Wednesday, January 02, 2008

PETA: People Eviscerating Therapeutic Advances

People for the Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) is probably one of my least favorite organizations of all time. I have several reasons behind my disgust. I eat meat, and have never once felt the least bit guilty about it. Given the magnitude of other problems, like violent crime against people for example, I think it's hilarious that people choose to advocate this point of view so violently themselves. Furthermore, unless you grow your own food at your own house, don't drive a gas-powered vehicle, don't use electricity, natural gas the internet or watch TV, some of the things that you do in your daily life will kill animals. Where do you draw the line? It's Ok to run over animals with a combine at an organic farming operation, but I can't eat one?

My newest objecting against PETA is the realization that the entire organization is suffering from a much more obvious source of hypocrisy: PETA kills animals too. Somehow, PETA and their members are still morally superior than the rest of us because they don't eat the animals they kill.

PETA has made death threats against several of my colleauges who perform humane animal research and their families. While the Bush Administration's lack of funding for health research is absolutely the largest barrier to development and advancement of health research, PETA's agenda of terror against fellow humans is more dangerous. As a result, you'll notice a new banner with links on our sidebar.


Lord Bling said...

Awesome. It's too bad too, because they don't need to be as extreme and militant as they are to make progress, but they just end up turning people off to their causes, even most liberals like us.

cowboylaw said...

Funny "six degrees" note: Bruce Friedrich, the current PETA chief spokesperson, attended Grinnell for a year or two while I was there. I know the guy, and he's just as personally insufferable as he sounds like he would be.