Understanding a PETArd
I want to thank the people at PETA-Sucks for inspiring this post. They spend a lot of time looking at the hypocrisy of PETA and pointing out the inconsistencies of the leadership of PETA. This is fine; but I actually hold no animosity towards the leadership of PETA. I believe in capitalism, and what the leadership of PETA has done is take something completely ridiculous and package it in order to make money. I completely support parting money from the ignorant and gullible. I’m doing it myself with my Save Jill project (by the way she hasn’t raised enough money and time is running out). What I don’t understand is how so many people can fall for the line that PETA is giving them.
PETA’s mission statement states “…PETA is dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals.” How could anyone support such and bland statement such as that? What rights are they talking about? The right to vote? For the sake of argument, I’ll assume they want animals to be treated as equals to humans. I’m pretty sure this is what the average PETA supporter is after. I don’t believe for a second that this is what PETA is after. PETA is after the cash and knows that establishing rights for animals will never happen. The PETA supporter on the other hand, probably believes this whole heartedly.
I think there are a few reasons why animal lovers would support this.
1. People that have had nothing to overcome often look for an impossible cause to champion. I see this with the rich over privileged. They were born into there money and have had to do little to be as wealthy as they are. They feel guilty about being rich but don’t want to actually work. Instead of risking failure at doing something, they choose to be a part of a hopeless cause to find self worth. Since no one actually expects them to achieve what they are working for any small victory is viewed as a great accomplishment and any failure will be chocked up to the ignorance of everyone else. Some grow out of it; others just start a charity for some other hopeless cause.
2. People that love animals to the point where they project their feelings and attributes on animals. There are people that love the companionship of animals so much they start seeing human attributes in animals. This fallacy is probably caused by loneliness and poor self image. They feel that when a dog licks their face, the dog is giving them kisses. They think because their cat likes to be petted that it actually cares as much about them as the person does about the cat. The think because a young animals stays close to its mother that the animal feels love. Animals feel none of these things. Those feelings are human emotions and it doesn’t matter how much you want you pet to love you it is not going to happen. Animals are simple creatures whose whole lives are centered around simple needs. Animals don’t feel accomplishment. They don’t feel love. Their intelligence is based off how much their behavior can be controlled by humans and their problem solving skills. Problem solving skills have to have a goal that relates to food, water or sex (pleasure). Animals will not learn anything unless one of these goals will be realized after the test is completed. For people, there are so many different reasons to learn and perform that cataloging them would be futile (for all you neo-Freud fruit cakes that attribute all behavior for the need to procreate, just pretend I’m writing this to get laid.).
3. Boys go where gullible girls are so they can get laid. Quite simple really. If there are girls that will believe the line that PETA gives them; then they will probably fall for the line that guys give them to get into their pants.
4. There are people that don’t know what cruelty is. PETA member are up in arms about the way chickens are being treated. You can see them protesting at a local KFC. Of course you won’t see them at the local grocery store where they boil lobsters live, but that’s because the pictures of that aren’t that gruesome. It’s strange that a person will put the time and effort into protesting a KFC but don’t give a rat’s ass that terrorists are beheading people, raping children, and mutilating non-believers. As long as those terrorists aren’t using animals to help they’re o.k. with this. Cruelty is a subjective term and shouldn’t be used when speaking of animals. Is my electric fence cruel? I put it up so my dog wouldn’t clime the fence and get hit by a car. I think forcing animal that is carnivorous to eat vegetables is cruel.
5. Last, there are people that are so crazy (I didn’t want to use this word but I call as I see them) that they equate human life to animal life. They can not distinguish the importance of a person over a cow or chicken. These people are probably the most dangerous. They care more about animal life then they do about human life. They have done a role reversal where they are willing to risk human life but not animals. I would donate five dollars to PETA if these people would off themselves.
Look I could argue that giving rights to animals is the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard (would I be arrested for mass murder if I killed 100 bugs on the drive home?), but it’s transparent to anyone with just a small amount of sense. It’s not PETA that needs the mental help. They’ve collected millions of dollars and have nothing to show for it. That’s the kind of business I want. We need to help the people that are giving money to PETA. These are the people that need psychological help. Trying to persuade them will be impossible. You might need to get them on medication, or you can treat them like animals until they get it.