PETA Versus Palin

PETA Versus Palin

Corey WilsonWednesday,7 January 2015

Let’s start right off by saying that I don’t like Sarah Palin, and the simple fact that she was once the leader of a place, and almost became co-leader of a place a whole lot bigger, makes my left arm tingle. But by that same admission, I don’t like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) either. And it’s not because I hate animals, and it’s not because bacon is just that good. It’s because more times than not, their campaigns come across as more angsty-teen than not-for-profit, let’s save the world! That’s why when they chided Sarah Palin for taking a picture of her son using the family dog as a step stool, I had to roll my eyes.

If you haven’t seen it, this picture of Sarah’s 6 year-old son, Trig, using the family dog as a step stool had real-life activists and armchair-dog lovers frothing all over their keyboards. Now, I don’t think that Trig should’ve stood on the dog. I wouldn’t let my imaginary child, Joshua, stand on my imaginary dog, Dogshua. But what gets me, is after chiding her, they ended with “We have no reason to believe that the Palin companion animals aren’t ordinarily pampered, and we wish the entire family a peaceful and humane 2015.” If that’s not a, “I’m not even mad, bro. Why are you so mad?” I’ll unplug my Ethernet cord right now.

But this article is less about Palin, and more about PETA, and how they desperately need to shed their image. I am all for the ethical treatment of animals. I love my two cats more than I like most people (and my girlfriend certainly likes the cats more than she likes me). But the organization has been inclined to do some questionable things, like hiring convicted ALF members, or supporting animal activists who literally sprayed chemicals in a researcher’s face, I can’t be a part of that.

What’s their issue then? PETA is like Hercules, strong, with a solid sense of morality; but just like Zeus’ bastard, they can’t control their power. Their ad in Times Square: hilarious, in the same way Napoleon Dynamite is funny. No problem with it. But when one of their executives compares the murder and dismemberment of two women to pigs being killed for sustenance, they’ve used their strength to not only further the divide between themselves and potential supporters, but they’ve given carnivores another bullet to use against them. Why would anyone want to join an organization that’s—through their own lack of foresight—funding the opposition?

But PETA’s greatest weakness is their cult-like use of euthanasia. Sure, euthanizing some of the animals you take in is necessary. The amount of animals that Human Society shelters in Nevada, New York, San Francisco, and Texas save is only around 85 percent. I get that; you can’t save them all. But when you euthanize 27,751 animals between 1998 and 2012 out of 31,815, you’re fucked. Less than one fucking percent were saved.

I’m running out of words so I won’t shit on PETA anymore. Also because it has the potential to be a wonderful organization. But until they rid themselves of this troll-like demeanor, they need to stop spending so much money on publicity stunts, stop defending people who spray chemicals in peoples eyes, stop thinking that euthanizing upwards of 85-percent of the animals they take in (consistently) is okay, and start focusing more on real fucking issues, I can’t associate with them. No, instead, I’ll continue to treat the animals I encounter with respect. Like Ghandi said, “be the change you wish to see in the world. Don’t fucking throw chemicals in people’s faces.” I may have made that last bit up.

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Hat Tips:

Activist Facts, CBC, PETA Kills Animals, Image Credit: Flickr

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