"PETA is actually a bad thing"

Argentina
January 4, 2009 1:53am CST
This is going to be a very controversial discussion, I hope nobody feels insulted by what I'm going to say, and I hope nobody agreeing with me gets insults either. Lets keep it civil, that's all I'm saying. Just a few hours ago, I was reading a post from a lady who was outraged about the fact, very few people answered to a discussion she started about elephants being abused. She had me convinced, until I read the word PETA. You see, I've met quite a few people who were members of the organization, and they left because they found out PETA actually abuses animals themselves, in order to gather evidence of animal abuse. Personally, I believe these people. They have no agenda whatsoever, while PETA does. But here come the big questions of this discussion: Do you think this is possible?, if so, do you think it is worth it?. You know, the kill one, save a thousand factor: "If we kill this dog and film it, we'll be saving many, many more." Personally, I believe every single word of it. I think PETA does these things. I don't agree with them, and that's why I will never support, or sign any petition under their name. What about you?
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• United States
6 Jan 09
I'm an animal lover and hate to see them abused, but I'm not opposed to hunting and fishing knowing that it's sometimes necessary to maintain the balance of nature. Regarding PETA, I have no respect for them. They're too extreme in their efforts; and as far as I'm concerned, their nothing less than criminals.
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• United States
5 Jan 09
I'm sad to hear that PETA is an ill run organization. I make donations to them as well as the ASPCA as often as I can. In fact, I write animal articles on Helium and donate the profits. Now, I'm a bit discouraged and I am definitely going to search until I find something to base a decision on. I do hope we can get to the bottom of this! Any more ideas?
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5 Jan 09
PETA is an extremist organisation. That doesn't necessarily make them bad, but it does put them beyond the comprehension of most reasonable people! It also makes it very difficult for them to live up to their own principles, since they are so extreme. In the particular situation you mention, I wouldn't choose sides personally, unless I had evidence one way or the other. It's just too easy to let emotion decide. For example, you say they're ex-PETA members with no agenda - but they left, so they must have an opinion, which is kind of a small agenda, if you see what I mean? I'd want to know for myself, rather than trusting people who are emotionally involved one way or the other.
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@dsrtrose (166)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I think it is too bad that we cannot trust the groups we support and believe they are doing good. Unfortunately, there seems to be too little regulation and contraint on organizations working for the less fortunate, animals and people alike.I have only ever supported the Humane Society, which has it's own dirty work to do, but I believe that they do act in the best interest of the animals when cost and space allow.
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• Canada
4 Jan 09
I don't know anything about peta but if they kill even one animal they are displaying cruelty towards animals no matter which way you look at it. It is wrong and they should not be allowed to associate themselves with anyone that helps to save animals and stop cruelty towards them.
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• United States
4 Jan 09
PETA, on paper is a great idea. We need people out there to care for animals but PETA, well I consider most of them terrorists. They attack people, they attack animals (there has been evidence against PETA abusing animals) and they just go about things all wrong. They're like a strange, militant organization that is striving towards making sure animals just are allowed to run wild with no help at all. I think they're crazy. I think the members need help and I really think they give animal rights groups bad names. We need more organizations like the ASPCA and other groups that actually work towards animal rights peacefully.
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@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
26 Jan 09
PETA is an organization for attention seekers. Many people are unknowingly members of an organization that spouts off about "animal rights" then turns around and kills thousands of animals every year, and recently they've only been able to get less than 1% of the animals they "save" adopted. The kicker is, this is the organization that wants to see an end to pet ownership. They want animals to live comfy, cushy lives, yet they turn around and kill them when it's convenient for them. The most basic tenant of the idea of rights is the right to live, is it not? If you believe in human rights, you wouldn't agree that people should be killed when it's inconvenient for us to take care of them, would you? Heck no - no one would agree with that. Yet here are these people who claim to believe in "animal rights" - who swear off meat and animal products because it's wrong to harm an animal - yet they ignore the most basic tenant of rights. Animals don't have the right to live in PETA's eyes, unless, of course, it only furthers their agenda. I've never met an active PETA supporter that came off as an intelligent or sane human being. I'm not talking about the armchair members that donate money every once in a while - I'm talking about the people who go out there and splash paint on the fur coats of passerby, or wrap themselves up in saran wrap with a bunch of red paint to simulate butchered meat. They're sheep, and they don't even know it. I think I've derailed my intended argument, so let me get back on track. PETA, in a nutshell, is a lying, attention seeking, and morally backwards institution that has no qualms with hurting animals when it's convenient for them. Don't let their name fool you - they wouldn't know anything about the ethical treatment of animals even if it was written on the back of their eyelids.
• Canada
24 Jan 09
PETA is an extremist organization. I have absolutely no respect for them. Right now they are beginning a campaign to rename all FISH, so they can have fishing outlawed. They want to call them "SEA KITTENS" to make them seem warm and fuzzy instead of the slimy, scaled creatures that they are. Plus, they are against "mulesing" Merino Sheep in Australia. It is a common, accepted practise in Australia for these wrinkly Merino sheep, to cut a thin strip of skin off when they are young to prevent flystrike for the rest of their lives. Merino sheep are like a Shar-Pei dog, they are super wrinkly. So in the summer months, the flies lay eggs in between the folds of skin near their bum, and the maggots hatch and eat the sheep alive. It is an excrutiatingly painful, cruel way to die slowly. This preventative trimming early in life, prevents suffering. Yet, PETA is opposed to it. So, I have no time for them and their bullcrap tactics to get what they want.