People are asking me what's up with the Vegan's Against Peta thing, as my primary Facebook profile image.
Thank you for your interest.
I apologize for any lack of clarity, and I will attempt to explain.
This will be an overview of *some* of the reasons PETA is lacking.
Let me make clear, I have no particular beef with PETA.
I'm not here to focus my energy on PETA'S shortcomings.
My focus is Vegan Advocacy.
In fact, although it is my understanding some PETA people do not agree with me, I still sometimes work directly with PETA staff on animal-related issues.
I do not support the large groups, including HSUS, Mercy for Animals, "Vegan" Outreach, or any that endorses animal welfare and animal exploitation.
To give you perspective on my background, I have been a dietary Vegan for over 20 years, and an ethical (total) Vegan for at least the last five years. I still had leather products in my possession (and on my feet) until around 2005, when I shed all leather goods. Leather's dead skin.
I used to be one of PETA's biggest supporters. I have given out thousands and thousands of PETA "Vegetarian" Starter Kit guides. I continued distributing them long after I was on the "outs" with PETA.
The essential point is, although PETA has been effective for animals, to a degree, they could be infinitely more effective in their efforts, with their MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, if they focused exclusively on Vegan Advocacy. Only a fraction of their budget is established on Vegan advocacy. They spend millions on sexist Rather Go Naked then Wear Fur campaigns. Yet the fur industry is flourishing.
Which leads me to my next important point:
***More animals are dying now then ever before***
If PETA was actually helping the plight of animals, wouldn't that mean that they would make an impact that would *reduce* animal exploitation?
Isn't that a fair definition of "effective" reduction, in this context?
And no, please do not give me the tired old excuse about the cause of greater animal cruelty being because of higher population.
Per capita, people eat twice as much meat as they did 50 years ago.
( Reference Link: Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler
I realize that even with PETA's millions of dollars (over 30 PLUS Million every year), they are a small cry against the multi-billion dollar meat and dairy industry.
Not to mention other animal exploitation funds.
But I don't believe Gandhi had millions of dollars in funding, and he was able to vanquish the British Empire out of India.
That brings me to another point:
Would Gandhi condone blowing up industry facilities, as PETA spokespeople have suggested?
Would Gandhi break into a lab and destroy all the equipment while rescuing animals?
Would Martin Luther King Jr. rather go naked then wear fur?
PETA directly, and openly supports The Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Ingrid Newkirk has written books about it (“Free The Animals”).
It is said that PETA Kills Animals. I once rolled my eyes when people would say this to me. I now claim the same exact thing, as this is, in many ways, true.
PETA has a voracious domestic animal/companion program. Part of this program is dog and cat rescue, and an undeniable element of this rescue program is PETA's euthanasia work. Most of us are aware of the horrific story with some PETA staffers euthanizing adoptable dogs and throwing them in dumpsters after.
In 2009, as checked through public records, PETA euthanized 2352 animals. That's over TWO THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY animals.
That same year, they adopted out eight. EIGHT ANIMALS ADOPTED.
This is a disgrace!
Professor Gary Francione. professor of animal rights law at Rutgers University states, "euthanasia is never in the interests of a healthy being."
To read more commentary on PETA's euthanasia policy, click here:
I close by speaking about PETA's support and work with the animal agricultural industry (AG).
PETA works with AG in numerous ways: they are major share holders of numerous large AG corps: Yum! Foods (KFC, Pizza Hut, etc), Wendy's, Burger King, and many more.
PETA claims they are major shareholders so they can attend share holder meetings and dictate or implement animal welfare policy. This also means they directly fund large AG with their dollars.
PETA also endorses animal welfare practices, intending to make life "better" for exploited animals, with the goal that this will lead to total animal liberation.
Animal welfare does not work.
At least, it does not work to help save animals. In fact, animal welfare has been found to only increase productivity and the AG business, increasing profits on the backs of animals that have suffered mildly less before having their throats slit (Maybe conscious. Maybe not).
Please also consider animal welfare only treats the symptom of animal cruelty, being animal /treatment/ when the real issue at hand for animals is animal USE.
Animal welfare does not directly address use.
There's more to say on the subject of PETA supporting welfare and how it benefits animal AG.
I'm closing this commentary to let you digest the information and review other materials (which I certainly encourage you to do!).
If you are interested in reading a more in depth essay, elaborating on many points, here, please ready Dan Cudahy's "PETA: A Corporate Tangle of Contradictions
Although not exclusively, much of what I am sharing with you, I have learned from a new Vegan/animal advocacy movement known as Vegan Abolition. An important participant in Vegan Abolition is Professor Gary L. Francione, who's a lawyer and instructor at Rutgers School of Law, where he teaches Animal Rights Law, among other legal subjects.
His website (with info on other Abolitionist sites):
Take an hour to listen to one of Professor Francione's podcasts.
And I assure you, it is well worth it.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to your feedback and opinions, which are welcome.
Please, if you are not already Vegan, go Vegan today. Right now.
Being Vegan is the one thing that we can all do today—right now—to help animals.
Being Vegan does not require an expensive campaign or the the involvement of a large organization.
Being Vegan does not require legislation, or anything other than our recognition that if "animal rights" means anything, it means that we cannot justify killing and eating animals.
If you are Vegan, thank you.
(now get the message out to friends and family!)
Please find out more about Vegan Abolition:
Rise to recognize animals as individuals: