When bad causes get worse – looking at you PETA

Although it’s not specifically or directly set up this way, if there is a liberal voice at Unfiltered and Unfettered, I’m it.  But even I can’t defend the ridiculousness that is the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  I mean to me just their very existence is bad enough, but their ad campaigns have gone from radical to outlandish to downright shameful.  They had one bright spot when they went with a sex sells the message slant. PETA had a bunch of the beautiful people all nekked in ads talking about wanting to be nekked instead of covering up with fur.

For the uninitiated, in the South naked is just a person not wearing any clothes.  Nekked is a person without clothes who is up to something.  And the ladies in the PETA ads were definitely nekked.  But that was then this is now.

Deciding that porn couldn’t get the message across PETA felt it might be time to go after the kids. Here’s a sample of a billboard currently gracing the highways and byways of California.

No words for this.

Stunned, just stunned.


This is their thanksgiving Day message for the tots, and I ain’t talking tater.

If you’ve ever eaten dog or cat meat, you know the first sign doesn’t make sense. Completely different texture.  Especially cat, very stringy and coarse, like getting a mouthful of sand with your cheeseburger. The other, well that’s a pretty stupid ad for an organization that lifts not a finger for the pro-life/anti-abortion movement in this country.  Their official position is having no position on the killing of human animals, their focus in only on non-human animals.  That’s right from their web site.


How ridiculous is your message if you can’t discern the ridiculousness of your stance, if you are so blindingly stupid you can’t see and join with an ally more powerful than you yourself will ever be?  Pro-lifers regularly hand out animal rights pamphlets, by the way, still no response from PETA. And lastly, how bad must your message be if the universal money in the bank of all ad campaigns, blondes and boobs, can’t deliver and your only option is to shock kids into nightmares?

And just in case that method might fall short, PETA backed it up with a few billboards of outright lies, also aimed at and featuring kids.  Cause you know, scaring the crap out of little kids is only really effective when you cap it off with made up stuff.  Take a look.

Couple of problems here.  First of all, I know a few vegans.  One dude is as skinny as you might expect, the other two, well lets just say they have rewards points at the big and tall store.  So not sure the meat is the problem.

Second problem, the skinny kid I mentioned, he knowingly uses false reports and lies in his anti-meat campaigns because he believes it still gets the message out.  It’s sad really.  I grew up with the guy.  He lived down the street.  We played football, soccer, were on the track team together, you name it.  He went off to college and I had not heard from him until about 3 years ago.  We reconnected on facebook.  Turns out he’s living in Arizona, a vegan, and a very radical activist for vegan causes.  He hands out gruesome pamphlets, tosses blood, stages rallies, all the good stuff freedom loving Americans have the right to do.  One day he posted a story from a web site called NewsWeak.  Note the spelling, it’s accurate.  The web site is akin to The Onion.  The stories are all made up, intentionally.

They ran a cover story about a 4th grade teacher telling parents she was taking their kids to a museum, but instead ran them over to the meat packing plant to watch the cows get slaughtered.  The accompanying picture is of 4th graders running for their lives and vomiting the whole way.  Of course the parents just snap away with their iPhones instead of helping the kids.  And of course the story is fake, as are the pictures.  If that didn’t clue you in, it also says all stories are fabricated in big green letters in the mast head of the web site.

I asked my buddy if he knew the story was fake and before he could respond several veganites tasted blood in the water and pounced.  I was defending myself against salad eaters as they figuratively tore at my flesh to dare suggest the story was false.  Finally he decided the arguing on his FB timeline had gone on long enough, plus his people were really making fools of themselves and hurting his overall message.  His response: “No matter the truth of the story, it still gets our message out in a positive way.  And sheds light on our cause.”   Hahaha.  Wow.

How worthy is a cause if they have to scare kids and knowingly tell  lies to get the message out?  Do you have a message if you have to fabricate it?

Isn’t it time the PETA folk take a step back and reevaluate?  Better yet take a step forward, to a mirror, and realized the whole movement has jumped the shark.  Even the cliches we use to describe the done-ness of the movement are out of touch.  Jump the shark has in fact jumped the shark, but in this case it fits.

It becomes even more clear when your organization’s acronym becomes one of the best punchlines going.  PETA – People for the Eating of Tasty Animals.

I think Homer Simpson, yes the cartoon character from a show that’s been on the air about as long as PETA has been around, summed it up best when he was quoted in Parade Magazine, “I find a half pound of meat really wakes up a veggie burger”


PETA – we may have to lie to prove our point, but we don’t… well yeah we have to lie to prove our point.

10 comments on “When bad causes get worse – looking at you PETA

  1. Karin Porter says:

    I love the way y’all present a point! I look forward to your new posts. Keep it up! -KP

    • fmlinardo says:

      Thanks Karin. I’m just doing my best to keep up with Tony.

