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Thursday, April 21, 2011

* 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).

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Exclusive: PETA members revolt over the ridiculing of infertile couples

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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.

Hurt comments:

National Infertility Awareness Week, is NOT a week celebrating those that are infertile. Instead it is meant to raise awareness of this heart breaking and difficult disease. Which FYI-is a disease!!! This is distasteful and in no way "honors" those of us suffering from the hope and dream of conceiving a child of our own! Perhaps you should have thought a little more of who you were honoring, instead of the disgusting campaign! You encourage people to adopt animals, why not help someone unable to naturally concieve do the same? That would be a true "honor". Thanks for your insensitivity!

Shorty comments:
As someone who struggled with infertility, telling people all the reasons not to have kids is easy to say when it isn't yourself struggling. Making fun of those us who struggle with this is disgusting.

Disgusted
comments:
This contest is sick and absurd. Your statement that we should "celebrate" National Infertility Awareness is disgusting. You are oblivious to the pain and suffering people dealing with infertility experience. You WILL lose supporters because of this. I urge you to discontinue this contest and issue a public apology for your insensitivity toward others' cause.

May
comments:

What in the world does this have to do with National Infertility Awareness Week? People who are infertile are trying to have ONE child. If any humans need to be neutered, it's the ones who father 10 children with 10 different women, or the couples who decide to have 18+ children. This is NOT an issue related to infertility. Shame on you, PETA!

UPDATE: Executive Director of the National Fertility Clinic (RESOLVE) Barbara Collura in a statement released just now has condemned the PETA lunacy:

The National Infertility Association condemns PETA’s trivialization of infertility, especially during National Infertility Awareness Week. This attack is offensive and hurtful to the 7.3 million Americans who suffer from the disease of infertility. PETA has its own mission and there is no need for it to exploit a national health observance dedicated to the needs of women and men who simply want to be parents. RESOLVE remains focused on spending April 24-30 promoting a greater awareness of – and increased sensitivity to – the issues faced by women and men struggling with infertility.'

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