There I was, ready to turn in last night when I came across a post on another wordpress blog which I thought I misread. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) had created an ad which describes the recent murder of a young man, on a Greyhound bus outside of Winnipeg and equates it to the death and slaughter of animals such as pigs and chickens. Here is the ad:
As I continued to read mouemagazine.wordpress.com’s post PETA Exploits Manitoba Bus Killing I was astounded, revolted, shocked and angered…a lot. Kudos to Mouse Magazine and their great post.
Before I begin to rant, I realize critics will twist the fact I am writing about PETA and their misguided ad as just further exploitation, on my part, of the July 30 tragedy. Somehow, the fact I am writing about this campaign on my blog and using “Manitoba murder” story tags could be seen as me trying to drive traffic to my blog at the expense of young Tim McLean’s death, yes PETA- the man whose death you use, in your so-called provocative campaign, has a name, once again, it is Tim McLean. He was 22. A victim. A carnival worker. A friend. A brother. A son.
Well, I am not trying to exploit his death for OnDeadline’s gains. I am trying to inform my constant readers, friends and internet surfers that PETA knows no bounds at trying to further its goals. PETA should be ignored and chastised for its crass and tasteless actions. I am also standing up for Tim McLean and his family and friends, none of which I know. Besides the fact they are fellow Canadians, they are fellow HUMAN BEINGS and my global brothers and sisters.
I am all for animal rights, those of you who know me can vouch for how exploitation of animals disturbs me. Heck, I have issues with the Toronto Zoo’s Stingray petting attraction. However, I would never equate petting stingrays as something as wrong and akin to child abuse and molestation, which is what PETA is essentially doing here with their ad campaign. In their own words- this how they defend their ad :
This tragic incident will certainly leave scars on the minds of the other passengers and the victim’s family and friends. While it isn’t every day that a human is violently attacked and eaten by another human, it’s worth noting that it is the norm for many people not to give any thought to the fact that restaurants are serving flesh that comes from innocents who were minding their own business before someone came after them with a knife. How amazingly and conveniently compartmentalized the human mind is…
To stress this very point, PETA will be running an ad in the Portage Daily Graphic comparing the similarities between this gruesome bus butchering and the acts of cruelty and killing performed every day by the meat industry.
The horror that cows, chickens, and pigs face on factory farms goes on for a long time too. Chickens are violently tossed into cages with dozens of other birds and forced to live amid their own waste. Baby pigs have their testicles ripped out without any painkillers. And male calves are starved and chained inside tiny stalls until their flesh becomes soft and milky white before being slaughtered for someone’s veal dinner.
PETA is running the ad to make people rethink the proposition that it is, rightly so, a criminal act to kill and eat our own kind but that it’s “OK” to kill every other species but our own and eat them.
There you go, in their own words. How can an organization be that arrogant and self-absorbed to so quickly turn such a tragedy for its own gain?
PETA does have one thing right though, “How amazingly and conveniently compartmentalized the human mind is…”, especially those of spin doctors and heartless marketers at an organization which has clearly demonstrated it has lost its way.