The Cult of PETA

The Cult of PETA

Photo Source: wikimedia.org Public Domain

Photo Source: wikimedia.org Public Domain

Brad Johnson, Politics Contributor

The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was created in 1980. Since then, they have operated as the self-declared champions for the rights of animals. On the surface PETA appears to be a well-intended organization, dedicated to preventing unnecessary suffering of animals. Their mission statement is, as follows:

“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters.

PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in the food industry, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of rodents, birds, and other animals who are often considered “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.

PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.”

Animal cruelty is indeed a bane to our society. Dog fighting rings, poaching, and torture of animals are all immoral acts and are very widely frowned upon. Michael Vick, the now former NFL star, learned this as heserved 19 months in prison for his transgressions. He is far from the only person sent to jail for animal cruelty crimes. Any reasonable person, while the preferred length of sentence may differ, would not object to punishment levied upon Vick. However, as much as PETA would like this to be its legacy, the reality strays far beyond Michael Vick into the depths of insanity and malcontent.

PETA has a long history of committing foolish, disrespectful, and downright absurd acts in the name of prohibiting animal cruelty. Examples such as defacing Col. Sanders’ grave; declaring milk an avenue of white supremacy; equating cows with sexual abuse victims; and lying naked on a giant plate in public whilebeing covered in barbecue sauce, paint a picture that more so resembles clinical insanity, than animal rights activism. However, it is their “animal personhood” lawsuits that take their insanity up a notch.

Last week, a story surfaced regarding PETA’s latest lawsuit. A man by the name of David Slater, who operated as a nature photographer for his living, is being sued by PETA — on behalf of a monkey. In 2011, one of Slater’s photos went viral. It is known as the “Monkey Selfie.” The photograph depicts the cheesy grin of a black crested macaque named Naruto. The picture has since spread like wildfire and been transformed into countless memes. David Slater was attempting to bring attention to the endangerment experienced by the animals he photographed. The trial has taken its toll on Slater, he stated “Everything I did to try and highlight the plight of the monkeys has backfired on my private life.” PETA is suing Slater for the rights of the photograph, and claim the copyright belongs to Naruto, the black crested macaque.

The idea that an animal, who cannot even begin to understand the most basic provisions of copyright law (an entirely man-made entity, by the way), owns rights to a photograph, is abject lunacy of the highest degree. After imploring Wikipedia to take down his picture, and the subsequent refusal to on the same grounds PETA professes, “The US Copyright Office ruled that animals cannot own copyright but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sued Mr. Slater in 2015.” David Slater has been left penniless due to the legal fees, obscenely forced upon him by the irreverent lawsuit. In the destruction and humiliation of a man whose goal was to aid the endangered monkeys, PETA proves itself to be not only an anti-human and vile organization, but absolutely bonkers as well.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is a cult that wishes to impose its state religion of Veganism upon all of society. Just like any other cult, they are willing to use outlandish and obnoxious tactics to establish their end, legal personhood for all animals. PETA operates in the realm of insanity to achieve their draconian goals. In PETA’s utopia, if you give a monkey a camera phone, he will snap a picture and sue for your last dime. PETA is no friend to any living organism, but especially humans. Donate to the Humane Society here, instead. 

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