Antithodoxy

PETA fails, again

Feministing posted about PETA‘s newest attempt at advertising. Apparently, PETA is petitioning the U.S. government to post advertisements on the U.S.-Mexico border to encourage immigrants to choose a vegan diet. The message on the billboards would read (in English and Spanish): “If the Border Patrol Doesn’t Get You, the Chicken and Burgers Will — Go Vegan.” I don’t understand why anyone would think this is a good idea. If they’re just trying to generate controversy and gain publicity, it looks like they are succeeding. Miriam at Feministing pointed out that the fences interfere with migration patterns of animals living in those regions, but PETA doesn’t seem to care about that.

Of course, this isn’t the first time PETA has made poor advertising choices. They continue to rely on sexist advertising that objectifies women. In PETA’s letter in The New York Times last month, the president of PETA defends their advertising by arguing that “sex sells.” She acknowledges that “animal suffering and human suffering are undeniably interconnected” and insists that PETA is concerned about both. However, by continuing to use offensive ads, PETA is sending the message that they respect animals more than they respect people. I don’t think that alienating feminists who support animal rights is going to help their cause.

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August 20, 2008 - Posted by | Sexism, Uncategorized | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Yeah, this is weird. I strongly support animal welfare (see this video if you’re interested http://meat.org) but I can’t make heads or tails of this.

    Comment by mherzoh | August 21, 2008 | Reply

  2. That video is really sad and disturbing. I support animal welfare, but I don’t like the approach that PETA takes. Relying on shock tactics gets them publicity but it causes people to not take them seriously.

    Comment by antithodoxy | August 21, 2008 | Reply


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