I figured nows a great time for me to join Peta. Right now moneys tight with my hubby between jobs but I really felt in my heart that my small donation could make a difference so I joined peta and I'm excited. I've already started signing the petitions and have posted it on my facebook page too. See what u started Alicia? Love u all!!!
PETA tends to be a bit controversial in the veg community; most people either love them or hate them.
While they have done some amazing things for the animals, I personally have a hard time standing behind some of their practices, which is why I donate and volunteer my time to Farm Sanctuary instead. They're also a great organization that promotes compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy - but they go about it in a less aggressive way.
I figure PETA is so controversial mainly because with ready access to what we've been learning, people continue to eat meat and harm animals- so are they really over the top or are they sane in an insane world? Just my thoughts on them in relation to the materials I am reading and viewing now.
I just joined PETA and will donate to the Humane Society in my partner's name for the holidays- he may get to being vegan eventually. :)
I'm all for Farm Sanctuary and the Jane Goodall Foundation. Peta is great about getting the word out but I think that the practices are wrong in some areas. For example. The other day I was watching the documentary 'I am an Animal' about Peta and Ingrid Newkirk. There was a portion where they went into a clothing store and started smearing red paint all over the glass and fur coats. What message does that send? It's great for publicity but also makes Vegans look crazy. It makes the store owner change (for the most part) which is good, but how likely is it that the change will stick when it came about by the use of gorilla tactics like that. When I watched that the very first thing that came to my mind was...."So my donation went to pay for the furs they just ruined?" In essence doing something like that does nothing. Think about it:
Step 1 - Ruin purchased fur with paint Step 2 - Use donations to your company to pay for ruined merchandise Step 3 - Store owner buys more to replace lost merchandise
I know I know, it sounds like a dumb arguement. I couldn't get around it though. The owner has ordered twice the amount (the first bunch to sell and the second bunch to replace) but has only had to pay for it once because donations (or insurance) paid for the ruined product.
This is a personal choice though and I'm not downing anyone for it. I think that it's great you chose to spend your money in such a way, even when things are tight.
I'm guessing that's part of the reason she's your ex, Rick ;-)
Congratulations Amy! I think you've done a great thing by joining PETA. PETA has done so much for animal welfare and animal rights.
The PETA Vegetarian Starter Kit is what got me to first go vegan many years ago. I support so many of PETA's campaigns and infact if it wasn't for their action alerts and emails, I wouldn't know about a lot of the campaigns that need support.
My boyfriend's daughters love the PETA Kids website. They are my little vegetarians in training :-)
PETA is great for people just transitioning into the animal-loving veggie world, but many animal rights activists hate them. and feminists too. they tend to objectify women for no good reason, hate on fat people, and their ads become more about naked celebrities than the animals. but you know, i think every movement needs its factions, and PETA is the out-there to shock the masses. the downfall is that they can make animal rights activists and vegetarians look like lunatics. i mean, giving Obama a hard time for killing a fly? while i understand respecting life.. that campaign was a little silly. i can't tell you how many people have asked me if i'm "one of those PETA nuts" when i've told them i'm vegan.
if you're interested in animal rights and veganism, check out the ALDF, farm sanctuary, and the humane society, too!