The Jury Talks Back

3/8/2009

March 15th is EATAPETA Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — aunursa @ 9:40 am

March 15th is the seventh annual EATAPETA Day.  In commemoration of the group that calls itself “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals,” participants make a special effort to include animals and animal products in our menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  As founder Meryl Yourish wrote back in 2003,

PETA has started yet another offensive ad campaign.  This one really reaches bottom–they are using Holocaust terminology, quotes, and pictures to liken the “slaughter” of animals to the slaughter of Jews by the Nazis.

I’ve already received a letter from a child of Holocaust survivors who is, of course, extraordinarily offended.  But here’s the thing: PETA is known for this kind of outrageous publicity stunt–and that’s what it is, an outrageous publicity stunt–and while I am offended and outraged, there is absolutely nothing we can do that will make PETA change their ad campaign…

So let’s make up our own outrageous publicity stunt.  Let’s designate Saturday, March 15, as International Eat an Animal for PETA Day.  Everybody set the date on your calendar, and either go out and enjoy a great steak, or cook one at home.  Or cook up some chicken or fish or anything else that PETA wouldn’t want you to eat.

The name was later shortened to “EATAPETA Day.”

Remember some of the disgusting work that PETA has done to draw attention to itself…

  • A comic “Your Daddy Kills Animals,” telling children that their fathers who fish are bloodthirsty, sadistic murderers who might kills their pet dogs and cats — complete with graphic illustration.
  • A companion comic, “Your Mommy Kills Animals,” designed to traumatize kids whose mothers wear fur, with a blood illustration and photos.
  • Following a bombing in Jerusalem, PETA sent a letter protesting the death of the donkey that was wired with explosives.  PETA expressed no regret over the deaths of people killed by the terrorists.
  • PETA used Christian images, including one ad with the shroud of Turin while claiming that Jesus was a vegetarian, and another ad showing the Virgin Mary breastfeeding baby Jesus

I know that most people include meat and dairy in your meals every day.  The idea for EATAPETA Day is to make a special point to eat food that PETA would not want you to eat.  Vegetarians who are disgusted with PETA’s offensive tactics can take part too — enjoy extra helpings of milk, cheese, other dairy products, and eggs.  Feel free to notify PETA that you are participating in EATAPETA Day.


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