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I've been thinking about this one and kept putting it on the back burner. I needed to let my rage calm down to at least a simmer before I could compose a rational thought on the subject.

In the two years since I've been keeping this weblog, I have kept tabs on PETA and wrote about them often. So it comes as no big shock to me that PETA has compared the victims of the Holocaust with turkeys and chickens.

PETA and other animal activist organizations like ALF have long held that animals are deserving of the same, if not more, rights than humans. I've read far too many articles where some militant animal activist declares that he would still protest animal testing even if it meant a cure for AIDS or cancer could be found by using animals.

That kind of thinking goes beyond reason to me. I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that there exists a group of people who put the Holocaust on the same level as meat packing.

The images used in PETA's display are alarming, frightening and hateful. Again, this should not be a surprise. This is the same group that handed out bloodied cardboard crowns to children at Burger King and told these kids that their parents are murderers. They played the terrorist card after 9/11, equating eating meat with terrorism.

Look at the images on this page. Who in their right mind can compare those children to pigs? This is not activism. It is careless, reckless manipulation.

Decades from now, what will you tell your grandchildren when they ask you whose side you were on during the “animals’ holocaust”? Will you be able to say that you stood up against oppression, even when doing so was considered “radical” or “unpopular”? Will you be able to say that you could visualize a world without violence and realized that it began at breakfast?

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Many of the people I personally know who support PETA and their tactics also support the mass killings of Jews by suicide bombers, want to free cop killers from jail and would rather see children starve than eat genetically grown food.

Another case of "how good will this make me feel when I go to bed tonight?" The self-absorbed leftists strike again.

Excuse me while I go participate in something called the food chain.

Arthur has a much more reasonable expose on this issue.

Comments

If eating meat makes you a Nazi then all of the world's carnivorious animals are EVIL. And if they're EVIL then it's our duty to yell "never again" and do whatever it takes to stop them all.

PETA's new slogan "Death to the evil animals!"

As far as I understood, it was not PETA comparing, they were just doing a citation. But well, these activists go - as most -ists I know way too far in their way. We have some of those here, too and their reason is, they need to shock to at least change a bit (if not world-vegetarianism, than at least shorter transports for animals to the butchers). And btw - there is no single third world child surviving because genetic modificated food. You know better than to put it so simple.

To piss off PETA, I'm going to eat even more hamburgers. I think I'm going to give the cows names too.

If you eat, you kill. Even vegatarians. Plants, too, strive for survival. If you eat them, you are depriving them of their right to life.

Hey Michele, I have the makings of a delicious sandwich here......roast beef, ham, turkey, bacon. Want mayo or mustard?

Yes....the 'animal holocaust'......guess we'll have to blame the cavemen for our carnivorous ways. Either that, or we can all blame God.

I have always been of the opinion that what made the Holocaust an extraordinarily evil programme of mass murder was that it treated human beings like animals. If PETA's Holocaust analogy fails therefore because treating animals like animals doesn't seem to be as much of a perversion of the natural order of things does it?

Of course, if PETA had their way, we would be obligated to treat animals like human beings, which necessarily means that we would be treating human beings like animals. Such a world is not humane, it is de-humanising.

What will I tell my grand-children? "Please pass me another chicken leg..."

What will I tell my grand-children? "Please pass me another chicken leg..."

"If eating meat makes you a Nazi"

That is an interesting comparison, given one that one of the world's more famous vegetarians was Adolf Hitler.

Personally, I refuse to accept moral judgements from plant murderers.

Where is the JDL and why aren't they pitching a high profile hissy fit?

Jews protrayed as swine is a common Arabic slur.

These people are vile anti-Semites who cloak their hatred with Jewish words.

You know who's really at fault? The press.

Yes, the press.

The press always runs to PETA whenever they need a quote on some sort of animal abuse situation. It seems as if they've completely forgotten the real group that's done real work helping alleviate animal suffereing: The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

They are responsible, decent people. They've done work for over a century to protect animals from unnecessary pain and sufferent. And they aren't assholes like PETA.

Here's their URL. Use it liberally:

http://www.aspca.org/

PETA is set up for the benefit of the celebs who exploit their fame, such as P.L. Anderson. It's not about the animals. It's about the nitwits who want to play at being concerned.

