Thursday, March 16, 2006

PETA’s Unsettling Truth

As regular readers of this blog have no doubt noticed, I’m not a big fan of PETA. Although their cause (improving the treatment of animals) is a laudable one, their disturbing fanaticism, questionable tactics, and links to terrorism make them a proper addition to this site’s list of dangerous extremists. Having just said all of that, I have to give credit where it’s due. PETA seems to be the only group in the U.S. with the balls to go undercover and capture animal abuse with hidden cameras, then turn the evidence over to law enforcement and post it for public viewing.

PETA has been engaged in a long-running feud with the circus industry over its treatment of animals. They’ve posted a new secretly shot video depicting the horrendous abuse elephants undergo during circus training. It makes for very disturbing viewing. Take a look for yourself and then see if you agree with me that the bloody climax seems to be in many ways totally predictable.


Blogger The Bookhouse Boy said...

I believe in a hiarchy of animals. Meaning, it's okay to totally eradicate viruses, bacteria, insects, and then you have pests like mice that it's pretty okay to kill, and so on up the ladder up to humans. And elephants come in right at the top, just below dolphins and apes.

I'm going to take your word on that video.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Anchorage Activist said...

PETA's fanaticism and extremism are a big turn-off. Also, why doesn't PETA take issue with the bloodsport of bullfighting in Latin countries? Bullfighting (except for the Portuguese style) constitutes the deliberate abuse of an animal for gratuitous purposes. Animals were placed on this earth for our use and judicious exploitation. Bullfighting and cockfighting seem to lie outside that realm.

BTW, as a member of VNN, I appreciate your link with it. I'm aware your involvement is driven by sociological interest rather than ideological affinity, but I appreciate your willingness to explore for yourself rather than just accept the establishment's distilled propaganda.

11:54 PM  

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