by John Hawkins | August 9, 2005 9:52 pm
The extremist wackos who run PETA are so far out there that they’ve managed to even offend their liberal brethren in the NAACP by comparing how animals are treated to slavery:
“A two-hour animal rights demonstration on the Green Monday sparked outrage instead of sympathy from the public.
“This is the most racist thing I’ve ever seen on the Green. How dare you,” roared Philip Goldson, 43, of New Haven at the protest organizers at Church and Chapel streets.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a national animal rights group, posted giant photographs of people, mostly black Americans, being tortured, sold and killed, next to photographs of animals, including cattle and sheep, being tortured, sold and killed.
“I think it is an apt comparison,” said Josh Warchol, 26, of Wallingford, president of the Southern Connecticut Vegetarian Society, which is aligned with PETA.
…The controversial display, which is on a national tour, is intended to drive home PETA’s point.
However, critics said the organization’s demonstration backfired.
One man demanded that the NAACP get involved immediately. Five minutes later, Scot X. Esdaile, president of the state and Greater New Haven chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, arrived at the scene, surveyed the photos and blasted the organizers.
“Once again, black people are being pimped. You used us. You have used us enough,” Esdaile said. “Take it down immediately.”
“I am a black man! I can’t compare the suffering of these black human beings to the suffering of this cow,” said Michael Perkins, 47, of New Haven. He stood in front of a photo of butchered livestock hung next to the photo of two lynched black men dangling before a white mob.
“You can’t compare me to a freaking cow,” shouted John Darryl Thompson, 46, of New Haven, inches from Carr’s face. “We don’t care about PETA. You are playing a dangerous game.”
Paul Tomaselli, 46, of North Branford took exception to an exhibit that included a photo of a black man being beaten to the ground by a white man with a stick while a white mob gathers.
Next to that photo was one of a man chasing a seal across the snow with a club.
“I think he’s right,” said Tomaselli, who is white, in support of Thompson. “To compare people to animals is an unfairness to people.”
The display, “Are Animals the New Slaves?” is on a 10-week, 42-city tour that started in early July. Today’s stop: Scranton, Pa., then on to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
…(T)he Anti-Defamation League, a national civil rights organization, has publicly condemned PETA’s use of photos comparing human suffering in the Holocaust to animal suffering today; PETA apologized in May for the hurt it caused but stood by the comparisons.
…”I have relatives who were in concentration camps,” said Alex Reznikoff, 47, of Newtown. “I think this detracts from PETA’s message. It doesn’t make me think about animals at all.”
Ya know, it’s always tempting to just have a “live and let live” attitude with the sort of nuts who buy into what PETA is selling. Ya know, “Oh, who cares if they don’t see any difference between animals and people?”
The problem is that we live in a society where we regularly eat animals, make items out of their skins, and keep them as pets. So if these screwballs take their own rhetoric seriously, it can get dangerous.
If you really believe the murder of a cow is the moral equivalent of an innocent black man being lynched by an unruly mob, then logically, does it not follow that you believe butchers should be jailed or stopped, even by violent means if necessary, from butchering those cows?
Furthermore, if you think a slaughterhouse is the equivalent of a Nazi death camp, would it be morally wrong to machine gun the people who work there? After all, didn’t the soldiers who stormed the Nazi concentration camps in WW2 do a good thing?
You have to wonder what Bruce Friedrich, PETA’s Director of Vegan Campaigns, would have to say about that since he has already openly and publicly advocated violence against people who disagree with PETA’s view of animal rights:
“I think it would be a great thing if you know all of these fast food outlets and these uh these slaughterhouses and these laboratories and the banks that fund them uh exploded tomorrow and uh I think it’s perfectly appropriate…and I think it’s perfectly appropriate for people to take bricks and toss them through the windows and uh you know, everything else along the line. Alleluia to the people who are willing to do it.”
So despite the fact that I’m not very fond of the NAACP, I’m at least glad to see someone in one of the local chapters slamming the extremist loons in PETA. More people should do the same…
Hat tip to Michelle Malkin for the story.
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