Friday, May 26, 2006

Understanding a PETArd

I want to thank the people at PETA-Sucks for inspiring this post. They spend a lot of time looking at the hypocrisy of PETA and pointing out the inconsistencies of the leadership of PETA. This is fine; but I actually hold no animosity towards the leadership of PETA. I believe in capitalism, and what the leadership of PETA has done is take something completely ridiculous and package it in order to make money. I completely support parting money from the ignorant and gullible. I’m doing it myself with my Save Jill project (by the way she hasn’t raised enough money and time is running out). What I don’t understand is how so many people can fall for the line that PETA is giving them.

PETA’s mission statement states “…PETA is dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals.” How could anyone support such and bland statement such as that? What rights are they talking about? The right to vote? For the sake of argument, I’ll assume they want animals to be treated as equals to humans. I’m pretty sure this is what the average PETA supporter is after. I don’t believe for a second that this is what PETA is after. PETA is after the cash and knows that establishing rights for animals will never happen. The PETA supporter on the other hand, probably believes this whole heartedly.

I think there are a few reasons why animal lovers would support this.

1. People that have had nothing to overcome often look for an impossible cause to champion. I see this with the rich over privileged. They were born into there money and have had to do little to be as wealthy as they are. They feel guilty about being rich but don’t want to actually work. Instead of risking failure at doing something, they choose to be a part of a hopeless cause to find self worth. Since no one actually expects them to achieve what they are working for any small victory is viewed as a great accomplishment and any failure will be chocked up to the ignorance of everyone else. Some grow out of it; others just start a charity for some other hopeless cause.

2. People that love animals to the point where they project their feelings and attributes on animals. There are people that love the companionship of animals so much they start seeing human attributes in animals. This fallacy is probably caused by loneliness and poor self image. They feel that when a dog licks their face, the dog is giving them kisses. They think because their cat likes to be petted that it actually cares as much about them as the person does about the cat. The think because a young animals stays close to its mother that the animal feels love. Animals feel none of these things. Those feelings are human emotions and it doesn’t matter how much you want you pet to love you it is not going to happen. Animals are simple creatures whose whole lives are centered around simple needs. Animals don’t feel accomplishment. They don’t feel love. Their intelligence is based off how much their behavior can be controlled by humans and their problem solving skills. Problem solving skills have to have a goal that relates to food, water or sex (pleasure). Animals will not learn anything unless one of these goals will be realized after the test is completed. For people, there are so many different reasons to learn and perform that cataloging them would be futile (for all you neo-Freud fruit cakes that attribute all behavior for the need to procreate, just pretend I’m writing this to get laid.).

3. Boys go where gullible girls are so they can get laid. Quite simple really. If there are girls that will believe the line that PETA gives them; then they will probably fall for the line that guys give them to get into their pants.

4. There are people that don’t know what cruelty is. PETA member are up in arms about the way chickens are being treated. You can see them protesting at a local KFC. Of course you won’t see them at the local grocery store where they boil lobsters live, but that’s because the pictures of that aren’t that gruesome. It’s strange that a person will put the time and effort into protesting a KFC but don’t give a rat’s ass that terrorists are beheading people, raping children, and mutilating non-believers. As long as those terrorists aren’t using animals to help they’re o.k. with this. Cruelty is a subjective term and shouldn’t be used when speaking of animals. Is my electric fence cruel? I put it up so my dog wouldn’t clime the fence and get hit by a car. I think forcing animal that is carnivorous to eat vegetables is cruel.

5. Last, there are people that are so crazy (I didn’t want to use this word but I call as I see them) that they equate human life to animal life. They can not distinguish the importance of a person over a cow or chicken. These people are probably the most dangerous. They care more about animal life then they do about human life. They have done a role reversal where they are willing to risk human life but not animals. I would donate five dollars to PETA if these people would off themselves.

