Tuesday I heard a news story about PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) expressing interest in purchasing the serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home.
PETA wants to convert it into a vegan restaurant named Eat for Life: Home Cooking, saying they “wanted to turn a place with a dark & tragic history into something beautiful – celebrating culinary compassion … the things that happened in that home are not far from what happens on factory farms.”
Just let that sink in.
PETA is essentially equating factory farming to rape, murder, dismemberment, cannibalism and necrophilia.
Now, I’m no fan of factory farming. I think it’s cruel, inhumane and largely unnecessary, but the last I checked no one was raping the farm animals — dead or alive — and as far as I know there aren’t any instances of cannibalism happening either, as most of the animals we eat are herbivores.
What I find even more startling, is that PETA killed nearly 2,000 shelter animals at its Norfolk, Virginia shelter last year and more than 31,000 mostly adoptable pets since 1998.
You would think with an annual revenue in the $35,000,000 range they would be one of the better shelters for adoption, but PETA runs no adoption programs, has no adoption hours, does no adoption promotion, has no adoption floor. However, it is registered with the State of Virginia as a “humane society” or “animal shelter.”
There is nothing human or sheltering about murdering thousands of adoptable pets.
Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA says that they could become a no kill shelter immediately, but that they wouldn’t be able to do as much work.
I say that if that work includes buying serial killer cannibal’s homes, splashing people wearing fur with red paint and putting up ridiculous billboards meant to shame people for their eating habits rather than educating them about what happens in factory farms, they should immediately become a no kill shelter.
At the very least, PETA could start donating money to no kill shelters or rescue groups who are struggling to keep their doors open.
PETA has brought a lot of attention to animal cruelty, and I appreciate that, but I absolutely do not agree with their hypocrisy.
If you are interested in a vegan and/or cruelty free lifestyle, there are better research resources and organizations than PETA.
Camicia Bennett: Founder of The Well Written Woman, Florida Native and cerebral creature, she loves her husband, yoga, red wine, potty humor, swearing superfluously and putting hats on her dog. If given her druthers she’d be surfing the web and writing randomness from someplace sunny and tropical whilst sipping her favorite vino. Oh wait, that’s exactly what she does.You can find her randomly sharing her own brand of slightly pretentious propaganda at her personal blog.