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PETA jumps the shark

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MacDaddy, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    Well, actually, they jumped the shark long ago. But this... seriously?

    If you've ever seen the TV opening for a sporting event that takes place in Seattle, you've seen the fish toss at Pike Place Market. Now the people of PETA -- who apparently don't realize how ridiculous this makes them look, not that they ever realize how ridiculous they seem -- are expressing their opposition.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009319216_apwapetathrowingfish.html
     
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    They do realize it. They also understand that the more outlandish the demand, the more they get mentioned and any PR is good PR.
    Even when it makes them look like total morans.
     
  3. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Slappy is right. PETA really has it figured out pretty damn well. With hardly any effort, they have people ... talking about PETA. Yet again. Ingrid Newkirk is a genius. What's funny is that the people who get upset by their publicity stunts don't realize that even though they care about animal rights passionately, they don't take what they do to draw attention nearly as serious as the people who get upset about it. It's simple. The only bad publicity is no publicity. And the more outrageous the stunt, the more publicity they get. It's why they have remained the largest animal rights activist group there is, despite limited resources.
     
  4. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    The only bad publicity is no publicity.

    Talk to Stanford Financial

    Or Madoff Securities, LLC

    Or AIG
     
  5. jackfinarelli

    jackfinarelli Member

    Only bad publicity is no publicity?

    Try explaining that to the folks who run the Archdiocese of Boston...
     
  6. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

  7. Bamadog

    Bamadog Well-Known Member

    PETA is an organization of loons. The APSCA is a REAL organization that actually does good for animals (shelters). All PETA cares about is getting headlines for moronic stunts and spending their donations frivolously. Like comparing the slaughter of chickens to the Holocaust. Give me a break. ::)

    They also are not fond of adopting out the animals in their shelters. They'd prefer to put them to sleep.
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/06/23/EDG11DC9BK1.DTL

    They also don't meet the Better Business Bureau's standards for charitable giving.
    http://charityreports.bbb.org/Public/Report.aspx?CharityID=1160
     
  8. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    Mark McGwire.
     
  9. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    Of course if PETA jumped the shark, they would make sure the shark wasn't harmed in any way.
     
  10. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    The ASPCA and PETA are both animal rights organizations, but they do different things. The only reason they merit a comparison is that the ASPCA has a limited agenda that more people are on board with, while PETA has a broad agenda that is more controversial and inspires reactions from people. One isn't more legit, in my opinion. They are just different -- in what they advocate and how they go about it.

    The ASPCA is primarily concerned about protecting pets and domesticated animals and they do wonderful work with shelters and adoptions. PETA's agenda is geared toward all animals and it isn't so much geared on pet adoption (they realized others do that) as looking out for the rights of all animals -- not just domesticated pets.

    Comparing the organizations, and calling one better misses the point that they aren't focused on the same things. The ASPCA is popular because they mostly work toward rescuing dogs and cats and finding them homes so they don't get put to sleep. That is pretty non-controversial and a cause more people find it easy to get on board with. PETA believes in something much more controversial--that all animals deserve rights that most people don't want to afford them, and that includes their treatment by humans for entertainment and food purposes. Most people are not on board when it comes to vegetarianism or veganism, for example, so they are not on board with PETA the way they would be with the ASPCA.
     
  11. doctorx

    doctorx Member

    People Eat Tasty Animals [ducking]
     
  12. Bamadog

    Bamadog Well-Known Member

    Amen, brother. Amen. Comparing the killing of chickens for food to the Holocaust is disgusting. But the whole point of PETA is to denigrate people to the level of animals, making human life no different than that of a cat or a dog. I love cats and dogs like the next person, but are they as important as human life? No.
     
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