    • joy says:

      SI nous ne faisons pas attention à nos enfants .on leur fera absorber de la MERDE pardonnez moi pour cette expression mais elle résume fort bien leur quotidien pour l’adduction à la nourriture des BADFOOD comme je les appelle .Je n’aime pas HOMER SIMPSON DESSIN ANIME VULGAIRE POUR LES ENFANTS ET MOI MËME MAIS PARFOIS IL A RAISON . Tous ces AMBURGERs ET AUTRES néfastes pour le bien être de nos petits ,celà n’est pas avec cette bouffe ( pardonnez moi pour le terme ) qu’ils deviendront intelligents et instruits Il faut dénoncer et faire ciculer le plus possible des spots publicitaires qui attirent l’attention des parents par tous les moyens (télévisions journaux panneaux sur les routes pour proner la bonne et la saine ALIMENTATION ET AU BESOIN APPRENDRE AUX ENFANTS ,DANS LES ECOLES PRIMAIRES à faire LA PREPARATION DE MENUS SIMPLE A LA HAUTEUR DE LEUR COMPREHENSION POUR EN EDUQUE LEURS PARENTS ET DE DIRE QUE CELA EST BON OU MAUVAIS POUR LA SANTE

      • fmlinardo says:

        Joie, merci pour la réponse. Je suis d’accord avec vous. Les enfants doivent être enseignés à un âge précoce, la valeur de manger correctement. Cependant, PETA utilise des messages extrêmes et decpetive de le faire. Il ya de meilleures façons d’enseigner à nos enfants que d’essayer de faire peur la vie hors d’eux.

  2. joy says:

    PETA en FRANCE milite pour la défense des animaux afin de ne pas se servir d’eux pour l’usage d’ expériences.CETTE ASSOCIATION doit être similaire aux states.ËTRE VEGETARIENS OU VEGETALIENS EST PEUT -ËTRE BIEN POUR CERTAINS CEUX SONT LEURS CONVICTIONS.Ils sont très forts et très habiles pour la manipulation d’images.Ils sont contre les femmes qui portent de la fourrure POURTANT NOS LABORATOIIRE S ONT BESOIN D’ANIMAUX POUR ENSUITE LES EXPERIMENTER SUR L’HOMME ET LE GUERRIR Et que nos vétérinaires ne sont pas tous des charlatants C’est à nous parents de dire à nos enfants qu’ils ont fait un montage d’images lorsqu’ils sont encore petits ,mais adolescents ils faut leurs dire la vérité les expériences sauvent la vie à de nombreuses personnes et mieux vaut le faire sur des animaux que directememt sur l’homme .Par contre je suis pour dénoncer les MAC DONALD et autres pour leur mal bouffe pardonnez moi pour le terme mais je suis contre ce genre de nourriture ,je préfére mes bons petits plats que je confectione avec amour pour mes AMIS ET MOI MËME ET TOUT CELA AU COIN D’UNE belle CHEMIINEE OU se consume UN BON FEU DE BOIS Car si l’on continue ce genre d’ingurgitation nous serons tous obèses et remplis de maladies cardio vasculaires

    • fmlinardo says:

      Je pense que c’est l’équilibre qu’il nous faut. L’expérimentation animale a permis d’éviter la maladie et aidé l’humanité. Mais les entreprises alimentaires ont également exploiter les animaux, et pire encore, la nourriture qu’ils font est mauvais pour nous tous. Nous boycotter palces comme McDonalds, mais nous disons à nos enfants la vérité, les animaux sont bons à manger, mais McDonalds n’est pas la bonne nourriture.

  3. whatshupp says:

    Avouons-le, Francis, la politique se damner, votre carnivore.

    • fmlinardo says:

      Vrai, c’est vrai. Manger de la viande n’a pas d’identité politique. Et pourquoi êtes-vous éclater mes couilles en français, Hupp?

      • joy says:

        MRS LINARDO NOUS SOMMES TOUS DES CARNIVORES DES QUE NOUS MANGEONS DE LE VIANDE .Le 22 NOVEMBRE SERA THANKSGIVING DAY provitons en pour nous régaler et laissons dire les autres .Notre galinacée aura-t-elle la vie sauve.POUR MOI je la dégusterai avec des frites et haricots verts accompagnée d’un bon BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU .Quel délice hum….et que celà ne nous empêche pas de porter des jugements sur la façon dont les publicitaires polluent notre espace visuel dont les enfants sont les premiers touchés .En français ;en gentleman courtois et bien élevé. si je peux me le permettre POUR VOUS FAIRE CONNAITRE LA SUBTIBILITE DE NOTRE LANGUE ;ON NE DIT PAS LES COUILLES MAIS VOUS ME LES CASSEZ MENUES MENUES; ET CROYEZ MOI CELA VEUT BIEN DIRE CE QUE CELA VEUT DIRE ET LA PERSONNE EN FACE DE VOUS COMPREND TRES VITE QUE VOUS N’ETES PAS DECIDER A VOUS FAIRE MENER PART LE BOUT DU NEZ..GOOD EVENING .

  4. […] There you can read Tony’s take down of the ridiculous 32oz soda ban in NY, Tony’s take down of the word police and political correctness, Tony’s take down of the haters attacking Victoria Secret ads and lingerie shows.  In short, aggravate The Tony at your peril.  Oh, I did a pretty decent, (if I do say so – and I do), takedown of PETA. […]

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