Granted, it’s not worth getting too worked up over People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- though it's always interesting to peek into the twisted minds of those who believe crustaceans and your beloved Rover occupy the same moral plane as human life. And if you really want to look evil in the eye, try celebrating Thanksgiving with a PETA Tofurky – I did.
Here's another example.
Last Saturday, 21-year-old Charles Wickersham was fishing a few miles of the coast of Anna Maria Island in the Bay Area. He was almost killed after being attacked by a shark. He is still, I presume, in intensive care and will likely suffer pain and some disability for the rest of his life.
PETA's reaction? A billboard.
"Humans hook, spear, maim, and kill fish for 'sport' every day," explained PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "The most dangerous predator of all is the one holding the fishing rod or standing at the 'all you can eat' seafood buffet."
First of all, you don’t have to “stand” at some 'all you can eat' seafood buffet." You can be civilized and order raw fish prepared with artistic flare, like so:
Now, Ingrid Newkirk, the president of PETA, once said that she was "opposed to having children" -- bless her heart - because "Having a purebred human baby is like having a purebred dog; it's nothing but vanity, human vanity." A deep love of animals and a disdain for humans. That's what allows Newkirk to say something like: "Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughterhouses."
Here’s one of those billboards.