Monday, April 14, 2014
on the verge of death after its ideologically-driven owners bought the emaciated creature in wondering what might be wrong with it.
One of the goals of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is to grant animals the same legal rights as people, but this foolish quest suffered double setbacks this week.
PETA is no stranger to losing in the courtroom—like its frivolous case claiming that Sea World’s performing whales were slaves or a not-at-all-frivolous case involving a breach of confidentiality that a jury found cost a police officer his job—but it added two new defeats to its list, one in California and one in Kansas.
In California, a judge ruled against PETA’s lawsuit attacking California’s “Happy Cows Come from California” dairy marketing campaign. The judge found that “experience and knowledge substantiate that dairy farmers … adhere to some of the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S.” PETA’s record on animal welfare is killing over 90 percent of the pets in the group’s care in each of the past six years, so it’s understandable that the group might not recognize high welfare standards. (After all, animal welfare, a science, is not at all like animal rights ideology.)
In a U.S. District Court in Kansas, a judge found that PETA cannot force Kansas State Fair organizers to let the group publicly display a profane and graphic anti-meat propaganda video. PETA won’t be denied a booth, but people who want to see the video will have to seek it out.
Even so, an anti-agriculture group will still have more access to an agriculture fair than any pro-agriculture group would probably have at an animal rights event. PETA’s “press sluts” tactics might get it in the news, but thus far the group has little to show for it. And now courts are joining pop idols like Lady Gaga in telling PETA to get lost.
(thanks to the always entertaining CCF)
* THE PETA.XXX website has finally gone live and features a classy coterie of role models such as Ron Jeremy and Jenna Jameson. Curiously missing however is the perennial PETA favorite Heidi Fleiss. If you find washed-up and hypocritical porn D-listers spruiking PETA's tiresome agenda impressive you should check it out, although don't at this point expect actual raunch. It seems PETA has belatedly decided hardcore pornography could jeopardize its donations and is keen to represent itself as a responsible citizen. Quite how long it will do this however, remains to be seen. We will keep you posted.
* A new advertisement by the militant vegan lobby has been slammed by anti-violence campaigners for equating eating fish to domestic violence. According to the Sydney Morning herald, the video shows a screaming girl watching a man beat her mother, an attacker grabbing an elderly woman's blouse, and a bloodied schoolboy being kicked to the ground. It then shows a fish on a chopping board, opening its mouth, with the words: ''Some screams can't be heard.''
Virginia Geddes, executive officer of the Victorian (Australia) Domestic Violence Resource Centre, said she was ''horrified'' by the ad. ''I'm appalled that the lives of victims of violence are being compared to the life of a fish,'' she said. ''When PETA talks about 'shaking people up', have they thought about what being shaken up actually feels like for the women and children being abused?'' Karen Willis, executive officer of the New South Wales Rape Crisis Centre, said: ''To throw this in somebody's face without any warning is quite unethical. It re-traumatises them, and no one has the right to do that.''
* Still in Australia - Melbourne folk singer Missy Higgins has been bestowed the prestigious title of PETA's '2012 Sexiest Aussie Vegetarian Celebrity'. Fortuitously and entirely coincidentally Higgins has previously worked with the lobby on anti-meat and fur campaigns.
* Writer and editor Matthew Hennessey writes about PETA's bizarre cognitive dissonance in an article at First Things. A teaser from the article: '[PETA] advocates extending rights and protections to “nonhuman animals” of the lowest order (they even sell a $12 “humane” bug catcher that is perfect for the “compassionate person who wouldn't hurt a fly”), but explicitly takes no position on the protection of unborn humans'. Check it out...
Salady goodness from Burger King in Japan.
Original Post by the Centre for Consumer Freedom yesterday.
We’ve been exposing the lethal little secret of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for some time now.
The animal rights activist group whose leader has said “a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy” has killed over 27,000 animals at its Virginia “animal shelter” since 1998.
So it didn’t surprise us that PETA wrote a letter to the editor [of TC Palm] bashing advocates who oppose killing pets in shelters.
