Social media exploded this morning with a new beef: Pete vs. PETA.
PETA, the obnoxious animal liberation group that opposes pet ownership, had publicly criticized celebrity comedian Pete Davidson for buying a dog from a pet store. Davidson called PETA and told them to buzz off (in less polite terms).
We couldn’t help but weigh in. Who is PETA—which has killed nearly 50,000 animals at its headquarters—to dog-shame anyone?
That’s why we are running a new billboard in Times Square telling everyone that PETA simply can’t handle Pete’s “BDE” – meaning his “buy dog energy.”
There’s nothing wrong with buying a dog—just as there’s nothing wrong with adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue. All dogs deserve good homes. And as Davidson revealed, he was buying the dog for his mother, whose previous pup recently passed away, and the breed he purchased, a Cavapoo, is hypoallergenic (Davidson is allergic to dogs). Shelters don’t necessarily have the breeds that are the best fit for a specific family.
PETA, in comparison, is anything but a dog’s best friend. Last year, PETA killed 718 dogs (and 1,374 cats) at its headquarters for a kill rate of 74%. PETA only adopted out 58 animals. Since 1998, PETA has killed nearly 50,000 animals. Simply put, PETA believes many dogs are better off dead than fed.
We’re on #TeamPete here—and if you like dogs living in a good home instead of being sent to an early grave, you should be, too.
Few things in life are guaranteed in life except for death, taxes…and PETA killing cats and dogs. New figures filed by PETA with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed this sad reality. PETA’s lone shelter, located at its Norfolk, Va. headquarters, killed 1,759 cats, dogs, and other pets in 2020.
Even during a global pandemic that slowed lives to a near halt, PETA still managed to kill 10% more animals than it did the year before. Of the animals euthanized in private shelters across the entire state, PETA killed nearly three-fourths of them. What’s more, the average euthanasia rate of private animal shelters in Virginia is less than 6%. PETA’s is more than ten times larger.
A state inspector once likened the shelter to a “euthanasia clinic.” During his investigation, that same doctor discovered most animals were euthanized within 24 hours of intake.
PETA only adopted out 41 pets, less than 2% of the total number of animals it took in last year. Such a low adoption rate is shocking–especially when considering most the country has faced a shortage of animals to adopt. Across the country, news headlines have been filled with stories of shelters “running out” of animals or how the pandemic has created a “thriving economy” for pet adoptions.
In 2015, a law defining the role of a private shelter was passed by the state of Virginia in direct response to PETA’s high kill rate. As recently as last year, similar legislation was introduced seeking to further curtail PETA’s kill shelter.
This year marks a grim accomplishment for PETA: Since records became available in the late 1990s, PETA has now officially killed more than 50,000 pets. Tell that milestone to anyone who mistakenly believes PETA stands for the “ethical treatment” of animals.
Yet again it has been confirmed that the so-called People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) cares more about offending reasonable people than caring about animals or people. According to a recent report, there was infighting at the organization over PETA president Ingrid Newkirk and her latest plan to exploit Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The infighting arose after Newkirk sent out an email to all of the organization’s staff in an attempt to quell employees’ questions and concerns about its plans to hijack MLK Day to talk about animal abuse. The email, which had the subject, “Please absorb this,” called employees’ concerns “extremely saddening” and attempted to pull out all of the stops to convince employees she’s not a racist.
One of Newkirk’s references compared Japanese internment camps to a hippopotamus in captivity. She also likened PETA to Christians helping Jews in Nazi German and suggested that without white landowners Harriet Tubman wouldn’t have been able to free slaves.
When a couple of staffers tried to point out the inaccuracies and inability to understand nuance, Newkirk went nuclear and chastised the employees for responding to her email despite her previous email telling employees to “let us know” if they had an issue with the first email. She then mentioned that the 60s were, “actually a time when going vegetarian was very much a Black value.”
In the words of William Shakespeare, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
This isn’t the first time PETA, whose leadership landing page is very homogeneous, has attempted to co-op minority issues in an attempt to shoehorn its agenda. During the Minnesota protests over the killing of George Floyd, the organization argued that its own campaigns are parallel to fighting racism. Earlier that same year PETA faced universal backlash over its Super Bowl ad that compared Colin Kaepernick to a medley of animated woodland creatures.
It’s not just race. PETA has a well-documented history of being out of touch on almost any nuanced issue. So many that we were able to compile a list of our top ten most offensive PETA campaigns.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a problem when it comes to the ethical treatment of humans. PETA has fat-shamed women and used scantily-clad women, to the objection of feminists. PETA has compared eating meat to killing Jews in the Holocaust.
