Every year, thousands of cases of animal cruelty are reported. It isn’t hard to imagine that there must be countless others that are never reported or are the result of legal practices, like factory farming or pet breeding mills. There are organizations that help to combat these abuses in a responsible, reasonable way, like the Humane Society and the ASPCA. Then we have PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
This week, PETA sent a letter to the ice cream makers, Ben and Jerry’s, urging them to use human milk in their ice cream. A Ben and Jerry’s spokesman appropriately and snidely replied that “a mother’s milk is best used for her child.” Now, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that what PETA is doing is pure idiotic grandstanding. They want you to pay attention to them so that they can berate you for how every lick of that delicious ice cream comes at the terrible price of stealing a cow’s precious milk.
These self-righteous assholes get up on their high horse, throwing around insane demands and claiming that anyone that doesn’t follow them must hate animals. Meanwhile, their shelters kill 90% of the animals that come through. In other words, if you take an animal, even a healthy one, to PETA for adoption, there is a 9 in 10 chance that the animal will never make it out alive. This rate is much higher than normal “kill” shelters.
Make no mistake, PETA is making a difference. They are turning people off to the issue of animal cruelty. It is too easy to see PETA pulling outrageous stunts like the Ben and Jerry’s letter or protests with pointlessly gorey displays and think that all people who care about animals are lunatics. In PETA’s case, you might be correct in that assumption. If you care about animals, learn how to tackle these problems in a responsible way and stop grandstanding.