What is interesting is PETA’s solution to the pet “problem.” PETA argued that the Treasure Coast area of Florida (a state considering revising its shelter euthanasia regulations) should become a “no-birth” community. Yes, that’s right: PETA apparently wants to put dogs and cats on the path to extinction in that part of Florida. We’ve always enjoyed the quip that “animal rights means no animals left,” but it’s another thing to see the radicals actually advocate that it be put into action.
PETA’s call sounds shocking, but it shouldn’t be. PETA president Ingrid Newkirk has said that in her ideal world “companion animals [pets] would be phased out.” (Is that one reason PETA kills so many—to assist the “phase out”? And has PETA considered that a “no-birth” community means a shortage of furry little poster puppies for animal rights activists?)
Other animal rights activists have expressed equally chilling visions in their vegan utopias for the animals Americans cherish. Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (which gives only one percent of its budget to local animal shelters) once said, “I don’t want to see another cat or dog born.” (We’ve always wondered why his cat looks a bit bug-eyed in this photo.)
Animal rights groups might hide their agendas to eliminate meat, dairy, eggs, and all other use of animals behind dogs and cats, but don’t be fooled. “Total animal liberation” means that pets have to be “liberated,” too. We suppose it could be worse: they could end up at PETA’s shelter.
(via the CCF).
Virginian resident Lydia Netzer has told the Washington Post she has killed her cat after fearing the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) would take him instead.
Lydia Netzer, who unfortunately lives next door to PETA's Norfolk head office office, says she put 'Hoity' the cat down, after months of lectures from her neighbors about letting him outside.
In the end she feared PETA would take him.
“Every time a new intern moved in, they would come over and say they needed to talk to me about the dangers of cats living outside," said Ms Netzer.
"I would have this parade of pierced, tattooed vegans at my door.”
However Netzer says that her cat would go insane when she tried to keep him indoors but the lobby wouldn't listen.
Better she did it we suppose than PETA.
(original post from 2009 here)
THE MILITANT founder of the hardcore-porn promoting animal rights lobby PETA has revealed she is 'offended', 'sickened' and in a state of disbelief after seeing a photo of a sexy young chick in the New York Times.
But if you think the publicity hunting Ingrid Newkirk has had a change of heart about the virtually nude young women she prefers for her own campaigns you would be wrong.
Instead the offending picture -shown top left above- is that of a slightly raunchy pre-cooked bird possibly about to be roasted.
In a typical and hypocritical rant however it was the New York Times that got roasted after Newkirk unleashed her fury and bizarrely linked the photo to even necrophilia.
"When I saw it I just couldn't believe that an editor of The New York Times would find it acceptable," she declared with not a hint of irony.
"It's downright offensive, not just to people who care about animals but almost to everyone. It's [a] plucked, beheaded, young chicken in a young pose. It's necrophilia. It's not amusing. It's just ghastly and sickly."
Tina Loit, photo editor of the NYT Dining section which published the picture strongly disagreed and remarked that after they had gone to the effort of assembling it in this fashion it seemed to her like a "chicken with attitude".
Newkirk's latest hypocrisy was also not lost on the RSPCA.
"While PETA chooses to use celebrities and images of scantily clad young women to publicize many of their campaigns, the RSPCA is an animal welfare organization which bases its policies on science and common sense," said spokesman Tim Mayne.
APPLE COMPUTER Visionary Steve Jobs delayed conventional cancer surgery for nine months in favor of a radical vegan diet, a new biography has revealed.
Jobs died earlier this month from a slow-growing form of pancreatic cancer that is often treatable in its early stages, however his decision to initially eschew standard medicine and flirt with bouts of veganism and fruitariansim has lead some experts to suggest the delay might have been deadly.
Silicone Valley investor Dave Asprey has speculated that his diet may also have included the 'Dr Dean Ornish Cancer diet' which some claim starves the body of vital fat-based nutrients. The diet is heavy in processed frozen foods, estrogen-riddled soy and includes frankenfoods such as Tofurky- a substance heavily promoted by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Harvard medical research associate Ramzi Amri explicitly blamed the long delay for allowing Jobs’ neuroendocrine tumor to grow out of control.
"Jobs waited so long before seeking normal treatment that he had to undergo a Whipple procedure, losing his pancreas and whole duodenum in 2004. This was the first alarming sign that his disease had progressed beyond a compact primary to at least a tumor so large his Pancreas and duodenum could not be saved," he wrote on the Quora website.
"[He] seemingly waited long enough for the disease revealed to have spread extensively to his liver. The only reason he'd have a transplant after a GEP-NET would be that the tumor invaded all major parts of the liver, which takes a considerable amount of time. Years, in most neuroendocrine tumors. It could be that this happened before his diagnosis, but the risk grows exponentially with time.
We then saw the tumor slowly draining the life out him. It was a horrible thing to see him lose weight and slowly turn into a skin and bones form of himself."
Amri then states that little can be done when an individual pursues a form of treatment that is known medically to be ineffective even if it means death to the patient. And even if the patient is the brilliant innovator Steven Paul Jobs.
ANIMAL RIGHTS 'charity' People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will launch a debauched hard-core porn site this coming Christmas in a bid to promote its extreme vegan ideology.
In a move which will further fan the flames of critics who already view the extremist group as morally bankrupt, degrading to women and unworthy of its 'charity' status the website will depict images of explicit xxx pornography alongside advice on how to turn vegan.
"We're hoping to reach a whole new audience of people, some of whom will be shocked by graphic images that maybe they didn't anticipate seeing when they went to the PETA triple-X site," said Lindsay Rajt, PETA's associate director of campaigns.
However critics have already slammed the unscrupulous move as sexist, useless and disgusting.
"PETA is extremely disingenuous," said Jennifer Pozner, executive director of the New York-based advocacy group Women In Media & News. "They have consistently used active sexism as their marketing strategy to garner attention. Their use of sexism has gotten more extreme and more degrading.
"This may be in their minds the only thing left at their disposal to lower the bar," she said.
According to Dr. Peter C. Kleponis, the assistant director of Comprehensive Counseling Services in Pennsylvania, the lobby group's foray into hardcore porn is “ridiculous”.
“I can’t see this website doing anything to help their cause,” he said. “The people looking at it, they’re not going to care about the animals, they’re going to look at the porn. It’s not going to change their attitudes towards the treatment of animals. I don’t know who came up with that idea but it’s ridiculous.
He also says the site could be used by those more interested in bestiality than tofu.
“The people who would be really interested in this site are the people who have fetishes of hurting animals, who may have fetishes for bestiality, who associate animals with sex. “This is what it might actually increase."
PETA is also so focused on animal rights that they are willing to trample on human rights to advance their cause, he said. “It’s all about animals. Even if they have to exploit women for their own purpose, they will do it.”
News website Bikyamasr has also joined the fanfare of outrage and says PETA should be ashamed of itself.
"The exploitation of women for animal killing is abhorrent enough, but for a group that had earned the respect [?] of so many for so many years, this new porn site is yet another example that they have lost their way and continue to disgracefully corrupt the animal rights community," it editorialized recently.
The Christianity today women's blog is also 'shocked' and 'disgusted' at the forthcoming .xxx site.
* A FRUMPY pair of PETA supporters appeared on a catwalk at a Melbourne Spring Fashion Week function last week denouncing the use of fur before the lobby group devastated local fashionistas.
Melbourne's Herald-Sun reports that RMIT graduate Molly Herben was told last-minute to pull hand-made rabbit fur pieces from her collection due to pressure from the lobby group. Fellow design student Jack Loder also withdrew pieces.
Herben's employer Nadia Napreychikov says it was `outrageous' that Molly had been subjected to the demand so late in the lead up to the show. "She is devastated. She was under the impression she could use the pelts all year and then three days before her big show they decide to pull it. We don't know why RMIT and MSFW are doing this bowing down to PETA,'' she said. Melbourne designer Alannah Hill could perhaps offer her perspective...
* A world-record 21-foot-long saltwater male crocodile is currently being held in the Philippines after he ate a local man and is suspected of biting the head off a twelve year old girl. After acquiring the taste for human blood the reptile has not been killed as some would encourage but instead will be relegated to captivity in a zoo. PETA however is bizarrely calling for the reptile to be released back into the wild. "The government should do the compassionate thing and order this crocodile to be returned to his natural habitat, as taking him away to be locked up in an animal prison is just plain wrong," offered PETA's robotic 'Asia-Pacific' campaigner Ashley Fruno.
