I’ll be the first non-vegan to admit that I don’t find trendy vegan culture to be all that annoying.
Granted, the one aspect of vegan culture that I, along with many meat lovers and strict vegans alike, agree on is that PETA sucks at being an animal activist organization.
The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has created a meme of themselves on social media over the years for being so over the top with their tactics.
They frequently get jokingly tagged in tweets of people doing things such as accidentally throwing a dog toy and hitting their dog with it. PETA never fails to give these loving and well-intentioned pet owners a piece of their mind, saying that they’re straight up animal abusers.
The mind of PETA essentially thinks that everything is animal cruelty, even if you didn’t mean to hit your dog in the face with its toy.
PETA seems to want the recognition and acceptance of the public, considering it boasts about its “6.5 million members and supporters worldwide.” However, they never fail to go out of their way to annoy people into not taking them seriously as an organization.
The most recent controversy PETA put itself in was insulting the internationally loved wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin on what would have been his 57th birthday this past February.
Google commemorated the date by creating a Steve Irwin animation as the home page of their website, and PETA publicly disapproved.
In a tweet, PETA exclaimed “It is harassment to drag exotic animals, including babies taken from their mothers, around from TV talk shows to conferences & force them to perform as Steve Irwin did. Animals deserve to live as they want to, not as humans demand — the #GoogleDoodle should represent that.”
Along with the backlash PETA received for defaming the deceased Steve Irwin, in December the organization was in the spotlight for releasing a new set of expressions to replace commonly said “speciesist” idioms.
PETA expects people to take their organization seriously even after they advocate for new phrases such as “feed a fed horse” to replace the expression “beat a dead horse”, along with my personal favorite “feed two birds with one scone” to replace “kill two birds with one stone.”
Aren’t birds unable to digest bread anyways?
Quite obviously birds and horses are offended by what humans say about them in a joking manner and can clearly understand the English language. Do better, human race.
PETA even admits to resorting to ridiculous and meaningless methods just for attention.
On PETA’s website, it says “We try to make our actions colorful and controversial, thereby grabbing headlines around the world and spreading the message of kindness to animals to thousands — sometimes millions — of people.”
Aside from PETA being an internet meme, there is a darker side to their organization being publicly hated.
There is an opposition group that has gathered research on the treatment of animals under the authority of the PETA, and it turns out their treatment is anything but ethical.
The website PETAkillsanimals.com compiles data and graphic images of the animals that have fallen victim to PETA.
The most surprising statistic from Daniel Kovich, an investigator for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, gathered that “The adoption/transfer rate at PETA’s shelter dropped from an embarrassing 14 percent in 2004 to an abysmal 0.7 percent in 2009. In other words, of the 2,317 dogs and cats in PETA’s shelter, 99.3 percent were killed.”
If PETA actually acted on the ethics that their name stands for, the world would be a better place for both animals and humans alike.