8/7/08

Classy, real classy

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/08/06/peta-mclean.html

So the PETA is trying to get an ad published in the Portage la Prarie local newspaper... directly comparing Tim McLean's struggles to what happens to an animal as it's being slaughtered.

I found the ad on a PETA blog, here it is:


The editors at the paper had the good taste and sound judgement to refuse to post the ad. See? It's not ALL about revenue. There are still SOME morals in journalism.

But seriously.

I don't understand who in their right mind thought this was a good idea. I just don't get it. People around the world are watching as this gruesome story unfolds... and the PETA is using it as a campaign message.

It's one thing to promote vegetarianism. Seriously, I love veggies. But this is so disrespectful, and makes me so sick, that I'm actually feeling the need to donate a large sum of money towards an organization that promotes the inhumane slaughter of animals. Just to stick it to the PETA.

You've gone too far on this one.

8 comments:

Megan August 7, 2008 at 8:46 AM  

For whatever reason, the guys at PETA have decided that they can get their message across best when they're assholes.

There's no way they thought the local paper would run that ad. Strictly from a business perspective, the backlash against the paper would have bankrupted the publisher. They're just doing this to be jerks.

Way Way Up August 8, 2008 at 10:41 AM  

Wow! This is shocking but I can't say I'm all that surprised. When you think about it and take the whole PETA arguement to its logical end, the whole world according to them would be much better off if the entire human species underwent some sort of mass euthanasia.

For once then, I agree with PETA. They SHOULD take their arguements to their logical end, starting with themselves. This would not only help their own cause but would ensure that normal everyday folks no longer have to endure this hate groups ignorance, arrogance and outright idiocy.

Kate Nova August 8, 2008 at 2:03 PM  

Hey Jackie (totally unrelated to this post)thanks again for dropping by this morning! Alas, I am a non facebooker, so folks have to get ahold of me the old fahsioned was, by phone or e-mail. See ya later!

fireweedroots August 9, 2008 at 1:18 PM  

Megan - I'm sure we can find a number of disreputable abattoirs that would be willing to take our donations, beacuse I'm with you.

Karyn August 9, 2008 at 3:39 PM  

What PETA did was ask the Daily Graphic to run the ad, and then before the paper could reply, proceeded to inform every other media outlet what they were trying to do. Brilliant really, because seeing as I hail from Portage and know the circulation of the Daily Graphic is not very big (town itself has about 13,000 people), PETA ensured that their ad garnered national, if not international, coverage, compared to who would have seen it in the paper itself.

In the end though, they are receiving only extremely negative attention, and may have lost tacit support they already had. I hope so, anyway. What a bunch of jerks.

Meandering Michael August 12, 2008 at 4:06 PM  

By posting this ad on your blog, PETA just got exactly what they wanted.

Attention.

No matter how much you dislike PETA, their little message is percolating inside your head and the more times you're exposed to their message, the more it percolates.

As the Hollywood movie stars know, it doesn't matter if it's positive or negative attention, all that matters is that they're talked about.

I wonder if PETA has ever really considered the implications of their "don't eat animals" mantra. If they want everyone to eat a vegetarian diet, it's going to take more plants to feed all those people. This (surprise, surprise) will require more agricultural land, which will displace wildlife. The displaced wildlife will be susceptible to starvation and disease and, ultimately, slow, painful deaths.

[sarcasm]Sounds like an ethical way to treat animals to me.[/sarcasm]

Personally, I'm a big supporter of PETA (People who Eat Tasty Animals)

Jackie S. Quire August 12, 2008 at 4:30 PM  

Michael:
I accepted that I would be acting as PETA's little marionette by posting their ad.

But I did it on my own agenda. Because while their message was spread a little further by yours truly... so was mine.

That PETA has completely gone off the deep end, and now more people know it.

Mwa ha ha....

Meandering Michael August 13, 2008 at 2:21 PM  

YOU are a mastermind.