* While the novelty value of nude PETA pin-ups is now grossly wearing thin, there are still some media types who appear eager for the publicity. This week British model Kelly Brook and the ex girlfriend of George Clooney Elisabetta Canalis have both respectively stripped for the tired and tiresome 'I'd rather go naked than wear fur' campaign. Never has resurrecting Pamela Anderson around about now seemed like such a great idea.
AS A vociferous and active member of PETA, Heather Mills has stood on the streets of New York berating celebrities for wearing fur, and even threatened to stalk the fur- clad Jennifer Lopez...
This week a tabloid newspaper printed stills from a video from 1989 which apparently shows Heather wearing a mink coat.She is on the arm of her former husband, Alfie Karmal, on her way to a friend's wedding in North London.
Old friends of 39-year-old Heather, the estranged wife of Sir Paul McCartney, say she adored the coat, which used to belong to her mother. Her former sister-in-law, Dianna Karmal, says: "She really loved that coat. When I see her anti-fur campaigns now, I always chuckle."
She continues: "It's laughable that she's called so many celebrities hypocrites. She's styled herself as an anti-fur campaigner, but was proud to be in her mum's mink."
(via the Mail Online).
* The hunt to find burqa-shy Muslim chicks is on! PETA has announced it is seeking to base two campaigners in the Middle East where it hopes to offend local sensibilities - sorry 'strengthen animal welfare laws'. Let's hope it doesn't descend into farce as did the pressure group's last outing in Jordan last year.
* HALF-NUDE PETA protesters were caught swanning around in Shreveport, Louisiana on Wednesday protesting against the use of animal skins. Holding a sign reading: "Bare Skin, Don't Wear Skin", the two women drew attention from local folk clearly dedicated to their cause. "I just heard there was a naked lady out here," said Kelvin Anderson, who works downtown in Shreveport. "So I came to see if it was true."
* PETA has weighed in on a camel race to be held at a festival in Tara southern Queensland, Australia. Advised PETA spokesman Des Bellamy: "Well the thing about Tara is it's a festival of culture, so ... it's not like they're just dependent on the camels," he said. Okay. In related news the lobby group has also demanded an end to the 41 year old Alice Springs Camel Cup which was immediately rejected by organizer Ian Rowan. " "The camels are looked after like kings and queens," he replied.
A PICKY Texan pet snake has unwittingly revealed the bizarre tension that now exists between pet stores that need to respond appropriately to pet dietary needs and the radical demands forced upon them by the extremist pressure group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
At the center of this ordeal lies US Pet store giant PETCO and a fussy pet python named ‘Fluffy’.
According to Fluffy’s Texan owner- who wrote exclusively to PETA WATCH - the snake had been off its usual diet of live mice and rats for a while and after consultation needed to gobble a gerbil to restore its appetite.
After an uneasy encounter with a PETCO employee, the gerbil was sold to Fluffy but it was subsequently revealed that PETCO were in future unable to sell anything other than mice and rats for snakes - not because it breached health or dietary recommendations for the animals - but because of a ‘huge contract with PETA’.
PETAWATCH has not received a response from either PETCO or PETA about the farce as at publishing date.
At issue however is whether a militant and highly political lobby should have the right to dictate the diet of a creature that is legal to sell in the US and whose dietary requirements are grossly removed from its antagonists who advocate a rigid vegan lifestyle that requires even you to stop eating butter.
Fluffy’s owner told this site: ‘...the idea that they'd (PETA) be willing to let a snake starve so a cute widdle (sic) gerbil wouldn't get eaten is just asinine’.
In 2005 PETA also succeeded in stopping PETCO from selling large birds.
Academics including a professor from Oxford university have launched an assault on common English language terms such as 'wildlife' and 'pets' claiming they are derogatory to animals.
An editorial in the new academic publication the Journal of Animal Ethics insists animal lovers should stop referring to their treasured friends as pets because it is insulting and use the term 'companion animal' instead.
“Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers,” the editorial complains.
“Again the word ‘owners’, whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use without moral constraint.”
“We invite authors to use the words ‘free-living’, ‘free-ranging’ or ‘free-roaming’ rather than ‘wild animals’.
In a bizarre PETA-style effort, the editors Professors Andrew Linzey and Priscilla Cohnalso also want phrases such as 'sly as a fox', 'eat like a pig' and 'drunk as a skunk' banned.
Next up: world peace.
(via Doug and Sharon)
* Good news for the poor in Sacramento: they can now eat if they are prepared to go vegan. The not-for-profit Sacramento Food Bank has partnered with Earthsave International to implement a 'health program' for hungry citizens that supplies free food and education to 'dramatically improve their health'....Yet the lofty sounding scheme has some fine print that includes a strict vegetarian ideology and a lurking Ingrid Newkirk, who serves on Earthsave's international advisory board. The Meals for Health program started on April 8th and consists of a 'low-fat, plant-strong diet'. But critics are wondering: are the starving best served when nourishment depends upon vegan criteria?
* OSCAR WINNER and self-proclaimed 'vegan activist' Natalie Portman is no longer vegan because "...if you're not eating eggs, then you can't have cookies or cake from regular bakeries...." Portman - who recently designed a line of vegan shoes- went back to being plain vegetarian when she became pregnant and says "...I was listening to my body to have eggs and dairy and that sort of stuff."
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has written a letter to the translators of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible accusing the current text of being "speciesist" and requesting that pronouns like "he" and "she" be used instead of "it" when referring to animals. Ubiquitous PETA spokesman and all-round killjoy Bruce Friedrich told CNN that "Language matters. Calling an animal 'it' denies them something...".
* A PETA insider has alleged to this site that the lobby group could be in a financial pickle, citing salary freezes and an apparent slashing of its operational budget and staff of up to 15 percent. PETA WATCH has been unable to confirm any details to date, but will keep you updated on related news. The group appears to still be hiring staff. Could it be that donors are waking up to the fact that much of what they donate is going to causes other than those they would have wanted?
(Thanks to readers).
BARBARIC animal-rights lobby People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has decided to 'honor' The National Infertility Association's 'Awareness Week' - a week in April/May where issues surrounding infertility for couples are at the fore - by offering one of their supporters a free vasectomy.
The competition on the group's site says:
Win a vasectomy by PETA!
Get your animal companion fixed, and get yourself fixed too!
Human overpopulation is crowding out animal life on the planet, and dog and cat overpopulation is creating a euthanasia crisis that is a crying shame...
Now, one lucky man can be reproduction-free, free of charge, just like his pooch or feline friend.
In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (April 24 to 30), PETA will give one free vasectomy to a man who has recently had his companion cat or dog neutered. To enter, leave a comment answering the question, "Why should PETA neuter you?" in the comments section.
But the stunt appears to have backfired with angry PETA members chastising its gross insensitivity on the sites blog.
GERMANY'S world-famous polar bear Knut has died to a fanfare of lecturing by animal-rights lobby People for the Ethical treatment of Animals (PETA).
The photogenic bear was reared from a cub at Berlin Zoo by devoted keeper Thomas Doerflein after being rejected by his mother at birth.
The cub weighed just nine kilograms when born and became a star attraction at the zoo.
His untimely death this week was purportedly from a heart attack, although the cause is still being investigated.
Controversy broke soon after Knut's birth when PETA activist Frank Albrecht said he should have been put down after he and his twin brother were rejected by their mother. Apparently 'animal rights' does not include the right to live.
PETA then went on to launch a campaign to castrate the bear and this week has been reported as blaming the zoo for the death.
'We asked zoo authorities to move Knut. His premature death could have been avoided,' PETA said.
The group went on to attack what it said was 'intensive' breeding of polar bears in zoos and claimed putting him in an enclosure with three females led to 'enormous stress'.
The lobby declared that polar bears 'do not belong in captivity' although quite what the better option would have been for a hand-reared polar bear than being looked after by veterinarians and animal specialists at the zoo is anybody's guess.
But perhaps this was already answered by Mr. Albrecht several years ago.