—that Jesus Christ was a vegetarian. PETA holds protests at houses of worship, even suing one church that tried to protect its members from Sunday-morning harassment. Its billboards taunt Christians with the message that hogs “died for their sins.” PETA insists, contrary to centuries of rabbinical teaching, that the Jewish ritual of kosher slaughter shouldn’t be allowed. And its infamous “Holocaust on Your Plate” campaign crassly compared the Jewish victims of Nazi genocide to farm animals.

7) PETA frequently looks the other way when its celebrity spokespersons don’t practice what it preaches. As gossip bloggers and Hollywood journalists have noted, Pamela Anderson’s Dodge Viper (auctioned to benefit PETA) had a “luxurious leather interior”; Jenna Jameson was photographed fishing, slurping oysters, and wearing a leather jacket just weeks after launching an anti-leather campaign for PETA; Morrissey got an official “okay” from PETA after eating at a steakhouse; Dita von Teese has written about her love of furs and foie gras; Steve-O built a career out of abusing small animals on film; the officially “anti-fur” Eva Mendes often wears fur anyway; and Charlize Theron’s celebrated October 2007 Vogue cover shoot featured several suede garments. In 2008, “Baby Phat” designer Kimora Lee Simmons became a PETA spokesmodel despite working with fur and leather, after making a $20,000 donation to the animal rights group.

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9 responses to “7 Things You Didn’t Know About PETA

  1. My whole life PeTA has called me ‘murderer’ because I just happen to love fur. I am really happy that people are starting to point out all the hypocracy within PeTA.

  2. Since PETA hasn’t been set up as a traditional shelter, most of the animals PETA receive are so physically and/or psychologically abused that euthanasia is definitely the most compassionate choice (to learn more, please see PETA’s fact sheet at http://www.PETA.org/feat-overpopulation_crisis.asp). PETA provide free euthanasia services for local residents who have very sick or critically injured animals but can’t afford to take them to a veterinarian. For example, PETA’s caseworkers were able to gain custody of a dog (she was locked to a 15 pound chain!) who was starved. PETA had to carry her into the emergency clinic because she could barely walk. On the doctor’s advice, PETA gave her food and water in a comfortable room and monitored her progress overnight but, by the next morning, she couldn’t keep the food down, so they rushed her again to see a veterinarian. He recommended euthanasia due to the severity of her condition; she was in a lot of pain and faced an agonizing, lingering death otherwise. The most humane option for her was a peaceful and dignified release from her suffering. Would you want to keep this poor animal alive with no end to her pain in sight? Of course not! PETA pursued criminal charges against those responsible for her condition, leading to their convictions for cruelty to animals, though, and you can read more about this at http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/f-asiasstory.asp.

    However, the best way to prevent suffering for many of these animals is to spay and neuter them, and that’s why PETA’s mobile SNIP (Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please) clinic offers low-cost and free alterations and other procedures to low-income neighborhoods (http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/about_snip.asp) . Since every animal purchased from a pet store or breeder means that another homeless animal must die, adopting an animal from a shelter or rescue group is the only responsible way to bring a furry friend into your life (http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/ga_petstore.asp).

  3. PETA is an activist organization working to educate the public about the horrors of animal suffering through totally “peaceful” means; PETA doesn’t engage in activities in which anyone, human or other-than-human, is injured. ‘Some’ animal rights activists have broken inanimate objects such as stereotaxic devices (the metal contraptions that hold an animal’s head in place with screws into the skull) and decapitators and have burned empty buildings in which animals were tortured and killed. Some raids have provided proof of horrific cruelty that would not have been discovered or believed otherwise. They have resulted in criminal charges against laboratories and experimenters for violations of state and federal animal protection laws and, in some cases, have shut down abusive labs for good.

    While these activists and PETA have very different approaches, PETA will certainly not condemn them for carrying out illegal actions in which no living being is harmed. They are acting on their overwhelming feelings of compassion when faced with evidence of violent acts being carried out behind closed doors—acts that, though more vicious and cruel than any we might inflict on our worst enemies during times of war, are nonetheless often very legal when carried out on animals in labs. Since current regulations are almost non-existent, and those that do exist often go unenforced, these actions are sometimes the only way hideous cruelties have been exposed and ended. On a number of occasions, activist break-ins have served to initiate investigations that expose violations of law on the part of the animal abusers that would otherwise have gone unnoticed and/or unchecked. PETA works very hard to stop cruelty to animals through pamphlets, billboards, letters, ads, articles, peaceful demonstrations, humane education in schools, and colorful campaigns.

