August 23, 2005

PETA: People for the Unethical

PETA: People for the Unethical Treatment of Minorities?

As pretty much any God-fearing American knows, few groups are more rumbustiously holier-than-thou than PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Although we, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” firmly believe that human beings, as moral animals, should treat animals ethically, we are constantly alarmed by the PETA crowd’s Peter Singer-esque nonsense.

And if this weren’t enough to rankle, our friends at PETA seem well-nigh dead-set on bothering us. After all, why else would PETA use Pamela Anderson to help with its promotional campaigns? That untalented bimbo makes us positively yearn to club a baby seal. Or, for those of us who hate noxious pseudo-R &B and pockmarked skin, a baby Seal.

Naturally, then, we, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” were delighted to find that our politically correct pals at PETA turn out to be a passel of dunderheaded racists. As an August 15 report noted, “PETA officials apologized earlier this year for a campaign that compared the suffering of Jews during the Holocaust with that of factory animals.”

How awful! How morally obtuse! How depraved!

And yet, after what must have been a heart-felt apology, the morons at PETA were up to their old racist tricks again. The report informs us that:

In the wake of protests from civil rights groups and others, PETA must now rethink its new campaign that equates images of animal abuse with those of slavery.

The animal rights group’s “Animal Liberation” campaign featured 12 panels juxtaposing pictures of black people in chains with shackled elephants and other images to illustrate the horrors of animal cruelty….

One panel depicted a black civil rights protester being beaten at a lunch counter beside a photograph of a seal being bludgeoned….

[PETA spokesperson Dawn] Carr said the images were used by PETA to prove a point: Whether it’s humans harming animals or each other, all point to an oppressive mind-set. But, officials with the National Association of Colored People don’t see it that way.

“PETA operates by getting publicity in any way they can,” said John White, an NAACP spokesman. “They’re comparing chickens to black people?”

To which we, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” respond: Right on, the humorously named Mr. White. Our friends at PETA have taken their Animals Are People Too sloganeering more than a bit too far.

(Actually, the PETA crowd doesn’t necessarily believe that Animals Are People Too, but, rather, that Cute Animals Are People Too. When was the last time you saw a protest aimed at the protection of roaches?)

Whereas the PETA brigade sees its advertising campaign as a way to highlight “an oppressive mind-set,” we, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” believe that they have merely displayed their own oppressive mindset. As the good Mr. White correctly noted, black people should not be compared with chickens.

Why wouldn’t anyone with a moral compass realize this?

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