PETA vs Catholics

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This image of a partially nude crucifix bearing Joanna Krupa isn’t exactly bizarre but I do wonder about the nudie trend and PETA and lately, they’re pissing off Catholics.

The below image has impressed the Catholic League president:

“The fact is that cats and dogs are a lot safer in pet stores than they are in the hands of PETA employees,” Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in a statement. “Moreover, pet stores don’t rip off Christian iconography and engage in cheap irreligious claims.”
“PETA is a fraud,” Donohue continued. “It also has a long and disgraceful record of exploiting Christian and Jewish themes to hawk its ugly services. Those who support this organization sorely need a reality check. They also need a course in Ethics 101.”

“It’s another instance of disrespect toward Christianity and another example of the kind of abuse that would never occur with any other major religion, because the outcry would be so immediate and so loud that the people behind it would immediately retreat.”

He has a point. If the campaign represented Islam or was a take on Islam, it would be similar to the Danish Mohammed cartoon incident.

I personally don’t find the ad offensive, but I do wonder about the ethical aspect after reading reports about the euthanization via PETA (note: sensitive images at the PETA link) and whether there is full disclosure. I realise that it’s impossible to find homes for all animals and I doubt PETA finds homes for all animals, so the image below isn’t really an accurate portrayal. Most animals that aren’t placed in homes are euthanized period, whether via a pet store or via breeders who can’t find homes or even animals that are surrended by ill owners due to the inability to find a home. It’s hard to say which animals are better looked after but in my experience I am aware of pet stores -at least where I live- that promote animal fostering outside of store hours. In shelters, some animals are locked up for hours on end. The last time I went to a national animal shelter, I wasn’t really impressed with the way the animals were housed. Conditions may also vary from one country to the next and depend on government standards as well.

But if I had to take a position, I’d say that adopting animals saves animals from definite death and is the better option. I realise that there are those who prefer to purchase full breeds, but even in breeding, there are outlandish standards that aren’t in the breed’s best interests. Consider the way bulldogs are bred and how many bitches require a Caesearian section. Also, consider the Munchkin cat breed and how this feline selectively bred to have abnormally short legs.


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