PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has stooped to a new low with their latest stunt in Sydney, Australia. The stunt involved barbequing a fake dog in a shopping centre. The banner below the barbeque read, “If you wouldn’t eat a dog, why eat a lamb? Go vegan!”
This latest stunt follows previous campaigns by PETA such as suggesting a village in Dorset, UK change its name from Wool to Vegan Wool and a stunt in London where they challenged the public to try a new brand of milk called ‘Barkers’ before telling them it was dog milk (it was in fact soya milk).
What are they hoping to achieve?
Apparently they aim to get people to reconsider the way they view animals – why are we happy to eat some animals yet love others as personal companions – and embrace the vegan lifestyle. PETA believe that animals are not ours to be used for food, clothes, entertainment or any other reason.
The vegan eskimo
If an adult chooses to be a vegetarian for whatever reason, then I have no problem with that, it is their freedom of choice and if the reason for becoming vegan is for moral reasons, then good for them for sticking by their convictions.
However, there are always a few who will spoil it for the rest. These are the activists, the people who believe it is ok to not only take direct action to support their ’cause’ but also take action against those who oppose their ’cause’.
We will never agree with everyone all of the time, and nor should we, so why do some vegans believe it is ok to try and make people feel bad because they eat meat. No person should be made to feel bad for choosing to eat a balanced diet consisting of some meat. Can you imagine a vegan eskimo or Inuit?
There is also the perennial argument of vegans owning pets, riding horses etc. If the belief is that animals are not ours to be used for any reason, how can keeping pets etc. be justified? It does sort of muddy the waters a bit. When those taking ‘direct action’ themselves have pets this does seem somewhat hypocritical.
I have seen far too many pets that are overweight, under exercised, out of control, claws too long and wearing a coat in case it rains or gets a bit chilly. It is these owners that are causing animals distress, not the farmer who shears his sheep!
What about assistance animals? Do these ‘activists’ disagree with the use of guide/assistance dogs, sniffer dogs, rescue dogs, pets as therapy etc.? Would they take away a person’s guide dog?
I am not against veganism, as I said this is a choice. I am against those few who believe they have the right to actively oppose those who have a different view to them.
What do you think?
I would love to hear your comments about PETA and veganism both for and against. Please comment below.
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