Feste: "Where is the JDL and why aren't they pitching a high profile hissy fit?"

Already done it.
http://coldfury.com/reason/comments.php?id=P327_0_1_0

JDL describes the campaign as "offensive...taking chutzpah to new heights."

cheshirecat

By the way, you know that Jesus was a Vegetarian, right? I saw the PETA billboard that told me so just the other day (and blogged about it as soon as I got to the office.) Never mind the fact that he ate fish and lamb and other meat ... that doesn't matter... PETA is just amazing with the campaigns they come up with. sigh Well, I guess they hit on their goal by getting us talking, but I'm still not going to become a vegan.

WWJE?*

  • Whatkindcuddlylittlecritter Would Jesus Eat?

But what I really want to know from PETA is: If a cougar has the right to kill and eat little critters, why don't I? Or are you going to try to stop them, too?

Oh, forgot to add my new slogan:

"Save a plant, eat a PETA".

Chesirecat wrote:
Feste: "Where is the JDL and why aren't they pitching a high profile hissy fit?"

Already done it.
http://coldfury.com/reason/comments.php?id=P327_0_1_0

JDL describes the campaign as "offensive...taking chutzpah to new heights."

That's a misquote. It wasn't the JDL (Jewish Defense League) that described the campaign as "offensive..." that was the ADL (Anti-Defamation League). They are two very different organizations.

Lilli: the reason no Third World child has been saved from starvation by genetically modified food is because the short-sighted and superstitious officials in those countries, led on by the short-sighted and superstitious (and agricultural-trade-protectionist) European Union officials, who have been threatening to not trade with any country that accepts GM food, WON'T LET THOSE FOODS IN THEIR COUNTRIES. As far as all people like you are concerned, the Third World starving masses can continue to starve for the cause of keeping food "pure." If people like you were in charge five hundred years ago when the Americas were discovered and hundreds of varieties of foods previously unknown in Europe and Asia started making its way across the Atlantic, there would have been a blockade of all these strange, "poisonous" New World foods, and you'd still be trying to survive on a diet of barley, turnips, wheat, lentils, and occasional (once a week) servings of meat.

The above post to Lilli was mine.

Yeah, Michele, it took me a long, slow simmer to figure out what to do.

Hey, y'all. Put March 15th down on your calendar as "International Eat An Animal For PETA Day."

Actually, it's not EATING MEAT that makes us comparable to the Nazis. It's SUPPORTING TORTURE. Have you read the Washington Post lately? Pay any attention to Senate discussions? The dismemberment, scalding and skinning of conscious animals during slaughter is a real problem. When we try and pretend that buying meat is not supporting torture then we're behaving just like the citizens of Nazi Genrmany who pretended that nothing was wrong.

THE REAL CULPRIT BEHIND THE PETA CONTROVERSY

Mention has been made of a mysterious "Jewish philanthropist" behind the funding of PETA's "Holocaust on Your Plate" exhibit, but the real inspiration behind the project is Yiddish writer and Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91). Here is the story:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER INSPIRES NEW YORK AUTHOR
New Yorker Charles Patterson dedicated his book ETERNAL TREBLINKA: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust (Lantern Books, 2002), which is the basis of the PETA project, to his former neighbor, Isaac Bashevis Singer. The great Yiddish writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1978)
lived for many years in The Belnord on Broadway and 86th Street, one block away from where Patterson lives on 86th Street (designated "Isaac Bashevis Singer Boulevard" by the city).
Patterson never met Singer in person, but he heard him speak once and saw him in the neighborhood a couple of times having breakfast at the American Restaurant at the corner of 85th Street and feeding pigeons on Broadway--one of his favorite activities. Patterson says he knew Singer was a vegetarian, but he didn't discover he was such a passionate animal advocate until
he started reading his complete works in preparation for his own book.
Patterson's book is about how mankind's treatment of animals became the model for the exploitation and slaughter of other human beings, most notably during the Holocaust. The book's title comes from Singer's short story, "The Letter Writer," in which a man, who lost his entire family in the Holocaust,
befriends a mouse whom he feeds and names Huldah. Later he says a eulogy for the mouse whom he fears has died because he was not able to feed her during his illness. The eulogy serves as the book's epigraph, the last part of which reads: "In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals
it is an eternal Treblinka."
"In many ways ETERNAL TREBLINKA is more Singer's book than mine," says Patterson. "It's his vision--what he expressed so very well in his writings. As far as I'm concerned, he said it all. I merely came along and filled in the details."
Patterson devotes one of the book's chapters--Chapter 7--to Singer's compassionate vision as reflected in his stories, novels, memoirs, and interviews. "I like to think that if Singer were still alive (he died in 1991), he would very much approve of my book."
What would Singer make of the current PETA controversy? "I don't know, but I wish he were still around, if only to see what his powerful vision has wrought."

