10-31-2009, 12:19 AM
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I am a 14 yr vegetarian and a former vegan. I do rescue for all sorts of animals, large and small. We used sexed semen for our cow, so we do not have bull calves that when sold will go to slaughter - lol! I mean, I am serious about animals being treated kindly and not thought of as food; and with all of that said, I am not a PETA supporter because I care more about human beings. They protest in ways that scare children and honestly, as a group, care more for animal welfare than the welfare of children. I cannot support of that mentality.
Animals are not humans, and people must come first. I like that PETA has been able to help animals, but so do other organizations without humanizing animals and animalizing people.
I think people do need to remember that may not have seen situations some PETA people have that the extreme mistreatment and torture of animals can and will cause extreme reactions in people that care so much, but usually, they, as a group, take it too far and are just to extreme.
I've seen situations that made me want to go "PETA" on the folks responsible, it is true.
At the end of the day, they are not a group I'd consider being a member of though.
They have done some good, but they could have done a lot more good and had a better public image if they would exercise better control and use balance.
In addition, sometimes, as mentioned above, their stance on euthanizing animals is way off track, as in the case of the dogs mistreated by Michael Vick.