The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals drew the ire of some on the internet after tweeting a quote Tuesday from organization President Ingrid Newkirk that seemingly equated women to chickens.
"Discrimination is discrimination," the quote read, "whether you're a woman or a chicken."
It didn't take long for others on the social media network to chime in. One person quipped, "Shall we give them voting rights, too?"
@peta this honestly sounds like you're saying women and chicken are the same. Shall we give them voting rights too?— stebe (@mcbinch) June 14, 2016
PETA responded, telling the inquirer, who seemingly backs the animal advocacy group's work, they don't believe chickens need the right to vote, but should, however, receive "equal consideration of their interests."
@mcbinch Chickens don't need the right to vote, they need equal consideration of their interests.— PETA (@peta) June 14, 2016
@mcbinch Animals have an interest in living free from pain and suffering, just like humans do.— PETA (@peta) June 14, 2016
At that, the mockery ensued.
@peta So woman are chickens and chickens could be women? Discrimination means telling things apart, idiot.— Trace (@sharpNpointy) June 14, 2016
.@peta I gave equal consideration to ribs or a blackened chicken sandwich as lunch options. Does that count?— (((Popehat))) (@Popehat) June 14, 2016
@peta Vegetarianism really does make some people stupid.— Trace (@sharpNpointy) June 14, 2016
@peta y'all need some meat in your life— Ruthless (@RuthOhanu) June 14, 2016
@peta delete your account— ㅤ (@charlieputhin) June 14, 2016
@peta thank you for this much needed laugh, peta. you deluded people never fail to entertain.— velouria (@imretiredyousee) June 14, 2016
This is not PETA's first foray into defending the lives of chickens. In 2014, several animal rights advocates stormed into restaurants, shouting, "This isn't food — it's violence!"
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