PETA plus and minus. September 17, 2012Posted by ourfriendben in pets, wit and wisdom.
Tags: adoption, animal shelters, PETA, The Actor, Uggie, vandalism, WikiLeaks
Silence Dogood here. I noticed one of many eccentric touches at this month’s 17th annual Bowers Chile Pepper Food Festival: a guy manning one of the booths in a tee-shirt that said “PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals.”
Needless to say, members of the actual organization PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, would be highly unlikely to eat them; most are vegans or vegetarians. But I have to say, I got a kick out of that shirt.
I’m also a lifelong vegetarian/vegan and for the same reason: We don’t have to eat animals, so why should we? But at the same time, I despise the humorless approach of PETA, taking itself so, so seriously. Being so intolerant of everyone else. And worst of all, condoning and actually perpetrating vandalism, something I despise above all else. This reduces PETA to the level of hackers, of WikiLeaks; it cheapens their message and enrages rather than enlists potential supporters. Dumping cans of red paint on people who happen to be wearing fur coats is not likely to make them into animal lovers, idiots! Jesus. Get a brain, how about it?!!
But PETA finally did something right: It placed a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal featuring Uggie, the dog star of the Academy Award-winning film “The Actor,” reminding readers that Uggie was adopted from an animal shelter and that people should go to their local shelters to adopt pets rather than buying them from stores and breeders. It’s the first unoffensive PETA ad I’ve ever seen.
PETA, please learn from this: Start appealing to people’s emotions and sense and stop the vandalism that makes you an object of hate, ridicule, and marginalization. Stop tossing paint. People will only respect you and take you seriously if they think you respect them. Once you make it clear that you do, perhaps they’ll finally be willing to hear your message.