Bad taste, worse timing.
So is cooking a human baby in a microwave as bad as cooking meat? PETA thinks so!
DAYTON — Sparking outrage before it’s been unveiled, a new People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals billboard in the Dayton area will compare the China Arnold murder case to the cooking of animals.
The billboard will feature two images: a mother pig nuzzling her piglet and a person about to place a pork chop in a microwave oven. The text reads “Everybody’s Somebody’s Baby. Go Vegan.”
(If you are unaware of the the China Arnold murder case, read about it here. It is highly disturbing, to say the least.)
Now, a logical person will question the comparison immediately: meat, by its rather deadish nature, cannot feel pain, and the idea of throwing any living animal into the microwave and subjecting it to such horrific, lengthy torture is enough to illicit universal disgust -- perhaps even jail time -- but as is so often the case with PETA, all logic and nuance is lost upon them.
A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy!
This may come as a bit of surprise to you, but I've gained a grudging respect for PETA over the years. Sure, their grasp on reality can be a bit (or a lot) tenuous, and sure, some of their beliefs are almost laughably offensive and illogical -- but they are pretty much exactly what they say they are and they make no apologies for it. And that is worth something.
Because really, how many animal advocacy groups can you say that about? At a time when more and more puppy "adoption centers" are taking on the look, feel and attitudes of the pet stores they claim to despise (hey, it's not a $750 "purchase," it's an "adoption fee!"), at a time when so many new animal "welfare" laws seem less concerned with improving conditions for animals than harming animal agriculture, PETA's blunt honesty is actually quite refreshing.
And hey, if you want to waggle a finger at them for being all about publicity, don't bother, their dear leader has already copped to it:
"We are complete press sluts." Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA's president and founder, The New Yorker, April 14, 2003