    What PETA do it’s money is always legal and open to scrutiny. If any one of the PETA staff members has been arrested you can count on the fact it was probably for sitting down in a peaceful protest of animal suffering, in the time-honored tradition of Cesar Chavez, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. The $1,500 that PETA gave to the Earth Liberation Front press office a few years ago was to help with “legal bills” for a good animal protectionist whom PETA felt was being harassed unfairly for speaking his mind about animal abuse and who to this day has never been charged with anything!

    PETA believes in the right to legal counsel, and that is what PETA have provided to humane people on a few occasions. One example is the case of 60-year-old school teacher Roger Troen, who took in some rescued rabbits who had been dropped on his doorstep one night and who was later charged with accepting stolen property when it was discovered that the rabbits had been taken from the University of Oregon. PETA turned that trial on its head, exposing the university’s hideously cruel practices, as well as the deaths of countless primates there. In the end, the judge said that he was ashamed to call the University of Oregon his alma mater.

  4. PETA very much love the animal companions who share our homes, but PETA believe that it would have been in the animals’ best interests if the institution of “pet keeping”—i.e., breeding animals to be kept and regarded as “pets”—never existed. The international pastime of domesticating animals has created an overpopulation crisis; as a result, millions of unwanted animals are destroyed every year as “surplus.” This selfish desire to possess animals and receive love from them causes immeasurable suffering, which results from manipulating their breeding, selling or giving them away casually, and depriving them of the opportunity to engage in their natural behavior. Their lives are restricted to human homes where they must obey commands and can only eat, drink, and even urinate when humans allow them to.

    Because domesticated animals retain many of their basic instincts and drives but are not able to survive on their own in the wild, dogs, cats, or birds, whose strongest desire is to be free, must be confined to a house, yard, or cage for their own safety.

    This is a “best case” scenario. The truth is that millions of dogs spend their lives outside on heavy chains in all weather extremes, or they are kept locked up in tiny chain-link pens from which they can only watch the world go by. Millions more are confined to filthy wire cages in puppy mills—forced to churn out litter after litter until they wear out, at which time they are killed or dumped at the local animal shelter. Even in “good” homes, cats must relieve themselves in dirty litterboxes and often have their digits removed by “declawing,” and dogs often have to drink water that has sat around for days, are hurried along on their walks, and are yelled at to get off the furniture or be quiet.

    Most compassionate people never think that someone would throw a litter of kittens out the window of a moving car, and they would certainly be shocked by PETA’s inches-thick files on cases of dogs and cats who have been shot with arrows, blown up with firecrackers, doused in gasoline and set on fire, cooked in microwave ovens, used as “bait” in dogfights, tortured in satanic rituals, beaten with baseball bats by bored kids, dragged behind cars to “teach them a lesson” for running away, or bound in duct tape to silence their barking. Abuses such as these happen to many animals every day.

    Contrary to myth, PETA does not want to confiscate animals who are well cared for and “set them free.” What PETA 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 shelters—never from pet shops or breeders—thereby reducing suffering in the world.

  5. Most vegans and vegetarians wouldn’t disagree with you. PETA does go about things the wrong way. Much in the same way lets say the Black Panther Party did.

    In both cases their fight was just but their means were way, way off.

  6. I certainly don’t advocate for the mistreatment of animals in any way. The method behind how the abuse is stopped is what concerns me. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Assaulting someone with a bag of flour because you don’t agree with them is illegal. Damaging someone’s personal property is not ethical. It’s the extremist nature of PETA that I take issue with. Though I certainly understand that not everyone in the organization is like that, the organization itself condones such behavior by not condemning it. There is never an excuse for breaking the law, even for a cause. There are right ways and wrong ways to handle a situation. The right way does not involve assault, destruction of private property or verbal or physical violence unless provoked (ie. self defense).

  7. http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/minks.asp
    In an attempt to save minks from becoming fur coats, animal rights activists freed them. The results were not pretty.

  8. SPURWING PLOVER

    PETA needs to be total eradicated and have its tax exempt status revoked and its leadership including NEWKIRK,and FEDRICH brough under RICO and anti-terrorists laws

  9. Brainless PITA…isn’t it a PITY

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