PETA Getting Bad Press

by on 08/31/2008 in Odd Stuff, People

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 2.0 million members and supporters has been creating a lot of bad press. I know that TechJaws is a tech blog, but I had to rant about this organization.

It’s for a good cause, but it’s not all that good when members of this organization misbehave. There were recent reports that PETA members were protesting a fishing tournament and started throwing objects at fishermen to discourage them from fishing.

PETA members need to treat people like they treat animals instead of acting like animals. I think there are always bad apples in any group or organization, but PETA has been caught too many times as being physically abrasive during their protests. PETA has been squelched by many people because of their tactics and we don’t see this issue ever getting resolved.

There are many negative stories about PETA it makes you wonder what their real mission is. Here are some facts taken from various anti-PETA web sites.

  1. PETA has stated repeatedly that their goal is “total animal liberation.” This means no pets, no meat, no milk, no zoos, no circuses, no fishing, no leather, and no animal testing for lifesaving medicines.
  2. PETA has given tens of thousands of dollars to convicted arsonists and other violent criminals.
  3. PETA funds the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine 3, an animal-rights organization that presents itself as an unbiased source for nutritional information and has links to a violent animal-rights group called SHAC.
  4. PETA has used their contributors’ tax-exempt donations to fund the North American Earth Liberation front, an FBI-certified “domestic terrorist” group responsible for fire bombs and death threats.
  5. PETA regularly targets kids as early as elementary school with anti-meat and anti-milk propaganda.
  6. PETA spends less than one percent of its $13 million budget actually caring for animals.
  7. PETA has repeatedly attacked groups like the March of Dimes, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the American Cancer Society, for conducting animal testing to find cures for birth defects and life-threatening diseases.

7 Responses to “PETA Getting Bad Press”

  1. Renee

    Aug 31st, 2008

    I have so many issues with PETA. I actually think that cruelty to animals is wrong but they way that they present their message to the world is disgusting. Last month they had an add about the young man that was beheaded on a bus. I also find the way that they sexualize women to be disgusting. They use womens sexuality to sell their message thus demanding more respect for an animal than a human being.
    Good for you for calling them out. I try and post something about them every time I come across something negative. People need to be aware of what they are donating their money to support.

  2. Frank J

    Aug 31st, 2008

    I agree with you they take things way too far!

  3. Tracy

    Aug 31st, 2008

    While you may disagree with Peta’s tactics, if you care about animals, you’ll look into supporting different animal organizations — and you’ll consider going vegetarian. A total of 10 billion land animals suffer and are killed each year in the U.S. for their flesh.

    Visit ChooseVeg.com for more information.

  4. Frank J

    Aug 31st, 2008

    Tracy,

    I have a dog and I love all animals, but I disagree with the actions that PETA has done lately.

  5. jenny

    Oct 15th, 2008

    i think peta seems great i think they harm people cause thats the only way for people to get the point across that killing animals is wrong and im a veganand think the wat they kill animals for people are so wrong.So maybe more people should think the same:)

  6. jenny

    Oct 15th, 2008

    Sorry but i noticed that i have alot of spelling errors on my last message Sorry but hope you understand it:(

  7. Frank J

    Oct 15th, 2008

    Great point and thank you for commenting!