Is PETA a Terrorist group?
Posted by animalsrule at 02/22/2010
A couple days ago I was looking at some websites and I relized a lot of them have stories about what kind of acts of terrorism PETA has done. I've been posting many questions on FaceBook and some people reply: "I find that hard to believe" and "Wow, PETA makes Vegans and Vegetarians look bad!" -I whanted to know what you think-
shearwater at 02/22/2010 21:06:02
And that's what PETA does using such [terrorist?] activities as billboards, TV and print ads, protests, and street theater. All of this is legal free speech. Unfortunately this opens them up to attack by supporters of animal abusive industries.
I have followed PETA campaigns for years. I have yet to read, see, or hear of any illegal acts committed by PETA or any charges filed against them.
What I do see happening, and this even happened to me, is because PETA is so well known people assume any animal rights activity is the work of PETA.
While organizing a campaign against a circus coming to my town I and others were accused of being PETA employees shipped in from out of state. Never mind that my home was within walking distance of the circus tent and I have yet to receive any payment from PETA or anyone else (the circus has not been back by the way). We were also accused of conspiring with al Qaeda to destroy the American way of life.
It's easy to find PETA critics who say they break the law. What's not so easy to find is any laws they've broken or charges filed against them, much less that reach the level of terrorism. In fact, they operate openly from offices in the US. If only al Qaeda terrorists were that easy to find.
JohnnySensible at 02/22/2010 22:37:33
This is not your most constructive posts ever!
I have been supporting PETA since the beginning.
Maybe take 15 minutes to read about Polly Strand before you again use words such as terrorists in connection with AR activists - http://www.ecovegevents.com/eve/PollyActivBiowPicjpg.htm
Cascadian at 02/22/2010 23:20:50
As a related aside, we should never allow legislation to dictate our ethics or actions.
SarahGladdon at 06/04/2010 08:31:41
I'm not PETA's greatest fan anymore because they really degrade women in some of their campaigns.
However, their documentary "Meet You Meat" is what turned me Vegetarian so I do owe them that great change in my life.
JohnnySensible at 06/05/2010 05:16:10
The women in their campaigns are all willing volunteers.
I do not get the 'degrade' comment.
shearwater at 06/14/2010 05:45:34
But if you want to talk about degrading women - I live in the US, a country that failed to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, that pays women 76 cents for every dollar a man earns, and that has only 17% of seats in Congress held by women.
Yet it is PETA that is attacked for degrading women? I applaud PETA volunteers (men and women) for finding ways to get these issues discussed on news programs, something not easy to do in today's highly competitive and very corporate media.
I just got back from the beach. There were girls and women everywhere dressed as scantily as those women in PETA ads. Yet I didn't see one doing so for a worthwhile cause like preventing the cruelty of fur and circuses or ending world hunger or stopping the war. Makes you wonder what their purpose was...
Billboards and other ads also had women wearing next to nothing trying to profit by selling some useless product. I turned on several news shows and not one of the female newscasters or weather "girls" I saw looked middle-aged or overweight - quite the opposite.
PETA performing a few harmless stunts to get the media's attention is what's getting people talking about these issues and forcing changes while most groups are still lost in the shadows.
Animals are being saved. The only ones being degraded by PETA campaigns are animal abusers.
CandyKisses at 09/27/2010 22:22:52
Thank you all for letting me share here. Peace...
Chase Morgan at 03/12/2011 08:26:06