“If you don’t cross the line, how do you know where the line exists?”

– bill maher, speaking on the philosophies used by peta

In light of next monday’s (11/19) HBO special (“i am an animal: the story of ingrid newkirk and peta“) on the founder of peta, Ingrid Newkirk, I thought it was a good time to discuss the controversial animal rights group.

I advise people to look at peta in the same way I did my high-school footbal coach. Listen to what they say and not how they say it. Like them or not, you can not deny the stories they uncover or bring to light. What exactly is peta talking about and are they someone for you to be scared of? Peta exposes extraordinary abuses to animals in all areas of life. You can click the following link to view video of their investigations to stop animal cruelty. They include everything from inhumane lab tests like the ones at our very own columbia university, to the horrors of selling and transporting animals to distant countries and exposing the worst perpetrators of animal abuse of all, american industrial farms.

Some would like to dismiss peta as a group that wants to force everyone in the country to become a vegan or ban the production of honey. That would be way too simplistic a view and not true anyway. You have nothing to worry about. You’ll forever be able to buy a cheeseburger or steak but groups like peta want you to know that if you don’t care where your meat comes from, or how it gets there, then these abuses will only increase. The same is true for the cosmetics, fabrics and clothing you buy too.

I don’t personally have a problem with how peta has built its name, I guess because I know where there end goal is and also what they are up against. American minds need a little shock and aw when it comes to their realization of the state of american animal welfare. The american industrial farming complex is nothing short of a horrific science fiction movie. Peta, in my estimation, exposes issues in animal welfare in a way I don’t think anyone has done before. They are getting their hands dirty, doing undercover operations and you’re going to upset people when you do that. But read any of the scathing articles or t.v. editorials about them and you’ll never actually find that person acknowledging the cruelty that peta has exposed. To me that’s the key. What peta uncovers is the truth. I just don’t think everyone is ready for it yet…

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