Look I could argue that giving rights to animals is the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard (would I be arrested for mass murder if I killed 100 bugs on the drive home?), but it’s transparent to anyone with just a small amount of sense. It’s not PETA that needs the mental help. They’ve collected millions of dollars and have nothing to show for it. That’s the kind of business I want. We need to help the people that are giving money to PETA. These are the people that need psychological help. Trying to persuade them will be impossible. You might need to get them on medication, or you can treat them like animals until they get it.

23 Comments:

At 7:19 AM, Blogger Insolublog said...

I believe in capitalism, and what the leadership of PETA has done is take something completely ridiculous and package it in order to make money.

You know Doc, Hubbard did this with Scientology. Hmmm. I'm in the wrong business. Maybe we should start a religion designed to bilk the gullible.

 
At 3:45 PM, Blogger a4g said...

religion designed to bilk the gullible


Isn't that called "Republican"?

 
At 6:13 PM, Blogger fmragtops said...

Hey, I think there are alot of human lives that are worth less than animals. Does that make me a PETArd?

 
At 6:48 AM, Blogger Nightcrawler said...

"religion designed to bilk the gullible"

aka. Socialism/Communism?

I agree with fm, there are some people worth less than most critters. We call these people "bullet-stoppers".

 
At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Kath said...

I love that #4.

But I do think my puppy loves me... I think labs are exempt from not being able to love their owners ;o)

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger Insolublog said...

Isn't that called "Republican"?

Sigh. A few months ago, I would have said "Democrat".

 
At 2:43 PM, Anonymous SeanS said...

I'd donate $10 to PETA is those idiots described in #4 would off themselves.

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Very well done, Doc.


My dog loves me, however.

Besides that, you were right on! ;)

 
At 4:48 AM, Blogger PoP said...

Please donate to my new charitable organization called Save the Earthworm Foundation we take in wounded or diplaced earthworms, rehabilitate them and then teach them how to swim.

 
At 6:26 AM, Anonymous armadilloracer said...

pop, that is too funny

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Doc?

Are you with Uber now?
I mean, since you're both missing and all.

(Shhh. I won't tell Wyatt....)

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous joe said...

a4g kills babies.

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger Deathlok said...

I agree with most of the rant (and what a rant it was), except:

I agree with the other posts that dogs feel emotion. Love? I wouldn't go that far, but my dog shows affection for us whether we give it something or not.

I also think that Chicken should be cooked, but that doesn't mean that excising the eyelids off of rabbits to test makeup isn't usually cruel.

I gotta go salt slugs now. . . . .

 
At 7:06 PM, Blogger a4g said...

I'm not saying I don't really enjoy re-reading this high-quality DPT rant-- 'cause I do.

And a trip through the archives is always recommended for all those who are jonesing for a little of the DPT magic.

But maybe like a little Q&A? Or one of the Germany stories that you really haven't wanted to admit to?

Otherwise I'm going to have to occupy my time 24/7 with the Evil Emperor-- and we already know what that might lead to.

 
At 7:38 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

On Monday there will be a new Army Story. A Yugoslavia story to be exact.

 
At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anna said...

DPT, where the heck are you?!

 
At 7:59 AM, Blogger Cove Rebel said...

Anyone else notice that since DPT got a goat, we have been seeing alot less of him lately?

 
At 8:25 AM, Blogger PoP said...

Your military career is always worth a chuckle or two, son. is this going to be a once apon a time, or this is no schiza story?

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger Ssssteve said...

Cove, now that was funny!!

DPT, where are you? hoo hoo
Dpt, Where are you? hoo hoo

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger Daniel Levesque said...

Been a long time. I'm glad to see you have mainained your sharp wit and good eye. A treasure, as usual.

 
At 10:01 AM, Blogger Daniel Levesque said...

LOL! I just checked out your Save Jill site! Some people have actually donated! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

 
At 8:08 PM, Blogger Nightcrawler said...

Where are you?

 
At 4:57 AM, Blogger PoP said...

You just had to go and sign up for that fatwa me thing, didn't you. You haven't called for me to fix anything lately so you must be in hiding.

 

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