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

CONTACT INFO:
Charles Patterson
eternaltr@earthlink.net
Book website: http://www.EternalTreblinka.com

To request a review copy of Eternal Treblinka,
contact Anne Sullivan at promotion@lanternbooks.com

An interview with the author can be found at http://www.powerfulbook.com/interview.html

The story behind the book can be found at
http://www.independentpublisher.com/index.lasso?-database=18news.fp3&-layout
=iparticle&-response=art.lasso&-recordID=38927&-search

This year publications of Eternal Treblinka are scheduled for Italy (next month), Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

THE REAL CULPRIT BEHIND THE PETA CONTROVERSY

Mention has been made of a mysterious "Jewish philanthropist" behind the funding of PETA's "Holocaust on Your Plate" exhibit, but the real inspiration behind the project is Yiddish writer and Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91). Here is the story:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER INSPIRES NEW YORK AUTHOR
New Yorker Charles Patterson dedicated his book ETERNAL TREBLINKA: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust (Lantern Books, 2002), which is the basis of the PETA project, to his former neighbor, Isaac Bashevis Singer. The great Yiddish writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1978)
lived for many years in The Belnord on Broadway and 86th Street, one block away from where Patterson lives on 86th Street (designated "Isaac Bashevis Singer Boulevard" by the city).
Patterson never met Singer in person, but he heard him speak once and saw him in the neighborhood a couple of times having breakfast at the American Restaurant at the corner of 85th Street and feeding pigeons on Broadway--one of his favorite activities. Patterson says he knew Singer was a vegetarian, but he didn't discover he was such a passionate animal advocate until
he started reading his complete works in preparation for his own book.
Patterson's book is about how mankind's treatment of animals became the model for the exploitation and slaughter of other human beings, most notably during the Holocaust. The book's title comes from Singer's short story, "The Letter Writer," in which a man, who lost his entire family in the Holocaust,
befriends a mouse whom he feeds and names Huldah. Later he says a eulogy for the mouse whom he fears has died because he was not able to feed her during his illness. The eulogy serves as the book's epigraph, the last part of which reads: "In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals
it is an eternal Treblinka."
"In many ways ETERNAL TREBLINKA is more Singer's book than mine," says Patterson. "It's his vision--what he expressed so very well in his writings. As far as I'm concerned, he said it all. I merely came along and filled in the details."
Patterson devotes one of the book's chapters--Chapter 7--to Singer's compassionate vision as reflected in his stories, novels, memoirs, and interviews. "I like to think that if Singer were still alive (he died in 1991), he would very much approve of my book."
What would Singer make of the current PETA controversy? "I don't know, but I wish he were still around, if only to see what his powerful vision has wrought."

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

CONTACT INFO:
Charles Patterson
545 West End Ave.
New York, NY 10024
212-874-5664
eternaltr@earthlink.net
Book website: http://www.EternalTreblinka.com

To request a review copy of Eternal Treblinka,
contact Anne Sullivan at promotion@lanternbooks.com

An interview with the author can be found at http://www.powerfulbook.com/interview.html

The story behind the book can be found at
http://www.independentpublisher.com/index.lasso?-database=18news.fp3&-layout
=iparticle&-response=art.lasso&-recordID=38927&-search

Eternal Treblinka has been published in Italy
(Eterna Treblinka) and Poland (Wieczna Treblinka).
Later in the year it will also be published in
Germany and the Czech Republic. Publishers are
reviewing the book in Israel, India, Spain, The
Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Hungary,
Bulgaria, Greece, and Israel.