Wednesday, September 07, 2005

an interesting decision

Making, what I would consider to be, a pretty controversial move, the folks over at Relevant Magazine included a full page ad space for PETA in their current edition. Anyone familiar with Relevant on any level is aware that they are definitely not right-winged Republicans, however I am surprised at their advertisement of such an extremist group. I'm not sure what this move means for Relevant, but I'm afraid that it's not good.

Just in case you're not aware of exactly what PETA stands for, let's reminisce.

  • PETA president Ingrid Newkirk once stated, "When it comes to feelings such as pain, fear, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy."
  • One of the most controversial PETA campaigns has been their "Holocaust on Your Plate" campaign which draws parallels between the treatment of farm animals confined and slaughtered for food production and the treatment of Jews and other victims of the Holocaust.
  • The most recent controversy generated by PETA is its "Are Animals the New Slaves?" campaign. The campaign involves a tour of the United States and features a display in which comparisons are drawn between various uses of animals, and the suffering endured by black slaves during the Colonial era in North America
  • Alex Pacheco, co-founder of PETA, stated that "Arson, property destruction, burglary, and theft are acceptable crimes when used for the animal cause."
  • In response to a news report in January of 2003 that a donkey was laden with explosives and intentionally blown up in a failed attack on a busload of Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk sent then Palestenian Authority President Yasser Arafat a request that he "appeal to all those who listen to [him] to leave the animals out of this conflict." However, Newkirk deliberately did not ask Arafat to try to stop suicide bombings that killed people but did not harm animals. She later explained what many saw as a morally untenable stance, to the Washington Post: "It is not my business to inject myself into human wars."

Essentially, PETA considers human life to be equal to, or less than equal to, animal life. Certainly I believe in the humane treatment of animals, but I don't agree with Relevant's support of this group.

posted by Christie