posted on Feb, 19 2005 @ 04:09 AM
The biggest problem I have with PETA is that they're the "class clown" of the animal rights movement. They do some good work, but they also
aren't always the best at thinking of the consequences of their actions. At least here in Iowa, the chapters are known more for
"Throw-paint-at-pedestrians" actions than for actual education. In that, PETA hurts the animal rights movement at least as much as it helps it.
For example, a few years ago they released several thousand mink from a "fur farm," which resulted in a number of neighbors dealing with the
vicious, stupid creatures. Mink are aggressive and territorial, and it created quite a problem for neighbors who had children nearby. The PETA
chapter who assisted in the release, however, didn't think of that, only that they were preventing the cruelty to the animals. Even when
presented with the issues, the group refused to back down or apologize for their actions.
There's one group here in Iowa, losely affiliated with PETA, who advocate the relase of pigs and cattle back into the wild. I'm not sure if you're
familiar with agriculture or not, but that is a horrible idea. Cows are...well, pretty dumb. It's not their fault, people have bred them to be that
way over thousands of years, but because of it they're pretty much walking car-accidents were they to be released to the "wilds" of the midwest.
It's bad enough when you hit a 150 pound deer, now imagine hitting a 500 pound cow.
Pigs present an even greater danger. Again, this is the result of human breeding programs, but the fact remains. Hogs are large, and aggressive when
they feel threatened. Whether it's a sow or a boar, they can seriously injure and even kill an adult human.
Were the local groups pushing for a reduction in the breeding of livestock to safe levels for reintroduction into the wild, were they showing some
understanding that actions have consequences, I'd be more willing to support them.
In the end, I feel there are a lot of good animal rights groups out there, but PETA is not one of them.
 Don't get me wrong, I understand that "fur farms" are often horrible places, and the process of fur harvesting on non-edible animals is
wasteful and sadistic.
 Obviously, I'm an omnivore, not a vegetarian