Feb
06
2014

PETA caught giving nasty agitprop to kids, and then lies about it.

(Via Hot Air) PETA being nasty:

Parents say they are considering taking PETA to court over an innocent-looking comic handed out to children at Calabash Elementary School in Woodland Hills that contained graphic images of mutilated cows, CBS Los Angeles reports.

[snip]

The pamphlet appeared to be a cartoon comic and was titled “A Cow’s Life,” but the images inside were horrifying, parents said.

PETA being dumb:

Katie Arth of PETA says that it may have all just been an innocent mix up.

“PETA creates material for kids and for adults,” Arth said. “And it looks like there was just a mistake and our volunteers put the materials together to get them out quicker.”

Oh, really?

peta-cow-2

Top Left corner.

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That reads “PETAkids Comics.”  Because that’s the series title that you give comic books that are meant for adults, apparently.

Look, I accept that PETA is, collectively, a nasty piece of work.  And I accept that they lie.  But they can surely at least avoid stupid lies, yes? …Oh, wait,  I forgot: protein and iron deficiencies can be a problem for this crowd.  Not enough red meat in their diet, pretty much by definition.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: Let me just head the pushback off at the pass: I understand that PETA is going to argue that it was the insert that was the mistake, and that the comic itself is innocuous. I just don’t care. I mean, I’m not the one with the demonstrated inability to distinguish material that’s appropriate for children from material that’s not, right? The lack of a staple ain’t going to help PETA’s case, here.

PPS: As I suspected, PETA is actively pushing back using the ‘mixup in materials’ line (click the Hot Air link above).  That they apparently have nobody on staff who can tell the difference between age-appropriate material for children and torture porn was carefully not mentioned.  But: PETA will give out free tofu ‘ice cream’ sandwiches, to make up for it!

12 Comments

  • Spegen says:

    What mistake? PETAs goal is, as always, to create publicity, for good or ill. Their attitude is like many pop “stars”: stay in the public eye or become irrevelant.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Yeah, but they don’t want to get sued by rich liberals* who are pissed that their kids are having screaming nightmares about dehorned cows.

      Moe Lane

      *Woodland Hills is a well-off section of LA. Also note that I’m with the rich liberals on this one.

    • Luke says:

      Except that they are irrelevant.
      They’re trying to *become* relevant by chumming up controversy where there isn’t any.
      They’re a lot like the Westboro Baptist Church.

    • Jeff Weimer says:

      It is diagnostic that PEAT pays everyone, including Ingrid Newkirk, a pittance. Except, of course, their public relations director – his salary is almost three times more.
      .
      Priorities, they has them.
      .
      BTW, they’re headquartered here in Norfolk, VA. An embarrassment to Hampton Roads. A radio show used to throw a fishing tournament on their doorstep.

  • Catseyes says:

    PETA’s primary problem is with the nature of life itself. All animal life has to consume other life either plant or animal to survive. If humans didn’t eat cattle, sheep and goats those species might be endangered to the point of extinction by now.

  • 1_rick says:

    There is absolutely no way this was a “mistake.” Does anyone remember their “kids’ campaign” several years ago warning kids to keep pets away from their parents? See “ask your mommy how many animals she killed to make her fur coat?” as Exhibit A (and do click through to see the slideshow, which includes Daddy tearing apart a fish and an actual picture of a skinned rodent, if you hadn’t heard about this before.)

    Spegen said it right there at the top comment: PETA is of the school that there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

    Vile is what they are. It’s the sort of mindset that produced that Australian schoolkids-in-a-minefield commercial last week (which is completely incoherent anyway: what’s the message, high school kids can’t read plain English?) or the Glowball Wormening ad in England a few years ago that also blew up people.

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