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PETA: Selectively Humane
a blog by Alec, April 14, 2011
Many of you are by now aware of the outrageous contest put on by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Many have spoken against their prize of a vasectomy "in honor of" National Infertility Awareness Week. PETA recently removed all mention of National Infertility Awareness Week on their website.
I would like to focus on one key aspect of this awful episode.
I typed the term "humane" into the search field on the PETA homepage, and guess what? Over 1,000 articles, products and blog entries were recommended on PETA's site alone.
These people are very good at practicing humanity toward animals. Once, that seemed good to me. I figured they played a part in reminding us all to be more humane and, perhaps, to make certain choices that would do less harm.
Now I see them differently. At least, I see hypocrisy, if not complete bull$^*+.
You cannot be selectively humane. Either you are humane toward all beings, large and small, or else you are a person (or organization) with rules, exceptions and rationalizations.
Have you forgotten human beings, PETA? If so, you are not humane. HUMAN = HUMANE.
PETA offered the following rationale for the contest:
Human overpopulation is causing problems all around the planet, and dog and cat overpopulation is creating a crisis too. The solution? Fewer births. That's why PETA has launched a new contest just in time to celebrate — rather than lament — National Infertility Awareness Week: One lucky man who has his dog or cat neutered between March 28 and April 27 will be reimbursed up to $500 for his own vasectomy.
"The human population explosion is draining water and land resources and causing huge pollution problems," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk, who was "snipped" years ago and highly recommends it. "Volunteering not to add to the crisis for man or dog helps future generations to avoid scrambling to survive, and spaying and neutering can spare millions of dogs and cats from homelessness."
You see? It's no accident that PETA does this alongside National Infertility Awareness Week. They actually believe that their agenda is more important than the struggle, pain and heartache of 7.3 million infertile Americans. Ergo, PETA is inhumane.
If the court were reversed, they would not be so quick to forgive. Ingrid Newkirk spoke against Michael Vick's reinstatement into the NFL, going as far as to question if Vick is a "psychopath."
Understand, I am horrified by dogfighting and applauded Vick's imprisonment. But then, I can forgive. And, I try not to choose which groups deserve my compassion.
PETA also stated that there are babies out there awaiting adoption. So, we should get our vasectomy and then run out and adopt, right? We invite you to lead the way, PETA Board. Neither founder of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk nor Alex Pacheco, appear to have adopted. Nor is human adoption as opposed to conception listed as a part of the PETA mission. Workers and volunteers have no requirement to follow this missive.
Listen up PETA. You have made a conscious choice to reject human affairs for the sake of the animals you protect. Go right ahead. But quit pretending that you are promoting good. You have an agenda, same as many others. You're no better than any of them.
From now on, when it comes to animals, I'm going to look to my heart and then make my own decisions. The input of others, least of all PETA, is no longer important to me. I will neuter my dog (Luke IS neutered!). I will not hit him. I will give him a loving home. I will try to remember my humanity toward all animals.
And if an infertile person, or any human being, is distressed or in pain, I will do my utmost for them as well.