The Fifth Annual Intl. Eat an Animal for PETA Day: Thursday, March 15th

Don’t forget, this Thursday, March 15th, is the fifth annual International Eat a Tasty Animal for PETA (IEATAPETA) Day, the day on which we annoy vegans the world over, and PETA, which is right here in my state of Virginia.

This year, Sarah and I are taking the twins to lunch at Brock’s again, so we can take pictures and contrast and compare.

Go to PETA Is Full of Crap for meat-up, er, meet-up information.

From the original IEAFPD post:

PETA has started yet another offensive ad campaign. This one really reaches bottom—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 stunt—and that’s what it is, an outrageous publicity stunt—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 last year’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 “The Holocaust on Your Plate.” 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.

It’s a well-known fact that PETA has always chosen sensationalism in their ad campaigns. They’re usually stupid and offensive, but this campaign caused enough pain that a child of Holocaust survivors wrote me a letter asking if there weren’t something we could do about it. That’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. It’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 “don’t get mad, get even.” IEAPD is gaining strength and notoriety every year.

Don’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.

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.

Gracie at the door

Don’t forget! 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.

Update: I should just like to point out that Lair Simon and I have been publicizing EATAPETA for a while now. We couldn’t get any of the big guns to link us until today. Just sayin’.

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69 Responses to The Fifth Annual Intl. Eat an Animal for PETA Day: Thursday, March 15th

  1. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    Oh wait, there _is_ a shirt of the last one!

    http://store.theworstpageintheuniverse.com/shirts.html

  2. Matt says:

    I missed the celebration, but I am planning to eat at Hudson’s On The Bend tomorrow night which features the following treats on the menu:

    Elk, Rattlesnake, Venison, Rabbit, Buffalo, Kangaroo, Alligator, and other yummy critters.

  3. EJ Smith says:

    Had Veal parmesan for dinner.
    My son had pizza with peperoni and lots of cheese.
    The wife had the seafood pasta dish.

    Meat. It’s what’s for dinner!

  4. We’re having cows and chickens for Shabbat dinner tonight! Hot & Sour soup with real beef, and roast beef and chicken as main courses.

    And it’s all legal and kosher!!!

    Shabbat Shalom!

  5. Jason says:

    Do you people understand the concept of “reactionary”?

  6. Finally! A pro-PETA commenter!

    Took you long enough.

    Why, yes, Jason. I do get the concept of being reactionary.

    Do you understand the concept of “offending Holocaust survivors by comparing the slaughter of food animals to the slaughter of human beings”?

    You didn’t click through the links, did you? There’s plenty about PETA’s offensive tactics, which included lying to the owner of the copyright of the famous photo of Elie Weisel in the barracks of Auschwitz. They never told them it was for the purpose it was used.

    But then, PETA’s pretty good about lying.

  7. shockcorridor says:

    Mmm….the #12 three-piece chicken dinner at Top Notch Burgers in Austin was delicious.
    And yes Jason, reacting against self-righteous tards like you is almost as tasty as the meat!

  8. Nicholas says:

    Well I really can’t stand PETA, and I do eat meat alot (Steaks in the frig at home at the moment), I find most of the comments here..well callous.

    Yes PETA is insane – given.

    But you say you want to eat animals (And yes cows are yummy) – so why don’t you eat cats like ones you own? China breeds dogs for food. India worships cows. An animal is an animal right? ( Someone mentioned rabbits on here.)

    Cows, pigs – their not personalized to us so it’s easy to eat. Dog, disgusting to me, but others love to eat.

    So while I understand the anti-PETA attitude and totally agree, I really don’t see any..well thankfulness for an animal giving it’s life so we can eat.

  9. Okay, I know that crawdads aren’t kosher.

    But they’re so darn FUN!

  10. Synova says:

    I missed it! Again!

    I was even at the store a couple days ago looking at the exotic meats, they have elk and buffalo and rabbit and quail. And I said to my daughter that we’d have to be sure to try some of each for our eat a tasty animal for PETA feast. And I MISSED IT!

    So is the date set? March 15th?

    Certainly we ate meat yesterday but it was just our regular normal meals.

    Oh, and I am thankful in a “thank the animal” sort of way. Animals should be raised as humanely as possible and butchered as efficiently and humanely as possible. I grew up on a farm where we often discussed just “who” we were eating by name and never with-held affection from animals that would be butchered. I’ve always knows exactly where my food comes from.

    I also know that if we didn’t eat animals, it’s not just that they wouldn’t die, it’s that they would never have a chance to live at all, even for a short while. Better to live, I think.

  11. Yes, every March 15th. Mark it on your calendar for next year.

  12. Madison says:

    I think you’re wrong about almost everything you said. Maybe you don’t understand life the way I do, so I forgive you. I’m 13 and I think eating animals is wrong. I live on a farm and we have 3 chickens and a cow. They are my best friends. I can see their feelings through there eyes. What you are doing seems mean for no reason at all.

  13. I’m 17 and I can tell when someone’s been brainwashed.

  14. Eugene, I’m a lot older than 17, and I think a 13-year-old is entitled to make up his or her own mind.

    Madison has as much right to an opinion as anyone.

    And I’m here to tell you that I don’t think the same way now as I did at 13–or at 17.

    Opinions change as we grow. Er, assuming we grow. Some people never do. (Don’t mean you two.)

  15. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying anybody doesn’t have a right to an opinion.

    I only said what I said because I’ve been in a similar position before. I’ve seen people get brainwashed in front of me before. Heck, I’ve been brainwashed myself before. I was a vegetarian for parts of last year.

  16. A cow says:

    From a so called “food animal”.
    Thats really great..some of these guys go overboard trying to save us and some others go overboard as a protest and eat more of us..

  17. Tim Dyck says:

    I missed it. Nobody told me till today that I missed Eat An Animal For PETA Day. Please remind me next year befor hand and I will let all my freinds (and nonfreinds) know. Also let me know of any other PETA related events. I try to get to all their rallys in our aria (I’m the guy who throughs things at them). I got you link from “Small Dead Animales” (http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/)and I am saveing into my favorites. I will be dropping in from time to time for a visit. Keep up the good work.

  18. MPS says:

    TUNA? Why is everybody so high on giving their cats tuna? That’s not REAL meat. I’m sure that PETA has a fit every time a fish is plucked from the water, but you and I know that dead BEEF is what gets PETA’s panties in a wedge.

    So in honor of EATAPEAT day, I’ll be giving my cats many forms of beef scraps from my dinner plate tonight.

  19. Um, because cats love tuna. Better than scraps of any kind of meat you can think of.

    The only thing I’ve found them to like better than tuna is ice cream.

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