Monday, May 05, 2008
Anytime the death of an animal is on the front page of your local newspaper, you know PETA will enter the media fray simply for their own promotion. Eight Belles, a girl horse that got 2nd place at the Kentucky Derby this weekend, collapsed shortly after crossing the finish line with two broken ankles. Veterenarians sent her off to eat carrots and apples in the big pasture in the sky, as her injuries were severe.
What does the world's largest organization for hypocrites have to say? Ban horse racing? Not quite. How about run the races on softer surfaces. If you're against the exploitation of animals, anything short of a ban on horse racing seems like animal exploitation to me. Then again, I have too many surviving brain cells in my frontal lobe to buy into PETAs dog and pony show. This is the same as opponents of the death penalty saying "We don't care if you execute people, our real objection is to how you do it. Use something soft, like a pillow, and I'll be happy."
Does PETA actually believe this? Of course not. PETA is a finely oiled media machine, and their pollsters told them what the repsonse would be that would give them the best media exposure. PETA isn't about a consistent message. PETA is about maximizing their visibility, even if it means abadoning their core message.