It’s coming on the time of year for the fourth annual International Eat an Animal for PETA Day, which Lair Simon has renamed Eat A Tasty Animal for PETA Day, which could become EATAPETA Day, but that’s really too cute for words, so of course, it’s going to catch on. But it’s International EATAPETA Day, because the blogosphere is international, and our reach extends from Australia to Zanzibar, all points between, and any points left out. You can register your activities on his site. It’s in beta right now, but go ahead.
From the original IEAFPD post:
PETA has started yet another offensive ad campaign. This one really reaches bottomâ€”they are using Holocaust terminology, quotes, and pictures to liken the “slaughter” of animals to the slaughter of the Jews by the Nazis.
I’ve already received a letter from a child of Holocaust survivors who is, of course, extraordinarily offended. But here’s the thing: PETA is known for this kind of outrageous publicity stuntâ€”and that’s what it is, an outrageous publicity stuntâ€”and while I am also offended and outraged, there is absolutely nothing we can do that will make PETA change their ad campaign. I’m sure they knew exactly what they were doing, have a plan in mind, and, if they withdraw the campaign, will do it according to their deadlines and their decisions.
So let’s make up our own outrageous publicity stunt. Let’s designate Saturday, March 15th, as International Eat an Animal for PETA Day. Everybody set the date on your calendar, and either go out and enjoy a great steak, or cook one at home. Or cook up some chicken or fish or anything else that PETA wouldn’t want you to eat.
From this week’s Shire Network News podcast:
The Holocaust is regularly invoked in improper and offensive ways. The one that hit my outrage button the hardest three years ago was an ad campaign titled â€œThe Holocaust on Your Plate.â€ It was created by the radical animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals, or PETA.
The PETA ad campaign compared the slaughter of chickens for food to the slaughter of six million Jews by the Nazis. They traveled the country with a series of billboards that used Holocaust imagery next to images of animals. They lied to the American Holocaust Museum to obtain permission to use these pictures in their ad campaign.
Itâ€™s a well-known fact that PETA has always chosen sensationalism in their ad campaigns. Theyâ€™re usually stupid and offensive, but this campaign caused enough pain that a child of Holocaust survivors wrote me a letter asking if there werenâ€™t something we could do about it. Thatâ€™s why I created the first International Eat an Animal for PETA Day (IEAPD).
The fourth annual celebration is coming up again on March 15th. On that day, I ask everyone who thinks PETA is offensive and over-the-top to eat meat or animal products like cheese in at least one meal. Itâ€™s the exact opposite of what PETA wants, and is our little protest to their offensive ad campaigns. Our theme (besides eating lots of meat that day) is â€œdonâ€™t get mad, get even.â€ IEAPD is gaining strength and notoriety every year.
Donâ€™t get me wrong. I am utterly against animal cruelty. But I am also utterly against cruelty to humans, and especially against the misuse of Holocaust imagery to get a point across.
During the first IEATAPETA, a few friends and I actually gathered outside PETA headquarters in Norfolk with protest signs. It was a Saturday. Nobody was there. But we were.
For my second IETAPETA, Sarah and her children joined me for lunch at Brock’s. Her daughter Rebecca refers to all beef as “Yummy cow.”
There are plenty of posts from the past. Just Google IEAPD and this site.
Last year, I was on the Mac Watson show here at WRVA 1140. I’m hoping to reprise that, and maybe some others.
I would like to be perfectly clear. Animals like this are not on the menu. In fact, this particular animal (and her brother) will be treated to tunafish on March 15th. It’s a good thing to include your pets in International EATAPETA Day. PETA doesn’t like us having pets, either.
This year I’m actively seeking some kind of image we can use as a banner. I’ve had some submitted in previous years, but surely we can think of new images and slogans.
So, save the date, folks. And for you vegetarians out there, if you’re not strict vegetarians, there’s always cheese and eggs.
Why am I still doing this? Well, PETA is still offensive. When they stop, I’ll stop.