PETA’s exaggerated claims
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Organization unjustly equates human suffering to animal suffering
A few weeks ago, a really nice girl approached me outside the library and asked me to sign a petition. She explained that their organization was petitioning McDonalds to slaughter their chickens in a more humane way.
I ended up signing the petition, not because I care about how you kill my food, but simply because I like to support people who are active about what they believe in.
I came to find out a couple minutes later as I picked up a stray pamphlet flying down the walkway that she was a part of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
Personally, I have always had issues with PETA. In my opinion, they go very extreme on issues that are not that important — I am sure you’ve heard about them throwing red paint on people’s fur jackets, symbolizing animal blood.
Not only do actions like this make them look crazy, all this energy used to sabotage celebrities’ clothes could be put to use for much better causes.
This brings me to my biggest problem with PETA overall: They stand by the belief that animal life is equal to human life and I find this disgusting.
But I found something on their young adult website that was much more disturbing and offensive than anything I had read before — something about “Liberation.”
I encourage everyone to visit their website (peta2.com) and take a look at this campaign, where they literally compare slavery and child labor to animal cruelty.
In their own words “this exhibit looks back at history to show how we justified the abuse of humans in the past and continue to justify the abuse of animals.”
Don’t get me wrong — I don’t condone being unnecessarily cruel to animals. But I have never been able to understand how PETA holds the life of food in such high regard.
In this gallery, they make the furthest jumps in comparison they can.
They compare slavery to branding cattle. They compare the long hours and unsafe conditions for children and women in factories to hen houses and veil crates.
They even compare people being placed in concentration camps to a monkey being put in a zoo.
Are you joking? I wonder how people who think like that would feel about you comparing them to a monkey in a zoo.
But wait — there’s more. They also compare how African-Americans were beaten during the civil rights struggle to seal hunting.
In the beginning of the “Liberation Tour,” they actually use a quote by Martin Luther King Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
I read that and asked myself — would King be offended at the usage of his quote if he were alive? After everything he fought for, and died for, would he let them compare the suffering of African-Americans trying to gain freedom to seals and cows?
The worst of all these comparisons is a slide in which they placed a picture of dead human bodies next to one of dead pigs. In the slide they discuss how in Cambodia between 1975-1979 more than 1.7 million people were killed under the Khmer Rouge regime.
They discuss how these people were put into prison camps and transported to “killing fields” where they were killed with pickaxes and dumped into mass graves. They state that one prison camp “processed” 17,000 individuals in the four-year span.
Then the slide compares the scenario in Cambodia to the U.S, where we kill 118 million pigs every year, which translates into the murder of 1,100 pigs every hour by a typical slaughterhouse.
They showed this information next to each other, like I am really supposed to think that the suffering of the pigs is comparable to the horrible slaughter of human life they described in the first slide. To me, even making that comparison is offensive.
But they never compared anything we do to animals to Nazi concentration camps and I am left wondering why. I believe that they understand, somewhere in their minds, that comparing Auschwitz to a pig slaughterhouse is ridiculous.
I believe that PETA purposely used examples of human suffering that were either mild or not well known so that they could make a point without making people really think deeply about it.
So I’m here to urge you to think: How would you feel if they placed a picture of your ancestors or your friends being tortured next to a picture of a pig being slaughtered and claimed that they were equals?
There are still people in the world who are forced into political concentration camps. People are still being tortured and killed. PETA acts like human suffering is a thing of the past and that we should move on.
While human suffering continues, hundreds of people are wasting time and energy trying to get me to believe that I should be as concerned with the suffering of my Christmas ham as I am with the suffering of humans everywhere.