PETA has also trivialized slavery, comparing the keeping of zoo animals to enslaving African-Americans. No, really, here’s a picture of a campaign that PETA used on MLK Day. PETA has also compared slavery to eating meat and using rats and mice for cancer research.
In PETA’s warped worldview, African-Americans and Jews are comparable to chickens and cows.
So we were struck by the fact that PETA posted a blog following recent protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. PETA argues that the fight against racism has parallels to its own campaigns.
“As an organization dedicated to overturning supremacy, PETA is heartbroken and infuriated to see racism and discrimination continue to kill. PETA stands in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement,” PETA wrote on Twitter.
PETA unabashedly compares civil rights movements to its campaign to end “speciesism.”
“Speciesism—like sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination—is an oppressive belief system,” argues PETA. In PETA’s view, eating a hamburger or enjoying a chicken sandwich is as morally wrong as enslaving people or racial discrimination. PETA is also against eating honey (because it “exploits” bees) and killing cockroaches. Presumably, PETA believes insect control is as immoral as slavery, too.
All people are created equal. And PETA is wrong to compare the awful human suffering of slavery and eating a burger.
Is PETA too woke, or just intellectually and morally broke? You decide.
Everyone believes animals should be treated humanely. But some groups want animal “liberation”–meaning people would not be allowed to own a pet, buy a wool sweater, or enjoy real ice cream. To them, using animals is immoral and is comparable to slavery or child abuse. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has compared eating chicken to the Holocaust, and argues that “it would have been in the animals’ best interests if the institution of ‘pet keeping’…never existed.”
Not only is this agenda radical, but the groups advocating for it conduct themselves in extreme ways. Consider:
Watch and share the video below to help more people understand the true nature and dirty secrets of animal liberation activists.
The coronavirus has impacted everyone across the country, killing thousands and costing millions of jobs. And several animal rights groups have disgustingly turned the virus into a marketing campaign to push their ideology.
With most Americans remaining quarantined, the internet and social media have become essential to survival tools. PETA, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and others have taken advantage of the situation by attempting to tie the virus meat consumption.
PCRM’s website is littered with blogs and podcasts tying meat consumption to the virus outbreak—an idea that has been disproven. On a recent podcast, the organization equated the exotic animals found in wet markets to everyday farms and livestock processing facilities. In a blog post, PCRM tried to connect whether or not you eat meat to coronavirus mortality rates. Despite PCRM’s name, don’t count on the group for medical advice—only a small percentage of its members are actually medical doctors, and it has been condemned by the American Medical Association in the past. (In fact, its website concedes, “The site does not provide medical or legal advice.”)
PETA has been just as dishonest, if not worse. In a recent blog, we covered how toxic the group’s social media has become as of late. The organization went as far as to suggest meat consumption caused the coronavirus because the word “coronavirus” is an anagram of “carnivorous.” The animal liberation group has also used the situation to attack the use of animal research, despite the fact that trials for coronavirus vaccines and treatments depend upon that very same research. Keep in mind that PETA has attacked charities such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for their support of medical research that uses animals–proving that PETA values rats over finding cures for sick kids.
Most of the claims being pushed by vegan organizations come from the theory that a Wuhan “wet market” is the origin of the coronavirus. But experts now think that the virus may have actually come from a research lab.
Last week it was announced that U.S. intelligence agencies would look into the possibility that the coronavirus started in a biological lab in Wuhan, China. While the Chinese government has denied this (go figure), there is solid evidence to the contrary. The Wuhan Institute of Virology is within close range of Wuhan’s wet market. As recently as February, Dr. Botao Xiao, a scientist who previously worked in Wuhan, claimed the virus “probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.”
There were also warnings of theory several years ago. In 2017, several experts wrote an article voicing concern over the possibility of pathogens escaping the lab. In 2018, officials from the State Department wrote of safety concerns after visiting the laboratory. They noted that the lab was conducting hazardous experiments involving coronaviruses from bats.
Don’t count on PETA, PCRM, or other vegan activists to retract anything even if there’s a smoking gun that the virus came from a lab and not a market. In their world, ideology comes before facts.
Receiving spam is a pet peeve shared by almost everyone. It doesn’t matter the time of day or form of spam, we can all agree it’s extremely annoying. Except PETA and Beyond Meat, according to a recently filed class-action lawsuit.
The suit claims Beyond Meat and PETA violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which makes it illegal for companies to use automated systems to send messages without prior written consent. The violation allegedly occurred when PETA sent the plaintiff two spam text messages promoting Beyond Meat’s availability at a restaurant chain.
