Reasons why PETA is terrible
Content warning: Racism, sexism, fat shaming, misogyny, euthanization of shelter animals, Holocaust, KKK
I hope everybody knows by now that PETA is an awful bunch of people, but I thought I’d collect some of the reasons together for anyone who doesn’t.
- PETA has a long history of horribly, disturbingly sexist advertisements. (warning: that link is disturbing, seriously.)
- PETA also has a history of racist jackassery like wearing klan hoods to the Westminster Dog Show and comparing it to the Holocaust. They also put up billboards in Washington D.C. comparing animal cruelty to human slavery and specifically the American enslavement of Africans.
- This one deserves its own bullet point - they actually sued Sea World under the 13th Amendment. The one that outlawed slavery in the U.S. Yeah. They did that.
- And let’s not forget the whole “Holocaust On Your Plate” ad campaign.
- PETA also loooooooooooves fat-shaming. Example - this recent billboard featuring a.. meat pie coffin? I think? Suggesting that eating animals makes you (horrors!) fat and also kills you? So go vegan? Bonus offensiveness: they put this up next to a mortuary. See also this whole ad campaign centered on fat-shaming:
- Another recent advertisement claimed that going vegan will send your sex drive into overdrive and you’ll be so potent you’ll actually injure your girlfriend and leave her limping and wearing a neck brace which is awesome and hilarious. I wish I was exaggerating but I’m totally not.
- When a grisly killing spree in Vancouver left 15 women dead, PETA tried to purchase full-page ads in local papers suggesting that this carnage was no worse than the killing of animals for food.
- PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk opposes the use of Seeing Eye dogs and has had at least one dog taken away from its blind owner.
- PETA protests public shelters that euthanize animals, but their own shelter euthanizes most of the animals they take in. Not some. Most.
- PETA is actually right now trying to fight No-Kill legislation in Virginia, because it would prevent their shelter from euthanizing animals.
- PETA has given tens of thousands of dollars to convicted arsonists and other violent criminals. This includes a 2001 donation of $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front (ELF), an FBI-certified “domestic terrorist” group responsible for dozens of firebombs and death threats. PETA paid $70,200 to Rodney Coronado, an Animal Liberation Front (ALF) serial arsonist convicted of burning down a Michigan State University research laboratory.
- During the past ten years, PETA has spent four times as much on criminals and their legal defense than it has on shelters, spay-neuter programs, and other efforts that actually help animals.
- Right here, from the actual PETA website, is their stance on extremist animal liberation groups that commit arson and violently harass medical researchers: Throughout history, some people have felt the need to break the law in order to fight injustice. The Underground Railroad and the French Resistance are both examples of people breaking the law in order to combat injustice… Anyone can be an activist. It does not take any special skills or superhuman abilities. You just need to care enough about animals to want to help them.”
PETA employees were also on trial in eastern North Carolina in 2007 for the illegal euthanization and dumping of dozens of animals in a dumpster behind a Piggly Wiggly. PETA sent workers to struggling, resource deprived shelters in NC and volunteered to take surplus animals to the PETA facility in VA for adoption. The shelters signed over adoptable animals thinking that they were going to be given the best treatment possible and would find new homes through the VA shelter. Instead, they were euthanized in the back of a van and tossed in a dumpster. At trial, lawyers paid for by PETA claimed that the defendants had done nothing wrong because the animals were legally their property and they could do what they liked with them. They were only convicted of illegal disposal of animal remains.
PETA, and Ingrid Newkirk personally, are very anti-pit bull. They advocate the banning and euthanization of pit bulls. They even “accepted” Michael Vick after his conviction, but argued that the dogs involved should be euthanized.
If you’re supporting PETA, you’re not supporting animals, you’re supporting people who actively go out of their way to attack minority groups for the sake of publicity. They’re tarnishing the name of animal rights & activism, and they’re getting money from suckers to do so? Ugh.
Shelters and animal welfare services in your own town need your help more than awful million dollar corporations!