September 2010

PETA Accomplishes Something!

Thanks largely to a phone call from PETA, a restaurant in Sacramento will no longer be serving live tortured shrimp to its customers.  Where to begin?

First of all, I was struck by the news that PETA actually did something besides market itself.

All too often, PETA's main goal is to make people aware of PETA.  Sure there's always an excuse, like "stop eating meat."  But if you say "stop eating meat" while wrapping naked pretending-to-be-dead women in plastic wrap inside a giant Styrofoam tray, no one's going to remember "stop eating meat."  All anyone's going to remember is "PETA's naked dead meat lady protest."

Lessons From Elephants and Ants

The land’s mightiest of mammals seems to be scared of some of the smallest creatures known to man. Remember when those goofy cartoons—Loony Tunes or similar ones, I suppose—would feature elephants who were perpetually afraid of mice? They would always somehow scamper up on a chair or above the ground, afraid of the little rodents? I always thought that it was a joke—that an enormous, awesome creature like an elephant could never be afraid of something as small as a common mouse.

Show Support for Circus Elephants

Here is another great campaign from PETA that makes it easy to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. This year, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus will be at Coney Island, depicting live wild animals in cruel, unnatural acts. Among these acts will be perhaps the most offensive of all—the use of the largest land mammals on earth, elephants, in idiotic displays of frivolity and fake merriment.

One of the reasons my mother insisted that we never attend the circus was this very issue—that these wild animals (especially elephants, which were near to her heart) were being forced to do things that they’d never have to do in their natural habitats, which was grotesque, not amusing. I agree; however, my contention lies much more with the way these animals are treated.