The plaintiff claims she never gave either PETA or Beyond Meat the proper consent needed to send them promotional texts. According to the lawsuit, Beyond Meat was fully aware of the texts and even had final approval on the texts that went out. Additionally, Massaro believes PETA used an autodial machine to target a list of sequential phone numbers and believes there could be several thousand or more plaintiffs.
Each violation of the TCPA requires a plaintiff to be paid at least $500 per violation. If there are several thousand plaintiffs who each received two text messages, Beyond Meat and PETA could be on the hook for at least $4 million.
It isn’t the first time an animal rights organization has been sued for spamming text messages. In 2018 the Humane Society of the United States was sued for allegedly spamming phones with at least 9 text messages relating to Proposition 12, then on the California ballot.
This also isn’t the first time Beyond Meat has been in legal trouble either. The company was sued by Don Lee Farms, a food processor Beyond Meat previously used, for breach of contract, employing lax food safety practices, and several other claims. That lawsuit spawned a class-action lawsuit from investors claiming the company failed to disclose important details about the first litigation.
To view the original lawsuit click here.
Over the past several years, New York City has cemented itself as a nanny state. Local politicians have sought to restrict everything from the sizes of soda you can buy to forcing restaurants to post warnings about salt. The city entered new waters when Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council, introduced a bill seeking to ban New Yorkers from buying natural fur clothing in city shops.
And now, we’re rallying the troops to defend consumer choice.
The speaker’s bill was met with support from animal liberation groups like PETA and Direct Action Everywhere, organizations that see fur as a first step to ban all animal-based materials including wool, leather, silk, and even feathers. These organizations won’t stop with fabrics–they want to ban everything from eating meat to owning pets.
Thankfully, these animal extremists were also met with fervent opposition in the form of everyday people. If passed the ban would have caused the loss of an estimated 7,500 jobs. The groundswell of negative response led to the bill being stalled.
But while the bill may have stalled, anti-fur activists have not. Several times a month, various animal activist groups with ties to PETA can be seen around the city protesting fur stores. But, these aren’t your everyday sign-holding protests. These protesters get nasty, berating and harassing customers for choosing to use a sustainable material.
And we are not letting them go unopposed.
Recently, we learned that activists were planning a “silent vigil,” so we turned up the volume and let them know the PETA agenda isn’t welcome. We led a group of several dozen consumer choice advocates.
Our signs shared truths about PETA such as “PETA = Fashion Fascists,” “PETA Wants to End Pet Ownership,” and “PETA has Killed Over 40,000 Animals.”
Judging from their faces, they were surprised–and angry–to see people calling them out for having a dictatorial agenda. Unable to harass customers, they were forced to the other side of the street where they eventually broke their “vow of silence.”
Animal liberation activists want to force vegan lifestyles upon Americans, from the clothes we wear to the food we eat. We’re going to keep voicing support for individual freedom and consumer choice.
Usually, referring to animal liberation activists as a “gang” may seem a bit far-fetched. But in the case of Direct Action Everywhere it seems accurate. Members of DxE all wear the same blue shirts–like a gang. The organization’s modus operandi intimidates others–like a gang. And if you oppose them, they’ll come after you–like a gang.
So who is the unlucky person who’s earned DxE’s ire? Iowa State Senator Ken Rozenboom.
When he isn’t serving his district in the state legislature, where he has been since 2013, Rozenboom works as a farmer. The Senator, like many, understands that animal liberation activists are a hostile threat to agriculture. Last year Mr. Rozenboom introduced a bill that would impede activists’ ability to break into farms.
But DxE didn’t like that very much. Aside from grotesque demonstrations and bombarding politicians, the organization likes to make scenes by breaking into farms and sometimes stealing animals. The latter is exactly what they did to Sen. Rozenbaum. In late April, DxE broke into a pig facility owned by Rozenboom and leased out to a third party.
DxE apparently held onto the footage for around 9 months before reporting it to the police and publicly smearing Rozenboom.
Rozenboom was vindicated when a joint investigation by the county sheriff and the Iowa Department of Agriculture found there was no evidence of animal abuse. Senator Rozenboom plans to press charges against the activists to the fullest extent of the law. And rightly so. Wouldn’t you if someone who wants to harm your livelihood trespassed onto your property?
Which brings us to part two. This week, DxE activists in Australia went on trial for allegedly breaking into a farm and stealing a dairy calf. They were found guilty, but one brazenly vowed to continue his actions after he was spared jail time. (Not the brightest bulb in the box, apparently.)
DxE leaders in the US are also facing criminal trials in several states that are quickly approaching. Hopefully the courts here will send a message if they’re convicted: Trespassing and stealing are crimes, no matter how sanctimonious you are.