People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has begun a campaign to scare children into becoming vegetarians.
The group, which formed to stop animal testing of consumer products but made its name by attacking women in fur coats with fake blood, is producing comic books that portray fathers as homicidal maniacs.
The handout, titled "Your Daddy Kills Animals," features a grinning lunatic gutting a fish, and warns kids to keep their puppies and kittens away from Dad because he's "hooked on killing."
"PETA is trying as hard as it can to portray the ordinary angler as a demonic, sadistic, cruel killer. This is what PETA does — it paints caricatures of ordinary people to try to convince the rest of us that we shouldn't want to emulate them," said David Martosko, of the industry lobbying group Center for Consumer Freedom.
But PETA insists that its comic is not outlandish.
"The scientific facts are that fish feel pain in the same way as dogs and cats. It's no more acceptable to hook a fish through the mouth and drag them into your boat and slice them in half than it would be to do the exact same thing to a dog or a cat," said Bruce Friedrich, vegan campaign coordinator for PETA.
Publicity stunts are nothing new for PETA, which has run ads featuring naked women in cages and people dressed in animal suits warning about the dangers of eating meat. But some critics feel the kid-targeted campaign goes too far.
"This is traumatizing kids by the thousands. There's going to be long-term psychological damage from these kids being exposed to the material that PETA puts in front of them on a regular basis," Martosko said.
But, Friedrich countered, "They can certainly find stuff that is more in your face on the Internet, more in your face on Saturday morning cartoons. We don't need to shelter our kids quite that much."
The pamphlet follows a previous one that painted Mom as a "chicken killer." PETA claims its only goal is to reduce meat consumption by changing children's eating habits. Critics insist alienating children from their parents isn't in anyone's best interests — human or animal.
AAAhmed46, just copying the body of the article for posterity....sometimes articles go into archives and can be hard to find later, making a thread less meaningful for those who come late to the party (often, that is me).......
Many thanks for this info......it is not surprising in light of what I have been posting on this forum recently (Imo).........
To me, a shortened version of feminism goes like this, "men are bad and women who love those bad men are bad, too......"
Thus, mommy can be horrible cuz she eats and/or cooks chicken just like daddy or at daddy's request........daddy is clearly bad cuz he has testosterone running through his veins..........and he eats animals and he enjoys killing them (with no reservation whatsoever)
In the mind of the feminists, by the way, sexism is the evil that leads to all the other isms that we discourage, like racism, homophobism, etc......but God help me if I see feminist encouraged sexism directed at men in lots of different places........the women can be bad, but it is not becuase women are bad, it is because they listen to men who are bad..........
No one who hunts the real way
(without helpers doing the real work) gain a greater conscious with regard to our diets and what we eat than hunters
(not that I have ever hunted, but i aspire to).
I, too, await our friend ugly elk to tell us stories about the hunt, for i doubt that he will relish the killing of the animal, but will respect the death of the animal as giving to our sustenace.......hunters are closer to a spirituality thing than most of us are..........especially as it regards our food supply......
When i first became muslim more than decade ago, one of the things they encrouaged was slaughtering your own animals for your feasts & celebrations, among other times.......i was somewhat squeamish and have yet to try it, but my urge to do so has ben growing a lot lately and it has nothing to do with an urge to kill another living being (that is the part that I dread), but rather of affirming life........affirming that we want the meat, but that we waste as little of it as possible (as an animal suffered for us to have it)...when we become divorced of our food supply (who has wrung a chicken's neck?-not I).....but wringing a chicken's neck, killing it in your own two hands, makes you think more about killing animals than just buying them in the package from the store where you have NOT
seen the suffering that that animal went through........
I, too, look for Laird's input, for although I have never met the man and we have disagreed more times than I can count, if I was stuck in the woods post armegeddon, there are few men (or women) i would want around more than him.........
I am sure that Laird will detail lots of hunters who are careless with regard to their kills and the suffereing that the animals endure from careless and caustic hunters, but to make all hunters look bad for the sins of a minority population of hunters is what we call and despise: Collective Punishment
of course, that is what happens when we judge
each other based upon group characteristics, not individual behavior
. I, it seems, have been guilty of this group blame think for a long time and i am desperately trying to get past it...hopefully, you folks have room for forgiveness in your hearts and will continue to help guide me in this endeavor.........[/b]